Hiring: Market Garden Crew Member – Beetlebung Farm
Market Garden Crew Member
Farm Description: Beetlebung Farm is a 6-acre, regenerative market-garden where hand-driven farming, food and craftsmanship intersect. Located on Martha’s Vineyard, less than five minutes from the ocean, we grow roughly an acre of vegetables, herbs, berries and flowers using regenerative farming techniques and working largely with our hands. Our farm is in the heart of the town of Chilmark, neighboring the library, the community center, a school, Town Hall and a dance performance center. Part of our mission is to support the agricultural, culinary and creative community that we are a part of, which means we are open, collaborative and always learning.
Our focus on regeneration is the heart and soul of Beetlebung Farm–it’s something we believe is good for our soil, our crops and our ecosystem, as well as for our mental and physical wellbeing.
Job Description: Beetlebung Farm has had deep ties to the community for decades and, as it’s new stewards, we want to foster and strengthen those connections. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a small team that is bringing new life to a historic farm. We look forward to our first full production growing season in 2020, as well as experimenting with a variety of no-till techniques, developing a seed-saving program and collaborating on growing new vegetable varieties. In addition to assisting with the daily operations of the farm, crew members will be exposed to the process of establishing a new farm business.
Crew members will assist with all aspects of the farm’s activities, ranging from soil preparation and greenhouse propagation to weed control and harvesting, as well as marketing and selling produce. The position entails approximately 50 hours of work per week, including staffing our stand at the West Tisbury Farmers Market for a half-day on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Our goal is to support team members in developing and deepening their skills, with opportunities to continue to grow. We are looking for someone who will be an integral part of our team and who can work hard while having fun.
Crew Member Responsibilities:
- Greenhouse work: seeding, thinning, transplanting
- Fieldwork: planting, weeding, mulching, maintenance, etc.
- Vegetable processing: harvesting, washing, sorting, packing, delivering
- Staffing farmers markets and assisting with occasional on-farm events
Skills and Experience:
- 1-3 years agricultural experience
- Ability to hustle and to thrive under pressure
- Physically capable of manual tasks, including the ability to comfortably lift 50 lbs
- Excellent work ethic and passion about regenerative farming
- Valid driver’s license
Start Date: Early April 2020
End Date: November 2020
Compensation: Compensation is dependent on experience and housing is a possibility.
If you are interested in joining the Beetlebung Farm team, email us your resume, cover letter, and references with contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.