2020 Farm Apprentice: 2 year position 2 positions available

You must have at least two years of experience working in agriculture, or diverse community gardens. This position is for someone who knows they want to own and operate a diverse organic market farm. Can you commit and are willing to work hard and challenge yourself to learn the skill of growing high nutrient dense produce all year long. This position is from Mid Febuary - December 20 for 2 full seasons 40-50 hours per week for little pay. This is a chance to learn a skilled trade and you must take this opportunity seriously to advance your career as a organic grower. The first year is a dedication to training and learning farm systems. The second year is a dedication to management and execution of the crop plan. Just to think we foot the bill for all the mistakes and education to become a organic grower. Together we should not make those costly mistakes a new farmer makes and we want to help you lesson your risk of starting your own operation and making costly mistakes. This is a educational hands on experience and after your two seasons on our farm we want you to move on and start your own organic farm to help feed your community directly or have the resume to apply for farm management and leadership positions.

If you feel you meet the above statement. Please read job description below and send us your resume before January 15.

If this is not a good fit for you or us we both reserve the right to dismiss the apprenticeship at anytime.

Seasonal Farm Hand:

Are you reliable? have a flexible schedule and want some farm experience? We typically need help for 3 weeks during Spring planting, 3 weeks during Summer Weeding and 3 weeks during Fall Harvest the hours are Part -time 8am-1pm Tuesday and Wednesday for field hands and more hours are available during busy weeks. Hours vary and are inconsistent this is seasonal work. Please wear closed toed shoes, pants and long sleeves.

Minimum Wage

Internship:

We offer 3 four week internships this position is a emersion to organic farming and for someone who needs to complete a farm internship for educational institutions or someone who is looking for more farm experience. 40-50 hours per week. Pay is stippened

Independent Contractors:

If you have a trade like electrical work, construction, landscaping, Culinary, Engine Mechanic or just a thirst for community projects contact us. w9

fieldtoforkfarm@gmail.com

Some days will be longer then others and we expect a positive attitude and desire to complete tasks and become part of our team. Team work is the key! Working on our farm requires the physical and mental capability to contribute daily in a rigorous, fast-paced agricultural setting. You must have a current drivers license and vehicle. You must be on time and be able to complete a task. You must be able to work and lead in a team atmosphere as well as independently. You must show a desire of all farm work including customer service, packing orders, delivering orders, organization, heavy equipment operation and physically working in 100 degree temperatures. You must be able to rock a farmer tan! We would like some one who works hard and is proud to grow quality produce for the community of Mesa County while still having a sense of humor. 

**Smoking is not permitted. Tobacco carries viruses and diseases that transmit to crops. Its challenging enough to grow organically and keep the plants healthy. Since we are an Organic farm we ask for no tobacco use on our farm. 

***We honor a 3 strikes rule. We don’t have time for mistakes or lack of interest. No shows or tardiness.

50% of our work is harvesting and the other 50% is production as well as getting the product to market. You must contain the ability to be polite and social and talk with customers as well as lead volunteers. You must follow and pay attention to our current farm systems and contribute to improving farm systems. Having a basic knowledge of biological plant health and soil health is a must as well as a desire to grow organically. Efficiency is important and showing the ability to multi task, use hand tools properly as well as efficient harvesting and being able to field sort produce will be expected. 

Farm work offers an incredibly rewarding and demanding work environment and life experience. You must be able to lift 50 pounds regularly. Please consider this commitment before applying.  If you feel you meet these requirements please send us your resume. 

To be more prepared for the position we ask that you research "The Market Gardner" by Jean Martin Fortier and "The New Organic Grower" by Elliot Coleman "Sharing The Harvest" a CSA manual. As well as "The Lean Farm" by Ben Hartman. 

Please apply before January 15

Volunteer:

The energy, spirit and willingness to volunteer bring a refreshing quality to the farm. Volunteers gain the rewarding experience of helping raise beautiful organic fruit and vegetables while building a relationship with the land.

We have set volunteer hours each week Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 8-10:30 varies with the seasons. We need 48 hours notice to you wanting to volunteer to ensure we have volunteer spots available. Please wear closed toe shoes pants and bring a long sleaved shirt.

Sample volunteer projects might include:

Harvesting

Farm-related construction projects

Irrigation

Weeding

 

To give you an idea of what type of work we will be doing:

Field work: includes seeding, transplanting, weeding, thinning sprouts, pest control, trellising and harvesting.

Greenhouse: seeding, weeding, transplanting, watering, and pest control.

Wash Station: washing, sorting, packing, bunching, bagging, post harvest labeling all crops

Tractor work: bed preparation, pest control, crop fertility management and mowing.

Distribution: delivering restaurant orders, distributing CSA sahres, running farm stand, attending farmers markets and wholesale.

Value Added Products: Creating beautiful value added products to our customers, sauces, jams, jellies, wreaths, bouquets and more…

 

 

If you are interested in any of these positions please email us your information at fieldtoforkfarm@gmail.com or call us 970-216-2642.