Now Hiring: Orchard Coordinator

Community Harvest Project is a 501(c)3 non profit farm that engages volunteers to grow fruits and vegetables to provide to those experiencing hunger. Through our volunteer farming programs and community partnerships, we bring thousands of community members together each year to improve access to healthy foods for individuals and families across central and eastern Massachusetts.  

We are currently seeking an Orchard Coordinator to work under the direction of our Orchard Manager at our Harvard site, the Prospect Hill Community Orchard.  This 75-acre property includes approximately 27 acres of apple trees, an acre of peaches and an acre of asparagus.  The vast majority of the crops are grown for donation to our partner agencies.

Schedule: This is a full time, year-round position at our Harvard location working 40 hours per week. Monday through Friday schedule most of the year, and Tuesday-Saturday schedule during harvest season (September and October).

Location: On-site at 115 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA, 01451

Job Description: The Orchard Coordinator is responsible for executing orchard tasks both individually and with groups to grow fresh produce for hunger relief.  The right candidate will have experience working in an orchard and/or other agricultural work, will be self-motivated, have a friendly personality, and enjoy working with individuals of all ages and abilities. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Management of the volunteer and intern experience: 
    • Assigning duties to all groups and overseeing their proper completion 
    • Overseeing all supplies and other needs to ensure proper volunteer and intern support 
    • Management the volunteer Team Leaders while on active duty 
    • Working with volunteers and interns throughout their assigned sessions 
    • Ensuring a positive experience for volunteers and interns through all of the above
  • Assist in all orchard operations under the direction of the Orchard Manager:
    • Execute daily agricultural duties (both independently and with volunteer groups)
      • Pruning
      • Weed control
      • Irrigation
      • Fertilization
      • Mowing
      • Pruning
      • Spraying
      • Equipment maintenance
      • General property and facilities maintenance
      • Picking
      • Grading and packing
      • Partner distributions
      • Occasional deliveries
    • Execute skilled/restricted farm activities after necessary training
      • Operate trucks, ATVs, tractors, loaders, mowers, fork trucks, sprayers, weed trimmers, chainsaws, plows, fertilizer spreaders and other farm equipment and tools
      • Apply fungicides, insecticides, PGRs, herbicides, rodenticides, and plant nutrients 
  • Occasional work at our Grafton location (events, training, team building)

Qualifications: 

  • Ability to lift 50lbs
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Positive, self-starting attitude
  • Ability to work one Saturday a month during off-season, and all Saturdays during Harvest Season (September and October) 
  • 2 years working in a farm setting, orchard experience a plus
  • 1 year of tractor experience, other farm equipment and power tool experience a plus
  • Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management and a Pesticide Applicator License a plus
    • If you do not have your PAL, training will be provided and CHP will pay for licensure.

Benefits:

  • Compensation: $18/hour
  • Time off: 20 days to use in the first 2 years of employment, then 20+ days annually year 3 and on.  5 days of paid sick time. 13 paid holidays.
  • Health care stipend
  • Employer-sponsored 401k plan (no match)
  • Education/workshop fees for necessary licensure and credits 

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references by December 30th to susan@community-harvest.org. Community Harvest Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with locations in North Grafton and Harvard, MA. Our mission is to engage and educate volunteers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief. Each year our sites host over 7,000 volunteers who work together to grow and donate an average of 270,000 pounds of produce to local hunger relief agencies such as the Worcester County Food Bank, Community Servings, and more.

Now Hiring: Orchard Equipment Operator

Community Harvest Project is a 501(c)3 non profit farm that engages volunteers to grow fruits and vegetables to provide to those experiencing hunger. Through our volunteer farming programs and community partnerships, we bring thousands of community members together each year to improve access to healthy foods for individuals and families across central and eastern Massachusetts.  

We are currently seeking an Equipment Operator to work under the direction of our Orchard Manager at our Harvard site, the Prospect Hill Community Orchard.

Schedule: This is a part time, year-round position at our Harvard location working 20 hours per week (exact days/schedule flexible). Requires some Saturday availability.

Location: On-site at 115 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA, 01451

Job Description: The Equipment Operator is responsible for driving all farm equipment (tractors, forklifts) and doing general farm work (spraying, mowing), maintenance support of farm equipment and assisting the Orchard Manager in growing fresh produce for hunger relief.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Utilize farm equipment to perform daily tasks, including but not limited to spraying*, mowing, cultivating, using a front end loader, snow removal, and moving harvested bins of apples
  • Load/unload trucks
  • Troubleshoot and complete all regular maintenance of farm equipment
  • Deliver produce to partner organizations and our other farm location
  • Assist with record-keeping (pesticide application, equipment maintenance) if needed
  • Prioritize daily tasks and equipment needs with orchard manager
  • Additional projects as assigned by Orchard Manager
  • Farming tasks as needed, eg chainsaw use, tree removal, pushing brush, burning brush 

Specific Qualifications Include:

  • 2+ years current experience operating of farm equipment, trucks, forklifts, tractors or other large equipment.
  • Some mechanical skills. High School/Trade School/Mechanic School education – Military Mechanical Training also acceptable.
  • Current, valid driver’s license and driving record in good standing; must be over 18 years of age.
  • Prior agricultural experiences, orchard experience a plus
  • Possess a Pesticide License or be willing/able to be educated to obtain a Pesticide License at our expense
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Positive attitude, excellent communication, and strong work ethic
  • Attention to detail and safety 
  • Some Saturday availability during harvest season (September and October)

Benefits:

  • Compensation: $20/hour
  • Time off: 10 days to use in the first 2 years of employment, then 12+ days annually year 3 and on.  5 days of paid sick time.
  • Education/workshop fees for necessary licensure and credits 

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references by December 30th to susan@community-harvest.org.

Community Harvest Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with locations in North Grafton and Harvard, MA. Our mission is to engage and educate volunteers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief. Each year our sites host over 7,000 volunteers who work together to grow and donate an average of 270,000 pounds of produce to local hunger relief agencies such as the Worcester County Food Bank, Community Servings, and more.

Now Hiring: 2021 Administrative Program Assistant

We are currently seeking a Part Time Administrative Assistant to work under the direction of our Executive Director at our North Grafton location. The ideal candidate will have basic computer skills, possess strong interpersonal skills, and have the ability to illustrate strong organizational/follow up skills.

Interested applicants  should email a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references by December 23rd to tori@community-harvest.org

Schedule: This is a part time, year-round position at our Grafton location working 10-15 hours per week -(exact days/schedule flexible). 

Compensation: $18-20.00 per hour, commensurate with experience

Location: Primarily on-site with some remote work

Job Description: The Administrative Assistant is responsible for managing the office and maintaining all necessary functions to ensure the organization can achieve its mission of engaging and educating volunteers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Office Management
    • Manage all services needed for functioning workspace, including but not limited to utilities, phone, internet, and EZPass
    • Order printed materials and merchandise, including business cards, brochures, flyers, and apparel
    • Process HR paperwork for new employees and update information as needed
    • Schedule meetings and send invitations (Zoom and in person)
    • Research new services and programs related to office management as needed
  • Bookkeeping and Development
    • Assist Development Coordinator with processing of cash receipts, credit card donations and check deposits
    • Maintain accuracy and consistency of donor and corporate information
    • Thank donors through personal phone calls and routine acknowledgement letters
  • Facilities management
    • Assistance with booking event space
    • Event space walk throughs
    • Permit filing and inspection scheduling
  • Website management
    • Be the primary manager for all website content, making updates throughout the year as programs, events and campaigns change
  • Other administrative tasks as they arise

Specific Qualifications Include:

  • Knowledge of Google and Windows Suite 
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills 
  • Organizational skills
  • Positive, self-starting attitude 
  • Cloud based platform experience a plus, preferably Salesforce
  • Knowledge of WordPress a plus   

Community Harvest Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with locations in North Grafton and Harvard, MA. Our mission is to engage and educate volunteers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief. Each year our sites host over 7,000 volunteers who work together to grow and donate an 

average of 270,000 pounds of produce to local hunger relief agencies such as the Worcester County Food Bank, Community Servings, and more.

Community Harvest Project celebrates certification as a Service Enterprise.

We are pleased to announce that CHP has received our certification as a Points of Light Service Enterprise sponsored by the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the MetroWest Nonprofit Network. Service Enterprise certification is a prestigious accomplishment for an organization. In fact, organizations that certify join the top 11 percent of nonprofits nationwide in volunteer management and organizational performance. Service Enterprise certification indicates that the organization has the capability and management expertise to strategically leverage volunteers to improve the performance of their organization.

“This Service Enterprise Program has highlighted our success in organizing volunteers in support of our mission while challenging us to think differently and explore additional opportunities for growth. It has refocused our staff and board on the importance of leading with volunteerism and on expanding our reach with all programming. In addition, the certification process has provided us with tools and training resources that will continue to be useful as we evaluate all facets of our operation and grow for years to come.” said Wayne McAuliffe, Manager of Volunteer Programs at CHP.

Nutritional education and access to fresh produce changes lives.

Photo Provided by The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden.

As we look forward to everything that 2021 has in store for us, our partners, and our volunteers, we want to take a moment to take a look back on some successes of 2020. One such success is the nutritional education and farm share distribution program run by our hunger relief partner, The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden. The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden is a cancer support center dedicated to providing cancer support, therapeutic services and education to all people facing cancer.


For a fifth consecutive year, participants of the LiveWell Program received monthly boxes of food pantry items including grains, spices, legumes and some of our produce, paired with specialized instruction from local chef Amy Noordzji to help incorporate the novel nutrition into their regular diets. 
Over 68% of participants in the LiveWell program reported that their consumption of healthy, fresh produce was limited by the cost of that produce.


“Due to COVID-19 and income uncertainty earlier this year, we cut down monthly spending by buying less perishable food.” – A LiveWell Program Participant.


Because of the food shares provided by the LiveWell program from our farm, participants experienced an up to 65% reduction in nutritional concerns and a 50% improvement in overall being, showing that ACCESS to fresh produce paired with nutritional lessons and group support solves a vast range of nutritional concerns and problems. 


Because of the access to fresh foods, 84% of the LiveWell Participants ate all of the vegetables provided in the biweekly shares and formed a healthy eating habit – almost all participants more than doubled their original fruit and vegetable consumption! 

311,500 individual servings to feed our neighbors.

July was an extremely busy month at both our locations! Over 69,000 pounds have been donated for hunger relief so far this season! Our farm team has been working day in and day out to harvest all the produce still in our fields. Just this week, okra, cucumbers, cabbage and tomatoes have been picked, washed and packed with the help of our wonderful volunteers. Our orchard has started their harvest season as well!


Thank you to the following July funders for their support of our mission to provide fresh, healthy produce for individuals in our community experiencing hunger. Ludcke Foundation, Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Bridging Peace of Tides Foundation, Fletcher Foundation, Mathworks, The Vela Foundation and Bristol Myers Squibb have granted critical funds that will help us continue to harvest for hunger relief throughout the 2020 season.

Volunteers Needed!!

Your help is needed at our Harvard Orchard, It’s apple season! 


It’s time to begin getting our apples off the trees and all we need now is some group volunteers to fill in our schedule. There is no better activity than being outside in an apple orchard on a fall morning. These apples will be donated directly to hunger relief partners throughout Central Massachusetts making your time a great way to support our community. We have strict social distancing protocols in place and the work is outdoors in the orchard or in our open air packing room to keep you safe during your visit. 


We have a significant amount of volunteers needed from now through the end of October. Consider organizing a group visit with your colleagues, neighbors, family and friends. To sign up and request a volunteer date please fill out and submit this form. Any questions, please email Wayne McAuliffe directly at wayne@community-harvest.org

Over 36,000 Lbs Harvested For Hunger Relief So Far!!

We are in the middle of our busiest season around the farm – harvest season! Our farm team and volunteers have been harvesting vegetables everyday including eggplant, tomatoes, okra, tomatillos and zucchini. Carrots and beets were planted just last week and our second planting of summer squash and zucchini has germinated and will be ready for harvest in late August and into September.


To date, our team has harvested over 36,316 pounds of vegetables; that is over 166,565 individual servings going to neighbors in our community currently experiencing hunger. And there are still thousands of pounds of produce in the fields to harvest. If you are interested in volunteering with us this summer – we would love to have you! We are now holding early shifts from 7am to 9am on Tuesdays and Thursdays in addition to our 9am-12pm shifts Monday-Saturday. We are also now accepting group volunteer requests (25 people or less) for our orchard schedule starting August 28 through October 9th. For more information and to signup, click here.