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Assistant Grower Upswing Farm

  • Date Posted February 12, 2024
  • Location Pepperell, MA
  • Category Agriculture
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description

We are a for-profit, certified organic, family farm, managed by two experienced owner/operators. We distribute to 450 member families through a year-round CSA, our primary outlet. We attend one summer farmers market, offer retail sales during CSA pickup, sell 120 bouquets/week from July to October, and sell over 1000 flats of certified organic seedlings at our spring seedling sale.

Our goal is to distribute high quality produce and flowers, provide a meaningful employment opportunity for our team, continually refine our systems to improve soil fertility, crop quality, production efficiency, and achieve the financial success required to make our goals possible.

Job description

Job Title: Assistant Grower

Reports to: Farm Manager

Hours: 32-40 hours/week

Position Period: April 1st-December 13th

Classification: Hourly

Compensation: $15-$17/hour depending on experience, up to 20 hours of paid participation in Emass CRAFT or other farm-relevant educational experience, 5 paid wellness days, a weekly vegetable CSA share, $200 gear stipend. Affordable housing available.

Assistant growers work closely with the farm managers and the rest of the farm team in all aspects of vegetable and flower production including, but not limited to, propagation, planting, trellising, mulching, harvesting both produce and flowers, washing and packing, distribution, and tractor work relative to skill level and experience. Our success depends upon the swift, efficient and collaborative work of our team to grow and distribute high quality produce to our customers. Assistant growers should be prepared to learn and practice a wide variety of vegetable and flower production skills in a fast-paced work environment.  Our training is hands-on, real work, with extensive information provided on the rationale for our chosen systems, tools, and techniques.

This position is an excellent opportunity for those interested in farming as a career. Many of our former employees have moved on to farm management and farm ownership.

 

Responsibilities

Participate in all aspects of production including:
 - Harvesting, washing, sorting and packing produce and flowers
 - Transplanting by hand or on the tractor mounted transplanter
 - Cultivating/weeding either with hoes, hand tools or by hand
 - Seeding in the propagation house
 - Cleaning workspaces like the wash station or propagation house

Participate in weekly work planning meetings
Follow directions and ask clarifying questions to accomplish each task to farm standards
Maintain clean and organized workspaces and tools

Some basic tractor work, with training may be possible

 

Minimum Qualifications

Some farm experience desired but not required

Must be 18 or older


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Able to do fast, quality, detailed work like bunching, picking, seeding and hand weeding
Able to lift and carry 25-40lbs repeatedly, 50lbs on occasion
Willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions

Good communication skills
Able to receive and digest constructive feedback

Able to work independently as well as part of a diverse team
Self-motivated

Adaptable

 

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Foundational understanding of vegetable production and crop quality.
Valid driver's license is desired as our farm is spread out and requires driving between several fields.

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