2018 JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Rock Steady Farm & Flowers is a for-profit farm located in Millerton, NY -- a rural and active community few hours north of NYC, close to the MA and CT borders. We use holistic farming practices that allow us to grow high quality vegetables, cut flowers, and herbs for a diverse array of market outlets. We manage a total of 11 acres- 1.5 in flowers, 7 in veggies, and 2+ acres of rotational cover crop. We have diversified customers including our CSA, restaurants, floral designers, markets, food pantries, social justice non profits, and special events in the Hudson Valley and New York City. Our farm is grounded in close partnerships with other land based projects, neighbors, and non-profits who are also working to build equity in our region and beyond.
We are a growing cooperatively-owned farm, with opportunities for equity for crew members after a trial period. Our current staff and returning crew are women, queer and mixed race people. Even though we do not limit applicants based on these demographics, it is important that the people who join our team are open towards a diverse community both at work and within our local community.
FIELD CREW POSITIONS
We are looking to two hire full-time vegetable and one full-time flower field crew positions for 2018. Field Crew will assist in all operations on the farm from greenhouse propagation, cultivation, harvest and post-harvest, weeding, irrigation, markets, and everything in between. We are looking for passionate and hard working people to join our field crew team that both understand our vision for a co-op farm, with a social justice mission, as well as an outstanding work ethic and dedication to some of the most physically demanding work out there!
Primary responsibilities include:
Assist management with propagation, bed preparation, transplanting by hand, direct sowing, weeding, irrigation, and organic pest and disease control.
Efficient harvesting, washing and packing. This will be the majority of the crew’s work from July - November.
Assist with basic maintenance of facilities and help maintain a clean work environment.
Maintain high energy and fast paced work environment for all aspects of day to day farming.
Record keeping in the greenhouse, field, and farmer’s market
Actively engage in marketing tasks such as farmer’s market management and delivering of flowers and vegetables.
Skills and qualifications:
For veggie crew- at least one year farming experience at a scale of 3-acres or more. For flower crew- at least 1 year of experience growing flowers and preferably general field scale farming (either veggies or flowers) on 2 acres or more.
Must be self-motivated folks and able to work outside in ALL weather conditions including snow, rain, high temps. in the summer, early in the morning.
Endurance sport experience, athleticism, team comradery as well as healthy amount of competitive spirit.
Comfortably able to lift a minimum of 50lbs.
Strong manual dexterity skills
Ability to work independently
Very detail oriented
A sense of humor
Ability to follow written and oral instructions and willingness to seek guidance as needed
Clear communication skills and demonstrated ability to be flexible with daily tasks.
Demonstrated commitment to organic, just, and sustainable farming standards.
Clean drivers license and reliable transportation for commuting to farm.
Schedule, Compensation, Housing
These are seasonal positions, from the beginning of April through November 15th. Compensation is $11-13/hr, plus veggies and flowers, for a 40-46 hour work week, with possibility of rotating weekend days for our Farmer’s Market, CSA distribution, and/or greenhouse management.
We are unable to provide on farm housing, but can connect people to local rentals that may be available.
**To apply for the veggie or flower crew positions, please send your resume, cover letter, preference for flowers or veggie position, and three references to Veggies@rocksteadyfarm.com
Our farm is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation, are encouraged to apply.