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This section includes info on: Volunteering, Garden Plots, Donating to the farm, and Employment
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Volunteers are always welcome at Codman Community Farms, whether you’re interested in helping with the chores, collecting and cleaning eggs, planting, painting or fixing – we can always find a place for you. Some people help out on a regular basis, some seasonally and others on a one-time basis. Groups, teams, and individuals are all welcome.
OUR NEEDS INCLUDE:
*NOTE: Individuals interested in volunteering on the farm must first complete the application below, then download the waiver, and emergency contact forms and return them to the farm in person or by email: email@example.com
We have 100 garden plots available for public use. Community gardeners grow a great variety of flowers, fruit and vegetables on their plots. At the height of the season, the community garden is one of the most beautiful places on the farm.
Every new gardener starts out with a 1/2 plot, (20x15ft), for their first season. Applications go out to all old and new gardeners in early March and are due at the end of March. Once your application has been accepted all gardeners are required to become members of the farm plus pay a $30 fee for use of a garden plot. We require all gardens to be maintained using organic approved growing methods. No synthetic fertilizers or chemicals allowed.
We are seeking a dedicated individual to join the farm who is passionate about farming, community, and stewardship of the land.
Codman Community Farm is a working farm in the heart of Lincoln, located adjacent to the commuter rail. We steward over 150 acres of land within the town of Lincoln and have a 18 acre home-farm which includes many barns, outbuildings, organically managed (not certified) vegetable and fruit fields and pastures. Codman is growing it's sustainable farming programs and seeks an individual interested in learning and growing with the farm. We are primarily a community and livestock farm with a growing vegetable and fruit component. Work on the farm includes all aspects of raising and caring for our pasture-based livestock, maintaining our pastures and fields, as well as tending our gardens.
For 2017 season we will be managing over 120 acres and approximately:
5000 pasture-raised meat chickens
1300 pasture-raised laying hens
100 pasture-raised and forage fed pigs
30+ head of 100% grass-fed cattle
250 pasture-raised turkeys
Maybe other critters like goats, ducks...
Daily farm work includes:
Skills and Qualifications:
Tractor experience a plus
This is a seasonal full-time position from April - early November. 5.5 days per week. Workers compensation and some food from farm provided. Hourly pay. Housing is not available.
Job Title: Assistant Farm Manager
Status: Full-Time, non-exempt
Time Period: 1 year renewable contract
Work Schedule: Varies seasonally. April - November: 55 hrs +/-. 6 days per week; Nov-March: 30-40 hours week with more flexible schedule and negotiated coverage to care for livestock daily.
Compensation: Annual salary; commensurate with experience plus potential for housing on the farm.
Benefits: 50% health insurance premium covered; workers compensation insurance; paid vacation accrued through time worked; cell phone allowance; food from the farm; plus opportunity to make additional money through off-hours special events support.
Duties: The Assistant Farm Manager reports directly to the Farm Manager and is responsible for all aspects of supporting farm enterprises. Hours can be irregular to accommodate agricultural needs.
Current farm operations include:
Pasture raised beef, pork, meat birds, layers, and turkeys.
Land management: hay, custom mowing, field maintenance of pastured animals/birds
Small vegetable field and fruit orchard.
Sales through on-site Farm Store, local area restaurants, and partnerships with other farm operations.
Community aspects of the farm:
Community garden plots
Barnyard animal pens for visitors
Community events and private events
Experience raising and caring for all manner of livestock
Experience managing forage and livestock pastures
Ability to safely and effectively operate farm equipment on/off road
2 years equipment operation preferred on 50+hp tractors.
Tillage, mowing, loader work, driving on open roads
Safe driving record; ability to safely maneuver farm trailers of all types/sizes
Experience setting up and managing portable electric fencing
Experience using outdoor power equipment (riding mowers, chainsaws, etc.)
Basic carpentry, plumbing and electrical experience a plus
Haying experience a plus
At least 2 years of supervisory experience and/or experience managing volunteers
Strength to lift 50+ pounds and handle large animals
Ability and stamina to work hard all day moving poultry coops, livestock shelters, water, and grain over rough terrain
Endurance, sometimes working 10+ hours per day and/or 6 days/week in all weather conditions (extreme heat, extreme cold, rain/mud, and/or high winds)
Excellent communicator and enjoys interacting with public
Ability to work independently and problem solve on the job
Basic computer technology skills
An ideal candidate will also possess the following traits:
Reliable, responsible, observant, flexible
Focused and detail-oriented
Ability to work independently and maintain farm priorities
Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a small team (a good sense of humor is a must!)
Ability to follow instructions and ask clarifying questions
Ability to use good judgment in raising animals safely and humanely
Strong critical thinking skills and ability to problem solve in difficult situations
Commitment to learning/improving sustainable farming practices centered around pasture raised methods and communicate such practices effectively to the public
Ability and desire to positively engage with a diverse community of people
Excellent customer service skills
Enjoy working with and leading volunteers, as needed
Submit a cover letter and a resume to Pete Lowy: firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover letter should include your interest in the position and relevant skills and background, and include a response to the following questions:
How does this position fit your personal and professional goals now and in the future?
How would a past employer describe you?
How would a co-worker describe you?
What skills/experience do you bring to this position that you think would benefit the farm?
Interviews will be conducted with qualified applicants. A list of three references and a clean driving record should be provided upon request.