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Harvest & Market Assistant at Wild Hope Farm - 13998

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Harvest & Market Assistant
Wild Hope Farm
575 Wild Hope Farm Rd
29706 Chester , SC ,
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Job Description: 

Wild Hope Farm is a certified organic farm in Chester, SC, specializing in vegetable and flower production. The 220 acre property consists of 12 acres in cultivation, greenhouses, walking trails, a 10-acre pond, and diversified natural areas. Our produce is sold through a 300-400 person CSA farm share, to local food hubs and chefs, and at two farmers markets in the greater Charlotte area (Uptown and Matthews Farmers Markets). We also host complementary on-farm events including retreats, farm-to-table dinners, and educational workshops to cultivate community and encourage people to learn about our farming practices.

We are looking for a proactive individual with some prior experience in production farming and an ability to work independently as well as with the crew. As the Harvest & Market Assistant at Wild Hope, you are an integral member of our team of 10-15 employees. Your ability to keep the farm organized, moving efficiently, and prepared for future tasks, is critical to the overall success of our operation. Over the course of the season, you will be exposed to all aspects of our farm and deepen your knowledge of our regenerative organic farming methods including: CSA planning, produce harvest and post-harvest techniques, transplanting, cultivation, cover cropping, flower production, soil health improvement strategies, customer interfacing and small farm marketing.

During your time at Wild Hope Farm, you will work directly under our Harvest Manager, Mary Stone.

The harvest & market assistant is responsible for handling finished produce from the field to customer boxes or farmers market booths. This person assists with the daily harvest and pack, and oversees our booths at the Uptown and Matthews Farmers Markets. During non harvesting times, this person helps to plan and organize for future harvests or join in with the crew in planting and weeding operations.

Provided fresh produce from the farm
Great learning opportunity working with a small crew running a production farm
Nearby (on the other side of the farm but driving is required) housing is available for this position. Option to either pay rent $300-400/mo or do a work trade mowing/maintaining in exchange for rent. Pets are not allowed.

Mid-March through early December 2022
The work at Wild Hope Farm is seasonal and the length of the workday varies within the busy season. The pay for agricultural work at Wild Hope Farm is exempt from overtime pay. Employees work approximately 40-45 hrs/wk. The expectation is that the work day or week will last until the job is finished. There will occasionally be meetings and miscellaneous tasks that need to get done after the work day is over.
Tues - Sat 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM during the week, 5 AM - 2 PM for market (45 min lunch break)

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Help with daily harvest, washing, and packing operations
Pack CSA shares according to plan
Sort and grade produce
Keep the wash house clean and organized
Coordinate the crew doing pack shed activities
Restock packing materials & communicate with the harvest manager when additional supplies are needed
Manage cooler inventory
Maintain safe storage of cooler inventory
Coordinate use of farm crew as needed

With an expanding CSA program and busy market booth, the farmers markets are a significant sales channel for the farm. The harvest/market assistant is responsible for all aspects of running our booth at the farmers market and CSA drop-off from late April through November.
Lead the planning, preparing and packing for the Farmers Market on Fridays
Set-up and break-down of the market booth on Saturday
Record keeping of market sales using the Square App
Saturday recap to team of market sales
Strategizing on quantities / varieties to bring to market and other ideas for increasing market sales

Seeding, transplanting, weeding, thinning and other field work

Education & Experience: 

At least 1 season harvesting at an outdoor vegetable farm (CSA farm experience preferred)
Personable, able to interact with all types of customers and patient when dealing with difficult customers
Solid understanding of harvest methods for all types of vegetables
Knowledge of vegetable storage methods and requirements
Knowledge of food safety standards
Ability to identify all types of vegetables
Ability to sort/grade produce for quality
Excellent organizational and communication skills
Ability to efficiently motivate and direct people during harvest and packing operations
Ability to bend, kneel, and lift frequently

Application Instructions: 

After you have read this description in its entirety, please send us one email only to with:
- Subject line: Harvest & Market Assistant Application, (Your Name)
- Cover letter detailing your interest in our program
- Responses to the questionnaire below
- Resume
- Three references, work- or farm-related, with current phone numbers

If your qualifications meet our standards we will contact you to schedule an interview. Unfortunately we cannot reply to all applicants.

- Why are you interested in Wild Hope Farm?
- What previous experience are you bringing to this position and what do you feel you have to offer?
- What practical skills do you hope to acquire?
- What are your personal goals related to farming?
- Do you have any experience with communal living? Please describe.
- Do you have any prior injuries to back, knees, etc. that might limit your ability to do farm work?
- Do you have any allergies, food restrictions, or other physical limitations that might affect your ability to live in a rural setting and do farm work?
- Please tell us something interesting about yourself (hobbies, obsessions, talents, etc.)

If you are considered for the position, we require a 1-2 day working interview on the farm.

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