Backyard Gardens seeks Farm Crew Leader and Apprentices

9 Mar

Location: Joseph, Oregon

Backyard Gardens is a small market garden operation located by the beautiful Wallowa Mountains in northeastern Oregon. We supply quality produce to our rural community through farmers’ markets, CSA, direct sales, restaurants, and several retail stores.  2010 will be our ninth season of operation.  This is a great opportunity for the right individuals to learn hands on about the workings of a small, diversified vegetable, flower, and herb operation.

Crew Leader Job Description:

Dates: April 19 – October 29, 2010

This is a great position for a beginning farmer seeking to gain experience leading a farm crew and learn all aspects of running a small commercial vegetable operation.   Crew leader will work with active owner/manager to lead and oversee apprentices in the day to day operations of a small vegetable farm.  Looking ideally for someone with an interest to grow with the position for more than one season.  Responsibilities to include:  leading crew in greenhouse propagation, ground preparation, transplanting, direct seeding, weed management, irrigation, pest management, harvesting, post-harvest handling, and marketing.


  • Mininum one year experience in organic vegetable production
  • Comfortable working with small equipment (i.e. rototiller, weedwacker, possibly tractor) or learning these skills
  • Field work experience
  • Good communication skills
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Self motivated
  • Dedicated
  • Strong work ethic
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Good attitude
  • Good sense of humor
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Comfortable representing the farm to the public at farmers’ markets and other venues
  • Valid driver’s license

Stipend: Starts at $1000/month increasing to $1400/month through season.  Housing available.

Email or call for application.  Beth Gibans,  Backyard Gardens, LLC, PO Box 463, Joseph, OR  97846.   541-398-0707.

Apprenticeship – Two Positions

Dates: May 3 – October 29, 2010

We’re excited to share the experience with people who are really interested in learning about growing food for a small community.   Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a high elevation, small market garden operation. Responsibilities include plant propagation, bed preparation, seeding, transplanting, weed management, fertility management, irrigation, harvesting and marketing. Most of the educational experience occurs in the day-to-day, hands on work.  Since we’re a small operation, apprentices work closely with the owner/manager and there’s a lot of opportunity to work side by side and talk about farming related issues.  We also offer some more structured educational opportunities, with classes, readings and farm tours, in part tailored to the interests of the individuals.

We are offering 2 positions from May through October .  Starting stipend of  $600 increasing to $800/month.   We provide housing off-farm, shared lunches through the working week as well as produce from the gardens.

Experience helpful, but not necessary.  We are looking for people who are motivated to learn and work hard, possess good senses of humor, are flexible, reliable, responsible, and most importantly, people with whom we can work and play well.

Email or call for application.  Beth Gibans,  Backyard Gardens, LLC, PO Box 463, Joseph, OR  97846.   541-398-0707.

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