We love our Volunteers!
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:
- Pick your own garden planting and maintenance
- General garden and grounds maintenance
- Events organization & publicity
- Egg collection
- Field mowing
- Carpentry, light electrical, general handyman!
- General farm chores
- Communications writing, design and layout
*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
COMMUNITY GARDEN PLOTS
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.
Interested in becoming a new gardener?
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.
Join Our Team!
EDUCATION, OUTREACH and VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Located in the heart of Lincoln, Codman Community Farms (CCF) is a 501c3 non-profit founded in 1973 with the mission to operate a working farm that preserves Lincoln’s rural character by highlighting the importance of local farming and local food and inviting community involvement through educational opportunities and events. The farm consists of an 18 acre farmstead complex with historic barns, outbuildings, farm housing, community garden plots, orchard and fields as well as over 100 acres of privately owned or town-conserved farmland located throughout the town of Lincoln.
Over its 45 years, CCF’s farm programs and community activities have gradually evolved and grown from a seasonal initiative to a year-round functioning farm that now raises 100% grass-fed Red Devon cattle, and varied pasture-raised livestock including pigs, laying hens, meat chickens, turkeys, as well as a small amount of vegetables and fruit along with a hay component to feed our livestock in winter. The farm markets and sells most of what is grown and raised through the newly renovated Farm Store.
1. Job Description – Including Time Commitment
CCF is seeking a part-time Education, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator who will lay the groundwork to develop and promote a farm education and volunteer program to foster greater community involvement and connection to our land and the food produced on it. This newly created position is ideal for a self-starter who has a passion for local food and farming, enjoys building new programs and loves interacting with the public. The individual will help better coordinate the hundreds of volunteers who visit the farm each season with the goal of building agricultural awareness and improved engagement within our community.
This position will average 20 hours per week, year round but with a greater commitment from April through November. Flexible availability with some weekend work required. Overall, we anticipate that the hours would vary by the season with an approximate commitment of:
April - November (20-30 hours per week)
December - March (5-15 hours per week)
DUTIES WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
The position will be responsible for three core areas including outreach, volunteer coordination and development of educational programming.
Indoor Administrative Support (5-15 hrs/wk)
Create educational programming for adults and children related to our mission
Manage volunteer inquiries from groups and individuals
Streamline and coordinate volunteer activities with farm staff
Schedule and liaison with local school groups for onsite visits and tours
Assist in designing and overseeing the creation of marketing materials and marketing signage for education programming
Coordinate Volunteer Appreciation Brunch each November
Field questions regarding seasonal Community Events
Coordinate social media for events classes and volunteer needs (chicken catching, farm projects, farm chores etc.)
Organize “Farm Tours” where farm staff will lead field walks and talks about our innovative farming techniques
Seek new partnerships with other local non-profits, schools and community organizations
Write newsletters and blog entries detailing our education and innovative farming methods
Assist in website updates with educational content, event calendars, activity listings and registration forms.
Improve marketing and social media presence to communicate educational messages and build awareness about CCF work in the community.
Outdoor Engagement Support (10-20 hrs/wk)
Provide educational opportunities about growing food and demonstrate the value of an authentic working farm to engage the public in “agricultural literacy”
Provide hands-on support of volunteers in learning tasks such as:
Egg collection and washing
Caring for our baby chicks in our brooder
Maintaining our perennials and u-pick flower garden
Leading volunteer activities in our market garden and orchard
Oversee and lead general farm work days and visits with schools
Assist farm staff, as needed
(potential to earn additional $ if interested in working on the farm, beyond normal duties)
Opportunity to assist in day to day chores of caring for livestock and performing miscellaneous farm chores, as needed
Assist in managing our flower and market garden
Assist in stocking and managing farm store
Requirements & Qualifications:
College degree with 2 or more years experience farming or working on farms.
Leadership and teaching experience in a farm setting
Experience managing large groups of people with strong communication and public speaking skills
Comfort around and love of livestock
Ability to work independently and proven self-starter
Excellent communication, organizational and writing skills
Computer proficiency with common software programs (excel, word) and familiarity with social networking, email marketing platforms, and squarespace
Ability to pass a CORI check
Mandatory attendance at major farm events
Passion for farming, outdoors and eating local!
Salary & Benefits:
Salary $25,000/yr based on average 20 hours per week/yr.
Eligible to participate in our 403(b) retirement plan
Two weeks paid vacation, based on 20 hours per week
15% discount on items from our Farm Store
To APPLY for the above positions email firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and cover letter.
SEASONAL FARM ASSISTANT
(recruiting for 2019)
We are seeking a Seasonal Farm Assistant (April - October) who is a reliable, hard working and passionate about farming, community, and stewardship of the land.
Codman Community Farms is a working farm in the heart of Lincoln, located adjacent to the commuter rail. We steward over 120 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 its 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. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in learning about running a diversified livestock farm with a thriving direct to consumer market.
We raise 100% grass-fed beef, pasture-raised meat chickens and egg laying hens, turkeys, pigs and some other minor stock sometimes include ducks, goats and sheep. We use organic growing practices but are not certified organic.
Daily farm work includes:
Participate in daily chores including caring for all livestock including feeding, watering, observing and moving animals through pastures.
Collecting and washing eggs as needed.
Moving, caring and feeding of meat bird broilers on pasture
Planting, weeding and harvesting vegetables and fruits.
Using gas powered machines to mow, wack, cut and otherwise maintain growing vegetation on the farm.
Assist in moving and maintaining fences
Interacting with volunteers and the public
Skills and Qualifications:
1 year experience in livestock or vegetable farming
Passion for working with animals
Positive attitude, attention to detail and a willingness to learn and take direction
Excellent verbal communication skills and a good sense of humor
Creative problem solving skills
An appreciation of the roles speed and efficiency play in creating an economically viable farm
Ability to lift 50 lbs repeatedly is required
Ability to operate power tools and mechanical equipment safely
Willingness to work long hours in all weather conditions
Tractor experience a plus
General carpentry and handiness a plus
Valid driver's license with clean driving record required
Must pass a CORI background check
Seasonal full-time position from April - early November.
Five days per week, 8-10 hours per day.
Occasional weekend or evening work required
Hourly pay, depending on experience, $12hr+
Season end bonus opportunity for staying until early November.
Workers compensation provided
Some food from farm provided and discount at our Farm Store.
Housing is not available.
To APPLY for the above positions email email@example.com with your resume and cover letter.
Assistant Farm Manager
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.