Job Opportunity: Seasonal Market Assistant

Seasonal Market Assistant – GOALFM (Grow Athol and Orange Local Food Markets)

GOALFM, a volunteer collaborative formed to support local food marketing in Athol and Orange, seeks an energetic person to assist with promotion and planning for  farmers markets in the two towns. The market assistant will recruit and communicate with community groups who will provide a Kids Corner at one or both markets; periodically monitor signage across both towns; take photos to be used in press and social media; gather attendance and other data, and other duties as assigned. $12/hour for 4-6 hours per week for the 20-week market season (late May through mid-October), including at least an hour each at the Thursday afternoon Orange Farmers Market and the Saturday morning Athol Farmers Market plus one GOALFM meeting per month. The successful applicant must have access to a vehicle and be proficient in digital communications and able to work well independently; familiarity with the Athol/Orange area a plus. Send a cover letter and resumé to cathy@cathystanton.net.

More information here: Seasonal Market Assistant Position_GOALFM

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Job opportunity at the Collaborative for Educational Services!

Healthy Hampshire Coordinator

The Healthy Hampshire Coordinator works in collaboration with Healthy Hampshire partners, under the supervision of the Healthy Hampshire Program Manager, to plan, implement and evaluate community health prevention strategies aimed at improving the health of residents and reducing the burden of chronic disease in four primary communities in Hampshire County (Amherst, Belchertown, Northampton, Williamsburg) as well as  the Hilltown region.
Master’s Degree in public health, education, public administration, planning, or related field preferred; Bachelor’s required. Two years’ experience in social services, public health, advocacy programs, or transportation planning; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

As if you needed another reason to attend our next meeting…

The next Food Alliance meeting is on December 8th, and this year we have a special treat for meeting participants: Honest Weight Artisan Beer will be offering a FREE brewery tour immediately after the meeting! Come for the networking and discussion, stay to support a brand new local brewery. The best part is, Honest Weight is located inside the Orange Innovation Center, so you can walk right over after lunch. Register now and let us know if you’ll be joining us on the tour!

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For more details about the meeting, including a tentative agenda, check out the meeting page.

Two job opportunities at New Entry Sustainable Farming Project!

Tufts New Entry Sustainable Farming Project has two exciting openings this fall! Visit their website for additional information.

Program and Finance Manager:  The New Entry Program and Finance Manager will help develop, prepare and submit federal, state, local, and private foundation grants while ensuring that an adequate control structure is in place over the spending of funds between New Entry’s two fiscal sponsors. He/She will engage in strategic planning and financial analysis in such areas as forecasting, budgeting, engaging in cost reduction analysis, and reviewing operational performance.  He/She will facilitate the efficient operation of the office through administrative, clerical and financial managerial tasks; provide support in supervising AmeriCorps VISTAmembers; and coordinate New Entry events.  We are seeking an all-around “get it done” person who is willing to play a leadership role across the organization on many levels.  This person will excel in performing detail-oriented tasks, keeping big picture organizational goals in mind, forging positive working relationships among staff, partners, farmers, and always striving to make process improvements across all our program and administrative functions.  For a complete job description and to apply,click here.

World PEAS Food Hub Manager:  The World PEAS Food Hub Manager will manage all activities associated with a $300,000/yr multi-farmer World PEAS Food Hub, including leading the Food Hub team in maintaining a high level of reputation for World PEAS products. World PEAS distributes fresh, locally-grown produce to over 30 distribution points around the Boston area. The Food Hub includes an expanding low-income food access component, consisting of multiple community partnerships. The Food Hub also provides market training and technical assistance to new and beginning farmers who are the main suppliers of the Food Hub.  For a complete job description and to apply, click here.

Both positions are full-time, with a generous benefits package and are based out of our Lowell office.  These positions will be employed under our fiscal sponsor, Third Sector New England.  If you are interested in either position, please complete the application links on the job descriptions.  We strongly encourage online applications. We also accept applications by mail or fax. Apply by mail to: Third Sector New England, Attn: Employment Manager, NonProfit Center, 89 South Street, Boston, MA  02111; or send by fax to: 617.523.2070.

Come support our partners at the Garlic and Arts Festival this weekend!

The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is this weekend! Now in its 17th year, the festival is renowned for its local food offerings, music and dance performances…and garlic ice cream! Even more exciting is the festival’s commitment to waste diversion – last year, with thousands of attendees, only three bags of trash were generated throughout the course of the whole weekend. Come check out some of our Food Alliance partners at the festival…

See you at the festival!

North Quabbin farmers markets are open for the season!

Summertime is here, and that means our local farmers markets are open at last! Find a market near you and stop by for all the best goods from our local farmers and producers.

Athol Farmers Market

  • Time: Saturdays, 9am – noon
  • Season: May 20 – October
  • Location: Uptown Common

Barre Farmers Market

  • Time: Saturdays, 9am – noon
  • Season: May 13 – October 21
  • Location: Town Common

Hardwick Farmers Market

  • Time: Sundays, 11am – 2pm
  • Season: June – October
  • Location: On the Common

Petersham Friday Market

  • Time: Fridays, 3  -6pm
  • Season: June 9 – October
  • Location: Town Common

Orange Farmers Market

  • Time: Thursdays, 3 – 6pm
  • Season: May – October
  • Location: Armory parking lot, East Main St.

Shutesbury Farmers Market

  • Time: Saturdays, 8:30 – noon
  • Season: May – October
  • Location: Town Hall

Did we miss a market? Email us and we’ll add it to the list!

Many of these markets also welcome new vendors – please pass the word on to any farmers or food entrepreneurs looking for new sales outlets. MDAR also maintains a list of all markets in MA that are seeking vendors.

Job opportunities in the greater Quabbin!

Lots of food & farm job openings in our region – check ’em out and pass along to anyone who may be interested.

The Country Store in Petersham

We are hiring! Cashier and line cooks…both positions require previous experience in food and customer service. We are looking for the right person to become part of this energetic teem. These are not seasonal jobs! Flexible hours, about 25 hours per week. Please inquire in person or email us at petershamstore@gmail.com

Franklin County Community Meals Program – Greenfield

FCCMP is seeking a 6 hour/week coordinator for our Greenfield Meal Site. Successful candidate will be able to direct and supervise food preparation and work with multiple volunteers in an approachable, good-natured manner. Must be able to achieve ServSafe Certification. Interested candidates should forward resume and contact information via email to fccmp.ma@gmail.com or mail to P.O.Box 172; Greenfield, MA 01302

(Note: Executive Director position has been filled!)

Harvard Forest in Petersham

Two jobs available – a research assistant and a part-time summer kitchen assistant. Read about them and apply here! 

Goat Dairy in Barre

Looking for an energetic, responsible person to help out on a part time basis  (10-12 hours per week) with our small goat dairy in Barre MA.  Must love goats!  Work includes helping with feeding and barn cleanup and composting.  Hourly wage commensurate with experience. Contact Melissa Hoffer at melissa.hoffer@gmail.com

Dairy Farm Hand in Barre

Carter & Stevens Farm in Barre, MA is hiring! We are looking for an energetic farm hand for a full time year round position on our family run dairy farm. Tasks will vary thought the year but include Milking, feeding calves, driving dump truck, loading and delivering hay with pick-up and trailer, running heavy machinery and tractors, logging, splitting wood, and many other farm related jobs. A Drivers license is required, and the ability to lift and carry 75 lbs. Experience driving truck (CDL not required), running a chain saw, prior work with cows, or running tractors is a plus. Must be self motivated, honest, reliable, and have a strong desire to work outside in all seasons. Must have ability to work flexible hours during peak season. We do not have housing available at this time. Pay will be based on experience. We are and equal opportunity employer. Please submit a resume or information on work history via email.

Part-time summer farm jobs for high school students in Greenfield

Thank you for your interest in The Green Team summer youth job program with Just Roots at the Greenfield Community Farm. These positions are for Franklin County High School students aged 14-18. Work will begin on July 6, and end on August 21. The hours are from 8:00 AM through 12:00 PM, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
As a Just Roots Green Team member, you will be working alongside farm staff and college interns, assisting with all manner of farm operations — primarily soil, crop, pest and weed management in the field and green houses. Typical tasks include seeding, transplanting, weeding (both by hand and with tools), harvesting, washing and preparing produce for market, and caring for farm animals. Applicants should have a positive attitude; enjoy the outdoors, as well as working with a team. Please apply online by April 30th.

Dump-truck driver needed in Winchendon

Smith’s Otter River Farm is looking for motivated person to work full time (seasonally) on our 250 cow dairy farm in Winchendon, MA. Primary responsibility is delivering composted cow manure to customers in surrounding towns via dump truck. Must have experience being a delivery driver, driving a dump truck. Familiar with the local area a PLUS! Email resume along with your salary requirements to smithscountrycheese@verizon.net or inquire within. No phone calls please!

Job opportunity: Part-time office assistant at farm in Hardwick

Update: This position has been filled. Thanks for your interest! 

Stillman Quality Meats, LLC., Hardwick, MA

Our farm is seeking a highly organized, skilled and responsible person to assist with office duties. We operate a small retail farm producing all natural beef, pork, lamb and poultry. Our farm just recently opened our own on-farm processing facility and we are seeking someone to fill in with the increased need for office support and duties. This is a great opportunity for someone with good computer skills who is looking to work around local food and interface with a dynamic work team and customer base. Applicants must have their own computer or access to one and be available to work on a consistent weekly schedule. Applicants must be very comfortable on a computer and with basic computer and web technology. Familiarity with programs such as word and excel is required, with additional training available for all other programs.

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