EatWell Natural Farm hiring Farm Hand

LaPlata, Maryland
EatWell Natural Farm in LaPlata, MD hiring seasonal Farm Hand
Job Title: Farm Hand
Who we are:
We are a small farm growing fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers for four restaurants in Washington DC and a small CSA. We strive to work with nature and grow clean food in a sustainable manner without the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
General description:
We are seeking someone who is interested in working and learning on a small-scale farm operation. This position will work directly with the farm manager on all aspects of vegetable, herb and flower production. These tasks will include, but are not limited to: planting, weeding, irrigation, greenhouse work, harvest, washing, packing and caring for our small flock of laying hens and guinea fowl.
We are looking for someone who is flexible, eager, easy to work with, trustworthy, and responsible. Reliable transportation is a must. Previous farming or gardening experience is preferred, but not required.
The work is physically challenging as we do the vast majority of our work by hand. Candidates should be able to lift 50 lbs, repeatedly, squat, kneel, bend etc… We will be working outside in all weather conditions. The hours will vary depending on the applicants. We may hire several part time farm hands or one full time if the right person comes along.  There may be opportunity to take on more responsibility.
The position begins early April and runs through the end of October.
Specific responsibilities:
  • All basic farm tasks including cultivating, harvesting, irrigating, washing and packing produce, seeding, transplanting, weeding, and other field chores as needed
  • Tending to a small flock of hens and guinea
  • Make deliveries to our restaurants in DC
  • Responsible use of equipment and facilities with a priority in safety
  • Work effectively and cooperatively with other EatWell staff
  • Complete special projects as assigned by the farm manager
  • Assist with on and off farm events directly related to the farm
  • upervise and work along side volunteers

 Qualifications:
Must be passionate about clean local food and sustainable agriculture. Experience on similar farm operations is desirable but willingness to learn and eagerness to work will go a long way in the decision process.
Compensation:
Competitive hourly rate, fresh produce to take home, discounts at our restaurants in DC, and a great opportunity to learn hands on about growing clean food in a sustainable manner. You will be working with other passionate individuals and helping to bring good food into the community.  There will also be opportunities to visit other local farms and participate in events within the local food community.
How to apply:
Send a resume, cover letter and three references to Erica S. Elms, Farm Manager atfarm@eatwelldc.com
We are a small operation and cannot assist with relocation or visas. Please only apply if you live in the area or can get here on your own. Housing is not available.
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