Vegetable Crew Member: Full-Time, Seasonal

Website Front Porch Farm

A diverse organic farm on the Russian River.

About the farm:

Front Porch Farm is a 110-acre diverse organic farm situated on the Russian River just 10 minutes from downtown Healdsburg in Northern California. Each year we grow roughly 10 acres of vegetables and berries, 5 acres of cut flowers, 2 acres of Floriani flint corn and maintain a plethora of fruit trees. With ecological farming principles at the heart of what we do, we strive to be responsible stewards of the land.

At the height of the season the days are long and tasks can be strenuous, so we aim to build a team with a strong work ethic that supports each other in maintaining a positive & healthy working environment. We strive to find the delicate balance between working hard and having fun. Our community is bilingual and multicultural, and some of our farm’s core values are inclusivity and connection across these lines. We work 40 hours per week on the farm with opportunities for additional weekend hours/responsibilities if desired.

About the Vegetables:

We grow vegetables year-round to supply our produce at 3 weekly Farmers Markets in San Rafael and Healdsburg, as well as to chefs, restaurants and grocery stores and through our local co-op wholesaler: F.E.E.D Sonoma. We specialize in diverse heat loving crops in the summer and utilize storage crops and season extension techniques to have bounty throughout all four seasons. We are dedicated to maintaining the high quality product standards that we are known for. We are committed to crop diversity and efficient growing practices that build and nurture the soil.

About the position:

We are looking for hard working individuals to join our team to tend and harvest our crops during the upcoming growing season. We are looking to fill multiple Vegetable Crew positions, with one of the roles also representing the farm at our weekly local farmers market, staffing the Healdsburg stand on Saturdays, and the other positions full time on the farm.

This is a seasonal, hourly position with a 5 day work week. We are looking to fill the following schedules:

●  Tuesday – Friday on the farm (vegetable crew), Saturday Farmer’s Market staffing.
●  Monday – Friday on the farm (vegetable crew).

Hours may be variable and long depending on the time of year. Work is guaranteed from April through October. Compensation is $16-19/hour, DOE. Housing on the farm in the form of a tent cabin or airstream trailer is available if needed for this position.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities:
Vegetable Crew:
❏ Harvest: work efficiently to execute harvest list, prioritizing high quality and good pace. ❏ Post-harvest handling: processing, washing and packing produce for markets or orders.
❏ Fieldwork: planting, weeding, trellising, pruning, mulching, laying irrigation tape and more. ❏ Greenhouse work: sowing, thinning, potting up.

Farmers Market (if applicable):

❏ Assist work partner in setting up the stand prior to the start of market. Create and maintain a visually appealing farmer’s market display catered to the ease and enjoyment of the customer.
❏ Provide excellent customer service and communication.
❏ Knowledgeably and enthusiastically discuss our products and our farming practices with the public. Educate customers about the uses of our produce and share cooking tips.

❏ Conduct accurate sales transactions.
❏ Keep market supplies organized and maintained (containers, signs, tables, tents, etc.) during set-up, market and breakdown.

Desired Skills & Experience:

❏ 1-2 seasons experience working on a production farm is preferred.
❏ It is very important that crew members to be open to constructive feedback, able to take direction and implement improvements for productivity and quality!
❏ Excellent work ethic— prompt, communicative, takes initiative.
❏ A great communicator who is able to give and receive feedback to fellow crew members and management.
❏ Calm and efficient, and able to deliver excellent customer service at markets (if applicable).
❏ Works well independently and in a team setting.
❏ Innate attention to detail.
❏ Able to safely lift 50 lbs.
❏ Able to perform repetitive work in inclement weather, including heat up to 95 ̊F.
❏ Able to work in a well-fitting respirator in smoky conditions up to 250 PM AQI, for four hour increments, in the case of wildfires.
❏ Ability to speak Spanish a plus, but not required.
❏ Seeking a team player who is generally easy-going by nature, able to maintain a positive attitude and is motivated by a fast-paced environment.

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