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The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture Message Board › WCP farm manager position‏

WCP farm manager position‏

David H.
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Oxford, ME
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Hello all, WCP has recieved funding for a farm manager position, beginning May 1.This is a new and exciting opportunity for the right person. The details are attached and also pasted below. Please spread the word! ----------------------------------------­------------- Winter Cache Project Farm Manager Position Details:May 1 ? Nov 1 Hours: Appx. 10-15 hours/week; (Less time in May & Octoberand more time in June, July, August & September) Stipend: $2000/season Youwill have primary access to our truck and the project will pay for gas toand from the farm, but you will have to share the truck with other projectparticipants. About the Project:The Winter Cache Project (WCP) is a food security project based out ofPortland, Maine. Since 2004, the Winter Cache Project has cultivated halfan acre of land at Pleasant Valley Acres in Cumberland, Maine and in 2007began cultivating a small medicinal herb garden at Broadturn Farm inScarborough, Maine. At both farms, the WCP helps the resident farmers inexchange for the use of their land. Until now, the WCP has been entirelyvolunteer run. The mission of the Winter Cache Project is to free ourselves from adependence on industrial agriculture and to increase our community foodsecurity by developing sustainable local food systems. By growing andstoring our own food to last throughout the winter, and educatingourselves about agricultural issues, we aim to create a working example ofhow we can come together as a community to provide for our basic needsusing the principles of mutual aid, equal access and self-determination. The WCP grows, harvests, and preserves fruit, vegetables, and herbs tobuild a food cache for the winter months. The majority of the work isaccomplished during Sunday work parties from April to November. Workparties serve a dual purpose: first, to carry out the necessary labor togrow our own food, and second, to build community and share knowledge withneighbors and friends. In the fall, many vegetables, such as potatoes,onions, carrots, cabbage, and squash, are put into storage in a basementroot cellar in Portland. This food is then re-distributed to projectvolunteers on a bi-monthly basis throughout the winter. The second major component of the WCP is our educational campaign. Weoffer workshops throughout the harvesting season for community members toteach each other how to preserve food in various ways, including canning,freezing, and drying. Educational events also feature speakers, paneldiscussions, and educational videos to spark discussion around foodsecurity, sustainable agriculture, and social justice. Desired Qualifications:We are looking for someone with farm experience who feels comfortablegrowing a variety of vegetables. A number of program volunteers also havefarm experience, and are happy to teach, but we also still have a lot tolearn. We invite the farm manager to learn along with us. We expect thefarm manager to be able to work with and learn from people of differentages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, criminal records, faiths andclass backgrounds. We are looking for someone who is excited about andcommitted to sustainable agriculture as a means of community and personalempowerment. Thus, the ideal candidate will be open to feedback and inputfrom a variety of project participants. This position would be ideal for someone who is self-directed, energetic,open-minded, and passionate about sustainable agriculture and communityorganizing. Position Description:This is a unique opportunity to gain experience in farming, communityorganizing, and social justice. The main focus of the farm managerposition will be to make sure the farm is reliably tended to (i.e.weeding, watering, pest management). On Sundays, our collective workday,the farm manager will work with a group of project volunteers, both onWCP?s fields and Gene?s fields. During other days of the week the farmmanager will be in charge of maintaining the farm through going out on hisor her own and organizing volunteers. Gene, the farmer at Pleasant ValleyAcres, lives at the farm, and will be around most days. The farm managerwill be expected to communicate with Gene about what he needs assistancewith. Depending on the skill and interest of the applicant, we expectthat the farm manager will also plug into other aspects of the WinterCache Project. Some specific areas that we would love to involve the farmmanager in are:1) Fundraising: researching and writing grant applications and organizingfundraising events2) Organizing educational workshops for the summer and fall3) Helping to organize our annual Harvest Dinner4) Reaching out to diverse populations in Portland and increasingparticipation5) Helping to set up and maintain a solar irrigation system6) Maintaining our urban root cellar7) Making contacts with local farmers and setting up work trades to gleantheir fields8) Helping in the medicinal herb garden at Broadturn farm in ScarboroughThe following is a tentative schedule of events and tasks month to month:May: Clean out root cellar, start seedlings in the greenhouse, preparefields at Pleasant Valley Acres Farm, set up irrigation system,transplant seedlings, direct seed crops, Memorial Day cook-out at the farm. June: Transplant seedlings, direct seed crops, control weeds, mulch,control pests, educational workshops.July: Transplant seedlings, direct seed crops, control weeds, mulch,control pests, educational workshops.August: Control weeds, harvest, preserving workshops, control pests,fundraising dinner at Flatbread. September: Plant cover crops, harvest, preserving workshops, prepare urbanroot cellar for winter use. October: Gather storage supplies, organize big community harvest days,plan for harvest dinner, plant cover crops, put-away irrigation system,clean up fields, evaluate the season, begin planning the following season. How to apply:Please send a brief description of yourself, your experience, why youwould like to take on the farm manager position, and contact informationfor two references to: wintercache@riseup.netFor more information about the project, visit www.wintercacheproject.org --------------------Winter Cache ProjectP.O. Box 1303Portland, ME 04104wintercache@riseup.net The mission of the Winter Cache Project is to free ourselves from adependence on industrial agriculture and to increase our community foodsecurity by developing sustainable local food systems. By growing andstoring our own food to last throughout the winter, and educatingourselves about agricultural issues, we aim to create a working example ofhow we can come together as a community to provide for our basic needsusing the principles of mutual aid, equal access and self-determination. -- The mission of the Winter Cache Project (WCP) is to free ourselves from adependence on industrial agriculture and to increase our community foodsecurity by developing sustainable local food systems. By growing andstoring our own food to last throughout the winter and educating ourselvesabout agricultural issues, we aim to create a working example of how wecan come together as a community to provide for our basic needs byemploying the principles of mutual aid, equal access, andself-determination. www.wintercacheproject.org
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