Vegetable Crew Member: Full- Time
In the vegetable operation, we work year-round to supply our produce and fruit at 3 weekly Farmers’ Markets in San Rafael and Healdsburg, as well as to chefs and grocery stores through our local wholesaler F.E.E.D Sonoma. We grow over 40 different crops, with some standouts including strawberries, blackberries, heirloom & cherry tomatoes, lettuces, sweet peppers, and specialty garlic. We specialize in heat-loving crops in the summer and rely on storage crops and season extension techniques to maintain a bounty throughout all four seasons. We are committed to growing exceptionally high quality product, crop diversity, and efficient growing practices that build and nurture the soil.
About the position: The vegetable crew member will work on a team of 4+ people from April through November. We will often work together as a team to complete the daily tasks listed below, but this position will also work in small groups or alone. We typically work 9-hour days Monday-Friday. Our weekly workflow is built around our harvest schedule: Mondays & Thursdays we harvest for our wholesale outlets, Wednesdays & Fridays we harvest for market, leaving Tuesdays and any available afternoons for miscellaneous fieldwork tasks. While not required, we are excited about finding someone who is excited about making a multi-season commitment with opportunities for increased pay and responsibility in each successive season. Starting compensation begins at $13/hr (DOE).
❏ Post- Harvest Handling: washing, sorting, packing
❏ Fieldwork: planting, weeding, mulching, spraying, and more
❏ Greenhouse work: sowing, thinning, potting up, spraying, pest/disease management
❏ Rotating weekend work: Greenhouse watering, U-Pick events on farm
❏ Potential additional responsibilities: deliveries to restaurants and FEED Sonoma, irrigation, wash/pack shed oversight**
Desired Skills & Experience:
❏ While no experience is necessary, 1+ years experience working on a production farm is preferred. We will gladly train the right candidate.
❏ Excellent work ethic— prompt, communicative, takes initiative
❏ Innate attention to detail
❏ Seeking team players who are generally easy-going by nature and who are motivated by a fast-paced environment
** If you have experience with or interest in working in the wash & pack station, please specify this in your application!
Our goal is to support team members in developing and deepening their skills, with opportunities to continue to grow with the farm over many seasons. Start date is position-specific in the Spring of 2020. We will begin interviewing for positions in December. If you are interested in joining the Front Porch Farm team, please specify which position you are applying for and email your resume, cover letter, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Front Porch Farm is a 110-acre diverse organic farm situated on the Russian River just 10 minutes from downtown Healdsburg in Northern California. Each year we grow roughly 12 acres of vegetables and berries, 4 acres of cut flowers, 2 acres of Floriani flint corn, 15 acres of wine grapes, and maintain a plethora of fruit trees. At our neighboring property—Acorn Ranch—we also raise heritage lamb. With ecological farming principles at the heart of what we do, we strive to be responsible stewards of the land.
At Front Porch Farm the days are long and the tasks are strenuous, so we aim to build a team with a strong work ethic that supports each other in maintaining a positive & healthy working environment. We strive to find the delicate balance between working hard and having fun. Our community is bilingual and multicultural, and some of our farm’s core values are inclusivity and connection across these lines. We work 40-50 hours per week on the farm with occasional weekend responsibilities.
Please visit our website to learn more about what we do: www.fpfarm.com.