Aspiring farmers, find a job in agriculture! To learn about farming, the best thing is to get to work! Spring and summer are ideal for apprenticeships when farmers need hands to help with the long, hard hustle of the growing season. The Greenhorns jobs list is a good place to start searching. And be sure to look up your local regional sustainable food network! (links below) If you are unable to quit your current job, put your gear in storage, and move to a farm internship or job, consider volunteering on a farm to get a sense of the pace of commercial agriculture. Organic Volunteers and WWOOF USA are great resources to find a farm in the U.S. Also, farmers don’t need just field work support. They also need accounting, babysitting, graphic design, web design, carpentry, plumbing, pep talks, social connections, and ice cream. You can learn a lot about farming by just befriending and supporting a farmer, young or old. Scroll for links to important resources!  

+++!!!The Greenhorns is hiring!!!! 2 positions open!

1) Visual Editor

The New Farmer’s Almanac is a beloved publication in its third year.
You can find information and examples of layout of previous editions here:
Approximately 200 pages, with a print run of 4,000 and a readership of working agrarians, we need to make this important publication chock full of both archival and contemporary imagery. We are seeking a visual editor who can help us find and solicit topical illustrations and graphics to suit the editorial content. This position can be remote, but requires some knowledge of digital information sending / DropBox / GoogleDocs to coordinate with the lead editors Charlie Macquerie and Severine v T Fleming and designer Nicole Lavelle. The visual editor also needs to have experience with publication and be versed in image-quality levels necessary for use in print publication.
The visual editor would be charged with finding graphic imagery and getting permission to use it. This includes images of all kinds from block prints to lithographs, newspaper clippings, line drawings, water colors, and photographs from any variety of sources. These would need to be scanned and uploaded to a central location to be used by the designer for layout. The visual editor would also be charged with tracking correspondence and contacts for the artworks in question, in the format we have outlined with our editorial documents, and making sure that all correspondence is quick, diligent and within the spirit of the project.
The editorial team has a quite extensive spreadsheet of leads and contacts, but we are especially looking for someone with curatorial experience and curiosity who can delve into archival, found, and unique sources to bring surprising visual content to our young agrarian readership.
We hope to negotiate with you a modest flat fee, plus number of boxes of the finished books to sell with 100% markup.
2) Text/Solicitations Editor
We are seeking a brilliant, self-motivated,  agrarian literary type to join the editorial team for a work pulse in September and November of this year, and possibly beyond, aimed at increasing the breadth and depth of our scope of the New Farmer Almanac. This year’s theme is Commons, and the book addresses a large range building off of this foundation.
With more than 200 contributors to date, the New Farmer’s Almanac has already built quite a dynamic literary community. We’d like to grow this community through deliberate engagement with the arts and letters of landscape authors and thinkers. We’d also like to include, along with our amateur farmer writers, some more professional writers who can become a part of this community.  We are looking for a solicitations person/text editor who can manage and engage in this enlargement program and actively seek out contributors from venues like: Farming Journal, Dark Mountain, Orion, Ensia, regional and rural literary journals and critical practice/anthology/ research artists. Our breadth is wide, but as an example, we are currently seeking contenct on work songs, historica haymaking practices, themes of Food Sovereignty, food justice, land policy and reform, and countering land-grabbing practices.
We want this editor to explore pieces written for other publications and audiences that will balance out the tone and content of our journal, and keep our readership informed of adjacent topics. And in general we want to make our Almanac the best it can be.
We hope to negotiate with you a modest flat fee, plus number of boxes of the finished books to sell with 100% markup.
This job starts ASAP and can continue throughout the next 2 years during the editorial process for the next Almanac, but with a special period (like cuba’s) in the months of September and October as we get this issue nailed down. Your extra set of ears, hands, and eyes will help us polish off the round of essays we already have in the door, and the leads we’ve already gathered—and then set a course for action on the next issues.
+++ Landowners, find a farmer to cultivate your place!  We are often approached by farmland owners looking for farmers to manage their land, start a farm, work as staff, or run an independent business on leased land. This is a key are for beginning farmers to find opportunity, especially at the start of their careers as they build skills and the capital and experience needed to gain long-term, sustainable access to land. For farmland owners who do not farm, but seek to partner with farmers as:

  • Paid farm managers (usually on an annual basis, including housing)
  • Leasees to run their own business (usually on a multi-year lease, sometimes with housing, usually with barns and a certain amount of infrastructure already in place)

we have created a list of places for farmland owners to post their opportunities, as wel as some useful resources for becoming a ‘literate, proactive, and benign’ landowner (which we hope is your goal as well!). Agriculture takes time. It is based on relationships; on observation and interventions; on instinct and care. It is a delicate and lovely and worthy or consideration and respect. It is also full of drama, heartbreak, and financial stress. To succeed, we suggest you spend the time ahead of the game to fully define your holistic goals.   Here’s a list of important places and regional networks to get you started: NATIONAL The Greenhorns jobs list Good Food Jobs National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service Organic Volunteers WWOOF USA Orion Grassroots jobs listing Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association National American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program Small Farmers Journal (a quarterly publication with a classifieds section) Holistic Management International COMFOOD listserv, Tufts University Land Stewardship Project EAST NEW ENGLAND Land for Good NEW YORK NOFA-NY Columbia County Land Conservancy Landowner Matching Program PENNSYLVANIA PASA MAINE MOFGA Midwest MOSES WEST High Country News jobs board Ranch World Ads OREGON iFarm (a project of Friends of Family Farmers) Ten Rivers Food Web Oregon Tilth Rogue Farm Corps CALIFORNIA CASFS (Santa Cruz apprenticeship program) California Farmlink NEW MEXICO Quivira Coalition New Agrarian apprenticeship programApprentice Link WEST NORTH CAROLINA (also a great resource for aspiring farmers to find apprenticeships!) +++