We are in the process of recruiting farm help for 2013. Please do pass this on to your “people” and keep this opportunity in mind for the right candidate. (Maybe the right candidate is YOU!) We are casting the search web as far and wide as possible!
~Chris Swier, Swier Family Farm, tel#989-382-5436
Farm Help Wanted For the 2013 Growing Season
(there is much flexibility in much of this, as long as we all meet our needs)
approximately 24 hours per week
Tuesday, Thursday, Plus One More Day: 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
pay negotiable, farm food bonuses
Position Description: Assistance with greenhouse seeding and plant care, transplanting, cultivation, irrigation, foliar feeding, tomato trellising, high-tunnel crops, and more. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 18 weeks, all aspects of harvesting diverse crops, by hand and back, and preparation of CSA shares.
Position Requirements: All-weather, outdoor, physical work experience preferred. Strong physical and emotional stamina. Ability to lift 50 lbs., again and again, throughout the day. Passion for, and willingness to plunge into, every effort of small, family-scaled, hands-knees-and-back growing of food for sale.
I thought that a short narrative and some photos might help illuminate what you might be getting into. May tends toward greenhouse work and transplanting out. Greenhouse work includes: seeding, watering, and jumping-up of starts; preparation of soil mixes; foliar feeding of young starts. We transplant out to the field by hand, on hands-and-knees. We immediately place irrigation drip tape (in case water is needed in the next few days, it’s there already!). June continues with transplanting out. Weeding starts! We weed with hand tools, by hand, and with tractor cultivation – just depends on which crop, which garden, how bad the weeds are. Harvests start (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Harvest days are quite structured and routine; nice, actually! Pictures and descriptions below. July we continue with garden and crop maintenance, harvests, and transplant out fall oriented crops. August: harvests, irrigation, weeding. September similiar.
All inquiries are welcome!
Here’s a little photo narrative as well:
sorting of harvested crops, including flowers, and dividing amongst CSA share crates
washing, cooling of crops on harvest days – you’ll be wet!
sorting and bunching of harvested greens
hands-n-knees weeding, pretty similiar to hands-n-knees planting and harvesting too
these are crates of food we just finished harvesting from field, towed in on a trailer, ready to prep for CSA shares
this is what we need by 4:15 on harvest days
I will also need help with maintenance and harvesting of mushrooms