Everblossom Farm, a certified organic vegetable farm in south central Pennsylvania, is seeking applicants for seasonal employment during the 2014 growing season. The time frame is roughly March through November, and a commitment to the full growing season is required. Specific start and end dates are negotiable and will be outlined in a written employment agreement for each employee. Seasonal employees who demonstrate outstanding performance will be eligible for winter seasonal positions, longer term employment, and increase in compensation.
Everblossom Farm is located on a 190-acre family farmstead in Adams County, PA. Every season we explore new ways to diversify our farm and meet local demand for fresh, organic products. 2014 will be our eleventh season in sustainable vegetable production (our eighth season managing staff), and we have been Certified Organic since 2011. The farm is transitioning from a three-generation operation producing hay, straw, grain and beef cattle to organic and sustainable practices. The current operation includes 15 acres of organic vegetable production for a 170-member summer CSA, an 80-member winter CSA, and sales at a farmers’ market, health food stores, and restaurants. Products include organic seasonal vegetables and berries, and winter vegetables grown in our passive solar greenhouses.
Position: 2014 Seasonal Farm Employees
Duration: March/April 2014 – November 2014
- Commitment to the full growing season required.
- Start and end dates are negotiable and will be outlined in final written agreement.
- Seasonal winter work or longer term employment may be available (this is based on employee’s performance, farm’s success, and discretion of farm managers).
Structure of the Farm and the Seasonal Positions
- All aspects of production and marketing are overseen and managed by farmer/owner.
- The farm’s assistant manger serves as a crew leader and assists with managing employees, on-farm communication, crop management, harvest and post-harvest handling, CSA operations, farmers markets, and wholesale accounts.
- Seasonal employees will work with the farm’s assistant manager and farmer/owner to carryout all farm functions. (Specific duties below.)
- Seasonal employees will report to the farm’s assistant manager.
- Performance discussions will be conducted at regular intervals: after first 3 weeks of employment, at mid season, and in the fall. The discussions will be used to clarify expectations for season employees, help to set goals, and evaluate progress and overall performance. Seasonal employees are expected to use the discussions to ask questions, make suggestions and set goals for the next period.
- In addition to performance discussions, seasonal employees must demonstrate a willingness to receive on-the-job training and feedback on the fly as we carry out day-to-day farm operations.
Seasonal employees will engage in several aspects of production and marketing on this diversified organic farm, under the direction of the assistant farm manager.
This might include:
- Seeding, transplanting, weeding, irrigation, harvest, and packing of produce;
- Marketing and deliveries of produce via farmers’ markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and wholesale accounts;
- General maintenance of farm infrastructure, cleaning, basic repairs, and painting;
- Operation of small engine equipment such as mowers, trimmers, walk behind tractor, etc.;
- Assisting with livestock management, for example: feeding, cleaning, caring for rotating, and processing pastured poultry on an as-needed basis.
- Clear communication
- Strong work ethic
- Ability to balance attention to detail while developing and maintaining a quick pace
- Willingness to work outdoors daily in all weather conditions
- Ability to maintain a positive attitude when conditions are stressful
- Experience with physically demanding situations and/or manual labor
- Farm work experience is preferred
- Willingness to receive on-the-job training and feedback on the fly as we carry out day-to-day farm operations
- Participation in regular performance discussions (at 3 weeks, mid season, late season)
- Communal living situation includes children and pets
- Hourly wage $7.25, 40 hours per week (negotiable wage based on experience).
- Produce from the farm.
- Shared housing in historic stone farmhouse including modern utilities (shared household items, including paper products, cleaning supplies, and detergents, are provided with housing).
- Opportunities for winter work, longer term employment, and increase in compensation for exceptional performance.
- Email cover letter, resume, and at least 3 references (2 professional, one personal/housing) to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1, 2014.
- Review of applications begins immediately. Positions will remain open until filled.
- Phone/video interviews and farm visits will be arranged with qualified applicants on a rolling basis.