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2409 Rte 9
Hudson, NY, 12534
United States

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JOBS

WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2 POSITIONS: Crew Member & Field Manager

To Apply for either position:

            Send a letter of interest, resume, and 2 agricultural references to sparrowbushfarm@gmail.com

More about the Farm:

We are a vegetable farm focused on greens, herbs, tomatoes, bunched roots, turmeric & ginger in the summer, and on storage crops and tunnel greens in the fall and winter. In the summer months, we sell our produce to a stellar group of wholesale customers, and at the Hudson Farmer’s market. In the Winter, we turn our focus to our Winter CSA which partners with other producers to provide a full diet farm-share for 100 families who pickup at the farm.  The seasonal arc of our marketing is designed to provide an income stream and work for our core crew all year without overloading our summer plate too much.

Our 2018 crop plan includes twelve acres of vegetables and about 8 acres of managed fallow year cover crops, we currently have 3 tractors, and 3 30 x 96 greenhouses where we grow tomatoes, ginger, turmeric & winter greens. Our core returning crew has divided up management responsibilities of seedling and tunnel production, wholesale, market, CSA, transplanting, direct seeding, irrigation and weed control. We function as a team of managers and have a thorough weekly meeting where we all bring priorities, concerns, and observations to the table.

We grow a specific crop mix that works with our soils, cropping systems and markets, ranging from large quantities of storage staples to specialty chicories. We incorporate Heirloom Grain production into our vegetable rotation for milling and baking. 2018 is an exciting year as our sister Bakery business is launching and we will be joint marketing bread and baked goods with our vegetables. The bakery is a small artisan bakery focused on production of naturally leavened breads, with a 40” granite stone mill for the production of fresh flour.

We utilize bio-extensive growing practices incorporating cover crops, green manures and bare fallow periods in our vegetable rotations. Our main work is in the immediate tasks of vegetable production but cover cropping, marketing, fallow field management, and support land management play a central role in our seasonal activities. We grow storage crops and greens for our Winter CSA as well as summer crops for farmers market and restaurants.

Because of the scale and diversity of our farm, you can expect a dynamic schedule as part of a small and hardworking crew. This farm is ideal for someone with one or more seasons of solid farming experience that wants to dig into the finer details of raising high-quality produce and understand their work within the context of broader biological and farm management systems. We are looking for hardworking, enthusiastic, independently-motivated people with an eye for quality and a good sense of humor. Applicants must be self-motivated, able to work efficiently and with focus while working alone or in a group. Applicants should be able to contribute to a clean and organized workspace, and be excited about being a crucial part of a growing and evolving farm business. 

CREW MEMBER

We are looking to hire someone who is ready to plug into our weekly schedule and join us for harvests, transplanting, and weed control projects. The majority of this job will be crew time but there will be a little bit of independent work too in irrigation, greenhouse tasks and possibly some direct seeding and field scouting.

We are looking for someone who is punctual, hardworking, strong, diligent, observant, good at following direction, focused, and pumped about farming.

Schedule: May through November Tuesday through Saturday and some weekend availability is appreciated for occasional group harvests and market backup. Hours fluctuate a bit from 8.5-9 hour days through the months.

Starting wage: is $12/hour

5 vacation days and 2 personal days (unpaid) throughout the season can be taken, best if scheduled as far in advance as possible.

This position could definitely turn into a multi-year or long-term position.

FIELD MANAGER:

The Field Manager will spend about half their time working alone on tractors and the other half of their time working with the crew on planting, harvest and weed control.  The field manager will be responsible for observing and communicating with Ashley about equipment condition, field conditions, and timing considerations.  All crew members receive a printed copy of our full crop plan and access to a digital copy in the spring, this is the Field Managers main tool for getting the full view of the farm to see what needs to be done each day and each week.

We try to use time as an asset in our field production system to avoid intensive tillage. We use time both to break down cover crop and also to germinate weeds ahead of planting and seeding. This often means that we begin bed prep a month or more ahead of each of our planting dates. We are moving towards a system of permanent beds where tractor tires remains in the same place from year to year. This means the Field Managers job often begins with measuring! We are working away from Moldboard Plowing (because it creates plowpan and brings new weeds to the surface) and do relatively minimal spading (because it takes forever) but we like having them in our toolbox for when we need them.

Field Manager will work with Ashley to ensure that the following tasks are accomplished on time: Field sections are measured and square, Beds are prepared for planting and seeding, Finished plantings are turned under, Drive-lanes and field edges are mown, Cover crops are sown, managed and incorporated. 

Field Manager will be responsible for basic preventative tractor maintenance: Greasing greasepoints, maintaining fluids and proper levels.

We use a variety of tools depending on soil conditions, cover crop present and the crop we are preparing for: Moldboard plow, disc harrow, chisel plow, disc bedder, lesche bedshaper, Perfecta II harrow, Celli Spader, Subsoiler

Desired Experience: Minimum of 2 years vegetable farming experience, Tractor experience,  Experience working with a crew, Experience working collaboratively in a workplace, Comfortable lifting 50+ pounds over and over

Desired Qualities: Neat and tidy, Observant, Ability to see the big picture of a task, Mechanically comfortable/inclined, 'Safety-first' mentality, Ability to take direction and listen well. 

Compensation:

            Starting wage for this position is $12-13/hr DOE. As a full-time crew member the Field Manager gets 5 days paid time off and 5 days unpaid time off throughout the season to be scheduled as far in advance as possible.

Schedule:

Position starts in April and goes through December. Work week is Tuesday through Saturday, high season 7:30-5, starting later and ending earlier in the shoulder seasons. We take an hour for lunch and do rotating weekend (Sunday/Monday) chores. Some weekend availability is appreciated for big harvests and field work in a weather pinch.

This will ideally turn into a multi-year or long-term position.

CREW MEMBER

We are looking to hire someone who is ready to plug into our weekly schedule and join us for harvests, transplanting, and weed control projects. The majority of this job will be crew time but there will be a little bit of independent work too in irrigation, greenhouse tasks and possibly some direct seeding and field scouting.

We are looking for someone who is punctual, hardworking, strong, diligent, observant, good at following direction, focused, and pumped about farming.

Schedule: May through November Tuesday through Saturday and some weekend availability is appreciated for occasional group harvests and market backup. Hours fluctuate a bit from 8.5-9 hour days through the months.

Starting wage: is $12/hour

5 vacation days and 2 personal days (unpaid) throughout the season can be taken, best if scheduled as far in advance as possible.

This position could definitely turn into a multi-year or long-term position.