Vermont – Luna Bleu Farm hiring Two Positionns

Central Vermont

WHOLE-FARM APPRENTICE:

Luna Bleu Farm is seeking full-time Whole-Farm Apprentices for the 2018 season.  (See also our listing for Assistant Manager if you have 2+ seasons of farm production experience.)

Luna Bleu Farm is a well-established diversified certified organic farm in central Vermont, growing for our community for over 25 years. On our 42 acre farm, we grow 5 acres of vegetables, raise cattle, pigs, and chickens for egg and meat production, and have a small orchard with blueberries, apples, and plums. We grow and market year round through our CSA, Saturday farmers market, and a few local businesses. Season extension and winter growing in high tunnels is an expanding part of our operation. We work hands on with our employees to share the knowledge we have gained over our years of farming and encourage employees to take advantage of the rich agricultural opportunities in the Upper Valley of Vermont. We are relatively small in size but our diversity with crops and animals means we have lots of fun every day!

The Whole-Farm Apprentice is exposed to all aspects of our farming operation, rotating through the various animal chores, working with many aspects of growing, harvesting, and marketing the field vegetables and fruits and helping with the CSA distribution and farmers market. They get a broad experience of the rhythms of the farming season and the many elements of our farming systems.

Much of the learning is hands-on during the day-to-day tasks required on our farm.  Rather than sitting down to teach skills in a classroom type setting we prefer to work with our employees in the field, giving instructions before starting work and then working with them to help them complete tasks properly, work efficiently, and have fun. We also eat meals with our employees and encourage conversations about anything farm related. Apprentices participate in the Upper Valley CRAFT program to enhance their education on the farm. Apprentices play an integral role in running our farm. We hope to give them skills, experiences and connections to further their work in this field.

Apprentices will be involved with:

  • Seeding, transplanting, weeding, and harvesting vegetable crops
  • Post-harvest washing and prepping for market
  • Animal chores and grazing rotations
  • Chicken processing
  • CSA and farmers market
  • Greenhouse watering and field irrigation
  • Record keeping
  • Mowing, BCS rototilling
  • Food safety
  • Season extension

Qualifications:

Because of the nature of the work, an apprentice should have some familiarity with the physical demands of farming, have spent some time working or volunteering on a farm (at least part of a season), be able to lift 50 pounds, work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, and enjoy repetitive, even tedious, tasks. They must have a valid driver’s license. We look for people who are attentive to detail, speed, and efficiency, are organized, and conscientious in their work, and work well in a team.

Apprentices work 5 days a week and rotating Saturdays.

Please visit our website and read “Qualities for a successful job at Luna Bleu Farm” if you think you are interested in applying.

Time frame and Compensation:

Flexible start date: mid February- early May preferred. Preference is given to applicants who can stay through main growing season into November. Successful apprentices are given the option to work through winter season and/or return the following season as an Assistant Manager.

We offer apprentices room, board and a bi-weekly stipend.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter and request an application by email:  suzanne@lunableufarm.org

ASSISTANT MANAGER:

Luna Bleu Farm is seeking full-time Assistant Managers with at least 2+ seasons of farm production experience for 2018. (See our listing for Whole-Farm Apprentices if you have less than 2 full seasons of farm production experience)

Luna Bleu Farm is a well-established diversified certified organic farm in central Vermont growing for our community for over 25 years. On our 42 acre farm, we grow 5 acres of vegetables, raise cattle, pigs, and chickens for egg and meat production, and have a small orchard with blueberries, apples, and plums. We grow and market year round through our CSA, Saturday farmers market, and a few local businesses. Season extension and winter growing in high tunnels is an expanding part of our operation. We work hands on with our employees to share the knowledge we have gained over our years of farming and encourage employees to take advantage of the rich agricultural opportunities in the Upper Valley of Vermont. We are relatively small in size but our diversity with crops and animals means we have lots of fun every day!

Assistant Managers will still be involved with all aspects of our farming operation (see Whole-Farm Apprenticeship information), but will take a leadership roll in one of the following areas. Assistant managers will work with the farmers to develop protocols in the area of management. Assistant managers are not expected to have previous experience in managing or even extensive experience in the area chosen. We will train and guide assistant managers and help trouble-shoot problems. We have lots of experience but we are always open to new ideas.

▪       Harvest/ Washroom Management – Organize and manage daily harvest, quality control, order fulfillment, preparation of produce for farmers’ market and CSA. Maintain washroom cleanliness and order, and develop protocols to increase efficiency. Implement food safety guidelines. Maintain records.

▪       Field Production Management – Organize and manage successive seedings and transplantings in the field, cultivation schedule and priorities, field irrigation, diseases and pests. Maintain records.

▪       Greenhouse Production Management – Focus mainly on summer greenhouse tomato production: planting, trellising, pruning, irrigation, disease and pest management, harvest, record keeping. Organize and manage conversion of other greenhouses from spring greens, to summer fallow, to preparation for winter planting.

▪       Customer Communications, Events and Education Outreach – Maintain/update blog, facebook, website, potentially add other social media outlets. Help organize events or educational programs for CSA, schools or general community. Photo documentation and short videos are a possibility.

▪       Create Another Sphere of Influence – Depending on our applicants and group skills and interests, we may design an area of responsibility that overlaps with, or is a smaller section of, the above.

Assistant Managers participate in the Upper Valley CRAFT program to enhance their education on the farm. We also encourage them to attend NOFA-VT on-farm workshops as our work schedule permits.

Assistant Managers work 5 days a week and rotating Saturdays.

Qualifications:

Assistant managers must have at least two seasons of farm production experience. They will still be working each day in the fields so must be prepared for the physical demands of farming, be able to lift 50 pounds, work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, and enjoy repetitive, even tedious, tasks. They must have a valid driver’s license. Assistant managers must possess strong organizational skills, pay attention to details, efficiencies, and speed, and be able to work independently and as part of a team. As crew leaders, assistant managers will be guiding apprentices and volunteers. This position is best suited for a self-motivated person who wants to pursue a career in farming.

Please visit our website and read “Qualities for a successful job at Luna Bleu Farm” if you think you are interested in applying.

Time frame and Compensation:

Flexible start date February- early April preferred. This position goes through the third week of November. Option available to work through the winter and additional seasons.

We offer room, board and a bi-weekly stipend depending on experience and time of year. Other housing options can also be discussed.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter and request an application by email: suzanne@lunableufarm.org

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