Agriculture Apprenticeship Job Opening for Summer 2018

January 4th, 2018


Sustainable Agriculture Apprenticeship

This part time, paid position entails farming work at the Sustainable Nantucket Community Farm Institute, located at the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm. June 1 through October 28 @ $13.00/hour for 15 hours per week, with the possibility of more hours as desired/arranged, working in individual farmer’s plots.


Duties: Assists site manager and farm coordinator in running and working at the Community Farm at 168 Hummock Pond Road. Responsible for maintaining pollinator garden and helping to develop a Food Forest and Beeyard. Must be able to handle farm tools, such as weed whacker, lawn mower, and hand-held tools.  Sustainable Nantucket will pay for 15 hours/week, (with the possibility of more),  and will help you connect with individual farmers at their Community Farm plots for any additional hours/week that you might want. Great learning opportunity, 5 hours per week of guided experience, monthly workshops, and contact with established farmer and site manager.



  • Available June 1st – October 14th
  • Interest in learning about agriculture and about the local food system.
  • Desire to learn or improve agricultural skills.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather performing repetitive, physical tasks, such as digging, carrying heavy items, handling small farm tools.
  • Driver’s License.

To apply please send resume and cover letter to:

Summer Farmers Market Intern Job Opening

January 4th, 2018

Farmers Market Food Justice Intern

This part time, paid position entails helping at the Farmers & Artisans Market on Saturdays and once a week on a weekday at the Sustainable Nantucket office. June 9 through October 13 @ $13.00/hour for 10 hours per week.

Duties: Assists the Market Manager in running the Farmers & Artisans Market downtown, 19 Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., plus one Saturday on July 7 only 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and up to 3 hours of office work per week tallying food stamp sales, conducting outreach to low income communities, and posting on social media. Responsibilities include Market set-up and breakdown, staffing Sustainable Nantucket information table, running food stamp program, greeting visitors, answering questions, counting visitors, & selling non-profit merchandise.



  • Must be available June 8th – October 14th
  • Must be an early-riser on Saturdays.
  • Interest in learning about agriculture and about the local food system.
  • Desire to learn or improve food justice and outreach skills.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather performing repetitive, physical tasks, such as carrying heavy items, counting visitors.
  • Driver’s License.
  • Housing already secured on Nantucket Island preferred.

To apply please send resume and cover letter to:

September 26th, 2017

What a wonderful night!

Thanks to Ventuno Restaurant Kitchen and Crew & our Providers.

Special thanks to Andrea Solimeo – Executive Chef Owner, Scott Fraley – Owner, Taylor Oliver – Owner, and Miguel Hernandez – Chef de Cuisine.

providers ~ land & sea

produce ~ Ack Sweetwater Farms, Alden Lenhart, Bartlett’s Farm, Boatyard Farm, Fields of Ambrosia, Lazy Man Gardens, Moors End Farm, Pumpkin Pond Farm, Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm, Washashore Farm

fish & shellfish ~ Cptn. Bill Blount & the Ruthie B., Grey Lady Oysters, Neil Cocker

fruit, honey, dairy & beverage ~ Cisco Brewers, Eat Fire Spring Apiary, Berry Patch Farm, Fields of Ambrosia, Gioia Cheese, Lazy Man Gardens, Rowan & Eva Whelan- Blake

September 22nd, 2017

Harvest Your Purchase at Our Farm!

August 15th, 2017

Every Wednesday in August
Farmers Market
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
(weather permitting)
Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm
168 Hummock Pond Road

Just point and say, “I’d like that one, please,”

and the farmer will harvest the organically-grown lettuce, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, etc. right there in the field, just for you!

Walk our buccolic farm and chat with the growers who grow the produce.

In a hurry? Purchase fresh-picked produce at the Bartlett’s Farm Truck parked at our Market!

Farms at our Incubator Educational Community Farm:
Growing New Growers for Nantucket!

Lazy Man Gardens
ACK Sweetwater Farm
Washashore Farm
Fields of Ambrosia


Today’s Wednesday Farmers Market CANCELLED

August 2nd, 2017

Due to the weather, today’s last Wednesday Farmers Market at the Farm is cancelled.
Find us every Saturday through October 15 downtown 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market
Cambridge & North Union Streets

We offer Double Dollars to SNAP/WIC/HIP participants!

Volunteer Day at the Farm Saturday May 27

May 26th, 2017

Looking for something to do this weekend in a fun and bucolic setting?

Volunteer Morning 9:00 a.m. to Noon
at the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm, 168 Hummock Pond Road.

Coffee and Refreshments!

Wear work clothes and work gloves. Bring shovels and pickaxes if you have them.

New Video of Sustainable Nantucket

May 22nd, 2017

We’re very excited about the new video Spindrift made about our organization. They have been supporting Sustainable Nantucket through their 1% for the Planet Partnership. Thank you to everyone who participated. Please like and share to help us spread the message about our programs.


Coming This Summer ~ Self-Serve Veggie Cart at the Farm!

May 1st, 2017

Phase II of the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm!

February 15th, 2017

Help Us Enhance the Front of the Farm & Cultivate the Back 6!

In spring of 2016, the Nantucket Islands Land Bank awarded Sustainable Nantucket an additional 6.5 acres at the back of the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm kicking off Phase II of the Community Farm! This acreage will be organically and sustainably farmed by our Beginning Farmers who have graduated to our Seasoned Farmers program! To provide our Beginning & Seasoned Farmers the best tools for success, in addition to the Back 6 project, we are enhancing the existing infrastructure of the Front of the Farm!

Front of the Farm Enhancement Infrastructure Includes:

  • Solar Wrap for our Propagation Greenhouse (sponsored)
  • A Solar-Heated, Hot Water Wash Station (sponsored)
  • An Eco-Friendly Outhouse (sponsored)
  • A Fruit Tree Garden (sponsored)
  • Outdoor Kitchen
    • The Outdoor Kitchen will be a place to teach cooking and preserving the harvest
    • The Outdoor Kitchen will include a stove, sink and refrigeration.
  • Mobile Farm Stand

    • The Mobile Farm Stand will be stationed in front of the farm and will be stocked with produce from our Beginning and Seasoned Farmers.
  • Outdoor Classroom
    • The Outdoor Classroom will be a space for workshops and classes, lectures and films.
    • The Outdoor Classroom will include:
      • A shade structure
      • Screen
      • Seating and a lectern
      • Tables and work-space for hands-on classes

Back 6 Seasoned Farm Acreage Infrastructure Includes:

  • Fencing
  • Water
  • Electricity
  • 6 1/2-acre Seasoned Farmer Plots  
    • Plots will be allotted to graduates of the incubator farm’s Beginning Farmer program.
    • We anticipate our first Beginning Farmer graduate to be cultivating in the Back 6 in summer 2017!
    • As each graduate moves onto the Seasoned Farm Acreage, we will accept new participants into the beginning farmer program, thereby exponentially increasing the number of farmers growing food on the island, every 3 to 5 years.
  • Bee Sanctuary
    • The Bee Sanctuary will:
      • Provide a home for bees on the farm
      • Provide a place for knowledgeable island beekeepers to keep their hives and provide hands-on beekeeping education
      • Help in the effort to preserve and support our bee populations, while the bees provide honey and enhance the pollination of our community farm crops.
  • Food Forest (sponsored)
    • The Food Forest will be planted and cultivated at the edges of the Back 6.
    • The Food Forest will:
      • Support biodiversity
      • Create habitat for wildlife & insects including pollinators
      • Build healthy soil
      • Provide a perennial buffer zone protecting sensitive areas
      • Provides fruit, nuts, and herbs for foraging and gleaning

To learn more about how to contribute to the campaign to grow the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm: Email:
Call the Sustainable Nantucket Office at: (508) 228-3399