WE ARE HIRING FOR THE 2019 SEASON
We are looking for a few amazing folks to join our small but mighty crew. We work together closely and are looking for collaborative people who like to work alone and on a team. While we are looking for people with a specific focus, everyone helps with everything, so anyone we hire will be expected to do it all—planting, weeding, harvesting vegetables, picking berries, caring for animals, helping build infrastructure, etc. We do not have much hierarchy—everyone pitches in together. Right now, we have John and Roxanne, the farmers and 1 other full time position and a part time person. We are looking to add 2-3 people for the 2019 season.
Our production model is very diversified and seasonally variable. We grow a wide variety of small fruits, orchard fruits, perennial vegetables, greenhouse crops, salad greens, and also produce eggs, chicken, rabbit, duck, and turkey. In addition, we produce value-added products such as dried herbs, jams and jellies, and various pestos. We farm on a human scale with most work done by hand or with implements at the right scale (e.g., paper pot puller, farmers friend harvester).
Salad Production (1-2)
This person will assist the Farmer and other crew members in raising all the annual and perennial plants on the farm. This includes prepping of beds, planting seeds directly and for transplanting, transplanting salad greens, irrigation management, weeding, harvesting, cleaning, and packing salad at least twice a week, and many other things necessary to make 200 pounds of high quality salad go out the door to our customers. In addition to salad production work, the grower will help will all other aspects of the job as needed: planting, weeding, harvesting, picking berries, cleaning, planting perennial berries, caring for animals, building infrastructure, etc. While 40-50% of the job will be focused on salad work, the other 50-60% will focus on whatever needs to be done. Click here for the full job description.
Greenhouse Production (1)
This person will assist the Farmer and the Farm crew in operating approximately 17,000 ft2 of year around greenhouse production on the farm. Main warm season greenhouse crops are heirloom slicing and cherry tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, peppers, ginger, and basil. The job responsibilities include all aspects of greenhouse crop production. This will include monitoring crop fertility, water, and pest status; fertilizing, seeding, transplanting, irrigating, weeding, trellising, pruning, thinning, harvesting, and sorting, labeling, and storing the greenhouse crops using proper post-harvest handling. A successful person will love tending plants, working indoors and outdoors, and enjoy the rhythms of farm work. They will have exquisite attention to detail, be able to closely follow directions, be able to work independently while effectively and efficiently completing activities in a timely manner. The grower will work closely with the farmer communicating frequently to facilitate the implementation of the seasonal production plans. The successful assistant will be able to communicate via text, verbally, and in written format on a regular basis. In addition to greenhouse work, the grower will help will all other aspects of the job as needed: planting, weeding, harvesting annuals, picking berries, cleaning, building infrastructure, etc. While 40-50% of the job will be focused on greenhouse work, the other 50-60% will focus on whatever needs to be done. Click here for the full job description.
WWOOFERS and Volunteers
We have several opportunities for people to get a taste of farming and just help us out during the season. We host “WWOOFers” every year. WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. People come for a few weeks to a month and get a dose of Luna Bleu fun, good food and rustic accommodations. You need to sign up with the WWOOFing program in order to come to our farm. Learn more about WWOOFing.
Qualities for a successful job experience at SpringRain Farm & Orchard
(with thanks to Lunableu Farm)
We have had many people work with us over the years and we are always trying to be better employers in a job that is very demanding. Our first job is to be as clear as we can about the work here and our expectations. Please read this carefully before you apply for a job with SpringRain Farm. It could save you and us a lot of time. If you have questions about anything in here, feel free to contact us.
There is really no way around it, farming might be the hardest work you will ever do. It requires intelligence, creativity, organization, attention to detail, and a great deal of physical labor. Below is a list of qualities that characterize the most successful employees at SpringRain Farm.
Physically fit — Much of the work is repetitive and you can spend hours at a time bending, kneeling, stooping, or standing at a wash station. It is important that you are physically fit and able and willing to work outdoors in all sorts of weather. You must be able to lift 40-50 lbs repeatedly.
Astute — Our farm is both our livelihood and an expression of our passion for high quality food. It is very important that you are able to be deliberate, careful, thoughtful, and detail oriented while being aware of speed and efficiency
Able to work independently — Do you lose momentum if you work alone?
Able to work as a team — Do you enjoy learning from others, teaching others, and working together to get a task done? Can you work quickly while still having fun? Or do you slow down as you talk?
Able to plan ahead– Are you good at seeing the bigger picture, can you look ahead during a task, anticipate the next step so time isn’t lost in getting more supplies or changing jobs?
Communicate clearly — You cannot be afraid to ask questions if you do not understand what needs to be done. It is important to communicate if a job doesn’t get finished or if something went wrong or if you are not sure if something is correct. It is also important to communicate if you are unhappy or have a disagreement with the farmer. We cannot try to fix what we don't know about.
POSITIVE ATTITUDE — perhaps the most important quality. We recognize that employees will not necessarily arrive with all the skills that they need to be superhero workers, but a good attitude can sure help them get there. When you try your best and are willing to listen and learn, it makes all the difference. Also, we like to have fun while we work.
A sense of humor and appreciation of the absurd are also strong assets! After a long hard day it can get a little goofy around here.
We encourage you to be an advocate for your learning while understanding the overall balance of life on a working farm. We are happy to work with you to identify and build specific skills and areas of knowledge while you are here, but you need to realize we are a commercial business.
If you come with experience from other farms we ask that you recognize that every farm is different, and that you learn how tasks are done here before attempting to change them. That being said, we always welcome questions and suggestions for improvements.
We believe strongly that having a positive farm job experience depends a lot on finding the right place and likewise for a farm to find the right person. It is important for a prospective employee to understand what they want to get out of a farm job and make sure the farm they choose will fit those goals. With all the very different farms and farmers out there, a thorough search and awareness of goals will hopefully give you a good chance of finding a situation that will work well for everyone.
We are not accepting interns or apprentices this year.