2014 Farm Crew Wanted
Provider Farm in Salem, CT is primarily a CSA farm serving the southeastern corner of CT. We market through summer and winter shares, summer and winter farmers markets, and wholesale to restaurants and co-ops. We are a husband and wife team and will be going into our third year running our farm in 2014. We grow on 12 acres and are not certified but follow organic standards and grow inspired by practical biodynamics. We also manage a small herd of beef cattle on 16 acres of rotationally grazed pasture.
We are seeking to hire an assistant manager for the 2014 growing season. The assistant manager position is an excellent opportunity for an advanced apprentice to gain managerial experience on a production focused vegetable farm. This position will focus on supervision of hourly labor in all operations on the farm in conjunction with farm managers. A minimum of one year full experience in production vegetable farming required. Experience with crew supervision, irrigation equipment, farm equipment (tractors, trucks, trailers) preferred, experience with electric fences and cattle a bonus. Must be able to take oral direction and perform accurately and communicate to crew effectively, work long hours and lift 50 lbs. repeatedly and have demonstrated team work abilities (even in the dead of July). The position is for April-November, 40-60 hours, 5 1/2 day week. Housing provided, pay starting at $10/hour, plus farm produce and some farm beef.
We are seeking 2 full season crew members for the 2014 farm season. Provider Farm is a diversified operation with beef cattle as well as 12 acres of vegetables. we are primarily a CSA with both summer and winter shares. We also sell to wholesale accounts and at the winter and summer Coventry Farmer's Market.
Our full time crew is the backbone of our farm and participate in all aspects of the farm from April until the end of October. This includes feeding and care taking of the livestock; pasture rotation and management, seed propagation, transplanting, weeding, mulching, greenhouse management, harvesting and post harvest preparation as well as the use of biodynamic preparations. We aim to provide our crew members with an in depth overview of all aspects of our operation.
We pay $8.50/hour and housing is available at $300/month. You also receive produce and some farm meat. We work 40-50 hours during the height of the season, less in April and October. A strong interest in farming and prior experience with farming or other outdoor work is preferred, however, a good work ethic is most important. The ability to lift 50 lbs. repeatedly, work long hours in all weather and maintain a positive attitude are required. An on farm working interview is required.
As a young farm (this is our third year in the making), we have opted to hire crew members instead of apprentices. However, we both feel strongly that this is a great opportunity to learn what it takes to run a production and efficiency forcused farm and a little initiative in your learning process will take you a long way. We both came up through apprenticeships and believe strongly in sharing our knowledge with our workers.If you are interested in applying, Please submit your resume, cover letter, and three work references through this link.