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Organic Farm Crew - Housing Provided Black Kettle Farm

  • Date Posted June 05, 2017
  • Location Lyman, ME
  • Category Agriculture
  • Job Type Full-Time
Company Description Black Kettle Farm is a 4.5 acre diverse, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) certified organic vegetable farm in Southern Maine, with a strong focus on it's CSA, and also supplies produce for farmers€™ market and restaurant accounts. The farm practices season extension in 2 high tunnels, raises pigs on pasture, and participates in a Low Income Senior CSA Share program. Black Kettle strives to produce beautiful vegetables, give back to our soil, feed friends, share food and create a space rich with gratitude and appreciation for the abundance that the farm provides. The farm generates an atmosphere of hard work, communication, and positivity. Job Description The farm crew position at Black Kettle Farm is step up from an apprenticeship, and is an opportunity to delve deeper into organic agriculture. Members of the farm crew will hone key practical skills, gain experience and confidence in veggie production and animal husbandry, and actively contribute to a successful and vibrant farm community. A season at Black Kettle will give you solid skills and know-how in growing and marketing organic veggies. On-farm housing is provided, which is an opportunity to sink in to the daily rhythm of the operations. We have a small crew, so your contributions will be greatly valued, and you will have major exposure on how to run a small farm.

The position is full time, from June (NOW!) through October, with a monthly stipend, ranging from $1000-$1400 depending on experience, and on-farm housing provided, including all the veggies that you can eat and some basic food staples.

Check out the farm website: www.blackkettlefarm.com

JOB OVERVIEW
Members of the farm crew will be involved in all aspects of production for over 30 different vegetables and herbs from seed to harvest to sale, and will also have opportunities to manage certain essential elements of the farm, such as the seedling greenhouse, livestock, record keeping and produce packing.

Folks will develop expertise through practical experience in the field, with additional exposure to crop planning, nutrient management, tractor skills and CSA management.
Daily tasks will include:
Greenhouse seeding
Frield Transplanting
Drip Irrigation
Animal Care (pigs!)
Direct marketing though CSA and Farmers' Market
Field Cultivation
Pest and Disease ID and management
Season extension in High Tunnels
Harvesting for CSA, market and wholesale accounts

We also grown Ginger, have a perennial garden with medical and culinary herbs, small flower gardens and collaborate with a local, organic mushroom farm.

This is a learn by doing environment, but questions are welcomed and encouraged The farm is a busy place, but there is always time for clarification, extended explanations and group discussions.

EXPECTATIONS
We work Monday-Friday, from 7:00 AM-5:00 PM (6:30 AM on harvest days) with an hour for lunch. Saturday chores are shared amongst the crew on a rotational basis.
The position starts now and runs though the fall, at least until the end of September, but also possible through November. End dates are flexible, as long as it is clear what the commitment will be.

COMPENSATION
Compensation includes monthly stipend ranging from $1000-$1400 according to experience, and on-farm housing in rustic, yet charming off-the-grid accommodations, as well as all you veggies you can eat and staple dry goods like eggs, rice, beans, oil etc.

HOUSING
The full-time farm crew lives in the back meadow of the farm, which is quiet and private. Each crew member has their own camper for living and cooking and there is also a yurt, which serves as a community space in the meadow, with a sofa, wood burning stove, solar panel and additional cooking space. There is also a fire pit, hammocks, a super clean outhouse and an outdoor deck overlooking the veggie fields. There is no electricity or running water in the meadow. Crew members shower in the farm house and use the staff fridge in the barn. The crew shares 2 lunches a week in the farm house, other wise, folks are on their own for meals.

Please NO pets of any kind or kids.
It is highly recommended to have a reliable car for the season.

DESIRED SKILLS
One season prior experience on a vegetable farm, or equivalent work experience doing manual labor outside, working with plants or animals, working in food service etc.
Strong applicants for position should be motivated problem-solvers, who are able to work well independently and in a groups and execute tasks with attention to detail. We are in search of strong, able-bodied, hard-workers, who are organized, and are able to focus and learn quickly and ask questions to clarify.
Communication, flexibility and an out-going, community spirit are greatly valued in the Black Kettle Farm crew.
This is a dedicated, positive, and proactive environment.
Applicants must:
Be 21 years or older
Have a valid drivers license
Be able to commit to the entire season
Be able to consistently lift 50 pounds
Be ready to work in all kinds of crazy East Coast weather
Be responsible, reliable, flexible and communicative

The farm is located in a rural community, but close to amenities, like a grocery store, hardware store, brewery etc. There is a gorgeous lake a mile away, we are about 20 minutes from the coast and an hour to the White Mountains. The farm is 40 minutes from Portland, Maine and 45 minutes from Portsmouth, NH. It is great to have a car from days off and exploring. Compensation this position is PAID: stipend How to apply Please click here to sign in and view application details.
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