Pennypack Farm Seeking Seasonal Farmer for 2022
Posted: Thu, November 18, 2021
$13.50-$15/ hr Horsham, PA job
Phone Number: 781-854-1409
We are now hiring for TWO Seasonal Farmer positions for the 2022 season.
One Position starting in March and the other in April. Both positions will go to late October / early November.
About Our Farm
Founded in 2003, Pennypack Farm is a 501(c)3 non-profit diversified vegetable farm growing with organic and regenerative practices in Horsham, PA (eastern Montgomery County). The work we do on the farm is centered around our mission to Grow, Give, and Teach.
Grow: Growing on 13 acres, we run a 380-member Summer CSA from the end of May through early November and a 180-member Winter CSA from late November through early March. We also attend the Ambler Farmers’ Market weekly. We grow over 150 different varieties of 60 different crops, aiming to provide our community with high quality and nutrient-dense produce consistently throughout the year. Building our soil’s health and fertility is the foundation of our farming practices, and we strive to be good stewards of the land by using regenerative methods to ensure the farm’s productivity for many years to come.
Give: An integral piece of our farm’s mission is increasing accessibility to high quality organically grown, local produce in our community. As part of our Produce Giving Program we donate produce weekly to four different food pantry partners and also work with other local hunger relief organizations throughout the year. In 2020, we donated 20,000 lbs of produce to our community as part of this program.
Teach: The farm focuses on educating the next generation of farmers through our summer internship and apprenticeship programs. We also teach our community the importance of sustainable, locally grown food through volunteer opportunities, weekly newsletters, and workshops.
About Our Seasonal Farmer Position
Our Seasonal Farmer position is a great opportunity for someone looking to build their sustainable agriculture resume while working in a professional environment on a successful CSA farm.
The Seasonal Farmer is a full time temporary position. One prior season of farming is preferred but not required of applicants.
As an important part of the farm crew, seasonal farmers work in all aspects of our farming operation including, but not limited to, seeding, transplanting, growing, organic pest and weed control, setting up and running irrigation, harvesting, and working with volunteers. Seasonal farmers will also receive tractor training to prepare beds, mow, and use the water-wheel transplanter. Previous tractor experience is a plus, but not required if the applicant is willing to learn and operate tractors on a regular basis. Please mention in application if you have prior tractor experience.
Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation is an hourly wage of $13.50-$15.00 (paid twice a month), wage dependent on experience.
All you can eat weekly seasonal produce
Hands-on training and gaining experience.
Job Details and Requirements:
One Seasonal Position for beginning of March until late October / early November
One Seasonal Position for beginning of April until late October / early November
In our main season of farming (April – November) our farm crew works Monday-Friday 7 AM – 5/6 PM with an unpaid hour for lunch (on average 45-55 working hours per week not including lunch hours).
Weekend duties rotate among farm staff throughout the year:
During the Main Season (April-November): A half-day of farm tasks on Saturday mornings (7:30-11:30am), or attending Saturday morning farmers’ market, and a.m./p.m. watering duties on both Saturday and Sunday (about 1 hour of work each day). Seasonal Farmers are usually involved in one or more of these duties 1 to 2 weekends a month, though this fluctuates seasonally.
– Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and kneel, walk, bend, for long periods of time
– Must be willing to work in all weather conditions
– Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation: Employees will be driving tractors, farm vehicles on supply runs, and taking produce to farmer’s market weekly in farm vehicles.
– Must pass a criminal background check and child abuse clearance.
The farm is located in Horsham, PA, about 45 minutes by car from Philadelphia. Unfortunately there is no easy public transit and having your own transportation is strongly recommended.
If you are interested in applying for PFEC’s Seasonal Farmer Position, please email Farm Manager Kirstie Jones at email@example.com and include:
Subject line: “March-Nov Seasonal Application” or “April-Nov Seasonal Application” or “Both Seasonal Application” (if interested in either start date)
Cover letter answering the following questions:
Why has sustainable agriculture piqued your interest?
Why Pennypack Farm?
Tell us about any relevant experience.
How do you think spending a season at Pennypack Farm will affect your future?
What will you bring to the seasonal farmer position?
Anything more we should know about you? Any interesting talents, hobbies?
No phone calls please.
Pennypack Farm is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. PFEC encourages women, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ applicants. PFEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected factor.