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  • 03/27/2014 10:07 AM | Lee Mackay TOFGA Administrative Manager (Administrator)
    For job details please click on link below:


    FarmMgrJobDescripBrief32014GreenGateFarms.pdf
  • 02/06/2014 10:19 AM | Leslie McKinnon TOFGA Region 2 Director (Administrator)

    The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is a leading national nonprofit organization in advocating for small farmers and local food producers. We are looking for an energetic, conscientious and detail-oriented individual, who enjoys making a positive difference, to work as a part-time administrative assistant. The position will include work on-site at our office in Cameron, TX.


    JOB DESCRIPTION/RESPONSIBILITIES:
    • Provide administrative support: Membership management: enter new memberships and renewals into database; send confirmations; run reports as needed
    • Member support: respond to inquiries about FARFA’s work via phone and email
    • Generate, maintain, and manage financial documents, including quarterly tax forms
    • Provide support for special events, including coordinating among staff and volunteers to ensure good communications among team members and that deadlines are met 
    • Special projects as assigned
    REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS:

    • High School Diploma
    • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, email, internet
    • Proficient database entry skills 
    • Strong customer service and communication skills, over the phone and email
    • Organizational skills and the ability to manage projects without supervision 
    • Can handle sensitive information with the highest degree of integrity and confidentiality

    HOURS AND PAY:
    For 2014, we are looking for a part-time position of approximately 10-12 hours/week. The position has the potential to expand in the future. $10/hr Some of the work may be done from home, but most of the work will require being in person at the office in Cameron, TX.
    Please send resume to: Judith@FarmAndRanchFreedom.org

  • 12/18/2013 12:11 PM | Lana Byrne
    Permaculture Dream Job Opportunity:  
    Garden Manager for the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity!

    Position Title:  Live in Garden Manager

    Description:  Full time live-in gardener to oversee and implement the daily activities of the Community Garden; Minimum One-Year committment

    Is your dream to be a skilled permaculturist and experienced gardener? Do you enjoy teaching permaculture and related subjects? Well, this Garden Manager position just might be the perfect role for you!

    The Garden Manager will be the person in charge of maintaining the annual and perennial garden systems at the Convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity in Dallas, Texas. This will involve lots of planting, garden planning, harvesting, weeding, mulching, making compost, and leading groups of volunteers and interns in garden work. One of the other main duties of the garden manager will be to assist in the teaching and running of courses at the Convent, which will occur on a regular basis here.

    The main remuneration for this position will not be financial, but rather the experience of a lifetime – living in and helping manage a successful permaculture community and education center. Although we expect applicants to come with existing permaculture skills and qualifications, you will also pick up a ton of new skills and knowledge while here. The position includes room and a share of the garden harvest on-site within the community. The garden manager will have their own private building residence to live in with electricity and running water. 

    Qualifications and Experience

    Minimum Qualifications:

         English proficiency

         Demonstrated experience working in permaculture and/or organic agricultural systems

         Gardening experience and knowledge, preferably 2+ years

         Leadership skills

         Organized and proactive personality

         Mentally, physically, and spiritually well-balanced without substance abuse or mental health problems

         Ability to lift up to 40+ lbs

         Background check and three references required  

         Commitment to the values and ethics of permaculture

         Driver’s license or ability to drive

     

    Strongly Desired:

         Spanish language skills

         University graduate with relevant degree (horticulture, agroecology, environmental science, etc.)

         Market garden experience

         Demonstrated teaching and/or environmental education experience

         Demonstrated Integrated Pest Management experience

         Demonstrated experience managing crews of workers/volunteers

         Other relevant specialized skills

     

    How to apply:

    To apply for this position, send a resume and cover letter to: lanabyrne1@gmail.com

         The deadline for applications is January 15th although late applications may be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

         See more information about our organization at:  

    • http://www.nauolc.org
  • 12/03/2013 10:44 AM | Jen Mack
    RAIN LILY FARM IS HIRING!

    Join us on the front lines of sustainability, bringing fresh, organic produce to Austin residents and businesses. As our farmer, you will be an active part of Austin’s tight-knit community of urban farms and an integral part of the local food movement.

    A BIT ABOUT US:
    We take up four acres on a quiet street in east Austin, with a diversity of neighbors and three other urban farms nearly within earshot. We raise chickens and goats in addition to growing organic produce, and we participate in and host many community events, such as the East Austin Urban Farm Tour, Shakespeare on the Farm, and our annual Gumbo Cook-Off.  To dig deeper, check us out at www.facebook.com/rainlilyfarm.    

    WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
    A farmer to oversee and implement the daily agricultural activities of the farm, including:
    • Maintenance of farm tools/tiller and irrigation systems
    • Management of farm labor (including workers, volunteers, and interns)
    • Crop planning, planting, maintenance, harvest, and post-harvest processing and distribution
    • Greenhouse management and production
    • Leading tours and interacting with the public for events
    • Minimal social media help

    Additionally, a successful candidate will:
    • Have a passion for organic farming and the local food movement
    • Have organic farming experience or relevant education and should be able to contribute ideas on how to expand and diversify operations
    • Be creative, efficient, organized and self motivated (able to work alone and to supervise and work with others)
    • Have excellent communication skills and a good attitude
    • Be physically capable of working long days and lifting 40+ lbs
    • Be detail oriented towards organic records management and financial accountability

    Part- to full-time position
    Housing provided

    We do a lot with a little space. If you’d like to get cozy and work hard with us, please email your resume to info@rainlilydesign.com or call us at 512-386-7633.
  • 09/06/2013 5:20 PM | Lee Mackay TOFGA Administrative Manager (Administrator)

    USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has announced that the Fall 2013 meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will take place from October 22-24 in Louisville, KY.  The NOSB meets twice annually to receive input from the public and key stakeholders in the organic community on NOSB recommendations and discussion items.  October’s meeting will cover a range of issues including possible changes to the List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) and updates from working groups on technical issues.

    Read more...

  • 06/11/2013 1:58 PM | Sales Team
    Free Trail Form
    sales@fast2grow.com
    Phone: 713.877.1217
    Toll Free: 877.687.7448

    Fast2Grow is an OMRI Listed, powerful Bio-stimulant derived from a unique proprietary fermentation process, which utilizes naturally occurring complex microbiological combinations and substances, fermented for a prolong period of time using unique conditions, extracted from poultry manure. When applied in small quantities Fast2Grow enhances plant growth and development, helps to improve efficiency of plant nutrients. Fast2Grow affects the many interactions between different plant functions and between the plant and the microbes that support it. Our product is biologically based. Fast2Grow is defined more by what it does, than what it is! Our product’s primary effect comes from these microbiological combinations which are present in our Bio-stimulant and not from its essential plant nutrients content. But due to inherent biological origin Fast2Grow does contain macro-micro nutrients in small quantities such as Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Sulfur, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Silicon, and Soluble Salts. Fast2Grow contains amino acids peptides that are perfect tool to improve crop performances, increasing nutrient uptake, stimulate growth, phytohormone and enzyme activities, flower fertility, enhance plant tolerance to stress and resistance mechanism towards viruses. Fast2Grow is not a pesticide or fertilizer, it is Bio-stimulant, and it is not intended to kill, repel, prevent or mitigate any pest; and it is not a plant food.

    Fast2Grow is an all-natural liquid concentrate and must be diluted with water and applied directly to plant foliage. Fast2Grow can be used independently or combined with fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides or fungicides in tank mixtures. Fast2Grow boosts plant resistance to adverse environmental conditions and diseases. Expect significant increases in crop yield and nutritional value. Regular application of Fast2Grow provides an ecologically friendly way to stimulate and enhance plant growth. Usage rates of supplemental fertilizers can be lowered by up to 30% without impacting yield.

    - See more at: http://www.Fast2Grow.com
  • 03/01/2013 3:21 PM | Paul Magedson
    I need to order a pallet of organic (OMRI listed) seed starter medium.   If you are interested in a few bags, it is about $18.00 per bag, 2.8 cubic ft. bag.  This will take 4 to 6 weeks to order and arrive.  http://www.sungro.com/products_displayProduct.php?product_id=136&brand_id=3   is a link to the exact product.  Contact mail@goodearthorganicfarm.com for more information or call 903-496-2070   Thanks, Lynn.
  • 03/01/2013 2:58 PM | Paul Magedson
    Certified organic farm seeking vegetable gardener, market help and general farm labor. Located in Northeast Texas, near Greenville.  Must be capable of planning, planting, maintaining and harvesting row crop vegetables under organic production.  Must be able to work outdoors in ambient temperatures, lift 50 pounds and generally in good physical shape. No smoking and no illegal drug use. We are looking for people who are on board with the local, organic movement, who are self- starters, innovative, clean-cut, dependable, who want to effect change with their lives.  Compensation varies with on or off site housing.  E-mail your resume/info. to magedson@yahoo.com   
  • 01/30/2013 4:46 PM | Lee Mackay TOFGA Administrative Manager (Administrator)
    Please click for more information:

    Hilltop Gardens job opportunity.docx
  • 01/02/2013 10:35 AM | John & Denise Stufflebeam
    Sunny Side Up Farm is presently accepting sign up for Summer 2013 Shares, please call 972 824-7119 for information and pricing.

    Owner, John Stufflebeam
    Location, Weston, TX




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