Workshare Membership

Each season we invite a select group of people to participate in our Workshare Program.  This is a rare opportunity for hands-on learning about all aspects of certified organic farming in Central Texas. At our farm, you can learn about raising vegetables, flowers, herbs, livestock as well as help at our farm stand and support community events like our annual plant sale, classes and camps. For more information, you can reference our Workshare FAQ here. For the Spring season, we will have 14-16 workshare positions as follows:

Field Workers

  • Agricultural Workshare Members (9) — Shifts available Monday-Saturday, 8-12 or Tuesday, 3-7 at both farms. Bastrop folks join us!
  • Farm Stand Workshare Members (2) — Must be able to work either Tuesday, 3-7 or Saturday, 11-3. Spanish speakers preferred.

OFFICE WORKERS  (4-6 hours each week, flexible schedule)

  • Marketing/Special Events Workshare
  • Grantwriter Workshare
  • Volunteer Organizer Workshare
  • Adminstration Workshare

Interns needed

New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farms is seeking an intern to help with social media and marketing.

The intern will assist with all aspects of social media, customer service, and marketing, including:
-create and maintain photo library of farm/events
-assist with helping with Facebook,Twitter and other online accounts
-create email campaigns to support NFI community programming
-assist in updating NFI website
-write portions of NFI newsletter
-assist with annual fundraiser (“Hootenanny”)
This could become a full-time paid position if grant funding is secured. In the meantime, you can be paid in course credit and a weekly share of certified organic vegetables (and meat as available).
Commitment needed 8-12 hours/week through June 30, 2012.
Skills required:
Writing skills
Good sense of humor
Able to juggle several projects with minimal supervision

Friends of the Farm Available for Work:

We have the world’s most patient bookkeeper: Margaret Rittenhouse. After helping us wade through all the stuff we tend to avoid, she is signing up new clients.

Margaret says, “I am looking for small businesses that need help with their bookkeeping/accounting needs. I can help with initial QuickBooks setup, clean up of data and production of accurate financial statements or ongoing accounting activities. I have 5 years of accounting experience helping small businesses. I also have 4 years of public accounting experience and approximately 9 years experience with tax preparation. I have been a QuickBooks Pro Advisor, was a Certified Pro Advisor for 2007 and have taught QuickBooks at UT Informal Classes. I can be reached at 281-507-0449.”

Carpenter Angus Gluck’s talent is apparent to all. Just take a look at the barn he is building for us at our River Farm. Angus is a pleasure to work with given his 25 years of sustainable building experience. He’s available for projects, both small and large. Contact him at 928.607.5474 or .

Here’s some of his resume below…

Professional Qualities

Strong communication and interpersonal skills with all stakeholders. Organized, detailed, conscientious, hard-working. Extreme dedication to quality and integrity in process and outcome. Utmost adherence to safety goals, policy and practice. Flexible with changing work priorities and management of concurrent projects.

Conventional Construction and Carpentry • Professional Carpentry, rough and finish • Historic Restoration • Insulation • Window and Door Replacement • Drywall • Concrete Work • Post and beam • Electrical • Flooring • Materials procurement and logistics • Repair and maintenance • Bid preparation and budget adherence • All phases of stucco and plastering, traditional and synthetic, all substrates including diamond lathe, wood lathe and three coat traditional Green Building • Sustainability Planning and Upgrades • Efficiency Design and Materials Consulting • Recommendations to the Chemically Sensitive • Recycled and Reclaimed Materials • Earth Ship Houses • Materials assessment and needs estimation • Paint Alternatives • Passive efficiency design consulting

EDUCATION Design/Build and Passive Solar Design Graduate Urban Planning & Arcology (Architecture+Ecology) Flagstaff Community College, various courses Rastra Insulated Concrete Form Certification • Autoclave, AAC • Clay plaster • Solar/PV/Passive Solar Design and installation (on and off-grid systems) • Straw Bale Construction • Gray water systems • Creative use of water as thermal and anti- thermal mass • Alternative heating and cooling media • Home design for self-reliance Shelter Institute, Woolwhich, ME 1982 Arcosanti, Mayer, AZ 1983 Flagstaff, AZ 2002-3 Rastra Engineering, Scottsdale, AZ 2005

Staff Positions:

Farmers Evan and Jamie have been hired for this coming year. We are going to have a great season!

As soon as CSA memberships increase we can add to our staff. You are welcome to send us a cover letter about why you want to work here, your farming goals, resume and at least one farming reference.