2024 Farm Fellowship
Employer: Unadilla Community Farm
Work Location: West Edmeston, NY
Term of Employment: April - October
Compensation Range: $20/hr
Duties / Responsibilities
Join our team! Unadilla Community Farm is a 501c3 nonprofit farm education center in West Edmeston, NY, donating 100% of our produce to food pantries, mutual aid groups, and free herbal clinics, serving low-income and historically underserved communities through our Food Access and Herbal Aid Programs. Our staff help with the maintenance of 200+ varieties of crops, grown in a multi-story food forest model. We also engage the public through Community Volunteer Days throughout the season, to educate on topics such as plant propagation, dynamic accumulator plants, food forest design, and more.
Our Farm Fellowship is a paid season-long commitment wherein fellows help to run the day-to-day operations of the farm. Under the mentorship of the farm’s Project Manager, fellows will learn how to: 1) tend to a food forest by applying principles of no-till organic farming, regenerative agroforestry, and permaculture design, with a focus on growing perennial fruits & herbs, cover crops, and annual vegetables; 2) harvest and pack crops for the farm’s Food Access & Herbal Aid Programs; and 3) help to carry out community volunteer days engaging members of the public in farm tasks such as planting and harvesting.
This is an outdoor, physical job. Farming often involves repetitive tasks, such as weeding, mulching, and harvesting. These humble field tasks are the backbone of our operation and this is what the fellows will be focused on learning and executing, to ensure the planting, care & maintenance, and harvesting of crops for donation to food pantries, mutual aid groups, and free herbal clinics.
The fellowship focuses on experiential, hands-on learning, where fellows work alongside the farm’s senior staff, to learn how to efficiently carry out sustainable farming techniques at-scale. Optional weekly classes are taught by the farm’s Project Manager to provide an opportunity for more in-depth learning for tasks learned in the field. Class topics include: farm/garden design, food forest design, irrigation system design, dynamic accumulator plants, tiny home design, off-grid photovoltaic systems, and more.
Desired Applicant Experience
- Submit your application using the online form. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and we will get back to you within 1 week of your submission.
- Next we may invite you to a 1-hour interview over the phone to learn more about your background and skill set and to tell you more about our work.
- After the phone interview, we may check in with the references you provided on your application and we may do a background check.
- Those who are accepted to the fellowship will receive a contract and an information packet with more employment details. We have workers comp insurance that covers all staff.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
Unadilla Community Farm is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity and to providing a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All hiring decisions are based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race/color, religion or belief, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations where we operate. We encourage fellows of all backgrounds to apply to our program. For the past 10 seasons, our education program has welcomed participants from a diversity of backgrounds and racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities from across 6 continents.
Our farm is entirely off-grid and is transitioning off of fossil fuels. We now rely 100% on off-grid solar for all of our lighting, charging electronics, landscaping tools, irrigation, and some power tools. For fellows who apply to live on-site, sleeping accommodations include 2 double bedrooms in the skoolie (converted school bus) or camping (bring your own camper, tent, or other camping gear). For fellows who live on-site, all organic vegetarian/vegan pantry staple items are provided. For those living on-site, we have a cooking rota six days a week to take turns cooking communal meals. The farm is a substance-free space (we do not allow alcohol, vaping, tobacco, marijuana, or other drugs on-site). We have both indoor and outdoor kitchens, indoor and outdoor compost toilets, and a gravity-fed unheated shower as well as access to the Unadilla River. We don’t have wifi, but do have good cell phone reception with Verizon.