Vegetable Grower

Location: 
Red Hook, New York
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
Sawkill Farm
Email: 
michael@sawkillfarm.com

Sawkill Farm seeks an experienced organic vegetable grower to manage and develop the farm's vegetable operation.

About the Farm

Sawkill Farm is located in Red Hook, New York, about 100 miles north of New York City. We are entering our third year of operation and are a diverse farm with pasture
raised and grassfinished livestock as well as vegetables grown with organic practices. We raise feeder pigs, a small herd of cattle, a small flock of sheep, laying hens and broiler chickens.  We currently sell at two farmers markets in New York City and this year we will be opening a farm store in our barn. With successful markets and the launching of our store, we are well positioned to expand the vegetable enterprise for the future.

Duties include:

  • Manage and work of ~1 acre vegetable garden
  • Crop planning
  • Seed ordering and starting
  • Manage staff and volunteers
  • Cultivation & weed management
  • Harvest & post-harvest handling
  • Supplying farm store and farmers markets
  • Detailed record keeping
  • Business development of vegetable enterprise
  • Working with livestock and other farm operations
  • Working weekends on the farm or at market during growing season
  • Interacting with customers and visitors
  • Working in New York City at market as necessary

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Organic vegetable farming experience on a 1 acre intensive scale and a 6-10 acre scale
  • Experience starting or managing an organic vegetable operation
  • Motivation to create and develop a successful business enterprise
  • Bright and sunny dispostion; desire to work on a team and with the public
  • Records of garden management, sales and vegetable budgets
  • Tractor, tractor implement and cultivation experience
  • History of work with livestock (cows, sheep, chickens, pigs)
  • Light carpentry and building background
  • Experience growing in high tunnels and greenhouses
  • Experience with certification processes (organic, CNG, etc) and practices

For the 2013 season, this is a contract position. The farmer will be compensated by a monthly fixed payment and a percentage of vegetable sales. Sawkill Farm will cover operational, equipment and additional labor costs. This year the work will consist of growing vegetables on approximately one acre and developing a plan for the  vegetable operation on a larger scale: including soil building, crop rotation planning, weed management strategies, the improvement of sales at existing markets and the development of new markets for farm products.

This is an ideal position for someone with the energy to help build a young farm business. The long
term plan is for the vegetable operation to become an integral part of our identity and income.  We looking for the right person to take a leadership position. The contract status of the vegetable grower will be reviewed at the end of the 2013 growing season.  Weekends throughout the growing season are required.                  

To Apply

Please email Michael Robertson at michael@sawkillfarm.com a brief letter of introduction and attach a resume (PDF appreciated).