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Small Farm, Inc. - Seeking Assistant Grower

We are hiring an Assistant Grower to join our team at Small Farm. Position will be open until we find a good fit! Job description is below.

Elena and Karl run a 5-acre vegetable, flower, and berry farm on leased land in Stow, MA (45 min from Somerville, 30 min from Waltham & Worcester, <15 min from Acton, Framingham, and Hudson). We are working toward organic certification in Feb 2021. For our third year in business we will grow for a 25 member May CSA, 80 member June-October CSA, 55 member November-December CSA, roadside farm stand, 1 farmers’ market, and a busy Pick-Your-Own flower field. 2019 was full of infrastructure investments (new well, walk-in cooler, greenhouse, high tunnel); 2020 will be focused on soil health (organic matter and fertility), reducing our tillage (adding silage tarps and more mulch to our systems), and learning about high tunnel production (tomatoes and winter greens). The farm vibe we strive for is: transparent, organized, quick-paced, budget-driven, open to new ideas, supportive, and adaptive.

Position is March-December (all roughly 8-hour days):

3-4 days week March and April (some weekend days)
5 days/week in May (some weekend days)
5 days/week June-September, Monday-Friday, including Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
5 days/week October (some weekend days)
2 days/week November-December, or 4 days/week November
The Assistant Grower will help with most aspects of field, greenhouse, and high tunnel production, including but not limited to seeding, bed preparation and farm maintenance with a tractor, transplanting, irrigating, harvesting, postharvest washing and packaging, and setting up the farm stand. Work will be done individually, with work shares, or with 1-3 other staff. The Assistant Grower will also staff 1 farmers’ market/week June-September and run 1 day of CSA distribution at the farm stand. Some high tunnel and farm stand construction may also be required, no experience necessary. Full explanations of how and why we do what we do will be provided.

**If you’re excited about this position but have a scheduling conflict, ask us where we can be flexible!**

Compensation & Benefits:

Season starts at $14 or $14.50, depending on experience
Spring, Summer, and Fall CSA shares and 25% discount on local foods in farm stand (ie: organic fruit, honey)
5 days paid vacation to be taken June – October
Paid attendance at 3 CRAFT workshops of your choosing, however other than these from June-October you will be working during CRAFT meetings
Unfortunately, no housing is available. Hudson, Marlborough, Acton, Framingham and Maynard are nearby towns that often have reasonably priced apartments.

**Potential for winter hours and significant position growth in 2021**

To apply please send a resume with relevant experience and a paragraph explaining why you’re interested in the position to: Elena and Karl farmer@small-farm.com
Direct any questions about the position to farmer@small-farm.com
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Elena Colman | Farmer@small-farm.com

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