Moon Hollow Ranch is seeking a full-time Farmer to join our growing organic farm on a long-term basis. You would be working on a scenic property near the town of Sonoma that is being developed into a world class estate. We are seeking a very detail oriented, hard worker with the ability to work independently. We continue to develop our year-round production garden and will be focusing on the expansion of this garden, which includes herbs, flowers, heirloom fruit trees, berries, hops, and an olive oil production orchard. The ranch also raises Babydoll Southdown Sheep, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Kunekune pigs and heritage breed poultry. Our products primarily supply a restaurant in San Francisco, but moving forward we hope to participate in a local farmer’s market.
Under direct supervision of the Gardens & Livestock Manager, this position will primarily focus on the continued development, planting and maintenance of new beds for our production garden using organic and biointensive methods, recordkeeping, pruning, weeding, amending, and harvesting.
$18 - $25 per hour depending on experience. Benefits include QSEHRA - a program providing tax-free reimbursement of health insurance premiums and qualifying medical expenses (proof of health insurance required), 401k with 4% matching, paid 30 minute lunch break, 10 vacation days, 9 sick leave days and 8 paid federal holidays annually. We regret that no housing is available with this position.
The major responsibilities of the position may include, but are not limited to:
Creation of new planting beds being established in rocky, volcanic soil
Seed starting, transplanting, cultivating, weeding, watering, managing pests
Installing and maintaining irrigation
Harvesting, washing, processing and packaging produce for delivery to restaurants and in the future, local farmer’s markets
Maintain inventory of seeds, materials and inputs, allowing ample time to reorder as needed
Develop and update an annual crop plan with Gardens & Livestock Manager
Assist in applying for CPC (Certified Producers Certificate), helping to develop and document policies and procedures that bring the farm into compliance with the California Small Farm Food Safety Guidelines
Compost production and maintenance
Additional tasks may include assisting the team with routine livestock tasks such as trimming hooves, shearing, administering medication as needed, milking goats, bee keeping, noxious and invasive plant management, etc.
Past experience cultivating vegetables and/or orchard fruit
Strong attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks to completion
Valid California Driver's license and clean driving record
Full background security check
Ability to lift and carry 50+ lbs
Ability to work outside year-round, including in inclement weather with exposure to poison oak and rattlesnakes
Ability to use equipment and power tools safely, taking extremely good care of all ranch equipment
Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality and privacy
Good time management skills and ability to make efficient use of time
Good communication skills, computer literate and experience with google docs a plus.
To be considered for a position, please include a cover letter mentioning the position you are applying for and why you feel you'd be a good fit for our team, a resume detailing your past work experience and three references. Email to: email@example.com