First-Year Farmers are a core element of our 12 person farm crew and they participate in all farm activities from greenhouse work to harvest, delivery, and farmer’s markets. Interns work closely with the farm managers to maintain our complex and dynamic vegetable farm. This includes driving tractors, seeding, transplanting, lots of weeding and other crop care, irrigation, harvest, washing and packing produce, driving deliveries, working farmers markets, and other farm chores.
First-Year work Monday through Friday, 8+ hours per day, and are also responsible for two Saturday farmers markets per month, and occasional irrigation duties after-hours. We average a 40-hour work week over the season, with slightly shorter weeks in spring and fall, and slightly longer weeks at the height of summer.
The vast majority of Mountain Bounty alumni go on to either work at other farms or start their own farms.
First-year farmers who excel in their first season may be offered management positions and permanent employment here at Mountain Bounty.
Compensation:$2350/month, two weeks paid vacation and produce (includes vegetables, and fruit). We have access to two units available for rent off site.
The First-Year Farmer opportunity runs from April4-November 19 2022
Successful candidates have experience with some type of outdoor labor and/or a strong athletic background. We are also looking for people who are serious about farming as a career. This is a top notch training opportunity for someone who is ready to take on the challenge. We are looking for people who are organized, curious, outgoing and personable, wacky and fun, and very motivated.
Applicants should be able to work hard and fast in all weather (it can be cold and wet here in spring and fall, and summer temps are very hot) do heavy lifting, standing, bending, and lots of walking. Although we keep the work varied, farming is inherently challenging. Ideal candidates are committed to the farming lifestyle and all that it entails.
The majority of the educational component comes through the experience of working directly on the farm; learning by doing. Over the years, we have developed a successful system that is also relatively simple and elegant. As an intern you reap the bounty of our many years of learning, passed along over the course of your internship. Interns are gradually given more and more responsibility, to the extent they are individually ready. We believe that being allowed to take charge of something important, and also being allowed to make mistakes, is one of the richest and most effective ways to learn.
First-Year Farmers will also participate in some of the Sierra Harvest Ag Skills classes at other local farms.
Toward the end of the season, we occasionally take field trips to other farms in the area. We love to teach and are stimulated by people who are excited about learning. Long hours in the field provide the perfect opportunity to see what works and what doesn't, as well as plenty of discussion about why.
Subject line: First-Year Farmer Application (Your Name)
Cover letter detailing your interest in the position
Responses to the questionnaire
Three references, work- or farm-related, with current phone numbers