Employment opportunities in Alabama food (as of April 4, 2016):
FARMING AND FOOD PRODUCTION:
Marble Creek Farmstead (Sylacauga, Talladega County):
Marble Creek Farmstead is a family farm that raises pastured chickens, pork, beef, lamb, goat, duck, turkey, and rabbit. They have a large egg business, and raise about one acre of vegetables for market gardens. They sell some products via wholesale channels, but mostly sell directly to the consumer via farmers markets and a pasture-raised meats CSA. In addition to the farm they also own a USDA processing facility located in Pell City Alabama where they process all of their meats including poultry. Open positions include: farm manager, vegetable gardener, poultry specialist, and/or livestock manager. Compensation is based on experience (Starting rate is at least $10/hr for no experience). Room and board is available for qualified applicants. Full description available here.
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
FOOD PROCESSING, TRANSPORTATION, AGGREGATION, ETC:
Pell City Processing (Pell City, St. Clair County):
USDA inspected slaughter facility for beef, hogs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, and other livestock, with a focus on the needs of sustainable, local, direct-market producers. Hiring for a head butcher and butcher apprentice positions, full job description and requirements available here.
NONPROFIT / ORGANIZING:
Druid City Garden Project (Tuscaloosa):
DCGP does school garden and other food-based education in Tuscaloosa, and is currently hiring for a number of positions, including: