Farm Crew at Root 64 Sacramento

Root 64 Sacramento

Root 64 Sacramento is a small 1-acre market garden located in the Tallac Village neighborhood of Sacramento. Since 2018, we have been using ecological and regenerative techniques to produce a seasonal array of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers almost year round. Our primary outlet is an on-site Saturday morning farm stand, and we also deliver weekly to several area restaurants, as well as to local nonprofits and the school district. We are also actively expanding our Spring plant start production.

We are a small family business and as our soil, systems, sales, and overall productivity has improved, our workload has increased beyond our capacity.

Position Title: Farm Crew

Projected Start Date: March 1, 2024 (some flexibility)

Schedule: Part time 3-5 days per week, Monday – Saturday, morning hours required. Please tell us your anticipated availability! There is flexibility with your schedule, and the demands of the farm will shift seasonally. Total hours will vary, with as little as 10 hrs per week in the early and late season to 40+ hrs per week during peak Summer Harvest season. Morning hours will be required.

There is a possibility of this position transitioning to full-time if funds become available.

Roles & Responsibilities: Assist in all aspects of operating a highly productive urban farm. Tasks will vary seasonally and will cover the gamut from seed to sales. Tasks will include:

Nursery propagation / seeding
Soil mixing
Greenhouse irrigation management
Potting up and prepping plants for sale and for transplant on the farm
Soil health and nutrient management
Minimal- and No-till soil prep including compost application and possibly operating a 2-wheel tractor.
Transplanting by hand
Direct sowing
Assessing plant health & trouble shooting / addressing concerns
Field Irrigation management
Organic weed management (cultivating, tarping, occasional hand weeding)
Trellising & plant maintenance
Harvest & processing of produce
Maintain field & harvest records
Establish stands of cover crop
Move small flock of rotationally-grazed chickens
Support on-site composting operation
Fruit tree care & pruning
Participate in regular farm walk-arounds where we plan and discuss strategies
Assist in the set up and operations of our highly popular on-site plant sale (1-2 weekends in Spring) and weekly farm stand (Saturday mornings, April – November).
Give and receive feedback about workplace issues
Track and report your hours to the partner-owners
Maintain reliable and consistent attendance as an essential member of our team

Desired Skills & Experiences: Please use your cover letter to describe how to meet these points. 

Experience and exposure to gardening or farming. Basic knowledge of methods & equipment used in regenerative farming.
Ability to identify crops and some familiarity with their needs.
Interpersonal skills necessary to provide effective customer service & co-worker interface.
Ability to work as a team.
Willingness & ability to work alone for long periods with minimal oversight or supervision
Interest and ability to take on increasing levels of independence and responsibility
Ability to regularly lift up to 50+ lbs and and perform strenuous farming tasks while moving safely on uneven terrain, often with sharp harvest implements or heavy tools.
Ability to work safely and efficiently in heat in excess of 100 degrees F, and willingness to adjust work hours towards the early mornings during heat waves.
Ability to perform basic mental math (farm stand transactions).
Ability to understand and carry out verbal and written instructions and to ask questions in English.
Passion for high quality seasonal food. Ideally you love to cook and to eat!
Interest in market gardening, small scale farming, homesteading. We are excited for this to be a learning opportunity for you!
Reliable transportation to and from the farm, ability to maintain regular and consistent attendance.
Compensation: $15-$18 / hr to start, depending on experience, with a raise and possible bonuses in year 2. Produce as available for personal use.

To Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter to root64sacramento@gmail.com or Root 64 Sacramento 4971 64th St Sacramento CA 95820. Applications will be reviewed by the partner-owners on a rolling basis. Please use your cover letter to describe your interest in the position and how you anticipate being a good fit.

To apply for this job email your details to root64sacramento@gmail.com