Farm Crew Member Woven Roots Farm
- Date Posted January 19, 2018
- Location Tyringham, MA
- Category Agriculture / Production
- Job Type Full-Time
We are dedicated to honoring the wisdom of the past while ensuring the food security of our future. For almost 20 years, we have continued to wholesomely feed our soil as much, if not more, than it has fed us. We recognize the interconnectedness of all life: soil, plants, microbes, insects, and animals. We seek to only enhance these connections, not to disturb them. Our farm is cultivated as a permanent bed, no-till farming system. Our fields are established in 30″ rows and 12″ aisles. Once these spaces are defined, they remain this way. This creates compacted soil in the aisles which discourages weed production and nutrient-rich, hand-cultivated beds for our seeds and seedlings to thrive. At no point has there ever been any use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or pesticides here.
Throughout the season, we offer our fields rich, local compost, cover crops and tender care without the detrimental impact of machinery. This ensures that the dignity of the soil structure below is not disturbed. Microorganisms, animals, earthworms, and insects thrive providing an optimal location for the roots of our crops to grow. When the soil is aerated, but not disturbed, water and nutrients percolate through with ease, creating a perfect environment for nutrient-dense crops.
With attention to detail, we are proud to offer top-quality, delicious produce. We hope that you enjoy the flavor and beauty of our vegetables and take pride in supporting a local, sustainable farming operation. Job Description
Seasonal work at Woven Roots Farm is diverse and can range from greenhouse production, field crop planting, weeding and harvesting, CSA distribution and wholesale deliveries to building and repairing farm infrastructure and other beneficial maintenance. Employees are often called upon to do different and sometimes tedious jobs in all kinds of weather. Be prepared for hard physical labor. It is important to remember that no matter how simple, tedious, or insignificant a task may appear, everything that you do is important to the overall success of the farm.
Farming is production work. The farm earns money by what is actually produced and sold. Since production per hour or day is very important, employees are expected to work quickly and efficiently, to be able to lift 50 lbs, to keep up with the pace set by the employers or work efficiently on their own. Producing food is a team effort. We count on each other and must earn each other’s respect and trust. Employees should hold each other accountable for their work. Employees are also encouraged to figure out how to do things better and to make observations, to innovate and to discuss these possibilities.
We encourage candidates from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to apply.
Components of Job:
Daily physical field work, including: greenhouse seeding, planting, row-covering, weeding, harvesting, washing, and packing
Working outside in all weather conditions
Frequent heavy lifting of 25-50 pounds
Working with others in a crew, as well as individually
Taking and following verbal instruction
Flexible work schedule, with hours ranging from 30 hours/week in April to 50/hours week in the summer months
At least one full season on a vegetable farm or other farm experience
Ability to appropriately balance speed and quality of work
Excellent verbal communication skills and ability to follow directions
Experience working with others
All candidates must embody the following characteristics:
Hard work ethic
Respect for farm product and fellow co-workers
Strong willingness and desire to learn
Ability to perform in the elements, including hot summer sun and cold winter rains