The Farm at Our House (Brookeville, MD) seeks a two motivated self-starter to assist with the management, production, marketing and sales of diverse organic vegetables, eggs and shiitake mushrooms on and off the farm. The Farm at Our House is located in Brookeville, Maryland, 15 miles north of Washington, DC. We grow certified organic fruits and vegetables on 5.5 acres of land owned by Our House (http://www.our-house.org/), a residential job training center for at-risk young men ages 16-21. We manage an additional 7 acres. The Farm at Our House offers a 27-week 100+ member CSA, sells at three local farmers markets and to local restaurants and grocers. While The Farm at Our House and Our House Job Training Center are distinct entities, we work in partnership to achieve mutually supportive goals. This is a great opportunity to work on and help shape a relatively new farm.
● Production—Implement field work, including supervision of Our House trainees and other staff members: planting, cultivation, irrigation, harvesting and packing, and care of laying hens
● Marketing–represent farm at one or more weekly farmers markets and our CSA pick-up site; assist with delivery of produce to wholesale customers; contribute to newsletter, website, and marketing materials.
● Planning and Administration—Collaborate with farm manager, farm owners on budgeting and capital project planning; communicate with CSA members; ensure documentation of work and meeting of organic certification requirements. Collaborate on developing a planting schedule and crop rotation.
Supervision- Manage, evaluate and Our House residents who work with the farm.
Estimated Time Allotment: Apprentices are expected to work between 40 and 55 hours a week.
Production and on-farm supervision: about 70% of time
Marketing: about 20% of time
Administration: about 5% of time
Some farm experience preferred, tractor-experience a plus. Experience working with at-risk youth and computer literacy (Excel, Weebly, Mailchimp, Google Drive) a plus. Strong work ethic, good communication and organizational skills required.
Weekly salary ranges between $300-$350 based on experience plus end of the year bonus; free produce from the farm; free professional development opportunities plus scholarship opportunities to attend winter conferences; free meals with Our House trainees; free internet access; access to CRAFT workshops, agricultural library and online resources. At this time there is no on site housing. That could change.