Hmong American Farmers Association hiring Farm Hand

St. Paul, Minnesota

Hmong American Farmers Association

TITLE:                                    Farm Hand

COMPENSATION:              $30-$40k plus generous benefits, This is a salary position- 40hrs./ week

SUPERVISOR:                    Farm Manager

The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) is a membership based, social justice minded nonprofit organization that works with Hmong American farmers in the Twin Cities and the surrounding metropolitan area. The mission of the organization is to advance the economic, social and cultural prosperity of these farmers and their families. Many Hmong farmers face numerous obstacles to farming, including lack of access to land, capital, training and alternative markets besides the farmers’ markets. Through cooperative farming, education and advocacy, HAFA works with Hmong farmers to create a path to wealth creation, not just income generation. HAFA was started by and is led by Hmong American farmers and uses an organizing approach to do its work.

HAFA is hiring an entry level Farm Hand to start immediately. The Farm Hand will report to the HAFA Farm Manager and work on the HAFA Farm, a 155-acre incubator and research produce farm located in Vermillion Township, Minnesota. A good candidate must be self-motivated, responsible, and hardworking. The candidate must also be willing to perform physical labor and work outside or in the fields. The position requires a minimum of 40 hours per week, but may require longer hours and work on the weekend.

The duties for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Cultivating soil, sowing crops, controlling weeds and harvesting crops;
  • Inspecting, maintaining or fixing equipment, structures, or projects on the farm;
  • Conducting ground and building maintenance on the farm;
  • Interacting with farmers to ensure compliance with HAFA Farm protocols and to ascertain farmers’ thoughts about the farm;
  • Preparing the farm for the September Open House.
  • Maintaining HAFA demonstration projects on bee hives, cover crops, pollinators, and pea trellises
  • Maintaining HAFA crops on such as watermelons, cucumbers and corn
  • Communicating with farmers, staff, and technical experts about HAFA research projects
  • Collecting soil and water samples and tests
  • Interacting with farmers to ensure compliance with HAFA Farm protocols and collect farmers’ ideas about the farm
  • Preparing the farm for annual events

Prospective candidates MUST have reliable transportation. Selected applicant is expected to work through the month of October. HAFA is an equal opportunity employer.  Ability to speak Hmong and knowledge of Hmong culture and customs is a plus.

If interested, please send your resume, cover letter, 3 references and a writing sample to: Zoe Hollomon at Zoe@hmongfarmers.com. Please put “Farm Hand Applicant” in the Subject Line.

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