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Employment

FIELD CREW - Full Time | APPLICATION

 

We are currently seeking a motivated individual to work in the field Monday through Friday from 8 AM-5 PM or more (with some flexibility for weather). You may get some Monday's off depending on the rhythm of the season. Crew members get 1 hour breaks for lunch. *Hours are subject to variability. Sometimes we opt to start earlier when the temperatures start to get really hot. We have to harvest certain crops before the sun gets too strong or it gets too hot. Sometimes we take a longer break in the afternoon, it all depends. 

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Seeding, transplanting, and bed prep

  • Harvesting vegetables 2-3 days a week

  • Cultivating, weeding, and general plant management

  • Washing, packing, and processing vegetables

  • Packing the trailer for market

  • Occasionally running errands for the farm (with farm vehicle)

Must be able to lift 50+ pounds

Must be willing and able to work in any weather; rain, sleet, snow, heat, etc.

No experience necessary but a background in a fast-paced work environment/manual labor is preferred.

Payment is dependent on applicant's experience. E-mail downriverfarm@gmail.com with a completed application to be considered for employment.

 

HARVEST HAND - Part Time | APPLICATION

Harvest hands are required to work Tuesday Mornings from 8 until 2 or so, Fridays from 8 (sometimes earlier) until we finish (usually around 6 or 7).

Responsibilities include:

  • Harvesting for market and CSA on Tuesdays

  • Harvesting for market and CSA on Fridays

  • Washing, packing, and processing vegetables

Must be able to lift 50+ pounds

Must be willing and able to work in any weather; rain, sleet, snow, heat, etc.

No experience necessary but a background in a fast-paced work environment/manual labor is preferred.
 

Payment is dependent on applicant's experience. E-mail downriverfarm@gmail.com with a completed application to be considered for employment.

To apply for either position please complete the short application and wait for Evan to get back to you in the next month or so.

Volunteers

Down River Farm loves to have volunteers who are willing to donate some of their time on the farm. There is so much to be learned on a farm; patience with weather, how to move efficiently, how to hustle, problem solving, mind training during repetitive tasks, and a renewed appreciation for where food comes from.

 

Get outside for an afternoon to help your family farmer. Few farms offer that opportunity but considering how important community is to our business model, we want to encourage folks to come out and learn the skills it takes to farm as well as ideas that you can introduce to your own garden.

I have one rule for my volunteers:

BEING A VOLUNTEER MEANS IF WE AGREE TO A DAY/TIME, YOU'RE THERE AT THAT DAY/TIME. I'll be depending on you being there so BE THERE.

Families are also welcome to volunteer!

We will accept volunteers any day of the week, almost any time during daylight.

To coordinate volunteer hours, e-mail me at downriverfarm@gmail.com

Love having my friends help out on the farm, interested in volunteering? Contact downriverfarm@gmail.com

Transplanting okra in May

Broadforking is one of the main jobs we have to do on the farm to keep the soil aerated and teeming with biological activity.

We even put Poppy to work on occasion. Still working on her ladder skills...