Are you looking to work on a great farm with lots of opportunities to learn?
Join Hartwood Farm for a fun season!
We usually hire 2 to 4 employees per season - we are currently full for 2019, but let us know if you want to be considered for joining us in fall 2019 or summer 2020.
The scoop is that we are a 70-acre diversified produce farm near Syracuse in Chittenango, NY. We grow over 50 different vegetable crops on four acres, using a mix of hand tools and tractor implements, for 175 CSA shares, a weekly farmers market, and two winter markets. We also have a high tunnel, a heated greenhouse, a handful of pigs, a woodlot, and hayfields.
This position works in all aspects of the farm, including seed starting, transplanting, weeding, field prep, irrigation, harvesting, packing shares, marketing/record-keeping, and attending markets.
Season runs late April through October-ish (we have some flexibility on start/end dates to work with your schedule, though applicants ideally have availability in May).
Most weeks are 40 hours (weather depending), Monday through Friday with occasional Saturday farmers markets. For highly qualified applicants, scheduling can be part-time or more flexible. We especially need help during the day on weekdays, and can set up hours that have you home for the bus!
Compensation is $11.25/hour or more depending on experience, plus vegetables from the farm. We also have plenty of pasture/field space and woods for your own animals/projects (and well-behaved dogs are welcome).
Applicants should feel comfortable working in all kinds of weather, with the public, have a valid driver’s license, and be able to lift 50 pounds.
Ideal candidates have a full season or more of farming experience, though other fast paced or manual labor experience can substitute.
Harvest speed is a super-huge component of the position—candidates will be expected to meet certain speed metrics after training, while maintaining consistent harvest quality.
Employees are responsible for own housing and transportation.
Bi-lingual always a plus.
We are committed to helping teach the next generation of farmers the technical skills needed to be successful growers, and there is considerable hands-on learning and opportunities to visit other farms. We’ve been farming since 1998, but only started this farm in 2012, so working with us is an interesting (and hopefully fun!) mix of experienced growers dealing with the ups and downs of bringing new land into production.