Massachusetts: Small Ones Farm seeks Assistant Farm Manager

11 May
Small Ones Farm is 63-acre family-owned farm in South Amherst, MA. We have a 5-acre orchard (apples, peaches, Asian pears, plums), 500 row feet of raspberries, and .5 acre of melons, pumpkins and garlic. We also press our own apple cider, and make our own apple cider vinegar. We use natural growing methods (holistic and certified through the Certified Naturally Grown program). Our primary sales outlets are our 75+ member fruit CSA and our on-farm farm stand. We are seeking an assistant farm manager who will assist with all aspects of production and distribution.
Specific duties:
Assist with orchard maintenance, including thinning, pruning, tracking insects/disease, mowing.
Maintain melon/pumpkin/garlic and berry crops (watering, weeding)
Livestock maintenance including care of brooding chicks, care and feeding of laying hens and pig.
Infrastructure repair and maintenance.
Tractor operation.
Harvest of all crops.
Lead school visits to farm.
Assist in planning, preparation and distributions for CSA.
Assist in management of farm stand/farm shop operations.
Clean up/winterize orchard and farm.
Participation in planning and management of farm operations.
Dates: Spring through late November.
Days/hours: Monday through Friday, with some Saturdays in the fall during CSA distributions. Hours vary from 40-50/week.
Application deadline: June 15, 2011.
Minimum qualifications: At least one (preferably 2-3) years of farming experience, preferably organic farming. Values consistent with organic, environmentally sustainable operation, dedicated to high-quality products, and committed customer service. Enthusiasm, initiative, solid interpersonal skills, ability to work independently, and good humor are required. Also required is ability to lift 50 lbs. and valid driver’s license.
Wage/Salary/Benefits: $1500/mo stipend, farm produce.
Application requirements: Please send resume and letter of interest via email to Small Ones Farm at smallonesfarm@att.net. If you have any questions about this position, please contact us via email or at (413) 253-6788. We will contact qualified applicants to schedule a farm visit and interview.
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