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Full Time & Part Time Farm Crew Riverland Farm

  • Date Posted January 18, 2021
  • Location Sunderland, MA
  • Category Agriculture / Production
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description

Riverland Farm is a Women-run, Certified Organic Farm in Western Massachusetts. We grow high quality, organic produce for our community. We are invested in the health and viability of organic farmland in our region and continue to work to maintain and improve the land we farm.

We grow 40 acres of certified organic vegetables on prime agricultural soil along the Connecticut River in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. We take pride in the quality of our vegetables and the ongoing relationships we maintain with our customers, locally and regionally.

Our growing practices, inputs and systems reflect our high standards for healthy land, good food and worker safety. We use only sustainable practices and organic approved inputs. We are a USDA Certified Organic Farm, certified by Baystate Certifiers.

More information and other employment opportunities available at www.riverlandfarm.com

 

Job description

Working on a farm crew often fosters lasting connections and friendships. We have a small and tight knit crew that works very closely with one another on a daily basis. We aim to have our crew working together towards common goals and supporting one another through the wide range of ups and downs of farming. 

As a farm crew member you will be exposed to many aspects of a production 40-acre vegetable farm and will have ample opportunity to gain knowledge through experience. Farming is a very physically demanding job. The days are long and variable - we work for long hours through all types of weather. This requires people with good mental and physical stamina. A person that excels in these roles is a good team player, has a positive attitude and good work ethic, is efficiency minded, has a good sense of humor, and is physically fit.

All positions include benefits of an hour paid lunch, select paid holidays off (Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day) and use of vegetables for cooking and preserving!

All applicants will be considered for these positions but preference is given to those with prior farm experience. You must have a valid driver’s license to apply.


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2021 FULL TIME FIELD CREW 

 

The people in these positions make up the core of our field production crew and will be responsible for a myriad of tasks in the production of fresh high quality produce from seed to harvest and pack out.

Positions start in the beginning of May and continue through October or November

40-55 hrs per week, Monday - Friday and 2 Saturday mornings each month

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Greenhouse work including seeding, transplanting, filling seedling trays with soil, moving seedling trays around and out of the greenhouse
  • Field work including transplanting by machine and hand, hoeing, hand weeding, and managing row cover
  • Harvest work is mostly done by hand for the many vegetable crops we grow and requires a lot of heavy lifting, includes using sharp tools (knives / clippers), rubber bands for making bunches, and requires a lot of counting and meticulous quality control.
  • Post-harvest work including assisting the washroom manager with produce washing and packing activities.
  • Operation of farm vehicles
  • Clean up of farm waste and organization of materials
  • Additionally some tasks such as light carpentry, painting, and building or equipment maintenance will be part of these positions.

All full-time positions also include benefits of allotted vacation time.

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2021 PART-TIME HARVEST CREW

 

June 1st – October 29th, with the possibility to continue into the fall

$13.50/hr for 15-20 hrs/week

  • 7 am - 12 pm (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)

The people in the part-time harvest crew will work primarily alongside our full-time, full-season harvest crew 3 days/week. 

General Farm Responsibilities: 

  • The majority of the tasks in this position include harvest assistance - the people in this position will make up a specific unit of the farm crew, and will work primarily alongside the full-time, full-season farm crew for harvest 3 days/week

  • Harvest work is mostly done by hand for the many vegetable crops we grow and requires a lot of heavy lifting, includes using sharp tools (knives / clippers), rubber bands for making bunches, and requires a lot of counting and meticulous quality control.

  • Post-harvest work including assisting the washroom manager with produce washing and packing activities.

  • Operation of farm vehicles

  • Clean-up of farm waste and organization of materials and tools

  • Occasionally other field work may be a part of the day’s tasks- including greenhouse seeding, transplanting by machine and hand, managing row cover and light harvest.

  • Additionally, some tasks such as light carpentry, painting, and building or equipment maintenance may be part of these positions


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2021 PART-TIME WEEDING CREW
 

June 1st – September 3rd, with the possibility to continue into the fall

$13.50/hr for 25-35 hrs/week

  • 7 am - 12 pm (Mon-Sat)

  • Specific weekly schedule to be arranged with managers before starting work

The people in the part time weeding crew make up the core of our field maintenance crew. It is a flexible position yet is an extremely important part of the day to day operations of the farm.

General Farm Responsibilities: 

  • The majority of the tasks in this position include weed management – from hand weeding to hoeing in field and in greenhouses – this position is critical to keeping the farm clean and operating smoothly

  • Occasionally other field work may be a part of the day’s tasks- including greenhouse seeding, transplanting by machine and hand, managing row cover and light harvest.

  • The people in this position will make up a specific unit of the farm crew, and although you will work with the full farm crew at times, much of your day-to-day work will be within this smaller group of weeding specialized crew members

  • Clean-up of farm waste and organization of materials and tools

  • Additionally, some tasks such as light carpentry, painting, and building or equipment maintenance may be part of these positions

 

Compensation this position is : hourly, varies DOE, $13.50 - $15.50 Application instructions Please click here to sign in and view application details.
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