Feast Farm is a no-till garden run by Montpelier's Community Services Department. We grow fresh, healthy produce for our food-insecure neighbors.
Apply now for 2 Open Positions!
- FEAST Farm Manager
- Root to Fork Coordinator
The FEAST Farm is seeking a Farm Manager and a Root to Fork Coordinator for Summer 2023. Learn more about the positions below.
Farm Manager: Job Description Here
The City of Montpelier Community Services Department seeks a Farm Manager to oversee the food production at the FEAST Farm program for the 2023 season. The Farm Manager is responsible for planning, growing, harvesting, and coordinating the delivery of food on the farm. They will also be responsible for supervising the wide range of parks staff, volunteers and school groups working on the farm. Because the farm program is only entering its fourth year, we are looking for a Farm Manager who can think creatively, is excited about working towards food justice, and has strong communication skills.
Root to Fork Coordinator: Learn more and apply on the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board's website: https://vhcb.org/our-programs/vhcb-americorps/positions
Serve this Summer with the City of Montpelier's Parks & Trees Department as our Root to Fork Coordinator. Support the City of Montpelier's FEAST program through growing food on the FEAST Farm, tabling at our FEAST Farm Stand, and serving in our FEAST Kitchen. The FEAST program provides meals to our Meals on Wheels recipients as well as low-cost produce at our farm stand.
If interested, please apply on the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) AmeriCorps' website: www.vhcb.org and search for the Montpelier Parks Department. You can also scan the QR code on the last post to go there directly. Questions about the position? Email our Parks Director Alec Ellsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you can join us in becoming a changemaker in food security throughout Montpelier and Central Vermont.
About Feast Farm
Feast Farm's no-till garden is run by the Community Services Department, and its produce is distributed through the Montpelier Senior Activity Center's FEAST Senior meals program, the Montpelier Food Pantry, and the Montpelier-Roxbury Public Schools Backpack Program.
The farm's food is grown primarily by volunteers, farm campers, and high schoolers through the Montpelier Youth Conservation Corps. To date, we have grown over 6,500 pounds of produce. Thus far, Feast Farm has been completely grant- and donation-funded. We rely on the support of the community to continue doing this good work!
FEAST Farm Journal
Submitted by Jacqueline Huettenmoser, Parks Supervisor and FEAST Farm Manager: Montpelier's Community Services staff gathered early on Monday morning at the FEAST Farm to prepare for the farm tour. We spent the morning tidying up the space, even though we were expecting fewer than ten participants. The busy season has come and gone, and in its wake were scattered tools, tarps lain out and forgotten, and materials cluttered beneath the shed roof for protection from the recent rain. It wasn't long before the farm looked tidier than it had in months. While staff put things in order, our high school crew, the Montpelier Youth Conservation Corps, was busy planting garlic. Mid-October is the perfect time to tuck cloves of garlic into the soil. These won't be harvested until mid-summer next year, exemplifying our dedication to the farm for another growing season. By 10 am all the garlic was in the ground and people began to arrive for the farm tour... and more and more kept arriving! We were elated to greet a total of thirty people who were interested in learning more about what we were up to at FEAST Farm. It was such a joy to share the season's journey with these folks, and I look forward to hosting more community events there.
by Leila Faulstich, Farm Staff: The light has changed at the farm. When previously it was sticky, thick with heat, it’s now that clear and wondrous fall slant that lays shadows across the land. We wear our masks, trudge around in sweaters and boots, and hold mugs of tea as we work. But there’s not too much work. As Vermont goes, it’s the time of dying and drying for winter. The tomatoes are off their vines, the pumpkin patch leaves have shriveled. It’s always a little strange to see things settle down for their seasons. Another season is also ending - the NCCC Americorps crew has their last day tomorrow. We will bid them farewell with cookies and gratitudes and lots of pictures. Still, a lot remains. We’ll harvest kale’s leathery and fearless leaves into the winter. A big garlic planting day is scheduled for Monday. And right next to all the garden plots, the new hoop-house structure is coming into form. It is a ribcage in the sky. Clouds pass between its bones. What a sight.
by Leila Faulstich, Farm Staff: Looking at the fresh blanket of snow at Feast Farm, you might not know it’s a farm at all. You can no longer see the be-headed cabbage stalks, the frost-bitten kale, or the mulched garlic beds, tucked in for the long winter. You might not be able to tell how much of an impact that small plot of land had on our community this summer. It was about a year ago that Montpelier’s Community Services Department started scheming and dreaming about starting a farm that would feed the FEAST Meals Program. We envisioned the farm as an outdoor hub for community, powered by sunlight and volunteers. The food would be grown by community volunteers of all ages and abilities, and then delivered to MSAC’s kitchen (less than two miles away!) to be incorporated into nourishing meals for seniors. When the pandemic hit, it felt all the more important to grow nutritious food for our neighbors. We had a strong group of volunteers of all ages from the community who came week after week to water, weed, and harvest. We want to thank everyone who had a hand in starting and supporting Feast Farm this season. We are so grateful for the community support! Seniors, we want to hear your thoughts about the project and your ideas for how it can better serve our senior community