Are you looking to work on a great farm with lots of opportunities to learn?
Join Hartwood Farm for a fun season!
(our 2017 positions are currently filled, but we sometimes have openings late in the summer, please contact us if interested)
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 165 CSA shares, a weekly farmers market, and two winter markets. We are Certified Naturally Grown and a NOFA-NY Farmers’ Pledge farm. We also have a high tunnel, a heated greenhouse, 125 laying hens, 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).
- Most weeks are 40 to 50 hours (weather depending), Monday through Friday with occasional Saturday farmers markets. For highly applicants, scheduling can be more flexible.
- Compensation is $9.75/hour or more depending on experience, plus vegetables, eggs, and pork 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.
- 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.