Hiring: Assistant Grower- Upswing Farm

Job Title: Assistant Grower
Reports to: Farm Manager
Hours: 3540 hours/week
Position Period: April 5 th November 20 th . Winter work available for employees returning in 2024.
Classification: Hourly
Compensation: $15$18/hour depending on experience, up to 20 hours of paid participation in Emass
CRAFT or other farmrelevant educational experience, 3 paid days off, a weekly vegetable CSA share,
$200 gear stipend

Fair Hiring Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color,
religion, or sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected
Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
Farm Overview

We are a forprofit, certified organic, family owned and operated farm, managed by two experienced
owner/operators. We distribute to 450 member families through a yearround CSA, our primary outlet.
We attend one summer farmers market, work with several wholesale partners, sell 120 bouquets/week
from July to October, and sell over 1000 flats of certified organic seedlings at our spring seedling sale.
We care deeply about finding the balance between growing and distributing high quality produce and
flowers, providing an inclusive, fulfilling and sustainable employment opportunity for our team,
continually refining our systems to improve soil fertility, crop quality, and production efficiency, and
achieving the financial success required to make our goals possible.

Job Summary
Assistant growers will work closely with the farm manager and the rest of the farm team in all aspects of
vegetable production including, but not limited to propagation, planting, trellising, mulching, basic tractor
work, harvesting, washing and packing and distribution. Our success depends upon the swift, efficient
and collaborative work of our team to grow and distribute high quality produce to our customers.
Assistant growers should be prepared to learn and practice a wide variety of vegetable production skills in a fastpaced work environment. Assistant growers will work with the farm management team to establish the weekly work plan and take leadership roles with the farm crew on tasks such as harvest, transplanting and weeding.

Report to farm manager or assistant manager at start of each shift
Assist in the farm tasks of the day which may include:
– Harvesting, washing, sorting and packing produce
– Transplanting by hand or on the tractor mounted transplanter
– Cultivating/weeding either with hoes, hand tools or by hand
– Moving mulch or compost with wheel barrows
– Seeding in the propagation house
– Cleaning workspaces like the wash station or propagation house
Share leadership responsibilities for regular farm tasks like harvest, planting and weeding
Participate in weekly work planning meetings
Follow directions and ask clarifying questions to accomplish each task to farm standards
Maintain clean and organized workspaces and tools
Some basic tractor work, with training

Minimum Qualifications
Some farm experience required, minimum 1 summer season on a vegetable operation
Must be 16 or older
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Able to do fast, quality, detailed work like bunching, picking, seeding and hand weeding
Able to lift and carry 25-40lbs repeatedly
Willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions
Foundational understanding of vegetable production and crop quality
Good communication skills
Able to receive and digest constructive feedback
Able to work independently as well as part of a diverse team
Willing to take on a leadership role for small group projects
Valid driver’s license

How to Apply & Application Deadline
Email with a letter of interest, resume, and three references.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but we usually fill these positions by early March.

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