Thursday, January 8

Urban Ag Opportunities

NYC Nonprofit Farm-- Garden Manager & Two Apprenticeships
Queens County Farm Museum, a 47 acre educational farm and visitor center in Queens, NY, seeks to hire:

(1) Garden/Market Manager -- work with agricultural director to manage 2+ acre vegetable garden, greenhouses, and cold frames in four-season growing program; work with apprentices and youth programs; assist in developing livestock program; manage farmers markets in NYC (up to 2 markets/week); contribute to value-added product line. Required: 3 years organic farming experience. Livestock experience a plus (chickens, turkeys, ducks, goats, sheep, cows); experience in diverse, urban setting; must be able to work with the public (farm receives over 300,000 visitors yearly). ~60 hours/week plus during high season. Year-round salaried position plus benefits. Early 2009, start date flexible.

(2) Garden Apprenticeship -- March-November apprenticeship working on two acre vegetable garden; work with livestock; must be able to work one weekend/month, attend farmer's markets as necessary. Seeking apprentice with one year experience in vegetable farming, an interest in adding livestock experience. Willing to train inexperienced but hard-working and determined person. A plus if interested in developing value-adds to our farm goods in commercial kitchen. ~50 hours/week. Educational opportunities + $1500/month stipend.

(3) Vineyard Apprenticeship -- March--November apprenticeship working on 1.5 acre vineyard. Vineyard is in its 5th year; apprentice works with vineyard manager and agricultural director. Will be primary vineyard worker; hard-working, attentive, independent worker a must. Work with livestock and in vegetable garden as needed. Must be flexible in hours, work weekends once each month, attend farmer's markets. ~50 hours/week. Educational opportunities, Long Island vineyard visits, $1500/month stipend.

Please no phone calls, send letters of interest and resume to Michael Grady Robertson:
Michael Grady Robertson Queens County Farm Museum

Tuesday, January 6

Food Writing and Reading

Read below if you think you might be interested in writing about food for the Columbia Spectator, which is a great opportunity for the experienced and novice sustainable food advocate alike. Also, check out a recent op-ed from Wes Jackson and Wendell Berry, powerful voices for the sustainable food movement:

My name is Devin Briski and I am the Spectator's newest Food & Drink editor. Spec A&E is currently looking for new writers for the Food & Drink section. I know you all love thinking and talking about food, so why not try writing about it? Perks of writing for Spec Food & Drink: your name in print; the opportunity to share opinions and cover trends in the NYC and Columbia food world; the opportunity to interview famous foodies and chefs of New York City; the possibility of free food and drinks and admission to food events; something to put on your resume if you wish to go into food-writing/the culinary world! We will have bi-weekly meetings (optional, but always with food) and lists of pitches sent out. If you decide to join the mailing list, you will receive food pitches you can pick up and run with, but you can also pitch me articles about food trends you wish to cover. Also, if formal journalism is not for you, we have an A&E blog where you can post short and sweet restaurant reviews/write about whatever you want. Email me for more information.

Thank you so much for your interest! And I hope you all are having a relaxing holiday break!Devin--
Devin Briski
Food & Drink Editor
Columbia Daily Spectator
(650) 576-8270