Tricycle Gardens hiring Urban Agriculture Fellows

Richmond, Virginia

Urban Agriculture Fellows:

Job Responsibilities:

This position is ideal for an aspiring urban farmer, steadfast food justice advocate or anyone with a passion for growing food and building community while impacting the earth in positive and meaningful ways.

RVA’s Urban farm is a functional urban market farm, as well as educational center, that includes growing crops in the field and in hoop houses, a compost/vermicompost operation, a woodland edge and insectary plant border and perennial plants such as blueberries and figs.  Fellows will be expected to participate in all aspects of the farm, from weeding, planting and pruning, to harvesting and selling produce at market, to compost pickup and turning and work in the greenhouse.

Farm Fellows are also responsible for managing and running our weekly Four Season Farm Stand and assisting in produce deliveries to and compost pick-ups from local restaurants and businesses as needed. Occasionally Farm Fellows may be asked to assist workshops, volunteer workdays and/or educational tours on the farm.

Farm Fellows must be punctual and reliable in attendance. Farm Fellows must take pride in the quality of their work and be eager to engage in work that strengthens our local food system. The ideal candidate will be looking to deepen their knowledge by participating in all aspects of maintaining an urban farm and be open to building systems and structures that support this work.

Hours:

Farm Fellows typically work an average of 12-15 hours a week during the Fall/Winter and 18-20 hours a week during the Spring/Summer with the workdays starting earlier. We are currently looking for Tuesday, Thursday and Friday availability as well as weekend availability.

The Farm Fellowship program is a six-, nine- to twelve-month commitment. Please specify your availability in your email.

Skills Desired:

Prior experience is not required, only a willingness and desire to learn. The position requires physical stamina and cold/heat tolerance. Fellows will be expected to work long hours outside, lift heavy objects and use power tools occasionally.

Must be ok with working at repetitive tasks such as transplanting, weeding and washing produce. Farm Fellows must have a reliable vehicle.

Educational Opportunities:

While working with Tricycle Gardens you will have access to all of our knowledge and experience as well as our small library.Educational and professional development opportunities for Tricycle Gardens’ Fellows include opportunities to participate in special projects, invitations to conferences and workshops, and scheduled tours with area farms and institutions.

To Apply:

Please send a resume and your responses to the following questions to jobs@tricyclegardens.org

  • Why are you interested in urban agriculture?
  • Do you intend to pursue farming as a career?
  • Which part of farming most interests you?
  • Many tasks on the farm are somewhat repetitive while demanding attention to detail, such as weeding and transplanting seedlings.  Are you comfortable with this type of work? Please describe.
  • Please specify your start and end date.
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