Farm Apprentice: 2 year position 2 positions available
This position is meant for someone who wants to own and operate a commercial diverse market farm. We grow over 60 different varieties of vegetables and we also manage a fruit orchard. For 2019 we are bring pastured chickens for egg production back as well as pasture raised Hogs. You will be expected to work on all aspects of the farm. You will be trained on the production side of farming and the business side. Employment is from Mid February - December 20 to full fill the apprenticeship this is a 2 year commitment. 40-50 hours per week 7am- 3pm one hour non paid lunch. Pay is 13.00 per hour your first season and a raise will follow the second season. Please read over job requirments and send your resume. We all take a 6 week non paid break through the holidays and deep winter to rest go on vacation, spend time with family and friends and prepare for the upcoming season. You must provide your own housing.
Some days will be longer then others and we expect a positive attitude and desire to complete tasks and become part of our team. Working on our farm requires the physical and mental capability to contribute daily in a rigorous, fast-paced agricultural setting. You must have a current drivers license and vehicle. You must be on time and be able to complete a task. You must be able to work and lead in a team atmosphere as well as independently. You must show a desire of all farm work including customer service, packing orders, delivering orders, organization, heavy equipment operation and physically working in wind, rain as well as 20 degree and 100 degree temperatures. You must be able to rock a farmer tan! We would like some one who works hard and is proud to grow quality produce for the community of Mesa County while still having a sense of humor.
**Smoking is not permitted. Tobacco carries viruses and diseases that transmit to crops. Its challenging enough to grow organically and keep the plants healthy. Since we are an Organic farm we ask for no tobacco use on our farm.
50% of our work is harvesting and the other 50% is production as well as getting the product to market. You must contain the ability to be polite and social and talk with customers as well as lead volunteers. You must follow and pay attention to our current farm systems and contribute to improving farm systems. Having a basic knowledge of biological plant health and soil health is a must as well as a desire to grow organically. Efficiency is important and showing the ability to multi task, use hand tools properly as well as efficient harvesting and being able to field sort produce will be expected.
Farm work offers an incredibly rewarding and demanding work environment and life experience. You must be able to lift 50 pounds regularly. Please consider this commitment before applying. If you feel you meet these requirements please send us your resume.
To be more prepared for the position we ask that you research "The Market Gardner" by Jean Martin Fortier and "The New Organic Grower" by Elliot Coleman "Sharing The Harvest" a CSA manual. As well as "The Lean Farm" by Ben Hartman.
Please apply before January 15