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We are now hiring a Part-time Field Crew member. Assistant Grower, Shopkeeper, and Greenhouse Waterer positions are filled for the 2019 season. Please see the descriptions below for more details.

About Barrett’s Mill Farm

Barrett's Mill Farm is a certified organic vegetable, fruit and flower farm located on 15 acres of town-owned land in Concord, Massachusetts. We sell the large majority of our produce through our farm stand and our 225-member CSA. In our sixth season, our goal is to continue to be a model of a financially viable small farm business while also being active members of our community. We enjoy adapting and fine-tuning our model each year to achieve our financial goals, as well as to keep things interesting for ourselves and our customers! Some of our new projects this coming season are: utilizing our new NRCS funded high tunnel for tomatoes and ginger; expanding our flower growing season to include tulips for early spring sales; and refining our flexible CSA model. As part of our community-oriented goals we provide free CSA shares to two local non-profits, donate produce to food pantries weekly, and offer a few reduced price memberships as part of the SNAP/HIP program.

Field Crew - Hiring for the fall only

Field Crew members will work closely with the assistant growers and farm managers harvesting and washing produce, weeding, planting and seeding.  We work in all kinds of weather and tasks can be physically challenging and repetitive. We are looking for someone who is not only able to physically keep up with the fast pace of the job, but who also has a positive attitude, good sense of humor and is enthusiastic about vegetables!

 Requirements:

  • The ability to lift 40lbs repeatedly and to commit to a regular schedule.

  • Punctuality is essential.

  • Farming experience is not required but is a plus.

Schedule:

  • mid-August through October

  • Field crew members are generally scheduled Tuesday - Saturday, either for mornings (7am-noon) or full days (7am-4pm). Mondays 8am- 3pm are also available for one or two crew members. Exact schedules will be arranged individually.

  • Field crew members must commit to at least 20 hours per week and availability on Saturdays is a plus.

Compensation:

Pay depends on experience, starts at $12/hour plus a CSA membership (weekly vegetables starting in June, ending with last week of employment).

To apply, please send a resume, letter of interest and 2-3 references to Lise Holdorf at lise@barrettsmillfarm.com

Shopkeeper - Positions filled for 2019

We are seeking 1 or 2 additional shopkeepers to staff our farm stand Wednesdays and Fridays from late August until late October.

Schedule:

  • Store coverage is needed Tuesday - Friday, 10:30am - 7pm and Saturday 8am - 4pm. Saturday availability preferred.

  • Position runs August 28th - October 25th, 2019

  • Optional: There may be some additional weekday field hours available for interested applicants.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a welcoming and pleasant atmosphere in the farm stand.

  • Answer customer questions about produce and the farm’s growing practices.

  • Maintain an attractive produce display throughout the day. Bagging, bunching, and sorting produce, and restocking as necessary.

  • Wash produce bins, clean floors, and keep the farm stand and wash area organized and clean.

  • Calculate and make change for customer purchases.

  • Keep track of product inventory and notify farm managers if anything is running low.

  • Harvest small items as needed such as herbs or cherry tomatoes.

  • Break down farm stand produce display at the end of the day. Closing responsibilities include carrying bins of produce back to the cooler, cleaning the farm stand and wash area, and closing the barn and farm stand for the evening.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in customer service.

  • Familiarity cooking with fresh, seasonal produce.

  • Positive attitude, good sense of humor and strong work ethic.

  • Ability to walk about 5 miles over the course of the day and lift and carry 40lbs over uneven ground.

  • Organized, punctual and attentive to detail.


Compensation:

Pay depends on experience, starting at $12/hour. The Shopkeeper will also receive a CSA membership (weekly vegetables starting with beginning of employment, ending with last week of employment).

To apply, please send a resume, a paragraph about why you are interested in the position and 2-3 references to Lise Holdorf at lise@barrettsmillfarm.com.

 

Assistant Grower - Positions filled for 2019

Assistant Growers work directly with the farm manager/owners, as well as two other Assistant Growers and 4 - 6 part-time field crew members.

Responsibilities: 

  • Work with the farm team on day-to-day field and greenhouse tasks, including seeding, transplanting, mulching, hand weeding, hoeing, irrigation, harvesting, and farm store set-up and clean-up.

  • Regular independent work includes greenhouse watering, light carpentry and maintenance projects, assisting with store stocking, and at least one day per week washing and other post-harvest vegetable handling.

  • Help guide and lead the part-time field crew in tasks like harvesting and weeding.

  • Each Assistant Grower will be trained to use one of our Farmall 140 tractors and will have regular field cultivation responsibilities.

  • Occasionally assist with store and CSA coverage, especially in the fall.

  • In the second half of the season, Assistant Growers will have multiple opportunities to manage the harvest and farm stand set-up for the day.

  • Candidates with prior farming experience or who stay on for a second season would also have the opportunity to take on higher responsibility tasks like managing the greenhouse seeding, assisting with high tunnel management, or leading flower picking and arranging.

  • Potential for co-managing one or two CSA distributions per week depending on interest.

Qualifications:

  • A positive attitude, good sense of humor and a strong work ethic are essential qualities for this position. 

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and perform repetitive physical tasks in all types of weather conditions.

  • Ability to work efficiently independently, and cooperatively as a member of a small team. Comfortable taking direction as well as giving direction and guidance to less experienced crew members.

  • Organized and attentive to detail.

  • Punctual. Reliable transportation to the farm is essential as on-farm housing is not available.

  • Experience working outdoors in all types of weather and/or experience in a fast-paced work environment.

  • Prior farming experience is not required but it is a plus.

  • Customer service experience and willingness to co-manage one (or potentially two) CSA distributions per week is a plus, but not required.

Schedule:

  • Tuesday – Saturday, 7am – 4pm during busiest season (schedule will vary slightly seasonally). Assistant Growers who have interest in working the CSA distribution could have one day per week in the CSA season with 11am-7pm hours.

  • April – Thanksgiving

  • Assistant Growers who stay on for a second season will have the possibility of additional hours in March.

  • We can be somewhat flexible about start and end dates, but full-time availability by May is a must.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Pay starts at $13/hour. Fifteen-minute morning break is paid, 1 hour lunch break is unpaid. 

  • Assistant Growers who commit to the full season will be eligible for 1 week paid vacation after completing 12 weeks of employment in good standing. 

  • Assistant Growers will receive a CSA share, plus extra veggies as available. 

  • Optional participation in EMass CRAFT farm visits.

Please note that we do not have on-farm housing

To apply, please send a resume, letter of interest and 2-3 references to Lise Holdorf at lise@barrettsmillfarm.com

 

Part-time Greenhouse Waterer - position filled for 2019

This is a great job for someone who likes to work independently and be around plants!

Responsibilities:

  • Opening the greenhouses and cold frames.

  • Thoroughly watering plants in the greenhouses and on the cold frames.

  • Occasionally washing produce bins.

  • Depending on interest and ability, mowing and tidying around the farm stand and greenhouses.

  • Possibility of combining this position with a store or part-time field position, depending on prior experience.

Qualifications:

  • Attention to detail.

  • Responsible, efficient and self-motivated.

  • Able to comfortably lift 30 lbs and walk over uneven ground.

  • Reliable transportation to the farm.

  • Prior experience with gardening or working in a greenhouse is a plus, but not required.

  • This job will require the ability to communicate in a timely manner with one of the farmers on the weekend about the state of the greenhouse and any schedule adjustments based on weather (usually once or twice per weekend)

Schedule:

  • March - mid-August, 1 - 2.5 hours/day.

  • Regular Saturday and Sunday availability is a must. Optional additional watering hours during the week are also available.

  • Start time is dependent on the weather. On sunny days, ability to start by 8am is crucial in order to ventilate the greenhouses. Cloudier days allow for a more flexible start time around 10am.

  • Usually, the part-time greenhouse waterer will be scheduled for the morning watering, however, there is the possibility of scheduling for midday watering instead depending on availability and the farm’s needs.

Compensation:

Pay starts at $12/hour plus a CSA membership (about $35-$50 worth of vegetables per week starting in June, ending with last week of employment).

To apply, please send a resume, letter of interest and 2-3 references to Lise Holdorf at lise@barrettsmillfarm.com