We’re looking to hire a crew member for the 2016 growing season. Please see job description below and be in touch!
About the Farm: Stone’s Throw Urban Farm is a 3-acre certified organic vegetable farm based on 16 formerly vacant lots in the Twin Cities. Our mission is to develop as a farm that is an agent of economic and social change, empowering its owners, workers, and neighbors to grow nutritious food, employ and develop ecological farming methods, and work collectively to establish equitable and just systems of food and land access in the city. Our farm is structured as a limited liability partnership and for profit business, aligning with our belief that growing food should be a viable livelihood and that workplace decision-making power should be situated in people involved in the farm’s day-to-day operations. As a member of Shared Ground Farmers Cooperative, a beginning and immigrant producers’ cooperative, our food is sold through a 200 member CSA, several dozen wholesale accounts, as well as two farmers markets we attend each Saturday.
The Crew: The 2016 farm crew will consist of farm partners/owners Robin, Eric, and Caroline, 1-2 field crew members, a market manager, and 4-8 workshare members.
Job Description: We are looking for a farm crew member that will aid in all aspects of everyday farm field operation, including: greenhouse work, seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvest, irrigation, and record keeping with occasional farmers market and small group volunteer management responsibilities. The farm crew member will work alongside the partners to complete a diverse range of field tasks each day, with the ability to take on more responsibility, based on interest and ability, as the season progresses.
Workdays are rigorous and often involve traveling to multiple sites and repetitive tasks. Accordingly, we are looking for someone able to come to work well-prepared, and interested in actively engaging with our team, farm sites, and greater city around us.
We are excited by the prospect of working with someone who has interest in shaping the long term direction of our farm. Opportunities to transition to a partnership/ownership roll are available to employees who have worked at the farm for a second season.
Duration/Schedule: This position runs from the beginning of April to the end of October. The work week will entail five nine hour days of work each week, averaging a 45 hour work week. The work day will begin at 8am on field days (3x a week) , 7am on harvest days (2x a week), and 6am on farmers market days (1-2x month), with a paid 45 minute lunch break and 15 minute break each day. Occasionally strategic planning meetings or farm hosted events will be held outside of normal work hours. Employees are welcomed, but not expected to attend.
Sample Daily Schedule:
8am- meet at Minneapolis Hub Site and pack up tools for the day
8:15-12:30 – travel to 2-3 sites hoeing new plantings
12:30- 1:15 Lunch break
1:15-4pm- prune and trellis tomato plants
4pm- return to Minneapolis, sharpen and put away tools, fill in field logs/timesheet
5pm- workday over
7am- meet up at Minneapolis Hub and depart for harvest
7:15-11- travel to 4-7 sites harvesting produce in quantities up to several hundred bunches
11am- arrive at Saint Paul wash pack warehouse, unload produce
11:15-11:30- coffee break
11:30-1- wash and pack produce
1-1:45- lunch break
1:45- depart for Minneapolis, deliver 1-2 South Minneapolis Wholesale orders
2:30-4pm misc field tasks (weeding, trellising tomatoes, etc.)
4pm- work day over/ fill out timesheet
Compensation: We are able to offer a $14,000 salary for the 28-week season, which equates to approximately $11.11/ hour. Employees will have access to abundant farm produce each week and any wellbeing trades made as a farm (past trades have included restaurant credit, acupuncture, yoga, and massage). At this time we are unable to provide healthcare coverage as a farm.
- Previous experience working in a physically intensive work environment
- Ability to work well in a small collaborative team
- Ability to troubleshoot problems and respond calmly to unforeseen issues
- Ability to work efficiently and patiently with attention to detail
- Ability to be active on your feet for a 9 hour day, exposed to outdoor weather conditions
- Ability to approach work with curiosity and creativity
- Desire to build a more equitable food system and city
- At least one season of production farming experience
- Knowledge of sustainable agricultural practices
- Experience operating hand tools/ power tools
- Interest in shaping long term farm goals and business plan
- Knowledge of South Minneapolis and/or Frogtown neighborhoods
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 22; for desired applicants we will schedule follow up interviews in early February.
In your cover letter, please include your interest in working with Stone’s Throw Urban Farm, an overview of your agricultural,/professional/ educational experience, and several things you hope to learn and accomplish in working at the farm.