Washington – Willowood Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Coupeville, Washington

Willowood Farm – Hiring Field Production Manager, Harvest Manager and Field Crew Hands NOW

FARM BACKGROUND

Willowood Farm is a 20-acre historic family farm with expected 10 acres in vegetable production in 2018.  We grow following organic standards but are not certified.  We are located centrally on Whidbey Island north of Seattle.  Our farm is often considered the “heart” of the Ebey Landing National Historic Reserve, an unique unit of the National Park Service that was established in 1978 with the purposes of maintaining our beautiful historic farming small town community.  Within just hours of our farm you can easily access both the Olympic Peninsula and the Cascade Mountain Range, as well as surrounded by the amazing waters of the Pacific Ocean.

FARM CREW

Willowood Farm is run and managed by Farmer Georgie who grew up on the property.  Her father Bill is an essential employee, working on tractor and equipment maintenance and additional special projects. Our farm crew consists of  Farmer Georgie who handles sales, marketing, networking and overall business management.  Melony Edwards who has been on the farm for three years taking over this year as Farm Manager in Training overseeing employee relations, employee training, farm organization and systems and is assisting Georgie with sales, ordering, marketing and community outreach.  We also have hired a new pack shed manager to oversee organization and pack shed and walk-in management of our crops and we are looking to hire a field production and equipment manager who will oversee and implement our production needs and schedules, and operate and manager our machinery (with mechanical help from Farmer Bill).  And we are also looking to hire a harvest manager that runs the crew in the fields on harvest days as well as one two possibly two field crew hands for general work.  All employees in the crew work together closely and are cross trained on each others jobs.

Note  We are willing to accept qualified couples to fill two of these positions.  So say, Field Production Manager and Harvest Manager. Please refer to job descriptions for any other openings if you are part of a “couple” seeking a position.

FIRE REBUILDING

In addition, in March of 2017 Willowood Farm suffered a devastating barn fire and lost our main storage and indoor production area along with about 80 percent of our equipment.  We began immediately rebuilding our systems (new pack shed, new tractors, etc) but still have a long ways to go.  2018 will see a focus on building of a new barn plus implementing new equipment, systems and ideas.  The barn fire was devastating, but also gave opportunity to create new and better systems going forward.  All employees in the 2018 crew will be challenged with looking at the farm with new eyes as far as how do we recreate ourselves better, more efficiently. 

PRODUCTION METHODS

Willowood Farm is a production farm with a strong focus on efficiency, crop diversity, and a superb quality product.  We pride ourselves on being one of the leading suppliers of vegetables to the best restaurants in the Pacific Northwest and we do so with consistency and quality.  We produce crops year-round and sell primarily to the growing farm to table restaurant scene in Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest.  We produce crops following organic standards but are not certified.  We use a mix of more modern and “new” small farm techniques and practices with time-honored practices of old.  We have both tractors, and hoes! Our time is devoted to tasks as driven by the ebb and flow of a vegetable farm, following the demands of the season.  Our time is mostly divided between production, seeding, transplanting and weeding what our tractors cannot get to.  And lots and lots of time spent in harvest and packing as our season progresses and the bounty comes in, with abundance!

2018 OPEN POSITIONS – OPEN TIL FILLED! 

We seek energetic and motivated individuals who are not only a smart, tough, resourceful, detail-oriented team player to fill the following positions.  All positions including housing on farm as part of compensation package.  We can accept couples as long as both are filling one of the duties on the farm. 

FIELD PRODUCTION MANAGER

This is our “Chief Grower” responsible for all duties related to the efficient growing of our beautiful, tasty and sellable vegetables!  The ideal applicant will have excellent communication skills, enjoy being in a leadership role, and have strong skills in vegetable production and experience, or at least strong interest in, small farm equipment and techniques, like growing on plastic mulch, using Planet Junior walk behind tractors, flame weeding, irrigation systems and etc.  The ideal person will be able to self-manage weekly tasks according to our planting calendars and be able to identify and work with other management persons to make sure fields are ready, needed supplies are available, and delegate, assign and overseas all production related tasks to our field crew.  The Field Production Manager will work closely and collaboratively with the Harvest Manager, Packing Shed Manager, Farm Manager and of course, Farmer Georgie.  The Field Production Manager also will work closely with Bill on tractor and equipment related issues.

HARVEST MANAGER

This person is charge of all field aspects of our very busy and intense harvest days. The ideal candidate has the interest and skills to lead a crew of similar folks in harvest related tasks, and the maturity and  ability to work with our Production Manager as assistant field task manager and have experience harvesting vegetables on a production scale vegetable farm. The ideal applicant will have excellent communication skills, enjoy being in a leadership role, and have strong skills in harvest to set a timely pace for crew and oversee quality control.  The ideal person must be highly flexible and adaptive to continually changing harvest needs and demands and be able to quickly make decisions and instruct crew.  The Harvest Manager will work closely with the Farm Manager, Production Manager, Pack Shed Manager and Farmer Georgie

FIELD CREW HAND 

We currently have openings for up to three, full time seasonal field crew positions for the 2018 season. Field Crew would live on the farm, housing and food produced by the farm is provided.  Ideal field crew applicants are smart, tough, detail-orientated and possess a strong interest in food and farming.  They should enjoy working on a a team and are ready for a new challenge.  At least one season previous farm work, or similar outdoor type work, HIGHLY preferred.  

For more information on these positions please go to:
 
 
Or email Farmer Georgie at willowoodfarm@gmail.com
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Colorado – Smith Fork Ranch hiring Farmstead Gardener and Groundskeeper

 Crawford, Colorado

Position: Farmstead Gardener and Groundskeeper

Smith Fork Ranch provides luxurious guest accommodations in the rustic tradition, breathtaking views in every direction, highly acclaimed cuisine using our own organically grown vegetables, fruits, poultry and regional game, an award-winning wine cellar, outstanding fly fishing on miles of private waters, a stable of well-trained riding horses, expert guides for fishing, riding, hiking, sporting clays, mountain biking and other outdoor activities including a very active children’s program. Our passion and mission is to preserve and nurture the authentic western lifestyle and experience, and to share it with guests at Smith Fork Ranch here in our magnificent corner of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

The groundskeeper/gardener at Smith Fork Ranch will report directly to the General Manager and work closely with both the Ranch Foreman and Executive Chef. This position consists of two different but related aspects of the Smith Fork Ranch experience. The cultivated grounds within the ranch compound and the farmstead garden are of equal importance to the guest experience. This position will be responsible for assigning tasks (such as mowing, weed removal, etc.) to the outdoor guides during the guest season. The management of our 1/3 acre farmstead garden and greenhouse before and during season to ensure our kitchen team is supplied with a proper harvest of fruits and vegetables is of the utmost importance.

GROUNDSKEEPING RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plans and executes landscaping operations, maintains grounds and landscape of the Smith Fork Ranch property, including Hill House grounds and landscaping
  • Prepares terrain, applies fertilizers, seeding lawns, transplanting shrubs and plants as necessary, uses manual and power operated equipment
  • Locates and plants shrubs, trees, and flowers selected by property owner or those recommended for the particular landscape effect
  • Mows and trims lawns, using push mower or riding mower
  • Manages outdoor guides during the season to assist in mowing, weeding, and any other tasks that need attention on Smith Fork Ranch property
  • Maintain grounds using rakes, brooms, or hoses
  • Apply nutrients to trees, shrubs, or lawns as needed
  • Maintain sprinkler system to ensure accurate coverage with assistance of Ranch Foreman
  • Schedule maintenance of sprinkler system upon opening and closing of the season with assistance of the ranch foreman

 

FARMSTEAD GARDEN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborate with Executive Chef in ordering seeds for the season
  • Place orders for all gardening supplies/seeds in a timely manner after approved by GM
  • Start seeds in a timely manner for maximum production
  • Prepare the soil for planting
  • Maintain irrigation in the farmstead area
  • Control greenhouse temperature and production throughout the year
  • Keep the farmstead area clean, organized, and aesthetically pleasing to guests during the season
  • Be available for farmstead tours when needed throughout the season
  • Communicate with the Executive Chef regarding items for harvest
  • Properly wash and prepare items for kitchen
  • Ensure quality items are being harvested
  • Plant flowers in the garden or around the property for the use of the housekeeping and dining staff
  • Ensure the housekeeping and dining staff are aware of the flowers that are their responsibility and that they are properly watered throughout the season

REQUIREMENTS

  • Basic knowledge of water systems
  • Extensive knowledge and experience running a LARGE garden plot
  • Knowledge of harvest times and plant needs
  • At least 3 years gardening experience
  • Ability to grow and maintain an abundant garden at 7,200 feet
  • Physical strength
  • Ability to lift 50lbs. consecutively
  • Ability to get along with people and guests who often want a tour of the farmstead
  • Ability to work with the executive chef in planning meals around produce
  • Self starting/self managing qualifications
  • Available from March 1 through November 15

Compensation

Competitive salary based on ability and experience. Housing available, meals and share of employee tip pool.

Mail or Email application, cover letter, resume and photo to:

Smith Fork Ranch

Attn: General Manager

45362 Needle Rock Road

Crawford, CO 81415

Phone: 970-921-3454

Email: info@smithforkranch.com

 

Oregon – Lucky Crow Farm hiring Production Manager

Monmouth, Oregon

Production Manager at Lucky Crow Farm LLC

BACKGROUND

Lucky Crow Farm cultivates mixed vegetables in Monmouth, Oregon and operates two urban farm plots in Monmouth and Salem. The farm has a 65-member CSA and vends at the Corvallis Farmers Market in Corvallis, Oregon. We are growing and are ready to hire our first employee!

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are hiring for a full-time, hourly position from March through October 2018 to support vegetable production at the farm.  We are looking for an individual who is self-motivated, detail oriented, a fast learner and motivated to streamline workflow.  An ideal candidate has fun working alone and in a partnership. The work is mostly physical, but requires a sharp mind, good judgment and a great sense of humor.  Folks with prior farm experience are encouraged to apply, but we will also consider qualified candidates with no prior experience. Living situation not provided.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work will include, but not be limited to, harvesting, packing, cultivating, transplanting, greenhouse propagation, bed preparation and fertility work, irrigating, composting and clean-up.
  • Work may include deliveries and occasional driving off farm.
  • Farmers’ market vending.
  • Other duties, as necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Detail oriented and fast learner.
  • Self-motivated and able to streamline workflow.
  • Ability to work efficiently alone or in a group.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to work with a diverse group of people.
  • Ability to keep clear, handwritten and electronic records.
  • Positive attitude in all types of weather.
  • Willingness to participate in a startup environment where it will be necessary to wear many “hats” at different times.
  • Commitment to work entire season (with potential for unpaid vacation time).

Preferred

  • 1-2 years of prior farm work.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Strong love of food, nutrition and healthy local economies.
  • Experienced/licensed driver.
  • Organized and thorough.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Regularly required to sit or stand, bend, climb and reach.
  • Regularly lift up to 50 pounds without assistance.
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions, often for long durations.
  • Capable of performing repetitive tasks with endurance.

Working Hours: 40 hours per week

Reports to: Eden Olsen, owner and farmer

Compensation: $12-$15/hr DOE

Please send a cover letter and resume to farmers@luckycrowfarm.com

Oregon – Full Cellar Farm hiring Farmworker

Gresham, Oregon

Full Cellar Farm

Farmworker Job Description

Full Cellar Farm is currently hiring one part-time (32 hours a week) farmworker for the 2018 season. This is a seasonal position, running from around the beginning of April through mid-November. The pay starts at $12 per hour, and may be higher depending on experience. Experienced farmworkers are encouraged to apply.

About the Farm

Full Cellar Farm started in 2014, offering bulk preserving and storage crop shares. In 2015, we added our weekly vegetable CSA and sold 50 shares. Since then, we have steadily increased our membership, and plan to sell 120 shares in 2018. Community Supported Agriculture is our passion and provides almost all of our income. Our CSA focuses on smaller, more manageable share sizes and allows members to choose which vegetables they get in their box each week. We farm on about 2 acres at Headwaters Incubator Farm, just east of Gresham. We use sustainable growing methods to improve the health of the soil, water, and ecosystem.

Position Description

This is a part-time, seasonal position with 8-hour work days on Mondays through Thursdays. The season runs from the beginning of April through mid-November. The farmworker will participate in most aspects of the farm work, including seeding, transplanting, irrigation, weeding, harvesting, and packing CSA boxes. They will frequently be working alongside the owner to complete tasks. Strong work ethic, good physical fitness, attention to detail, and a positive attitude will contribute to a successful farm season.

Position Requirements

  • Physical fitness and strength, including the ability to lift 60 lbs. frequently throughout the day and engage in repetitive physical tasks
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to get work done as quickly and efficiently as possible
  • Good attention to detail
  • Ability to make decisions and be self-directed when needed
  • Emotional maturity and respect for self and others
  • Reliable transportation to the farm
  • Availability for the entire farm season (beginning of April through mid-November).

We want to see more diversity in the small farm world, and encourage anyone with the requisite skills and a strong work ethic to apply!

To apply, please fill out our application and email it, along with your resume and three professional references, to fullcellarfarmoregon@gmail.com. You can also mail your application materials to:

Full Cellar Farm

28600 SE Orient Dr

Gresham, OR 97080

Position is open until filled.

 

Washington – Heartsong hiring Permaculture Apprentices

Spokane, Washington
Permaculture Apprenticeship Opportunity in Eastern Washington
Heartsong is a beautiful, 8 1/2-acre former retreat center nestled in a forest-ringed meadow just 20 miles northwest of Spokane, Washington. The owners are accepting applications for apprenticeship positions for the 2018 growing season which will begin in April and last through October, 2018. Applicants may apply for one or more one- to three-month periods during the season. The Heartsong families seek motivated, neophyte permaculturists willing to commit to 4 hours of work and study, five days per week. Room and board provided in exchange. One apprentice will be invited per period. All periods will be filled in advance of the season.
For more details and to fill out an application, please go to:
Plans for 2018: The apprentice will work and study under the guidance of Heartsong’s caretaker who is a certified permaculture designer. The caretaker and apprentice will be tasked with implementing an ever-evolving work plan, including enhancing and maintaining the 8000 sq. ft. polyculture garden (including weekly harvests and distributions), maintaining a flock of laying hens, tending the goat herd, re-establishing a honeybee colony, seed saving, woody plant propagation, food preserving, developing a pasture management plan and continuing with planting the food forest. In addition, other general site maintenance, upkeep and improvements will also be included in the work plan as determined from time to time.

Oregon – Meriwether’s Skyline Farm hiring Assistant Manager

Portland, Oregon

Meriwether’s Skyline Farm seeks Assistant Manager

Position Description

This is a unique opportunity for someone passionate about farming and looking to gain experience in farm management.

Farm Description:  Skyline Farm is a 1.5+ acre production vegetable farm growing exclusively for Meriwether’s Restaurant using organic practices.  The farm is located northwest of Portland, OR on NW Skyline Blvd near Cornelius Pass Rd.  We are a farm crew of four during the main season, April-October.   We are energetic, entertaining, hard-working folks.

Dates:  Year -round. Starts February 1st.

Schedule:  The position is part time – Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are the required work days. Some possible work during peak season on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Work starts between 7-8am and ends between 5-6pm depending on the time of year.  We take a mid-morning break and a lunch.  During June-September we generally work 10 or more hours per day.

Duties/Activities: 

  • Management of farm crew members and tasks
  • Aiding in farm management and best practices
  • Providing general support for Farm Manager
  • Harvesting a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers
  • Fieldwork (seeding, transplanting, weeding, irrigating, trapping, etc.)
  • Washing and packing produce
  • Propagating plants in the greenhouse
  • Animal care (llamas and goats)
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Qualities/Skills/Experience:

  • One year of production farm experience strongly preferred
  • Responsible and reliable
  • Efficient and hard-working
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Ability to give and receive constructive criticism
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Reliable transportation
  • Observant and inquisitive
  • Positive attitude
  • Sense of humor
  • Ability to work well alone and with others
  • Must be available for in-person interview

Compensation:  $11.75/hr

To apply:  Send brief cover letter, three professional references, and resume to Leana Phillips, Farm Manager leana.phillips@live.com

Include in your cover letter why you are interested in the position and what you feel you could contribute to the farm crew.

Application deadline:  Open until filled.

Oregon – Rogue Farm Corps hiring Interns

Ashland, Oregon

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN FOR ROGUE FARM CORPS’ 2018 FARMER TRAINING PROGRAMS
APPLY FOR FREE UNTIL JANUARY 15 (APPLICATION FEE BEGINS JANUARY 16)

ROGUE FARM CORPS’ INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:
Rogue Farm Corps’ Internship Program is a full season entry-level residential farmer training program combining hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. Participants live and train full-time on a host farm, receiving up to 1,500 hours of on-farm training and learning in-depth skills from a mentor farmer. The residential farm training experience is enhanced with the addition of farm tours, classes, and discussion circles throughout the region, as well as an in-depth independent project. Interns are exposed to a vast array of knowledge and expertise by engaging in the daily life of vibrant, agricultural communities. Rogue Farm Corps works with more than 20 host farms located in the Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon, providing experiences with vegetable production, animal husbandry, dairy, diverse operations, and more.

For profiles of specific host farms, all program details, application process, and more, please visit our website: http://roguefarmcorps.org

ON-FARM TRAINING (~40+ HOURS/WEEK)
The Internship is a hands-on learning experience. The vast majority of your time will be spent learning by doing. Interns train alongside their mentor farmer and independently to develop skills while accomplishing daily tasks that move their host farm along through the season.
Rogue Farm Corps works closely with farm mentors to provide interns with a skill-based curriculum that is unique to each host farm.  Our Chapter Coordinators will conduct formal on-site evaluations with interns and host farmers to ensure that interns’ education and training goals are being met.

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS: CLASSES, FARM TOURS, AND DISCUSSIONS (~3-5 TIMES PER MONTH)
To augment the training and learning at each host farm, participants join other interns in the local region for classes that teach practical skills as well as foundational concepts and knowledge, farm tours, discussion circles and potlucks throughout the agricultural region. These are led by Rogue Farm Corps staff, agricultural professionals, and expert farmers who employ a variety of teaching approaches and locations, from traditional classroom settings to experiential on-farm settings.
INDEPENDENT PROJECTS (~1-2 HOURS PER WEEK)
During the course of the farming season, every intern will complete an independent project, submit a report and make a short presentation at the end-of-season Closing Dinner. Examples of previous independent projects include raising a small flock of ducks for market, constructing a root crop storage room, developing recipe cards for market customers, and building an outdoor cob oven.
PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS
The Internship Program begins between March 15 and April 15 and concludes between October 15 and November 15 depending on the host farm. Room, board, and stipend packages vary from farm to farm. Interns are assured safe, secure housing, farm-produced food and some staples, and a monthly stipend. Each host farmer determines the details. To successfully complete the program, interns will complete 1,000 to 1,500 hours of on-farm training time, submit weekly reflective journal entries, complete an independent project, and attend all classes and farm tours.

For profiles of specific host farms, all program details, application process, and more, please visit our website: http://roguefarmcorps.org