Our farm is seeking a farm team member to work with us 5-6 days per week, starting from March through November 2015, and hopefully continuing through the winter and beyond. (There is some flexibility for the starting date.) This position has room to grow and we hope to find someone interested in a longer-term relationship. You will participate in all phases of the farm, including crop planning, seed starting, greenhouse management and transplanting, weeding and pest management, harvesting and marketing of produce. We are looking for a dedicated, hardworking, and outgoing individual who will be an integral part of our farm team, not only to work the fields but also to interact with customers at the farmers' market and farm members at CSA pick-up.
Work Experience / Skills Desired
We are looking for a farmer with agricultural experience: someone with a strong commitment to sustainable, community-based agriculture. We appreciate a willingness to work hard and the ability to also have fun while doing it. Some prior experience with CSA farms is a big plus. Being handy with basic farm repairs (irrigation, fences, gates, barns) or carpentry are pluses. We also value an openness to try new things, a focused and dedicated work ethic with attention to detail, an easygoing attitude, the flexibility to adjust to a fluid work environment, and--of course--an enthusiasm for plant and animal life!
Specifically, we're looking for someone with experience and/or interest in:
Organic growing techniques for a wide variety of vegetables from seed to harvest;
Seed starting, propagation and greenhouse management;
Harvesting and marketing a wide variety produce;
Farmers' market sales;
Management of a CSA program;
Managing field crews and/or volunteers;
Tending livestock, such as chickens and goats;
What the rhythm of life is like on a small, diversified farm!
Hours, Compensation, and Housing
This is a year-round, full-time position, paid an hourly wage plus plenty of fresh produce. Total hours per week average approximately 40-50 hours/week during peak season (March-November.) Potential winter work hours 30-40 hours/week (December-February), depending on weather and markets. This position has room to grow and we hope to find someone interested in a longer-term relationship.
We have low-cost housing for 1-2 people available on the farm property. Please inquire for details.
Our farm supplies local families with weekly veggie boxes through our small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program of about 75 families. We have a vibrant and growing community of CSA members, most of whom visit the farm every week to pick up their vegetables, forage for extra "u-pick" items, and connect with the farm and farmers. We also sell produce through wholesale and farmers' markets. Our flock of laying hens and herd of dairy goats provide fresh eggs, goat milk, and goat cheese and yogurt. We are working towards a "full-diet" farm, and our crops also include dry beans and grains. The farm is located in the beautiful Russian River Valley (10 minutes from the towns of Windsor and Healdsburg, 20 minutes from Sebastopol and Santa Rosa.)
Please email us a cover letter and resume or list of experiences, plus at least two references. (Send to email@example.com) Please include: relevant past work experience; your short-term and long-term goals; and any other skills that you have that might be useful on the farm.
If we feel we may be a good match, we will contact you to set up a phone or Skype interview, possibly followed by a farm visit. Applicants who are able to visit the farm receive priority, as we think it is highly important to meet in person as well as show you the farm.