Seeking a Part-time Organic Grower

Singing Cedars Farmstead has been producing organic vegetables and meats for retail and wholesale markets for the past 12 years here in Orwell. The farm is privately located along the shore of Lake Champlain.  We are seeking an experienced grower to assist in all aspects of our small scale diversified farm, starting immediately and working into the fall.

This position’s primary responsibility is assisting in all aspects of the growing, harvest and sales of greenhouse tomatoes. The grower will also assist in all the other day to day farm aspects; including setting up pasture for rotational grazing, chicken chores, planting, cultivating and harvesting veggies grown in the field. Vending at farmers market is a possibility too.

Initially we are seeking a person to work 15-20 hours a week spread out over 2 or 3 days. Hours may increase as the season progresses, and availability. Pay starts at $11 an hour.

The ideal candidate would have previous experience working on organic veggie farms, and/or a horticultural background with sales experience. The ideal candidate should also be able simultaneously maintain a working hustle and good attention to detail with an artistic aesthetic. The work is physically demanding by its nature, but the work environment is positive and peaceful.

Please reply with a brief letter of introduction, interest and your experience to: singingseeders@gmail.com

Thank you, Scott Greene

And check out the Facebook page for pictures of the farm—–

Dutchess Farm is Hiring

Two part – time positions available at Dutchess Farm, a produce farm in Castleton, VT.
(Would prefer one full time person to fill both positions.)
  • Organized & efficient person to help manage wash station on produce farm. Duties include: sorting produce, packing orders, loading vehicles, keeping area clean & organized.  Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
    Job could be full time to include picking produce at farm, some general farm work.  Valid drivers license needed.
  • Efficient & motivated person needed to work on produce farm. Duties include transplanting, hoeing, weeding, working with drip irrigation & harvesting. Mostly morning hours, some afternoon hours necessary for transplanting & weeding. Must be able to tolerate physically demanding work.
Contact Stephen at dutchessfarm@gmail.com or call 802-468-5893

Milker Needed

Liberty Farm in Poultney, VT is looking for a relief milker for a couple nights a month, as well as a few consecutive milkings later in the summer and fall. We generally milk around 40 cows in a tie stall barn.  We are a organic dairy that is run simply and naturally. Willing and enthusiastic to train the right person.

Call James 802 989 9818 or email elworthyj@gmail.com

Farm Management Opportunity in Poultney

Dos Dinas Farm, Poultney, VT

Dos Dinas Farm is a newly established berry farm in Poultney, VT. Over the course of the past three years, owners John and Lorena Schramm have worked to plant out a variety of brambles and blueberries. They are now seeking an experienced, motivated individual to manage all aspects of the farm.

Details are as follows:

  • 4000 brambles (raspberry, black raspberry, blackberry) & 2000 blueberries planted
  • 30×150 hoophouse – built and planted with raspberries in 2014 (owners open to alternative uses of the greenhouse space)
  • Small apiary enterprise on-site
  • Land available for establishing a vegetable enterprise
  • Equipment available for use
  • Farm is on busy VT Route 30 in an area popular with tourists
  • Housing available

The ideal person would:

  • Have at least 3 years of experience working on farms, ideally with small fruits and with selling both directly and to wholesale accounts
  • Be a creative entrepreneur and work to grow Dos Dinas into a profitable business and an area destination for berry picking
  • Be self-motivated, self-directed, and resourceful

The specific details of this management position are flexible and can be arranged to meet the needs and goals of the person brought on board.

For more details and to apply, contact John Schramm at: j.schramm@eattilapia.com

Job Opportunity – Little Lake Orchard (Wells, VT)

Little Lake Orchard is diversified farm and orchard overlooking Little Lake in Wells, Vermont. Our young orchard will bear its first crop of heirloom and unique apples in the fall of 2015. In the spring and summer we raise organic strawberries, sweet corn, flowers, and maintain a passel of pastured, heritage breed hogs.  We market our products through a farm stand, on-farm events (like the annual Strawberry Festival), local farmers’ markets, and our pork through community-  supported agriculture (CSA). For more information about our farm, please visit littlelakeorchard.com.

Job Type:  Apprentice/Employee

Duration: early May through end of October, 2015

Job Description: We are seeking a part-time employee to work with us in several aspects of our crop production, marketing, and hog management. Our work changes as our season progresses:

 In the spring, we’ll be caring for piglets, seeding, transplanting and weeding field crops, opening our farm stand, and preparing for the annual Strawberry Festival.

 In the summer, we’ll be harvesting and maintaining fruits, vegetables, and flowers for our farm stand and farmers’ markets; as well as caring for hogs, and producing value-added products like strawberry jam.

 Fall work will include harvesting orchard crops and field crops for farm stand and markets, caring for hogs, and preparation for fall farm events.

 Other aspects: to some degree, the position can be tailored to an employee’s strengths and interests. The right candidate may be more or less involved in direct marketing through attending a farmer’s market or running the farm stand, OR may be more or less involved in other aspects of marketing like social media, the farm newsletter, or event planning.

Qualifications:

 Excellent work ethic and positive attitude

 Significant interest in sustainable agriculture—undergraduate agriculture major helpful, though not required

 Ability to lift 50 pounds from the ground repeatedly

 Previous farm experience required

Compensation: We offer a competitive hourly wage, depending on experience.

Housing: Not provided, but we can assist you in finding housing locally.

Hours: 20-25 hours per week.

For more information or to apply contact Jill & Rico at: littlelakeorchard@gmail.com or (802) 783-8097.

Farm Employment Resources

At this time of year, the search for farm help is in full swing.  Here are a couple of resources with information about all things hiring-related.

For fact sheets from the USDA and NOFA-VT and a webinar about the legal distinctions between interns and employees, visit the UVM New Farmer page – http://www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=business/labor.html&SM=business/sub-menu.html

For a Farm Commons webinar entitled “Making Employment Law Work for Your Farm” (scheduled for 2/3/15 but recordings of all webinars are available on their website) – http://farmcommons.org/making-employment-law-work-your-farm