Hiring: Assistant Grower – Littleton Community Farm
Littleton Community Farm 2022 Assistant Grower
Littleton Community Farm (LCF) is a 3.2 acre diversified vegetable farm in Littleton, MA, whose mission is to reduce food insecurity in our area, provide farm-based education, and be a place for community connection. We aim to inspire through hands-on exposure to agriculture and grow food for our community. The farm offers a 75 household CSA, Pick Your Own flower operation, and food donations to local food pantries. In 2021 the farm started it’s transition to a no-till system using organic and ecological farming principles. We will be growing on approximately one acre of vegetables, planting pollinator
and insectary strips, building a new high tunnel, and improving farm infrastructure. Our staff consists of an Executive Director, Production Farm Manager, and a Community Farm Manager.
We are seeking an energetic individual who is passionate about no-till organic farming in a community-oriented setting, and is interested in collaborating on building new farm systems.
The Assistant Grower (AG) will be supervised by the Production Farm Manager and Community Farm Manager to carry out the daily operations of the market garden. The AG will be asked to execute no-till farming techniques, and will be included to make suggestions to improve the farming system. Volunteer groups will also be present on the farm throughout the
workweek, and the AG will occasionally work alongside community members. This is a unique opportunity to work with two experienced no-till Farm Managers in setting up a new and dynamic farm system. We are looking for a qualified individual who can be the “engine” of the farm and help us accomplish this meaningful mission.
Job Description and Responsibilities
● Carry out the daily operations of a small no-till market farm which includes: perennial installations, propagation, bed preparation, spreading compost, mulching pathways, cultivation, transplanting, harvesting, flower bouquet making, and wash and pack.
● Ability to take direction from Farm Managers to complete farm tasks.
● Understand farm numbers and how they relate to the crop plan or task.
● Receive training on how to use hand tools and continuously work to improve technique.
● The possibility of receiving training and using the 4 and 2 wheel tractors and seeder.
● Interact with community members such as volunteers, CSA members, children, youth groups, and visitors in a friendly and professional manner.
● Occasionally staff PYO flower sessions and lead groups of volunteers
● Be present for staff meetings and understand field operation plans.
● Work in all kinds of weather and maintain a medium-medium fast pace while farming.
● maintain LCF staff handbook guidelines
● Maintain a safe work environment while operating around or with machinery and use safety equipment when applicable.
● Comply with the Covid-19 workplace guidelines, which include wearing a mask in the greenhouse and high tunnels.
● Collaborate with co-workers, have a positive outlook, and have fun!
● Interest in or experience with no-till farming.
● One year of organic farming experience or equivalent work.
● Experience in community farming, education, permaculture, food justice, or ecology.
● Ability to take direction from Farm Managers, work in a team setting, and alone.
● Can lift 40lbs and work outside in all kinds of weather (heat, rain, cold, etc.).
● Can perform farm work with quality, speed, and efficiency.
● Knowledge of ergonomics, personal stamina and self care.
● Familiarity with “The Market Gardener” by Jean-Martin Fortier and “The No Til Organic Vegetable Farm” by Daniel Mays is a plus but not essential.
● Ability to operate a stick shift vehicle is helpful, but not essential.
● Positive mental attitude and flexibility in tasks.
● Organized, punctual, and strong attention to detail.
● Self-motivated and interested in developing their farming skillset.
● Clear communication skills and willingness to give and receive feedback.
● maintain a drug and alcohol free environment
● Valid driver’s license
● Reliable transportation to the farm (car, bike, or other)
● Cell phone and occasional computer communication.
● CORI check is needed, as the AG may work with youth and children
Schedule and Compensation
● Employment period is April 3rd-October 28th 2022.
● 40 – 45 hours a week depending on the season and workload.
● Monday-Friday 8am-4/5pm during the Spring/Fall and 7am-4/5pm during the summer season.
● Occasional weekend and evenings may be required
● 10 minute morning break and 45 minute paid lunch break.
● A full vegetable CSA and access to PYO flowers and herbs.
● 7 Paid Personal Days
● The farm carries Workers Compensation for work-related injuries.
● This position is compensated at an hourly rate of $16-$17/hr, depending on experience.
To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and two professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will reach out to qualified candidates for an interview and farm visit.
LCF is an equal opportunity employer. It is our firm belief that equal opportunity for all employees is central to the continuing success of our organization. We will not discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, physical disabilities, or medical condition.