Work For Us in 2022

Read about 2 job positions (farm crew & pack shed manager) that we are currently hiring for below. We will post more positions here as they are available this season, and ask all passionate humans interested in committing to our farm for the season to reach out via email! commonhandsfarm@gmail.com

ABOUT US:

Common Hands Farm, a biodynamic vegetable farm outside of Philmont NY, is looking to hire new crew members to join our farm beginning in April, through November, for full-time work. We are a family owned farm, always working on building our community, through our farm crew, our CSA, our customers at the markets, our volunteer and donation programs. Community is really important to us, as is food access!

This is our eleventh year of production and we grow over 150 crop varieties and attend 4 local farmers markets, have a large CSA, and work with many restaurant and wholesale outlets. Through the labor that we share on our farm, new farmers can learn about vegetable production farming , soil and plant growth, holistic farm management, greenhouse skills, regenerative agriculture basics, and attend farmers markets. We also have a value-added food enterprise in which we make and sell sauces, ferments, dressings, and other tasty things with our crops to preserve our bounty.

Everything we grow is organically grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, etc. We make our own compost.

FARM CREW JOB POSITION

DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:

Greenhouse planting, transplanting in the fields, weeding, cultivating, watering in the greenhouse, helping move irrigation, harvesting, processing vegetables and herbs are some of the main tasks, but the farm is ever changing. We love when employees are interested in working our farmers markets as well. Our farmers markets are Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays weekly through the season.

Reliability, punctuality, and clear communication skills are integral to this job, as well as dedication to the season and the team.

There is a definite path to job promotion for those interested, as they learn on the farm. Pay is negotiable based on experience, usually starting at $13-$15. We have progress reports to assess job performance and will pay more hourly for employees who have experience and desire to self-manage and stay self-motivated, taking initiative to manage projects and others. We have management level positions for confident applicants who have experience and encourage experienced farmers to reach out if they’re interested in management.

QUALIFICATIONS:

We prefer that applicants have some prior farming experience even if it is limited. Employees must have the ability to consistently arrive on time and ready to work.

This is a physical job working with the earth, which for many people is a key factor in the work’s enjoyment. Connecting with nature and the earth, learning about plants and soil, and getting in better physical shape are all side effects of this dynamic work.

Working from the beginning of spring through the fall gives employees an ever-changing variety of tasks and projects to tackle, learn through, and engage with. The farm changes with the season and our work load is not always the same. People with a desire to work in an ever changing environment, with an ability to adapt to situations, and who don’t mind working in all types of weather should apply.

When?

Our main work days are Monday-Friday from 7:30AM-5:30PM with an hour lunch. We are also hiring for farmers markets on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Pay?

The pay is negotiable and based on experience. Starting at $15.

To apply:

Please send your resume

and a cover letter outlining:

What leads you to apply for this job? Why does it interest you?

What is your previous farming experience? How did you feel about your involvement with farming?

What are some skills you think you would bring to this job?

What are some setbacks you may have?

Where do you currently live and work? What will your availability be starting April 1?

Are you committed to this job through November?

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you and building our 2022 farm community!

PACK SHED MANAGER

DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:

For this job, organization skills and an ability to multitask are imperative.

The main tasks you will perform are:

-Keeping inventory of our crops in the walk-in cooler, and dry storage shed

-Cleaning and processing crops during our harvests (ex: washing and spinning salad, using the root washer to clean potatoes, washing cucumbers, etc). Attention to detail and staying organized is necessary. You get to be part of the very end of our crops’ lives on the farm, ensuring they look beautiful.

-Packing items for orders and markets. (weighing, counting out, bagging, boxing, and checking off the items as you go, to fulfill wholesale orders and prepare the crops for farmers markets as well)

– Delegating tasks within the pack shed to other employees (telling someone an order to work on filling, a crop to clean or organize, etc)

-Communicating clearly with farm management about needs, quality, and tasks both unfinished and completed

QUALIFICATIONS:

Reliability, ability to self-manage, self-motivation, and attention to detail are MUST HAVES.

We prefer that applicants have some prior farming experience even if it is limited. Employees must have the ability to consistently arrive on time and ready to work.

If you do not have prior farming experience, we can consider other similar jobs as useful. For example, working in a kitchen or other food facility can help with the attention to detail and multi tasking of this job.

Passion about food and the food system are important for this job position.

When?

Monday-Friday from 8:30-3, beginning mid-May.

You can begin working on the farm in April in the greenhouse and fields and transition to pack shed management in May.

Pay?

The pay is negotiable and based on experience. Generally starting at $17-$18 an hour.

To apply:

Please send your resume

and a cover letter outlining:

What leads you to apply for this job? Why does it interest you?

What is your previous experience with food, farming and organization?

What are some skills you think you would bring to this job?

What are some setbacks you may have?

Where do you currently live and work? What will your availabilty through the spring, summer and fall?

Are you committed to this job through November?

How do you handle delegating to others?

How would you rate your attention to detail and ability to multitask? How do you work under pressure and start?

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you and building our 2022 farm community!