Hiring: Assistant Grower – Barrett’s Mill Farm

Hiring: Assistant Grower – Barrett’s Mill Farm

Barrett’s Mill Farm is a 15-acre certified organic vegetable, fruit and flower farm located in Concord, Massachusetts. We sell the large majority of our produce through our farm stand and our 235-member CSA. We are seeking one additional Assistant Grower to work without our amazing farm team for the 2020 season.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the farm team on day-to-day field and greenhouse tasks, including seeding, transplanting, mulching, hand weeding, hoeing, irrigation, harvesting, and farm store set-up and clean-up.
  • Regular independent work includes greenhouse watering, light carpentry and maintenance projects, assisting with store stocking, and at least one day per week washing and other post-harvest vegetable handling.
  • Help guide and lead the part-time field crew in tasks like harvesting and weeding.
  • Assistant Growers will be trained to use one of our Farmall 140 tractors and will have regular field cultivation responsibilities.
  • Candidates with prior farming experience or who stay on for a second season would also have the opportunity to take on higher responsibility tasks like managing the greenhouse seeding, assisting with high tunnel management, or leading flower picking and arranging.

Qualifications:

  • A positive attitude, good sense of humor and a strong work ethic are essential qualities for this position.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and perform repetitive physical tasks in all types of weather conditions.
  • Ability to work efficiently independently, and cooperatively as a member of a small team. Comfortable taking direction as well as giving direction and guidance to less experienced crew members.
  • Organized and attentive to detail.
  • Punctual. Reliable transportation to the farm is essential as on-farm housing is not available.
  • Experience working outdoors in all types of weather and/or experience in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Prior farming experience is not required but it is a plus.

Schedule:

  • Tuesday – Saturday, 7am – 4pm during busiest season (schedule will vary slightly seasonally).
  • April – Thanksgiving
  • Assistant Growers who stay on for a second season will have the possibility of additional hours in March.
  • We can be somewhat flexible about start and end dates, but full-time availability by May is a must.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Pay is commensurate with experience, starting at $13/hour. Fifteen-minute morning break is paid, 1 hour lunch break is unpaid.
  • Assistant Growers who commit to the full season will be eligible for 1 week paid vacation after completing 12 weeks of employment in good standing.
  • Assistant Growers will receive a CSA share, plus extra veggies as available.
  • Access to farm records, including crop planning and budgeting tools.
  • Optional participation in EMass CRAFT farm visits.

*Please note that we do not have on-farm housing.

To apply, please send a resume, letter of interest and 2-3 references to Lise Holdorf at lise@barrettsmillfarm.com

For more info about our farm, visit our website: www.barrettsmillfarm.com

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