Hiring Part-Time Harvest Hand

Things are really picking up as our greenhouse fills up and we are looking to hire a part time (18 hours a week) harvest hand that will work with us from mid June through mid October.  Please be in touch, or pass along to those you think might be interested!

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About the position: We are looking for a harvest crew member that will play a support role, 18 hours a week, in our Monday/ Thursday harvests. The harvest crew member will aid in all aspects of harvest; manually harvesting crops in quantities between 20 and 200 bunches, transporting produce to an offsite warehouse, and washing and packing produce for CSA, wholesale, and farmers market accounts. Harvests are fast paced days that require traveling efficiently between 4-8 sites and completing what can be repetitive and strenuous work outdoors. We are looking for someone with experience in a fast paced work environment, excellent attention to detail, and good communication skills, who will bring additional energy to our crew on busy days.

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: Our harvest crew will consist of partners/owners Robin, Eric, and Caroline, a seasonal full time employee, and 1-2 workshare members

Physical Requirements:Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 1.26.34 PM

  • Experience working in an outdoor environment with exposure to varied weather conditions
  • Ability to stand, sit, bend, kneel, and squat throughout an 8 hour period
  • Ability to lift 20-50 pounds consistently
  • Ability to tolerate hot temperatures
  • Comfort handling harvest knives

Preferred Qualifications: As this is a part time, labor-intensive position, that will not offer comprehensive exposure to farming as a whole, we imagine someone with prior farming experience (1-2 seasons) being an ideal fit for the position.

 Duration/Schedule: This position will span approximately 20 weeks, beginning in mid June and ending in mid October. Working hours will be 7-4pm on Mondays and Thursdays, with a paid 45 minute lunch break and 15 minute coffee break each day.

Compensation: Compensation will be salaried, but approximately equivalent to a $10 hourly wage with access to free produce.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and two references to stonesthrowurbanfarm@gmail.com with subject line “harvest hand” by Friday April 15th. We will schedule a follow up the following week.

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