Employment opportunities in Alabama food (as of February 1, 2016):

FARMING:

Marble Creek Farmstead (Sylacauga, Talladega County):
ASAN farm member Marble Creek Farmstead, a sustainable family farm beginning its third year of operation, is hiring for a full time farm manager / grower position.  This person will manage and grow the farm’s fruit and vegetable garden, and work with the livestock manager on daily feeding of livestock. The ideal candidate has several years or more of market gardening, though candidates with less experience will be considered as well.  Compensation: competitive base salary, on-farm room and board, and profit sharing.  Compensation covers 9 hours/day M-F, 2 hours Saturday, Sundays off. Visit www.marblecreekfarmstead.com, Facebook, or @marblecreekfarmstead on Instagram to learn more about the farm.  Contact marblecreekfarmstead@gmail.com for a full job description and more information about how to apply.

Bois D’Arc Farm (Marion, Perry County):
Bois D’Arc Farm is a 5300-acre organic farm currently producing grains and other heritage crops.  The farm is developing test plots for crops including corn, antique wheat, upland rice, field peas, beans, sugar cane and sorghum, indigo, and possibly some older strains of culinary and medicinal herbs.  They are hiring for a manager of these test plots, and this person will be responsible for planning, planting, caring for, and documenting all aspects of the test plots. The ideal candidate will have several years experience in organic farming and great enthusiasm for rare and heritage varieties; ideally this person will have experience growing heritage grains, though candidates without that specific skillset will also be considered.  This manager’s work will be largely independent and self-directed, so accountability and good communication is important.  The position is salaried and includes housing as well as medical insurance. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, and work starts immediately / ASAP.  For more information contact Scott Peacock at peacock3448@aol.com.

Greene Hills Farm (Waverly, Chambers County):
Greene Hills Farm is a 34-acre startup vegetable farm near Auburn, projected to produce 100,000 organic cucumbers in spring 2016.  They are hiring a farm manager who will manage all resources of the farm – people, soils, crops, equipment, budget – toward the highest level of efficiency and quality possible.  This person is responsible for soil/nutrient management, crop rotation, irrigation, recordkeeping, and oversight for 20-40 contract laborers and/or seasonal workers as needed, among other responsibilities.  For more information contact E. William Koons, III, at ewilliamkoons@gmail.com.

 

NONPROFIT:

Society of St. Andrew:
Gleaning organization the Society of St. Andrew (based in Birmingham) is hiring a full-time Program Coordinator.  This person’s responsibilities are to maintain, coordinate, and grow SoSA’s gleaning network of producers, volunteers, and feeding programs throughout Alabama.  This includes establishing and maintaining partnerships with farmers and produce handlers, organizing and executing gleaning events, and promoting the work of SoSA in various settings.  The position is based out of Birmingham and begins ASAP.  For more information contact Mark Mangum at sosaal@endhunger.org.  More info about SoSA’s work is available on their website and Facebook page.

Food Bank of North Alabama:
The Food Bank of North Alabama (based in Huntsville) is hiring for two positions:
1) Part-time Member Services Coordinator for the Farm Food Collaborative, a food hub of growers, buyers, and support agencies in North Alabama.  More information here.
2) Full-time Child Hunger Corps Member. This two-year position will conduct a regional child hunger assessment and work with community partners to implement strategies to end child hunger in North Alabama. Position begins in August, applications due February 23. More information here.