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Assistant Grower Brookwood Community Farm

  • Date Posted January 12, 2023
  • Location Canton, MA
  • Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description

Brookwood Community Farm is a non-profit (often female and/or non-binary run) production-focused farm with robust CSA, market, and donations outlets. Brookwood Community Farm (BCF) was founded in 2006 with the goals of restoring underutilized farmland near Boston, strengthening the local food system, and increasing access to healthy food in low-income neighborhoods. To us, sustainability means on-going improvements to our systems so we can maximize production without stressing our land or the staff. We also provide a space for our staff to learn farm-specific technical and mechanical skills, which is often hard to find! The farm cultivates five acres using organic practices, and is located just south of Boston by Blue Hills Reservation in Canton/Milton, MA. 

Job description

Brookwood Community Farm is looking for an Assistant Grower that will assist in all aspects of vegetable production including greenhouse management, planting, cultivation, irrigation management, harvest, wash and packing, occasional operation of our stall at the Roslindale Summer Farmers Market, and tractor work (much of which we teach!). We regularly welcome volunteer groups to the farm and you may be responsible for leading youth or adult volunteers in field tasks. Additional responsibilities, such as small project management, will be delegated depending on need and abilities. We are a small crew that works fast and accomplishes a lot throughout the season! Depending on the task, staff members will be working in a group or alone. 

The ideal candidate has 1+ years of farming (or comparable) experience, interest in developing their farming and leadership skills, and commitment to BCF’s mission and purpose. Candidates must have a clean driving record, driver’s license, and the ability to safely lift and carry 50 lbs. In addition, a positive attitude, strong work ethic, attention to detail, and ability to work efficiently are essential prerequisites that will contribute to staff having a successful season in this role. Reliable transportation is needed and only local applicants will be considered, since we do not provide on-farm housing (unfortunately public transportation options are limited to the farm). 

Duration: The position begins the last week of March/first week of April and goes through November 19. Our typical schedule is Monday-Friday (March-mid May) and Tuesday through Saturday (mid-May-November), with rotating weekend greenhouse duty April-August. Hours during the main season are 7 am – 3:45 pm, with an unpaid lunch break 12-12:45, and hours during early spring and late fall are closer to 30-35 hours. Brookwood aims to keep staff schedules 40 hours/week, although there are occasionally opportunities for overtime (especially during peak season). Overtime hours are paid at a rate of time and a half. 

Compensation: $18/hour, PTO, free farm produce and pick-your-own crops and flowers, discounts on bought-in products, and an educational stipend for use during the season.

Folks of diverse and marginalized identities and communities are welcomed and encouraged to apply. We value respect, dignity, and inclusivity, and work to be an affirming workplace for LGBTQ and BIPOC people. If you need accommodations or have questions about accessibility in this role, please do not hesitate to ask

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