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LIVE AND WORK ON PESTICIDE-FREE FRUIT/VEGETABLE FARM at Licking Creek Bend Farm - 5787

Job Title: 
LIVE AND WORK ON PESTICIDE-FREE FRUIT/VEGETABLE FARM
Licking Creek Bend Farm
928 Donahoe Lane
Needmore, PA 17238
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

The Licking Creek Bend Farm is a worker-run farm. Great opportunity to learn basics of raising sustainably-grown produce in PA's Allegheny Mountains. 2-hours from Washington/Baltimore. Beautiful farm in a valley - swimmable creek. Free WiFi. Our 46-year philosophy-to sell healthily grown food at affordable prices to farmers markets, co-ops, CSAs and universities in the DC/Baltimore area. Our farm practices are Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) which exceed USDA organic standards. We sell at several markets, universities and co-ops.

COMPENSATION:
PAID: Salary - $500-1500/month (based on experience/time commitment). Plus (your own) room and board. This is a seasonal position from April - November.

ROOM/BOARD: Own room in farm house, vegetarian lifestyle on the farm. We also have one cabin that can house up to 3.

AVAILABILITY: April-November. Minimum 2 months commitment.

Applicants need to be in good physical condition, have a valid driver's license, enjoy working outdoors, and learn chemical-free farming; it's hard but rewarding work. The staff makes decisions together so learning to work as a team is essential. And mostly to be serious about your time commitment. It is very hard to get staff mid-season, so we need folks who understand the rhythm of farming, love the earth and its gifts, can work in harmony as a staff and who are willing to stick to their commitment (barring unforeseen circumstances or the fit turns out not to be right!). We do our best to make the farm experience really rewarding and fun.

We have experienced long-term staff and welcome folks who want to learn farming without chemicals. Staff needs to be in touch with the rhythm of farming, and as a staff learn what needs to be done, determine how the work will get done, talk about how to improve the process and provide input in all aspects of the farm operation.

EXPECT TO LEARN: all the basics of starting and running a pesticide-free farm including: starting seeds, greenhouse production, planting, fertilization, drip irrigation, high tunnel growing, "no-till organic" and cultivation.

Our staff run several farm markets and we offer a 60 family CSA. Each staff person takes turns working at our farm markets and preparing the CSA shares. Philosophically, the farm supports a policy of growing food sustainably and pricing it affordably in mixed income neighborhoods since 1972.

Check out these two videos that offer a look at our farm and practices.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCrTW9DXeIg&feature=em-upload_owner
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TsdjXunLt4

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Our staff run several farm markets and we offer a 60 family CSA. During the week, each staff person takes turns working at our farm markets and preparing the CSA shares. the rest of the week, is devoted to planting, nurturing and harvesting. Philosophically, the farm supports a policy of growing food sustainably and pricing it affordably in mixed income neighborhoods since 1972.

Education & Experience: 

Applicants need to be US citizens or have valid work visa, be in good physical condition, have a valid driver's license, enjoy working outdoors, and want to learn chemical-free farming; it's hard but rewarding work. The staff makes decisions together so learning to work as a team is essential. And mostly to be serious about your time commitment. It is very hard to get staff mid-season, so we need folks who understand the rhythm of farming, love the earth and its gifts, can work in harmony as a staff and who are willing to stick to their commitment (barring unforeseen circumstances or the fit turns out not to be right!). We do our best to make the farm experience really rewarding and fun.

Application Instructions: 

Contact us by email, tell us about yourself and why you want to work on our farm. Include a resume. esiegel2@igc.org

Job Categories: 
Farming/Agriculture