ABOUT OUR FARM:
Riverstone Organic Farm is a 14-acre certified organic farm specializing in vegetables, herbs, and micro greens. We sell locally at two farmers markets, our CSA, our on-farm store, and to local natural food stores and restaurants. We grow through the winter in six unheated high tunnels.
Our mission is to grow the best tasting, most nutritious fresh produce for our community using practices that maintain the biological integrity and natural beauty of the land. Our farm system incorporates intensive use of cover crops, compost, and crop rotation in tandem with vegetated buffers and set-aside wetlands to protect soil and water quality.
We believe farming should be a meaningful, intellectually stimulating, and physically and emotionally sustainable livelihood. Our work culture, communication, and systems are designed with respect for each individual's unique strengths and ability to learn and thrive. We have a core team of experienced, passionate, caring farmers eager to welcome new team members and share their knowledge.
We are hiring passionate, energetic, hard-working people for full and part-time positions to join our farm team for the 2021 season. New employees will be joining a seasoned team of farmers dedicated to growing beautiful vegetables, constant improvement, and enjoying the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains we are lucky enough to call home. Trust, respect, and open communication are the backbone of our success, and all new employees must embrace these values wholeheartedly.
Our farm team works Monday through Friday, 40 - 45 hours per week. We aim to adhere to a consistent start and end time, though there are occasional instances when we must stay longer to finish a task. Full-time employees must also participate in the rotation of weekend greenhouse watering.
Opportunities for full-time work extend from early May through early November. Full-time employees must commit to work until late August at a minimum.
COMPENSATION AND HOUSING:
Starting salary for full-time employees is $11 an hour. Full-time employees accrue paid time off.
Employees are provided housing in “the Village” at our farm, which consists of four small one-room cabins and two campers nestled in the woods above the farm. Residents of the cabins share two common bathrooms, a fully equipped cabin, WiFi, and washer and dryer. Employees have access to farm produce for personal use, and receive a 20% discount at our on-farm store.
Our farm is a beautiful place to work and live. We love lounging by the river that borders our fields. A two-mile hiking trail skirts the river and traverses the wooded ridge behind the village. We share our little valley with the Josephine Porter Institute for Biodynamics and the Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary. Downtown Floyd, only 8 miles from the farm, is a regional hotspot for folk music, and offers several nice restaurants, a brewery, a nationally-recognized coffee roastery, and a natural food store. We are a stone's-throw from the Blue Ridge Parkway and a 45-minute drive from both the university town of Blacksburg and the mid-sized city of Roanoke.
Full-time employees will accomplish a wide-array of tasks involved in growing organic produce, including transplanting, trellising, weeding, harvesting, washing, and packing. Many tasks involve the use of specialized vegetable production equipment, like tractor-pulled planters, cultivators, and bed shapers, as well as machines for efficient harvesting and washing. New employees will have the opportunity to learn from returning farm crew members about more advanced skills like irrigation, pest management, and soil fertility. Those who express an interest and have modeled a mature and safe work ethic may be given the opportunity to operate tractors from time to time.
Vegetable farming is physically and mentally challenging. Applicants should be comfortable working with their bodies outdoors for long hours in all weather conditions. They must have an attention to detail, a commitment to high-quality work, and an openness to seeking clarification and receiving feedback. Previous experience working in the outdoors in agriculture or a related field is preferred but not required.
Email your resume and cover letter describing why you think you would be a good fit for our farm to firstname.lastname@example.org