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Dine and Dance at the Meat Ball

Photo by Alison Shaw

It’s February on Martha’s Vineyard, and that means it’s time for the annual Meat Ball at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury. On Saturday, Feb. 24, the doors open at 6 p.m. for an all-you-can-eat, BYOB feast of food from Island growers The Good Farm, Farm Institute, MGF and Thimble Farm. 

After dinner, the Vineyard rock & roll band Space Invaders will play for dancing. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children, with proceeds to benefit the Ag Society.

Come on out and help us support the organization that brings us the Ag Fair every summer, the Living Local Harvest Festival each fall and, of course, the Meat Ball to liven up our February. 

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Free Community Lunches Start Feb. 26

Who said “There’s no such thing as a free lunch”? Or, for that matter, “No eating or drinking in the library”? On Martha’s Vineyard, Island Grown blows up all the rules by serving lunch for free at a public library, every weekday during the upcoming school vacation.

From Monday, Feb. 26 through Friday, March 2, Islanders of all ages can come and enjoy a meal of soup, bread, something to drink and a dessert from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Here’s the daily schedule:

Monday, Feb. 26: Vineyard Haven Library
Tuesday, Feb. 27: West Tisbury Library
Wednesday, Feb. 28: Oak Bluffs Library
Thursday, March 1: West Tisbury Library 
Friday, March 2: Oak Bluffs Library

Come on out and meet your neighbors for lunch, and maybe we’ll see you there!

 

 

Job Posting: Farmhand & Videographer

We’re looking for a farm worker with basic video skills.
Under the direction of the Field Crew Manager, a Farmer/Field Hand works part- to full-time as part of the crew responsible for the maintenance and harvest of various crops. The farmhand/videographer is expected to work with every farm crew during the season.
One fourth of the farmhand/videographer’s work week is set aside for capturing the farm’s beauty and activity through video. Video work is separately managed by the CEO.
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Ability and willingness to work in every department on the field crew.
  • Ability to follow all established procedures.
  • Willingness and ability to easily advise and assist others on the crew.
  • Knowledge of and passion for farming and crops.
  • Ability to use a variety of tools.
  • Efficiency in budgeting time and effort.
  • Ability and willingness to ensure work areas, tools, vehicles and boxes are kept clean, tidy and well cared for.
Video Content Responsibilities. 
  • Ten hours of the normal work week are to be set aside to create video content and take pictures of the farm, its crops and its people. 
  • Content work will be assigned and reviewed collaboratively with Simon (CEO and lead farmer) in regular weekly meetings. 
  • 3-7 minutes of finished video are expected each week, turned in at the weekly meeting with Simon. 
  • Production values are expected to be modest. Cell phone production is expected, though a camera is available. Content is documentary in form, showing off the beauty that we farmers see every day and we think our customers want to see as well; a long row of beautiful broccoli heads is a wonderful 15 sec video to itself. Interviews, music videos, still shots, time lapse and comedy are all welcome additions. 
  • Weekly uploading the content to our server and tagging it appropriately. 
  • This job can be modified to fit a special candidate with a different approach.  
Position Requirements:
  • Prior farming/agriculture experience preferred.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Some private or commercial content creation experience is desired, even personal social media videos if edited. 
  • Please submit a short, simple demo reel of your video work. 
  • All content created and handed in on this job becomes the property of MGF for our unlimited use. 
  • Must be self-motivated and team oriented.
  • U.S. driver’s license holders and non-smokers preferred.
  • This job requires patience and heavy lifting.

We are looking for people who want to work hard, enjoy the company of their fellow workers, produce a worthwhile product, enjoy the outdoors (rain or shine), and apply their energies to the success of our cause. Good workers will find themselves in excellent company. Compensation is based on experience.

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Mail your completed application and any reference forms to
Morning Glory Farm
100 Meshacket Rd
Edgartown, MA 02539

Summer Housing on Martha’s Vineyard: A Letter from Jim

Employee photo from a few years back. We can’t all fit in the frame anymore!

Dear 2018 Employees,

For the last 100 years or more, summer workers on Martha’s Vineyard have been looking for places to stay which are clean, safe and affordable on the wages of their summer jobs.

For a worker making our starting wage of $11.50 an hour, an “affordable” housing allowance of 30% is about $150 a week. Naturally it would be desirable to pay less and our farm housing does give a good advantage at $100.

With a limit of 25 residents, though, the Barn and the Bunkhouse cannot house all the employees who wish to live on-farm. We allocate housing spaces in a manner to create a balance of various types of workers, and the most favorable influence of work and living harmony. 

We have one place where we can allow two people to camp, but our farm is small and there are legal limitations that make any more camping unworkable. We ask for $35 a week per camper, as they are expected to share kitchen and bathrooms in the farm housing.

Many of you will need to find places in the community. There are rooms to rent and houses to share around the Island and our workers have been finding them for years, but there is no straight answer as to how. Many of the rooms for rent are in private homes, and people don’t like to advertise. Each one has its own story and you need to make calls, follow leads and listen to possibilities. A lot of housing is found by word of mouth. You may have to come to the Island and just meet people and network.

We hired you with the expectation that you will do what you need to do to find your housing. There are people who were turned away because you got the job and they didn’t. If you don’t find housing, we are left with an empty position and the people who were turned away have probably gotten something else. Please do your best to follow through and do a diligent search. Here are some starting places:

  • The HI Martha’s Vineyard Hostel accommodates guests for up to seven nights, subject to availability.
  • The Martha’s Vineyard Family Campground has daily and weekly site rentals from May 17 to Oct. 10, 2018.
  • The Chamber Of Commerce has a housing list where some landlords post rooms when available.
  • You can also place an ad in the Housing Wanted section of our local newspapers, the Martha’s Vineyard Times and Vineyard Gazette.
  • Craigslist may have some summer housing posted; exercise caution when responding, as this website is based off-Island.
  • Local real estate offices may have some leads, but they tend to cater to summer vacation renters rather than workers.
  • One of our employees suggests calling other farms on the island to see if they will rent a room in exchange for a few hours of work.
  • You may ask us to help you check out leads. In some cases we know the people, or have worked with them before.

We hope you have luck in finding your accommodations for this summer. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thanks — Jim Athearn, Hiring Coordinator 

Would You Like to Work at Morning Glory Farm This Year?

We’re now hiring for all positions, from field workers to office manager. Our season runs from early May until Christmas and we have some housing available on the farm. Applying online is easy! Click the photo below to find out more.

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New Map: Where in the World are You This Winter?

Now that the farmstand is closed for the season, some Morning Glory Farm workers are traveling the world, sending back selfies with their Moglo-logo hoodies from as far away as the Sahara Desert and Nairobi, Kenya. Meanwhile, many of our summer customers are thousands of miles away, in their homes around the globe.

So we thought it would be fun to create a map where everyone can post a selfie from wherever they happen to be. Just click inside the little frame to the top right of the map below, or go to bit.ly/moglomap to join in.


 

New Vegetable Barn Coming in 2018

We’re not 100% sure yet exactly where on the farm it will be located, but a new building is going up next spring that will make it possible for Morning Glory Farm to clean and pack more fresh produce than ever before.

“We are growing more food than ever every year, but our demand is going up by a higher percentage,” Simon Athearn said. “I’ve got to address that.” Read More

Our End of Season Sale is Happening Now

Wednesday, Dec. 27 and Thursday, Dec. 28 are our final days of business at the farmstand. All fresh produce is marked down 50 percent, many dairy case products are reduced by 30 percent and all our cheeses, pâtés and salami are 25% off.

After we close Thursday evening at 5 p.m., the farmstand will next open in May, 2018. But there will be plenty of things happening at Morning Glory Farm over the “off-season,” and we’ll continue to post news, photos and videos on our blog and social media platforms, FacebookInstagram and YouTube. If you have subscribed to our email list, watch for News from the Farm in 2018! And thank you all for being part of a wonderful 2017, 

Sale: All Cheese Now 25% Off

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