Farm Help Wanted for 2015

We are in the process of recruiting farm help for 2015. Please do  pass this on to your “people”, and keep this opportunity in mind for the right candidate. (Maybe the right candidate is YOU!)

~Chris Swier, Swier Family Farm, tel#989-382-5436

Farm Help Wanted For the 2015 Growing Season

approximately 24 hours per week

Tuesday, Thursday, Plus One More Day: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

pay negotiable, farm food bonuses

Position Description: (May through September) Assistance with greenhouse seeding and plant care, transplanting, cultivation, irrigation, foliar feeding, tomato trellising, soil amendment, hoophouse crops and more. All aspects of growing and harvesting diverse crops. Plus preparation of CSA shares.

Position Requirements:  Non-smoker. 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 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, 7am-4pm). 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 similar.

All inquiries are welcome!

Here’s a little photo narrative as well:

sorting of harvested crops, including flowers, and dividing amongst CSA share crates

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Janek & I, 2013. Filling your crates. Locricchio_Farm_7

csa crate in july

washing, cooling of crops on harvest days – you’ll be wet!

Washing harvested vegetables and greens

Janek & I, 2013 prep-ing produce for your CSA crates

July 2014, "tanking" of produce

Kate Sept. 2014

rain suit to the rescue

sorting and bunching of harvested greens

Ryan, Chris and Ben bagging produce on a harvest day

hands-n-knees weeding, pretty similar to hands-n-knees planting and harvesting too

sometimes hands-n-knees

more weeding

Janek weeding, 2013

always weeding!

jack weeding NRCS april 2013

these are crates of food we just finished harvesting from field, towed in on a trailer, ready to prep for CSA shares

crates harvested from field - late June 2012

this is what we need by 4:00 on harvest days

loaded in van, ready to roll

I will also need help with maintenance and harvesting of mushrooms

shiitakes blooming on logs - July 2012

the weather easily goes from this

Kathryn and Ryan on their way for a water break

to this

Janek Nov 2013

some more harvesting

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if interested, please contact:

~Chris Swier, Swier Family Farm, tel#989-382-5436

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