Monday, February 28, 2011

Position Open: Writing for and Working with the Natural Products Industry in Western NC

Field of valerian in western NC

Job Title: Extension Assistant
Hourly Pay Rate: $16
Length of Assignment: 11 months
Supervisor: Dr. Jeanine Davis
Institution: Dept. Horticultural Science, NC State University
Date Needed: March 8, 2011or soon thereafter
Work Days/Hours: M-F, 8-5, with some nights and weekends

Job Description: This position is located at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, NC. That is about 20 miles south of Asheville and 250 miles west of Raleigh. The position will report to Dr. Jeanine Davis; see http://ncherb.org for more information on her program. This position is for a new, multi-agency grant project entitled, “Realizing the Potential of the WNC Natural Products Industry”. The primary objective of the NCSU component of the project is to provide support to farmers in western NC to produce and sell high-quality natural products.

Specific Job Duties will be: 1. Update and expand existing educational/extension materials on medicinal herbs and other natural products (see http://ncherb.org/), including production leaflets, enterprise budgets, and websites. 2. Survey the wholesale buyer community to determine medicinal herbs in demand. 3. Survey farmer/landowner communities at the beginning and end of project. 4. Produce new educational materials, hardcopy, electronic, and video, on growing and selling medicinal herbs and other natural products. 5. Organize workshops, trainings, and meetings; give presentations and staff displays. 6. Help supervisor with all other aspects of the project, which may include some field work.

Skills and Experience Required: Excellent technical (scientific, extension, and popular press) writing and communication skills. Good understanding of the medicinal herb/natural products industry and farming. Experience with Word, Excel, Dreamweaver, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, YouTube, and budgets. Ability to work alone with minimal supervision. Must have a high-school degree (or equivalent). Prefer a bachelor’s degree. Must have at least two years relevant experience. Must have a good driving record. Must be a self-starter. May drive a state pickup truck, but will mostly be expected to drive a personal vehicle and be reimbursed for mileage.

To Apply for This Position: You must go through the NCSU Jobs site. Here is a direct link to the NCSU job site: http://tinyurl.com/5tf9obn.  Once there, look for position #11ASO13.  Please be sure to include a resume and cover letter explaining why you want this position. Because of the large number of applications received for these temporary positions, it is not possible to speak with everyone or even return all emails. Jeanine will send an email out to all applicants after an individual has been hired so you will know the job is filled.  There are new positions opening in her program and others all the time, so follow the NCSU Jobs site closely.  Or subscribe to the NC Alternative Crops and Organics blog for job postings in Jeanine Davis' program.  This position will close for applications on March 8th.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Temporary Job in WNC with Medicinal Herbs, Broccoli, Hops, Peppers, and Tomatoes

July 2010 Hops Tour at Winding River Hops

Job Title:  Extension Assistant
Hourly Pay Rate: $12
Length of Assignment: 7 months
Date Needed: April 4, 2011
Work Days/Hours: M-F, 8-5, with some nights and weekends
Position Number: 11ASO14

Job Description:
This position is located at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, NC. That is about 20 miles south of Asheville and 250 miles west of Raleigh. The position will report to Dr. Jeanine Davis; see http://ncherb.org/ for more information on her program. This position will supply general field and office support to a number of projects. Most of the time will be spent in the field working with medicinal herbs, broccoli, hops, peppers, and tomatoes. Tasks will include weeding, pruning, training, harvesting, and grading. Both organic and conventional crops will be included. Some experience working on a commercial farm would be very useful. The ability and desire to work hard outdoors for long periods of time in all kinds of weather is needed. Individual must be detail oriented for reliable data collection. Individual should be comfortable talking with people at field days and grower meetings. Must have experience with Word, Excel, and basic computer photo management. Good photography skills are a plus. Will be expected to drive a state pickup truck. Some use of a personal vehicle will be expected, with reimbursement for mileage. Office duties will include electronic filing of photographs, entering data into Excel spreadsheets, preparing materials for displays and meetings, ordering supplies, and interacting with cooperators via phone and email. Must have a high-school degree (or equivalent) and two years relevant experience. Must have a good driving record. Must be a self-starter, be able to make independent decisions, work as part of a team, and be very efficient.


To apply for this position, you must go through the NCSU Jobs site. Here is a direct link to the NCSU job site: http://tinyurl.com/4bnbkzd.  Once there, look for position #11ASO14.  Please be sure to include a resume and cover letter explaining why you want this position. Because of the large number of applications received for these temporary positions, it is not possible to speak with everyone or even return all emails. Jeanine will send an email out to all applicants after an individual has been hired so you will know the job is filled.  There are new positions opening in her program and others all the time, so follow the NCSU Jobs site closely.  Or subscribe to the NC Alternative Crops and Organics blog for job postings in Jeanine Davis' program.  This job will close on March 4.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Farming Your Forest Workshop


Farming Your Forest
Saturday March 19, 2011 9am—4:30pm
A Workshop for Forest Landowners, Wild Harvesters and Food-Based Business Startups

Presented at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center 121 Schoolhouse Road, Stecoah (Robbinsville), NC 28771

TOPICS:
  • FOOD AND HERBS FROM THE FOREST: Wild Harvest Regulations, Ramps Propagation and Sustainable Harvest
  • DRIED FOOD FOR HOME AND SALE: Manufacturing Overview for Food-Based Business
  • DOES YOUR FOREST TALK MONEY?: A Forestry Management and Smart Investment Lecture Series
Registration fee: $30 (includes lunch). Scholarships are available.  For more Information/Registration: 828-479-9005 or http://www.smnpa.org/ smnpa.info@gmail.com.


North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will give away limited quantities of FREE Ginseng Seeds and Books: "Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal & Other Woodland Medicinals" by Persons and Davis.

Funding for this event provided by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant from the USDA Forest Service’s Southern Research Station as part of the Western North Carolina Forest Products Cooperative Marketing Project. Working in cooperation with the Smoky Mountain Native Plants Association,  the NC Forest Service, Land of Sky Regional Council, NC State University, and the Southern Forests Network.