Farmers-in-Training works primarily in our certified organic garden and with farm livestock. Produce + proteins are distributed to our culinary department, to our CSA, sold on-site in our Farmstand, and off-site at farmers’ markets, food hubs, restaurants, and local food access organizations and food banks. The farm is a resource for farm-based educational programs. Farming techniques demonstrate sustainable soil management and careful water use and support beneficial insects and pollinators, local bird populations, and wildlife habitats. Our livestock is pasture-based and rotated regularly on our fields. We practice the highest animal ethics and livestock treatment.
Farmers-in-Training learn all aspects of running a market farm including basic accounting, time management, customer interaction to generate sales, food safety, and includes livestock and poultry processing.
This program often has opportunities for field trips to other farms, and learning skills such as beekeeping, wine-making and more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for anyone interested in farming!
Aiding in the maintenance of crops; planting, transplanting, mulching, weeding, composting, soil management, crop rotation, tillage, seed-saving, pest and disease control, fertilizing, harvesting, irrigation, construction of trellising, cover cropping, high tunnel crop production
Assisting in recordkeeping to maintain compliance with organic certification including all production, harvest, and sales logs
Attend farmers markets and CSA distribution
Operate agricultural equipment in the field
Livestock management and care
Aid in the execution of educational programming or tours for the public of the vegetable or livestock production areas
Some experience working on a farm; a genuine curiosity to learn more about sustainable agriculture
Consistent attention to detail and positive attitude
Ability to stay organized while juggling multiple projects simultaneously
Be able to take direction and ask for clarification if needed
Must adhere to safety protocols at all times
Ability to work hard; standing, sitting, bending over or kneeling: to lift, push and pull heavy objects, up to 50lbs
Ability to thrive under challenging conditions and be flexible and respond to changes that arise due to schedule change or adverse weather conditions
Self-motivated; able to meet goals independently
An ability to work as a team player
A passion for food, outdoor education, and healthy eating
A willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions
Ability to lift 50 pounds
Flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor
Apply on our website at https://carnationfarms.org/growing-farmers/apply-to-growing-farmers-2/ by February 4th, 2022