Hiring: Assistant Farmer – New Harmony Farm
New Harmony Farm, LLC in West Newbury, MA is seeking an assistant farmer to share the responsibility of overseeing vegetable production for the 2016 season and beyond. We are a certified organic farm, located in Newbury Massachusetts, using biological and holistic farming practices to cultivate nutrient dense produce.
The assistant farmer will work closely with the farm manager, sharing growing and harvesting responsibilities for a 60 member CSA, farmers’ market, local restaurants, and farm stand. The role will include maintaining production and harvest records, field crew management, tractor work and maintenance, farm stand management and helping train interns and volunteers.
This position is ideally suited for an individual with at least 2 to 3 years of commercial vegetable growing experience and some management experience. We are seeking an individual committed to a career in organic production agriculture. They must be able to routinely and repetitively lift 50 lbs. and complete a wide range of farm duties carefully, quickly and efficiently. A successful candidate will have a valid driver’s license, a good sense of humor, problem solving abilities, a collaborative spirit, strong organizational and record keeping skills, and the ability to work well independently and with others.
The position runs from April through November and averages 40 hours per week with one and a half to two days off including working one weekend day. The assistant farmer will work closely with the farmer and will have an educational stipend and mentee opportunities that can further develop his/her own skills and understanding of all production and business aspects of small scale, organic/biological crop production. The assistant farmer will also have the opportunity to work as part of our growing team. New Harmony is actively expanding our small scale flower, herb, berry and fruit tree crops. Compensation will be determined based on level of experience. Farm housing and a reduced rental rate is an option and offseason employment can be negotiated with a long term commitment that could potentially lead to a farm partnership. There is also opportunity to use our resources to develop independent farm projects for additional income.
About New Harmony Farm, LLC
New Harmony Farm, LLC is a 16 acre certified organic farm in Newbury MA with 2 & ½ acres in vegetable production serving a Summer CSA and smaller Fall and Winter CSAs. New Harmony also sells through a self-serve farm stand, a farmers’ market and businesses in our community. Our farm takes organic practice to a deeper level through our commitment to biological growing practices and permaculture principles. We are committed to working with Nature to build soil life and crop immunities through optimal nutrition and cultivation practices that grow healthy, nutrient dense produce. New Harmony has a strong educational mission with commitment to regenerative agriculture and to building a resilient, earth friendly community. To this end, we host numerous workshops, discussion groups, and community events. Our Newbury farm is a bike ride to Plum Island and the Atlantic Ocean and 10 minutes from Newburyport, a small coastal city 35 miles north of Boston with a thriving social and cultural scene.
How to Apply:
Send a recent resume with 3 references and a letter of interest to Erin Stack. The letter of interest should highlight your vegetable production
experience, leadership skills, and your interest in the position. Qualified candidates will be invited to interview and visit the farm. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.