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Trainee positions available for 2022 season! at Common Roots Farm - 14818

Job Title: 
Trainee positions available for 2022 season!
Common Roots Farm
301 Golf Club Drive
95060 Santa Cruz , CA
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Part-Time
Job Description: 

At Common Roots Farm, people with and without disabilities can participate on our urban farm, taking care of plants and animals, and creating friendships with one another that sustain everyone. We grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers while providing farm skills training to interns and volunteers, environmental and gardening education, and micro-enterprise opportunities on approximately four acres in the heart of Santa Cruz, CA.

Common Roots Farm has openings for two live-in volunteers (trainees) for a minimum commitment of six months between May-November, for our 2022 season. Our trainees receive training and hands-on experience in small scale market farming, a small stipend, fresh eggs and produce, and simple accommodations during the farming season.

Trainees must be able to: work outdoors doing physical tasks, desire to be part of a farming team but also ok doing solo tasks, adhere to Covid safety protocols, and want to learn many aspects of our farming operation. Tasks can include plant propagation, bed prep, greenhouse care, planting, weeding, harvesting, packing and washing produce, chicken care, sheep care, egg collecting, and other tasks. Opportunities also exist for partner farming alongside farmers with disabilities. Trainees will be working closely with our farm volunteers once they are trained up.

*Intro to Farming and Farming Methods at Common Roots Farm*
Our farm is a low-till market-garden growing an acre of mixed vegetables, fruits, and flowers. We do intensive plantings (more plants in each row), succession plantings (following one crop with another in the same bed), and use hand tools. We don’t use a tractor in our field, although we do have a walk-behind tractor. We purposely chose to use more hand tools to create a more intimate experience with food and flower production, while also more easily including people of varying abilities in the farming process. Plus, we firmly believe hand tools are better for the soil, too.

A big part of our farm culture is welcoming people with disabilities, particularly developmental disabilities. We accomplish this in two ways: designing for universal access in as many areas of the farm as possible (such as our wheelchair accessible greenhouse, raised bed area and perimeter farm path), and by cultivating a culture of inclusion. We are a production farm working to make our farm environment and the experience of farming accessible to people of all abilities.

Our farm has a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that has 50+ customers and runs from mid May to mid October. We also grow a variety of crops to be made into hot sauces, jams, shrubs, and other products. We do pop ups in the community at various locations and are working towards an on-site retail pop up. We also donate any excess produce to organizations in town. Trainees will be involved in harvesting and packing for each of these outlets.

*What to expect*
-Trainees will be directed by one of our farm team members and the day’s priorities are determined by our Farm Manager. Farm work is very physically demanding and opportunities can involve all aspects of our farm’s production.
-Trainees can expect to participate 5-7 hours per day on most days. Longer days are expected during peak summer months and typically taper off as the season progresses.
-Trainees can expect to learn most from the experience of working directly on the farm: learning by doing.We will be teaching you our system of farming over the course of the season. Long hours in the field provide the perfect opportunity to see first hand what works and what doesn’t, as well as offering opportunities to discuss why.
-Trainees 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.
-There are opportunities for animal care as we have about 40 laying hens and 6 Southdown babydoll sheep.
-Everyone who volunteers at Common Roots farm is expected to follow the farm’s COVID safety protocols which currently include providing proof of vaccination and booster, wearing a mask while in proximity to others, maintaining six feet from others when possible, frequent hand washing, and reporting of any covid-like symptoms to the farm manager immediately. We work with individuals at higher risk for COVID-19 and being vigilant and responsible is of the utmost importance.

*Desired Qualities*
-Connect with our social mission and have a sense of adventure.
-Strong interest in learning about market gardening, sustainable agriculture and farm management.
-Able to work Independently and with a flexible, self starter attitude.
-Able to work collaboratively with others while taking direction on how to perform specific tasks. We are looking for people who are organized, curious, personable, conscientious and very motivated.
-Prior farming/gardening experience is desired but not required.
-Applicants should be able to work hard and efficiently in all weather, do heavy lifting (up to 50 pounds), repetitive grasping, 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.
-Comfortable living in simple accommodations.
-Must be at least 18 years of age with the ability to work outside performing manual labor.

*Application Process*
-Complete the questionnaire below and submit the form.
-Participate in an interview, either in person or virtual, if requested.
-Potential for second interview.
-Interviewees will be notified of the decision via email or phone.

*Accommodations*
Our trainees will be accommodated in the furnished tiny house or trailer on the property which include a shower, toilet, and very small kitchen. A refrigerator and freezer are available for food storage. A BBQ and ample outdoor patio and picnic tables are available. Internet access is also available. Photos of the accommodations can be provided once a candidate is selected for an interview. Many farm photos are available on our website, FB and Instagram.

*Stipend*
$650 monthly stipend
Eggs and produce from the farm also available

Duties & Responsibilities: 

-Trainees will be directed by one of our farm team members and the day’s priorities are determined by our Farm Manager. Farm work is very physically demanding and opportunities can involve all aspects of our farm’s production.
-Trainees can expect to participate 5-7 hours per day on most days. Longer days are expected during peak summer months and typically taper off as the season progresses.
-Trainees can expect to learn most from the experience of working directly on the farm: learning by doing.We will be teaching you our system of farming over the course of the season. Long hours in the field provide the perfect opportunity to see first hand what works and what doesn’t, as well as offering opportunities to discuss why.
-Trainees 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.
-There are opportunities for animal care as we have about 40 laying hens and 6 Southdown babydoll sheep.
-Everyone who volunteers at Common Roots farm is expected to follow the farm’s COVID safety protocols which currently include providing proof of vaccination and booster, wearing a mask while in proximity to others, maintaining six feet from others when possible, frequent hand washing, and reporting of any covid-like symptoms to the farm manager immediately. We work with individuals at higher risk for COVID-19 and being vigilant and responsible is of the utmost importance.

Education & Experience: 

Prior farming/gardening experience is desired but not required.

Application Instructions: 

Please fill out our application here: https://forms.gle/AqnEjvRrPqU9AbLAA

*Application Process*
-Complete the application above and submit the form.
-Participate in an interview, either in person or virtual, if requested.
-Potential for second interview.
-Interviewees will be notified of the decision via email or phone.

Job Categories: 
Farming/Agriculture