Employment

Employment

              **Now hiring for 2019**

 Positions available and descripted below:

  • Field crew
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Washroom manager
  • Delivery Driver

To apply:

  • Please send us a resume along with the most available time to arrange an interview. 

Expectation:

The people in these positions will be responsible for a myriad of tasks in the production of fresh high quality produce from seed to harvest and pack out. Farming is a very physically demanding job. The days are long and variable and require people with good mental and physical stamina. Working on a farm crew often fosters lasting connections and friendships. We have a small and tight knit crew that works very closely with one another on a daily basis. We aim to have our crew working together towards common goals and supporting one another through the wide range of ups and downs of farming. People that excel in all these roles will need to be a good team player, have a positive attitude and good work ethic, is efficiently minded, has a good sense of humor, and is physically fit.  

1.)   2019 Full Time Field Positions- 45-60 hrs/week

  • Runs from April 1st- Nov. 25 with the possibility to continue into Dec.
  • Part time positions can be discussed but will greatly depend on availability and scheduling needs

 All applicants will be considered for these positions but those with prior farm experience will be given preference. You must have a valid driver’s license to apply.

Responsibilities include:
  • Greenhouse work including seeding, transplanting, filling seedling trays with soil, moving seedling trays around and out of the greenhouse
  • Field work including transplanting by machine and hand, hoeing, hand weeding, and managing row cover
  • Harvest work is mostly done by hand for the many vegetable crops we grow and requires a lot of heavy lifting, it includes using sharp tools (knives / clippers), rubber bands for making bunches, and requires a lot of counting and meticulous quality control.
  • Post-harvest work including assisting the washroom manager with produce washing and packing activities.
  • Operation of farm vehicles
  • Clean up of farm waste and organization of materials
  • Additionally some tasks such as light carpentry, painting, and building or equipment maintenance will be part of these positions.
  • Pay starts at $12.00/hr.

2.)  2019 Greenhouse Manager 45-60 hours per week

 Runs March 11th-Dec 17th with possibility to continue into the winter.

 General Overview:

This is a key management position on the farm. Once properly trained the person in this position will be responsible for management and implementation of greenhouse seeding, transplanting, watering, and organizing activities. We expect this role to be filled by someone that has keen attention to detail, good organizational skills, and good people and communication skills. Outside of the greenhouse responsibilities the person in this position will be responsible for general farm work from seed to harvest and everything in between, as described in the field crew position.

We will consider all applicants for this position but prior farming experience is strongly preferred. You must have a valid driver’s license to apply

Job Description:

  • Implementation of seedings and transplantings in the greenhouse according to greenhouse schedule.
  • Watering and fertilization of seedlings in the greenhouse on a daily basis according to feeding schedules and watering needs
  • Managing a crew of people for seeding and transplanting tasks
  • Operation of vacuum seeder for some seeding tasks
  • Familiarity with and able to control heating and ventilation systems in the greenhouse
  • Recognizing and communicating any issues with crop health, poor germination, or timing on getting plants out of the house to harden off or plant.
  • Being aware of the supply inventory, including seeds that we are short on, trays, tray tags, soil mix, etc.
  • Communicating when supplies are low and need to be ordered or moved
  • Communicating any deterioration issues of trays, tables, water systems, heating and ventilation systems.
  • Assisting with management of 2 additional high tunnels including irrigation, fertility planting, weed management, and house turnover.
  • Pay is commensurate with experience and will start at $13.00/hour
  • General farm work from seed to harvest and everything in between is expected of the person in this position outside of the specific responsibilities listed above.

3.)  2019 Washroom manager 45-60 hours per week

Runs March 18th-Dec 17th with possibility to continue into the winter.

 General overview:

This is a key management position on the farm. Once properly trained the person in this position will be responsible for management and implementation of all post-harvest produce washing and handling, packaging, organizing, and cooling activities. We expect this role to be filled by someone that has a critical eye toward quality and consistency of produce, has good organizational skills, and is a great communicator. The days are long and demanding and require a person with good mental and physical stamina. A person that excels in this role is a good team player, has a positive attitude and good work ethic, strong spatial relations, is efficiently minded, and is physically fit. There is repetitive lifting and a lot of inside time required for this position, but there are also plenty of opportunities to work in the field with the rest of the crew as needed, especially in the early part of the season: March – Mid May.  Outside of the washroom responsibilities the person in this position will be responsible for general farm work from seed to harvest and everything in between, as describe in the field crew position.

We will consider all applicants for this position but prior farming experience is strongly preferred. You must have a valid driver’s license to apply

 Responsibilities include:
  • Overseeing and implementation of washing, processing, and packing all farm produce.
  • Harvest record keeping.
  • Maintaining inventory of washroom and packaging supplies
  • Management of a small crew of assistants that may change on a daily basis.
  • Keeping quality control, cleanliness, and food safety a priority for all workers involved in the process.
  • Maintaining inventory of produce in storage and communicating when supply is running low
  • Communicating any inconsistencies with planned harvest amounts or quality with harvest manager.
  • Always having an eye toward the next task and how to use assisting personnel in an efficient manner.
  • Communicating with farm managers ideas for washroom improvement
  • Maintaining cleanliness of washroom on a daily basis and making sure nothing is accumulating in the space that doesn’t belong.
  • Pay is commensurate with experience starting at $13.00/hr.
  • General farm work from seed to harvest and everything in between is expected of the person in this position outside of the specific responsibilities listed above

4.)  2019 Part Time Delivery Driver approx. 36 hrs/week

General Overview:

This is a key position on the farm. Once properly trained the person in this position will be responsible for managing the delivery of farm produce and pick up of various other materials. We expect this role to be filled by someone that has keen attention to detail, good organizational skills, and good people and communication skills. A person that will excel in this role is a good team player, has a positive attitude, good work ethic, strong spatial relations, is efficiently minded, and is physically fit. Outside of the delivery responsibilities the person in this position will be responsible for general farm work when deliveries are light that will include property and vehicle maintenance.

We will consider all applicants for this position but prior delivery or truck driving experience is strongly preferred. You must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record to apply

 Runs May 22rd – Dec 20th (there will be some additional farm work required when deliveries are light)

Responsibilities include

  • Driving an automatic transmission 16’ Cabover Box Truck or other vehicle on short and long range deliveries.
  • Ensuring that truck is running smoothly and is refueled when required. Report any potential issues with the truck to farm owners immediately.
  • Making wholesale deliveries at different locations weekly.
  • Typical hours will be 6:30 am – 12:30 pm Tuesday and Saturday

5:30 am – 3:30pm Monday and Thursday

  • Applicant must have some experience driving a box truck and be able to easily back it up to a loading dock.
  • Prior delivery experience dealing with invoices and customers is a plus
  • Ideal candidate for this position has driven trucks of this type consistently, is very responsible, and is able to carry out detail oriented tasks with little supervision.
  • Experience with a pallet jack is a plus
  • Pay starts at $14/ hr.

 Housing

On farm housing is not available but there are ample rental possibilities in the surrounding area. Situated in the Connecticut River Valley, the farm is 10 minutes from Amherst, MA and 20 minutes from Northampton, MA. Nature and nightlife are close by. We are lucky enough to be growing on some of the best vegetable soil in the country. Come farm with us!