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Farm jobs are hot and farming is cool. Good tidings for job seekers, our economy, communities and every one of us. Old-school farming is staging a comeback and that's even better. Small scale and organic farming help put people back in sync with our food production creating better stewards of our land, animals, and health by cultivating a food supply without synthetic pesticides, genetically modified organisms and toxic substances. It's healthier for consumers and also fosters a safer workplace providing better quality jobs for farm workers as well as improved conditions for farm animals and surrounding communities. It's farming closer to the way our grandparents and great grandparents farmed -- with the land.
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Promising trends documented in several recent studies show positive growth and paint a healthy job outlook for organic farming. According to one report, organic farms hired an average of 61 year-round employees compared to just 28 hired on conventional farms. Organic farms also hire more seasonal workers than conventional farms. Despite the economic recession, the organic industry has maintained a positive growth rate and ninety-six percent of organic operations surveyed were projecting to maintain or increase employment opportunities. The number of organic farmers must triple to 42,000 organic farmers by 2015 in order to meet projected market demand. Another report shows that the organic food industry generated more than five hundred thousand U.S. jobs in 2010 and that the use of organically produced ingredients resulted in creating 21 percent more jobs than would have been generated if ingredients were sourced from only conventional farms. For more on the strength and types of career opportunities in organic food production, read the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook for Organics.
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Organic farming not only represents a viable source of jobs and healthier food but is also a positive force to help combat climate change, improve our watersheds and soil conditions, restore bird and bee populations and address risk factors of disease. Organic farming is a real and multifaceted investment in our economy, health and environment -- something to remember each time we choose organic food. Just imagine what organic farming could achieve with even greater demand and better policy support.
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"There are an estimated 57,900 jobs available annually in the field of agriculture, and only 35,400 graduates who have studied a field that would qualify them for those jobs."
- USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack (2015)
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Farm Manager for Wild Hope Farm,
Chester, SC - 2021
Wild Hope is a 12 acre, diverse organic vegetable operation located on a 220 acre family farm in Chester, SC. At Wild Hope, we aspire to demonstrate efficiency, …
Sprouting Farms Production Manager - Fall 2016
The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), West Virginia’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center is accepting resumes …
Growing New Farmers Program in Charleston, South Carolina
May - November 2016
Lowcountry Local First is currently accepting applications for the 2016 Growing New Farmers Program. Selected participants will explore their interest …
Farmers Apprentice for Talkeetna Grown at Birch Creek Ranch - Alaska
Farmers Apprentice needed for Talkeetna Grown CSA and market garden at Birch Creek Ranch in Talkeetna, Alaska. We are a semi-remote Alaskan Homestead …
Farm Assistant at Allen Sheep Farm, Chilmark, MA.
The Allen Farm Sheep and Wool Company is currently seeking a farm assistant starting in spring (April/May) 2014. The Allen Farm is located in Chilmark, …
Lowcountry Local First's Growing New Farmers Apprentice Program
2016 UPDATE: Check out Local First's Current Opportunity 10-month educational training program with a structured curriculum that utilizes coursework, …
Private Gardener for Residence/Spa - Georgian Bay
Private Gardener Location: Tiny Beaches Rd. Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada (2hrs Northwest of Toronto) Setting: Guest house, spa and gardens located …
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