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This job expired on March 07, 2018

Farm Worker / Apprentice Laughing Stock Farm

  • Date Posted January 06, 2018
  • Location Freeport, ME
  • Category Agriculture
  • Job Type Full-Time
Company Description Laughing Stock Farm is a 12 acre, certified organic, year-round, family owned farm in Freeport, Maine, growing over 200 different varieties of vegetables, plus flowers, herbs, some fruit, pigs, and laying hens.  We have been farming for 20 years.  We sell to our 150+ member Summer and Winter CSA and deliver 50 weeks a year to over a dozen restaurants throughout southern Maine. Job Description

We have an opening for three more apprentices or employees, with housing available if desired.  We have part time work available starting immediately.  The regular season starts in late March to early April and typically goes to Thanksgiving.  Work through next winter is a possibility.

Vegetable work includes the usual: seeding, watering seedlings, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, washing, and packing. 

We do what work we can with tractors, so experience with tilling, bed shaping, cover cropping, and cultivating with the tractor is possible for those with the inclination for this type of work. 

Animal care, although not a great part of our farm enterprise, is part of the work.

There are always some construction and infrastructure projects for those who are interested in gaining a broader view of the tasks we do.

Workers have the opportunity to learn as much as they want to of everything we do.  We aim to train a skilled workforce, with workers learning techniques and concepts to be both quick and accurate with the work they do.  We try to have a workplace where people can be challenged and gain skills and a sense of pride in job well done.  We always try to hire a group of people who will enjoy seeing each other when they arrive at work in the morning, and be happy to spend the day together.  We want employees who will be engaged in the work, committed to a profitable season, and interested in learning more about organic farming.

Roughly every other week we offer a dinner for the apprentices/employees and give a talk about a farming topic selected by the group.

Our work week is about 45 hours, Monday through Friday, plus a rotation of one weekend per month.  We understand that people have lives beyond the farm, and we know that most people will want some days off here and there throughout the season so we try our best to accommodate everyone.

Wages are $12 per hour for experienced workers.  We are happy to hire people with any level of experience, including no experience.  Employees get free vegetables and flowers.  Eggs (when available) and pork may be purchased at cost.

Affordable housing is available.  Employees can rent rooms in a separate house across the street from the farm.  You get your own bedroom (furnished, if desired) and all heat, electricity, and wifi are included.  There is a washer and dryer in the basement. No pets, no smoking in the house.  Total occupancy of four in the house.

Freeport is located on the coast of Maine.  There is a beach at high tide, as well as other places for ocean swimming, and other beaches a 45-minute drive.  There are two state parks within 10 miles of the farm, and many hiking trails throughout town.  Freeport has a movie theater, a bar with music on weekend nights, and many restaurants.  Portland is a 25-minute drive, or you can take the train from Freeport to Portland or Boston.  You will have enough time off to enjoy a summer in Maine! Compensation this position is PAID: hourly, under $15/hr How to apply
This job expired on March 07, 2018
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