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Posted: Fri, April 22, 2022

$15-18/hour Wingdale, NY job

Phone Number: 845-218-1565

Email: jobs@harlemvalleyhomestead.com

ABOUT

Harlem Valley Homestead is a hospitality-focused, diversified vegetable, flower and livestock farm on 250 acres in Wingdale, NY. Our mission is to deepen our connections to place, to each other, and to ourselves, through hands-on learning and experience in rural and agrarian living. We raise beef cattle, layer chickens, feeder pigs, vegetables, fruit, cut flowers, mushrooms, and a modest apiary. While we are not certified, we adhere to organic practices. In the future, we intend to build accommodations to host overnight guests, with on-site dining, events and workshops.

Currently, we maintain 50 acres in pasture, 1.5 acres of intensive crop production, and 3 acres in cover crop for future production as a working farm. The rest of our property consists of ponds, woods and wetlands, and is nestled between the Ten Mile River, Ten Mile Hill and Gardner Hill. We are five minutes from Metro North (Harlem Valley Wingdale), with lots of fishing, swimming and hiking in the area.

JOB SUMMARY

We are looking for people to join our farm crew for this season! We are a diversified crop and livestock farm, but the majority of work will be focused on crop production. We have about an acre of intensive vegetable cultivation in our market garden, and we have a larger field that is cover cropped to reduce weeds and build fertility. We have an 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, and all other field work is by hand (or with hand tools).

In addition to crop production, farm crew members will be expected to learn basic livestock competencies (such as daily chores) and be willing to jump in elsewhere when needed. Additional weekly tasks may include fence work, water line repair, farmers’ market sales, and/or supporting public programming or events. Farm crew members will receive proper safety training for all areas of responsibility and will be required to participate in other mandatory trainings.

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, ability to work efficiently and safely and the ability to transition quickly to new tasks.

If you like to ask questions, love to learn on the job and want to get your hands dirty, then join us! Previous farming experience is preferred, but we are willing to train the right candidate.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

-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
-Washing and packing produce and other farm products for on site pickup and market
-Selling product at market while educating customers on farm practices and products
-Interacting in a friendly and informative manner with on-site guests
-Additional duties may include work in animal husbandry, perennial crops such as hops and orchards, on-farm programming, and other enterprises as needed.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

-Availability from spring through fall
-40 hours per week, occasionally more, fluctuating seasonally, with reduced hours in the shoulder seasons.
-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 deliveries
-Willingness to work outside in all weather conditions while maintaining a positive attitude
-Willingness to drive and/or learn to drive vehicles (large pick up, box truck, and/or van) to and from markets
-Respect for safety guidelines and willing to follow safety procedures (including COVID protocol)
-Ability to lift 50 lbs safely and repeatedly
-Ability to work efficiently, independently, and cooperatively as a member of a small team
-Punctuality and reliability are essential
-Some produce experience preferred, but we are open to training motivated individuals
-Harlem Valley Homestead has a mandatory vaccination policy for Covid-19 compliant with applicable state and federal law. Applicants may be entitled to an exemption from this policy in accordance with said laws

COMPENSATION + BENEFITS

-Limited on-site housing available along the beautiful Ten Mile River
-$15-$18 / hour, dependent on experience (housing not included)
-Overtime paid after 40 hours a week (agricultural standard is 60 hours)
-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

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. Ability to move throughout the office, as well as attend off-site appointments, and the ability to consistently and safely lift 50 pounds
-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.

TO APPLY

Please note that this job description is not comprehensive. If you think Harlem Valley Homestead might be a good fit for you, we encourage you to apply by emailing the following information to jobs@harlemvalleyhomestead.com. If we think you might be a good fit, we will contact you to set up a phone interview followed by a farm visit or video interview (depending on applicant distance and covid feasibility).

1.) Please answer the following questions:
-Tell us a little about yourself! What is your background? Interests? What are your long-term farming goals?
-Why do you think Harlem Valley Homestead is a good fit for you?
-What is your experience with outdoor, physical labor? If experience is limited, are you capable of working 40+ hours a week outdoors in all weather conditions?
-How would you describe your ideal working environment? What motivates you to work quickly and efficiently? How do you best learn new concepts and skills?
-Are you willing and able to work weekends?
2.) Please provide a resume.
3.) Please provide three references who could speak to your learning and working style. Farming or other physical labor-related references preferred, if applicable.

At Harlem Valley Homestead we believe it is the collective sum of our individual differences that make us stronger as a whole. Harlem Valley Homestead is committed to creating a diverse workforce and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion and connectedness to each other and to the land. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, culture & ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status, and all other protected classes.

We publicly affirm our ongoing commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization and that our anti-racism commitment be reflected in the life and culture of our policies, programs and hiring practices as we continue to learn about bias and racism.