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Farm Manager-Organic Produce at Loon Organics Farm - 5079

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Farm Manager-Organic Produce
Loon Organics Farm
23229 200th St.
Hutchinson, MN 55350
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Job Description: 

Loon Organics Farm, a 40-acre certified organic vegetable farm in Hutchinson, MN (70 miles west of Minneapolis) is looking for an energetic, motivated, and hard-working farm manager to round out the 2019 farm team. Ideally this is a minimum two-year position, with management responsibilities depending on previous experience. At least two years of previous experience on a vegetable farm is desired. Position is full-time from April through October. Compensation is $12+/hr, depending on experience, plus ample farm veggies. Housing stipend available.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

• Organization and co-management of farm systems: greenhouse, transplanting, weeding, drip irrigation, harvesting, and recordkeeping associated with the above tasks.
• Managing farm crew in harvesting and production tasks, emphasizing quality and efficiency.
• Limited tractor work and basic mechanical fixes.
• Involvement with CSA and farmers market activities: selling, marketing, display-making, farm tours.
• Hoop house management and season-extension: venting and closing houses, irrigation schedule, harvest, pest and disease monitoring.

Education & Experience: 

Loon Organics is looking for managers-in-training that are self-motivated, organized, good communicators, and have an eye for efficiency and detail to help grow some of the highest quality, organic vegetables around! At least two years of previous production farm experience is preferred, and this position is best suited for those seriously interested in farming as a profession. Loon is a production farm and we have high standards of efficiency and pace, and expect you to be able to step up, move quickly, think ahead, and keep up. This will be a great place for people that want to work hard, learn the business of farming, and have fun in the process.

Employees must have a vehicle, a positive attitude, be physically fit and able to regularly lift 40+ lbs, be interested in working in community with other farm employees, and enjoy working outside in all types of weather and sometimes uncomfortable physical situations.

Educational Component:
Evening educational gatherings with our farm and a neighboring organic veggie farm are available for manager and employees, if interested. Discussion topics are determined in part by each employee’s interests as identified on their “Growing Season Learning Plan”. Topics often covered include financials and budgeting, recordkeeping, organic certification, cover cropping, soil and fertility management, among others. There are ample educational opportunities to visit other local, organic livestock and produce farms.

Starting Pay is $12+/hr, dependent on experience. Housing stipend available. On-farm housing is not provided, but we can help facilitate a housing search. We offer structured learning plans, farm talks with a neighboring organic vegetable farm, and training and support for the right candidate to take on increasing responsibilities in their management role. Meals are on your own or with other farm staff. There is an employee summer kitchen and break room on the farm.

Timeline & Hours:
Full-time work available April through October. Some opportunities for part-time work in the winter months for returning employees. The typical workweek is 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, with an hour break for lunch. A couple Saturdays a month, you would help at Loon’s market stand in Minneapolis. Hours can vary depending on weather, but usually range from 40-48 hours/week. Interest and priority given to candidates that can return to Loon for a second or third season.

Application Instructions: 

To apply, please send a relevant resume and 3 professional references to Laura & Adam at Serious candidates must be able to visit the farm for a working interview.

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