Farm Assistant

Location: 
Washington, DC
Publication Date: 
Thursday, December 20, 2012 (All day)
Company Name: 
Radix Farm

Radix Farm, located just 10 miles from Washington, DC, grows vegetables on three acres using organic practices and sells to a CSA, two farmers markets,

and restaurants.   Heading into our fourth season, Radix Farm is looking for a

Farm Assistant who is excited about working together to take the farm to the next level.

 Position Description

The Farm Assistant will participate in all aspects of running a small, diversified vegetable farm.  The Farm Assistant will work closely with farmer/ owner throughout the season. This position offers the right candidate the opportunity to gain experience in decision making, managing, growing on a small scale, and building the skills necessary to start a farm.

This is a full time, seasonal position.  40 hours per week, and occasional

Saturdays (about one/month).   Ideal start date is March (flexible start

date).  Position ends in November.

 Responsibilities

The Farm Assistant will assist with all areas of production from seed to sale, including field work and office work. Main responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

 

-              Field work such as seeding, transplanting, weeding, mulching,

trellising, pest and disease management, and building fertility

-              Planning harvests, harvesting, and post-harvest management

-              Irrigation

-              Farm record keeping

-              Coordinating and leading volunteers/interns

-              Communications and outreach to members and the public

-              Assist with staffing the CSA pick-up and farmers markets

-              Opportunity for independent projects

-              Participation and input into whole farm management, infrastructure

improvements, and expanding the business

 Requirements

-              2-3 years farming experience

-              Excellent communication skills and good attitude

-              Strong work ethic, fast learner, and ability to anticipate and take

initiative

-              Experience with scaling up a farm enterprise, analyzing systems, and

increasing efficiencies

-              Experience selling at farmers markets or direct market sales

-              Ability to work quickly and carefully, and motivate others to do the

same

-              Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

-              Able to lift 50lbs, perform strenuous physical tasks, and work in all

types of weather

-              Experience with equipment, tractor implements, and building a plus

-              Driver’s license, clean driving record, ability to drive manual

transmission

 Compensation

The Farm assistant will receive a monthly stipend, an abundance of fresh vegetables, and opportunities for additional training, education, and regional farm visits. Upon successful completion of the season, there may be opportunities for advancement next year.  Currently, no housing is available on the farm.  Workers must provide their own transportation. Radix Farm is approximately a 30-minute drive from Washington DC, and only 2 miles outside the beltway.

 How To Apply

Applicants should send a resume including previous farming experience and three references (at least one farm related reference) to radixfarm@gmail.com.

 To learn more about Radix Farm, see www.radixfarm.wordpress.com or watch this Food MythBusters video: http://foodmyths.org/food-hero-films/