La Granja de Presente! Maine

At Presente! Maine, we work to empower displaced Afro/Indigenous and Latinx peoples of Maine through survival programs, community power building, cultural celebration, and transformative healing practice. Presente envisions a world where all peoples enjoy their rights to joy, beauty, wellness, food, land, and home.

In 2020, we connected with Land in Common to return to the Earth and grow food. Through their Land Share Project, we secured an acre of land through a 99-year lease – our Collective Farm – in which we now grow traditional foods and follow a model of growing that is free from the colonial attitude of efficiency and maximum output. We see this work as a partnership with the land, to hold and be held, to work together to help plants do what they want to do – grow – and foster community connection with displaced people of Southern Maine.

During the growing months, we hold Community Farm Days where we co-learn with our community about sustainable farming practices and reconnect with ancestral farming traditions, while also allowing for moments of grief, rest, and celebration. By creating opportunities for the community to grow food, connect with “La Pachamama,” and relearn traditional food and medicine practices, we seek to transform the way we view our place in the ecosystem and grant our community the transformative experience of long-term land tenure.

Creating our own small-scale, community farm has given us choice and the ability to determine for ourselves what we consume and how we cultivate and work with the land to grow our foods. Over the past two years, we have produced over 50,000 lbs of food to give back to our community, and we have plans to continue to grow. However, with the current capacity of our farm, we are limited in the amount of food we can produce and the scope of our community engagement efforts.

We were recently presented with the opportunity to deepen our relationship with Land in Common and expand our farm into the adjoining fields of our existing plot. We only lack the funds to make this a reality, despite having the capacity to do so. This would allow us to cultivate a wider variety of crops and allow us to host larger and more frequent community gatherings and workshops, where community members can learn about food sovereignty and traditional farming techniques, and restore our sacred connection to food, land, and ourselves.

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Location

217 S Mountain Rd, Greene, ME 04236

Hours and Work Season

*Full-time, seasonal (40 hr/week)
*Anticipated end date: Friday, November 15, 2024
*Monday-Friday, with varied hours between 8 am and 6 pm. One-hour lunch breaks and frequent water breaks
*Weekends and evenings may be required, with at least one Saturday per month

Paid Time Off:

*3 holidays off
*56 hours (7 days) of frontloaded Earned Paid Leave available after 30 days of employment

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*Tiempo completo, Temporal (40 h/semana)
*Fecha de finalización prevista: Viernes, 15 de noviembre de 2024
*Lunes a viernes, con horarios variables entre 8:00 am y 6:00 pm.
*Descansos de una hora para el almuerzo y frecuentes descansos para tomar agua.
*Es posible que se requieran fines de semana y tardes, con al menos un sábado por mes.

Tiempo Libre Remunerado:

*3 días festivos libres
*56 horas (7 días) de Permiso Remunerado Acumulado (EPL) después de 30 días de empleo

Payment Type

Hourly

Pay

$27.00 – $28.50 / hr

Job Description

✧ Requirements:

*Commitment to racial, gender, and economic justice.
*Excitement and passion for plants, food, medicine, and community!
*A combination of at least two years of education, experience, and training in gardening, agriculture, medicine-making, community building, and/or cooperative projects
*Strong time management skills and attention to detail
*Task management skills; including task prioritization, results-oriented, time management, and following through with commitments
*Excellent oral communication skills
*Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team
*Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and access to a personal vehicle
*Ability to stand and walk the grounds frequently and tolerate varying climate conditions
*Ability to lift and carry 50+ lbs, kneel, crawl, squat, crouch, and stoop frequently
*Ability to push and pull 50+ lbs occasionally
*Ability and willingness to work through conflict, ask for support, and communicate needs
*Respect for the confidentiality of community members and team members
*Fluency in Spanish and English

✧ Strongly Preferred:

*Cultural Competency
*Lived experience

✦ ✦ Responsibilities ✦ ✦

*Maintain food growing spaces by supporting with weed and pest management, building beds, laying footpaths, watering, and overall caring for plants and medicines
*Work independently and in groups as needed
*Follow tasks given by the Farm Programs Manager and check in regularly regarding scheduling, needs, and support
*Help maintain an organized toolshed
*Demonstrate a willingness to learn organic farming skills
*Be detailed-oriented and observant, such as noticing changes in plants and bringing them to the attention of the team to resolve problems
*Support with irrigation system installation and maintenance
*Assist with greenhouse maintenance
*Participate in harvesting, washing, and packing vegetables
*Organize and store produce in cold storage
*Support end-of-season field care; including irrigation, row covering, mulching, cover crop, etc
*Help with compost maintenance
*Understand Presente’s mission and prioritize growing in harmony with the land and community
*Support Community Days on the farm and feel comfortable and confident teaching others about plant care tasks

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✧ Requisitos:

*Compromiso con la justicia racial, de género y económica
*¡Emoción y pasión por las plantas, la comida, la medicina y la comunidad!
*Una combinación de al menos dos años de educación, experiencia y formación en jardinería, producción de medicamentos, construcción de comunidades y/o proyectos cooperativos
*Excelentes habilidades de gestión del tiempo, atención al detalle y capacidad para realizar múltiples tareas
*Excelentes habilidades de comunicación oral
*Capacidad demostrada para trabajar de forma independiente y como parte de un equipo
*Licencia de conducir válida, historial de conducción limpio y acceso a un vehículo personal
*Capacidad para pararse y caminar por el terreno con frecuencia y tolerar condiciones climáticas variables
*Capacidad para levantar y cargar más de 50 libras, arrodillarse, gatear, ponerse en cuclillas, agacharse y agacharse con frecuencia
*Capacidad para empujar y jalar más de 50 libras ocasionalmente
*Capacidad y voluntad para resolver conflictos, pedir apoyo y comunicar necesidades.
*Respeto por la confidencialidad de los miembros de la comunidad y de los miembros del equipo.
*Fluidez en español e inglés.

✧ Altamente preferido:

*Competencia cultural
*Experiencia vivida

✦ ✦ Responsabilidades ✦ ✦

*Mantener los espacios de cultivo de alimentos apoyando con la gestión de malezas y plagas, construyendo camas, colocando senderos, regando y cuidando en general las plantas y las medicinas.
*Trabajar de forma independiente y en grupo según sea necesario.
*Seguir las tareas asignadas por le Gerente de Programas Agrícolas y verifique periódicamente la programación, las necesidades y el soporte.
*Ayudar a mantener un cobertizo de herramientas organizado.
*Demostrar disposición para aprender habilidades de agricultura orgánica.
*Ser detallista y observador, como notar cambios en las plantas y ponerlos en conocimiento del equipo para resolver problemas.
*Apoyar con la instalación y mantenimiento del sistema de riego.
*Ayudar con el mantenimiento del invernadero.
*Participar en la cosecha, lavado y empaque de verduras.
*Organizar y almacenar los productos en almacenamiento en frío.
*Apoyar el cuidado de campo al final de la temporada, incluyendo riego, cobertura de hileras, acolchado, cultivo de cobertura, etc.
*Ayudar con el mantenimiento del compost.
*Entender la misión de Presente y priorizar el crecimiento en armonía con la tierra y la comunidad.
*Apoyar los Días Comunitarios en el granja y sentirse cómodo y seguro enseñando a otros sobre tareas de cuidado de plantas.

Benefits

What to Expect from Us

✧ Values: Must demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Presente! Maine’s mission, vision, and values. Ideal candidates for this position should have a deep commitment to justice and building community resilience, as well as strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

*Commitment to racial, gender, and economic justice.
*Excitement and passion for plants, food, medicine, and community!

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✧ Valores: Los candidatos deben demostrar un compromiso con la misión, visión y valores de Presente. Los candidatos ideales para este puesto mostrarán un profundo compromiso con la justicia y la construcción de la resiliencia comunitaria, así como habilidades organizativas sólidas y atención al detalle.

*Compromiso con la justicia racial, de género y económica
*¡Emoción y pasión por las plantas, la comida, la medicina y la comunidad!

Application Details and Deadline

✧ To apply, please submit a cover letter and resumé through our Gusto Application Portal. References will be requested if your application is accepted.

https://jobs.gusto.com/postings/presente-maine-seasonal-farm-hand-labradorx-granjerx-temporal-2872908c-f15e-4c86-bd29-122f937eac14

For more information, please visit www.presentemaine.org or email our HR Manager at [email protected] or 207-870-7256.

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✧ Para postularse, envíe una carta de presentación y un currículum vitae a través de nuestro Portal de solicitudes Gusto. Se solicitarán referencias si se acepta su solicitude.

https://jobs.gusto.com/postings/presente-maine-seasonal-farm-hand-labradorx-granjerx-temporal-2872908c-f15e-4c86-bd29-122f937eac14

Para obtener más información, visite www.presentemaine.org o envíe un correo electrónico a nuestro Gerente de Recursos Humanos a [email protected] o al 207-870-7256.

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