Assistant Grower

Location: 
Weston, MA
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
Land's Sake Farm

This season, Land’s Sake Farm is looking for two enthusiastic, dependable, hard-working and dynamic folks to join our well-established farm team as beginning assistant growers.  A strong candidate will have a year of some kind of vegetable growing experience under their belt as well as strong interest in farming.  This is an apprenticeship-type position, and we’ll consider the right candidates with a range of experiences or backgrounds.   

Assistant growers will work closely with the farm manager, assistant manager and returning assistant growers to run a busy and complex community farm operation. We grow for a good sized CSA program, a very busy farm stand and a donations contract with the town of Weston.  We also work with our education program to create opportunities for volunteers and young community members to have experiences on the farm.  We strive to make Land’s Sake a welcoming, community-centered farm for all involved, including customers, shareholders, campers and staff.

 

Assistant growers will assist in most aspects of running the farm and will participate in everything from greenhouse management to running the wash station to leading field crew. Applicants should be enthusiastic about learning, leadership, communication, having fun and working hard, and must be able to work independently as well as with a team. 

 

Assistant growers can expect to work as many as 50 hours per week at the height of the season. At the beginning and end of the season, the hours are typically closer to 40 per week. This seasonal position begins April 1, 2013 and ends November 1, 2013. We work a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, and alternate greenhouse duty on weekends.

Assistant Growers will receive as compensation:

  • a weekly stipend of $450.
  • 5 days paid vacation time.
  • 3 paid personal days.
  • worker's compensation.
  • participation in CRAFT farm visits.
  • working visits to two area farms of your choosing.
  • copies of all farm plans for the season.
  •  participation in weekly educational farm walks where growers will hone their field scouting skills.
  • free produce from farm and discounts on other goods sold at the farm stand.

 

Qualifications: a sincere interest in vegetable production; a driver’s license; a clean driving record; the ability to lift 50 lbs; the ability to work for long periods of time in all weather conditions; reliable transportation.

 

To apply, please send a brief letter of interest, your resume, and three references to melanie@landssake.org.

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions that you might have!