Employment Offered

Date Submitted:
02/09/24


Farm Name:
Harlem Valley Homestead


County:
Dutchess


Position Title:
Crops Crew Member


Position Description:

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about farming to join our crops crew for this season. All farm crew members will be trained across basic crop and livestock competencies, though we tend to have individuals focus on either crops or livestock more intensively.

For crop production, we have about an acre of intensive vegetable cultivation that includes a 3000 square foot movable greenhouse, and a 3000 square foot permanent heated greenhouse that we also use for propagation and wash/pack. We use a combination of tractor, BCS, and hand tools for bed prep and turnover, though most day-to-day field work is by hand (planting, harvesting, etc.). The work can be very physical at times, but we strive to have the right tools and systems in place.

Self-motivation, flexibility, and a collaborative spirit are essential, and team members must love physical labor and be able to keep up a rigorous pace. They must also be willing to work in all weather conditions (safety permitting) while maintaining a positive attitude. Equally important are soft skills such as excellent observation skills, the ability to work efficiently and safely, and the ability to transition quickly to new tasks.

As a team, we care about the quality of the products that we produce for our customers, as well as the people, land, and animals that are all essential to a successful farm. If you want to get your hands dirty and are eager to learn on the job and ask questions, then join us! Previous farming experience is preferred, but we are willing to train the right candidate.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Most if not all aspects of intensive vegetable and herb production, including but not limited to propagation, soil prep, seeding, planting, harvest, irrigation, cultivation, weeding, trellising, wash/pack, and equipment maintenance
Selling products at market while educating customers on-farm practices and products, and interacting in a friendly and informative manner with customers and on-site guests.
Additional duties may include work with livestock, perennial crops such as hops and orchards, cut flowers, land management or snow removal (when applicable), on-farm programming, and other duties as needed.

JOB REQUIREMENTS
Availability from April through November 2024
40 hours per week, occasionally more, fluctuating seasonally, with reduced hours in the shoulder/off seasons, though we are open to part-time arrangements as well.
Availability and willingness to work weekends for chores, markets, and/or events
Clean driving record (insurance requirement) and valid driver’s license for farmers' markets and pickups/deliveries
Willingness to drive and/or learn to drive farm vehicles (pickup, box truck, and van)
Respect for safety guidelines and procedures (including COVID protocol)
Punctual and reliable
Harlem Valley Homestead has a mandatory vaccination policy for COVID-19 compliant with applicable state and federal law.

COMPENSATION + BENEFITS
$16-$18 / hour, dependent on experience (housing not included)
Overtime paid after 40 hours a week when available
PTO (Paid Time Off)
Access to surplus produce when available and staff discount on farm product
C.R.A.F.T. (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) membership with the opportunity to visit regional farms
Training will be provided for all tasks and equipment as needed and may include: hand tools developed for intensive vegetable production, BCS, and other small engine equipment
Limited shared on-site housing may be available
Reimbursement for up to $300 in medical bills when receipts are provided for the duration of employment
$200 gear stipend for the season

REQUIRED TRAINING, PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
Required Training: Farm safety, farm SOPs, and other trainings as required by law
Farmer’s Market training
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently within the office, around the farm, and off-site in farm vehicles. Ability to move throughout the office, as well as attend off-site appointments, and the ability to consistently and safely lift 50 pounds, and on occasion up to 75 lbs.
Safety: In addition to safety training, the employee must obey all safety policies and wear proper PPE as needed or specified in safety policies.
Work Environment: Work will be divided between outdoor and indoor duties, on the farm, and in the community. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time, including heat, wind, rain, and snow. The noise level in the work environment will vary from quiet to high.


How to Apply:
TO APPLY If you think Harlem Valley Homestead might be a good fit for you, we encourage you to apply by applying through our online application. (Copy & Paste) https://airtable.com/appCKgeSkg48toUqr/shrXnCGFoCREjN2pp


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