Assistant Farmer/Future Farm Manager

    • Internship/Fellowship
  • Goshen, IN
  • $10 per hour
  • Posted 5 months ago

Rise Up Farms

Description

We are looking for someone to assist with and eventually manage our small-scale, sustainable vegetable farm in Elkhart, IN. Rise Up Farms is entering its 6th season producing healthy food for the local community. We distribute most of our produce through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project, allowing eaters of food to gain a direct connection to their farm. Our farming practices are inspired by the principals of ecology and permaculture. We work to improve the health of our soil using biological sources of fertility, and create an agricultural ecosystem that is stable, self-sustaining and chemical free. Our produce is certified naturally grown, and we use 100% organic farming practices.

We are seeking a dedicated individual who can work part-time as Assistant Farmer in the 2015 season, and who would be interested in taking on the role of Farm Manager for themselves in 2016. The assistant farmer will support the current farm manager in all aspects of the farming operation. They will plant, tend and harvest crops, and help distribute food to CSA members and at local farmers markets. The work will be outdoors, and work will go forward in all kinds of weather. The assistant farmer will work alongside the farm manager and CSA members taking part in our work share program. Assuming good performance, the Assistant Farmer will have the opportunity to become farm manager (a full time position) in the 2016 season.

The Assistant Farmer position is part time, and will require 20 hours of work per week. Ideally, work would begin in the 1st week of May and continue through the 3rd week of September. Accommodations can be made to fit applicants’ schedules.


Qualifications

  • Good at working with others
  • Passionate about sustainable agriculture and healthy food
  • Comfortable interacting with the community
  • Willing to work outdoors in all weather
  • Able to work quickly
  • Comfortable lifting 30+ pounds
  • Responsible and self-guided
  • Able to begin in May and continue through the end of September (subject to negotiation) Farm experience is a plus, but anyone with gardening experience is encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to riseupfarms@gmail.com or Rise Up Farms 22600 State Road 120 Elkhart, IN 46517. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Alex Smith, Rise Up Farms manager, at 574-214-5626 or riseupfarms@gmail.com