Field Workers & Asst. Managers Ararat Farms
- Date Posted September 16, 2022
- Location Lincolnville, ME
- Category Agriculture / Production
- Job type Full-Time
Ararat Farms, located in Lincolnville, Maine, is a highly diversified small scale farm committed to organic & regenerative farming practices. The property encompasses hundreds of acres (mainly wooded), with about a dozen acres in fields, pastures and gardens. Many of the farm activities take place on a ridge above pitcher pond which offers splendid views. While the farm has been a part of the community for generations, (with many different iterations), we currently are in an exciting period of revitalization, with a lot of expansion, burgeoning ideas and a strong work team.
Currently we cultivate around dozen garden plots comprising roughly 2 acres, which are in transition to no-till and low till practices. These garden beds consist of market veggies and fruits, annual and perennial herbs (medicinal and culinary), upland rice and cover crops. We plan to open up a few more acres this year, expand our production and increase our grain growing capacity.
Among the property are dozens of mature fruit trees and between last season and this season, hundreds of additional perennials have bee added.
The farm also focuses on prepared foods through our skilled cooks and certified kitchen. We have rice paddies, raise chickens and plan to expand into more livestock production in 2023. To date, most of our revenue comes from our farmstand, two farmer’s market, and wholesale restaurant accounts.
We believe food is medicine; we strive to serve our community through nutrient dense food. We value environmental and habitat stewardship, pollinators and permaculture principles. Our skilled team benefits from overlapping responsibilities while still allowing each member to thrive individually as we harmonize passions and skill sets with the greater goals of the Ararat Community.
To apply, send an email to email@example.com with some brief background information and we will go from there.Job description
We have openings for 1)field work this fall as well as for an 2) assistant market garden manager 3)livestock manager. Our operation thrives on a team of managers with various degrees of overlap. The managerial position/s would run through the winter and ramp up as the growing season commences. Pay starts at 15/hr for the field work and increases with experience. Housing can be included. Given it is late in the growing season, there will be more of an emphasis on harvesting, putting beds to rest, winter production, and other work around the property, and less on seeding and plant propagation. Please reach out to learn more.
The managerial applicant should have relevant experience (vegetable production or livestock production), and be familiar with the seasonal workloads, responsibilities and expectations of high quality. Current Ararat Farm Team will assist these managers in establishment within the position collaboration will with the Farm Team.
We encourage applicants who will work well in a team environment and be able to take the lead on their projects of concentration.
Garden Tasks include:
- Field Crops: Seeding, transplanting, maintaining/weeding, harvesting, washing and packaging, mulching
- Greenhouse work & plant propagation
- Winter greens production & putting beds to rest
- Operation of small scale farm machinery
- Management of field crew for garden tasks multiple times a week.
- Timber processing for wood heat
- Internal communication and collaboration with existing Ararat Management Team
- Carpentry and General Maintenance skills helpful
- Marketing and sales