Business / Organization Name:
Mill City Grows
97 Central St. Unit #302
Urban Farm Apprentices
2015 Farm Apprentices Full-time seasonal Organization Description Mill City Grows is growing a healthier community in Lowell, MA by creating new opportunities for residents to access healthy, fresh, affordable foods. Our mission is to foster food justice in Lowell by improving physical health, economic independence and environmental sustainability through increased access to land, locally grown food and education. We are seeking two motivated and well-organized candidates, committed to the values of our work to fill the 2015 Farm Apprentice Positions, which will work with Mill City Grows’ Co-Director and Assistant Farm Manager. Mill City Grows’ Apprenticeships: Mill City Grows runs two urban farm sites within the city of Lowell, managing a little over 3.5 acres. We run a mobile market, participate in the City of Lowell Farmers’ Market, are involved in a new winter market, and sell to local restaurants. We use organic and sustainable growing practices, and combine hand-work and mechanized systems depending on site scale. We are looking for motivated, excited apprentices, who are enthusiastic about sustainable farming and community building in the city. Ideally, we are looking for apprentices with a few years experience in agriculture and those who are seriously interested in pursuing a career in farming and/or urban agriculture. The apprenticeship is an intensive working and learning opportunity for those who would like to broaden their knowledge of whole farm systems and organic urban growing. A strong work ethic, positive attitude, sense of humor, and ability to problem solve independently, along with good time management skills and punctuality are necessary in this position. The Mill City Grows’ apprenticeship is a full-time, seasonal position. The apprenticeship is 29 weeks, from mid-April through the end of October. The workweek will average 40-45 hours over five days, apprentices are expected to work weekends when necessary and will be compensated with time off during the week as we rotate schedules during the season for watering, greenhouse coverage, and weekend volunteer groups. Responsibilities: • Assist farm managers in all aspects of vegetable production and fieldwork, including: greenhouse work, season extension, soil and field prep, seeding and transplanting, tillage and cultivation, fencing, irrigation, pest and disease management, harvest, and the myriad other tasks that come up in the day-to-day of farming. Apprentices will be trained to use our BCS and cultivating tractor, along with many hand tools. • Interact positively with the public, including volunteers and educational groups. Apprentices will have the opportunity to work one of our markets if interested. • Each apprentice will have an area of focus/expertise, either wholesale/restaurant sales or community partnership development/donations. Mill City Grows is under the fiscal agency of the YWCA of Lowell. The Farm Apprentice will be an employee of the YWCA of Lowell, an equal opportunity employer.
Plant and Soil Sciences
Sustainable Food and Farming
Friday, March 13, 2015
Application Requirements (resume, cover letter, etc.):
Please send your resume, cover letter, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Qualifications: • 1-2 years experience in sustainable agriculture and a demonstrated interest in the field • be willing to problem solve and think critically on their own • be eager to work hard and get dirty in all kinds of weather (cold, heat, rain, snow, wind) • have an aptitude for physically demanding, fast-paced work • have good attention to detail • have excellent communication skills, a positive attitude, and ability to take and give instructions • able to work well alone and as part of a team • ability to safely lift and carry 50 pounds repeatedly • a safe driving record, valid driver’s license, personal transportation, and a valid up to date car insurance policy
Wage, Salary & Benefits Description:
Compensation: • $500/week stipend • Lots of produce! Educational Opportunities: • CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) farm visits to other local farms. There are two CRAFT visits per month on Wednesday afternoons. Apprentices are strongly encouraged to attend these visits. MCG will reimburse for transportation costs to and from CRAFT, but visits are considered professional development and unpaid. • Weekly farm field walks to discuss pest & disease control, weed ID, soil fertility, whole farm management, etc. We will plan the week’s agenda, discuss current challenges and the week’s harvests. • Packet including crop plan, seeding schedules, and other useful resources, as well as a weekly handout outlining the week’s work. • 2 to 3 professional development opportunities during the season, e.g. NOFA summer conference. Once again, these are unpaid hours, but MCG will cover all registration and transportation costs.