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We are now hiring 2 Assistant Growers for the 2019 season. Updated Field Crew, Weekend Chores and Shopkeeper position descriptions will be posted in January, but feel free to look at the 2018 descriptions below and get in touch before then if you are interested!

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 reduced price memberships as part of the SNAP/HIP program.

2019 Assistant Grower

Barrett’s Mill Farm is seeking 2 Assistant Growers for the 2019 season to work directly with the farm manager/owners and as part of a team of 3 assistant growers and 4 - 6 part-time field crew.

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.

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.

Schedule:

  • Tuesday – Saturday, 7am – 4pm during busiest season (schedule will vary slightly seasonally)

  • 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

 

Field Crew - positions filled for 2018

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:

  • May through August 2018, but additional fall hours may be available.

  • Field crew members are generally scheduled Tuesday - Saturday mornings (7am-noon), however the exact schedule can be arranged individually.

  • Field crew members must commit to at least 15 hours per week and availability on Saturdays is a plus.

Compensation:

Pay starts at $11/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

 

Part-time Farm Chores - Position filled for 2018

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 farmstand and greenhouses.

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.

Schedule:

  • Spring (March-May): 4 - 5 hours/week, Saturday and Sunday mornings

  • Summer (June-August): 4 - 7 hours/week Sunday and Monday mornings

  • Weekend chore start times are dependent on the weather. On sunny days, ability to start by 8am is crucial in order to ventilate the greenhouses. Cloudier days allow for later starts.

Compensation:

Pay starts at $11/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

Shopkeeper - Positions filled for 2018

We are seeking full-time and part-time shopkeepers to staff our farm stand (which includes the CSA and farm store) from late May until late October.

Schedule:

  • Store coverage is needed Tuesday - Friday 11am - 7pm and Saturday 9am – 4pm.

  • The exact schedule for the season will be arranged with each shopkeeper. Minimum commitment of 2 shifts/week. Saturday availability is a plus.

  • Position runs late May until late October with the possibility of part time hours in November.

  • Applicants who are interested in gaining experience out in the field may be offered field hours in early May as well as the option to swap some store hours for hours with the field crew throughout the season.

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 lift and carry 40lbs over uneven ground.

  • Organized, punctual and attentive to detail.


Compensation:

Pay starts at $12/hour. The Shopkeeper will also receive a CSA membership (weekly vegetables starting in June, ending with last week of employment).

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