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Field Crew Full-Time Seasonal Forts Ferry Farm

  • Date Posted June 21, 2022
  • Location Latham, NY
  • Category Agriculture
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description

Forts Ferry Farm is a unique outpost in the Capital Region that offers heirloom produce, naturally leavened breads, thoughtfully curated goods and fulfilling experiences. This company was created to cultivate a greater sense of community through a common love of food, fun, and living well. We are a small team of creative individuals who are driven by a love of food and hospitality. We believe in the power of food and its ability to unite.
 

Farming Practices

We grow nearly 300 varieties of heirloom vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers on three acres of land. We work closely with our kitchen and retail team to select varieties and create offerings to be sold on our website and at our farm stand. In addition to produce, we run an expanding livestock operation on the farm that currently includes a flock of laying hens and one steer. We use a combination of hand-scale bed preparation and tractor implements to work efficiently while maintaining and building healthy soil. We also host colony of beehives for pollination and farm-fresh honey.


Our Values and Business Philosophies

Job description Crop production is the heartbeat of our operation and we’re looking for a team member to join our field crew who is passionate about growing diverse vegetables using low-till and sustainable practices. During the growing season, the farm crew works together on all aspects of production.

Daily tasks include seeding, transplanting, bed preparation, pest and disease management, greenhouse management, weeding, harvesting, pruning, and wash/pack. We encourage collaboration and welcome ideas and projects from all members of our team. The farm crew works directly with the Farm Manager and Head of Agriculture to accomplish daily and weekly tasks, meet production goals, and ensure healthy crops and land. As a team, we are focused on working efficiently with great attention to detail.

This position is full time, averaging 30-40 hours per week, from June to the end of September. The hours for this position are Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30am to 3:30pm. (Off Mon/Tues)

What you can bring to this role: 
  • At least 1 full season working on a diverse vegetable farm preferred
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Comfort working in all weather conditions
  • Reliable transportation to the farm
  • Desire to work efficiently, openly communicate, and maintain a positive attitude
  • Ability to work within the safety guidelines as laid out by management (FFF specific, Corona specific, GAP, and FSMA)
  • Safely use and/or maintain all farm tools and equipment (ie. Rainflo 2400 bed shaper, Jang Seeder, Rimol Nor’Easter Greenhouses, Advancing Alternatives controls, and irrigation systems)
  • Great attention to detail and deep care for the land
  • Formal education and/or related skills a plus
  • Passion and desire to pursue a career in agriculture
Compensation, Benefits & Fun Stuff  
  • Starting at $15 per hour DOE (depending on experience) 
  • Employees get to reap the fruits of their labor and enjoy seasonal produce and baked goods  
  • Taste test delicious and exciting new foods as we work to expand our offerings 
  • 25% discount on any purchase at the Forts Ferry Farm Market  
  • When applicable, share of Gratuity received from the Market or Online Orders (per employee’s respective hours worked)

  

Working Conditions & Physical Efforts  
  • Visual functions being those of near vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus  
  • Able to lift, bend, and transfer items up to 50 lbs.  
  • Able to sit for a prolonged period of time  
  • Able to operate in a noisy/distracting environment  
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively 
Compensation this position is : hourly, $15-20/hr Application instructions Please click here to sign in and view application details.
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