Experienced grower – Tumbling Shoals Farm
Last Updated On: noviembre 29th, 2023 at 08:59AM MST
Contact informationFarm Address:
841 Sand Ridge Rd
Millers Creek, North Carolina, 28651
Primary Contact: Jason Roehrig
Secondary Contact: Shiloh Avery
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Diversified organic vegetable farm in the beautiful foothills of northwestern NC: Tumbling Shoals Farm Overview: • Entering our 17th season • 2.7 acres under production, with ½ of that in protected agriculture-pending expansion happening in 2024 • 4 farmers markets/week • 200-250 member customized CSA • 6 high tunnels • 3 ¼-acre Haygroves • 1 heated production greenhouse • 1 heated propagation greenhouse • 34 hp tractor with implements • Certified organic • 50+ varieties of vegetables
CRAFT Member Farm? Yes
Internship Starts: March 17, April 2 (summer-only positions are also available)
Internship Ends: end of September (flexible)--longer term positions may be available
Number of Internship Available: 5 (of 9)
Application Deadline: until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: through commitment
Learn to run a successful organic vegetable farm while earning a living wage. We prioritize work-life balance starting with a 40-hour work week, no work on, paid time off, and a fixed work schedule. Our training program helps employees to build farm skills and to learn principles of efficient farm operation. We maintain a fun, communal work atmosphere and prioritize respect for the people who work at the farm. Positions begin at $15 per hour and include on-farm housing and all the veggies you can eat. Long-term positions are a possibility. Some short-season positions are also available.
Daily activities vary greatly both throughout the day and throughout the season. Positions begin in March, April, May, or June. Early positions begin with a heavy transplanting/seeding schedule, with some cultivation and field preparation. Planting continues in May, but with the addition of a lot of harvesting, washing and packing produce for markets/CSA. We do some mulching, trellising, cultivating, and other general crop care activities. There will be opportunities to learn and do equipment maintenance as well as whole farm management. Experienced growers will be responsible for certain aspects of the farm such as fertilization, planting schedule, irrigation, etc. to be determined based on comfort, experience, and desire. Full job description at http://www.tumblingshoalsfarm.com/experienced-grower-position.html
Educational Opportunities: Get paid to see and participate in the inside workings of a successful diversified organic vegetable operation first hand. We are very open with information including both the production side and the business side of things. We are CRAFT members in the High Country, which puts on several workshops/tours at other local farms. We have a library on the farm with plenty of both technical and philosophical agricultural books (as well as pleasure reading books). The farmers believe strongly in helping you to understand the "why" of farming in addition to the "how." We answer all questions. Workshops are offered on budgeting for start-up farmers, record keeping, and marketing.
Skills Desired: 24+ months farm experience, 2-3 seasons minimum working on commercial farms. Must have at least 12 months experience harvesting efficiently on a vegetable farm.
Meals: You provide your own meals or coordinate with your fellow "villagers", but there are plenty of free fruits/veggies available for you to eat! We encourage you to harvest and eat whatever you can from the farm's bounty. Occasionally we have farmily "socials" at our house.
Stipend: $15/hr (40 hrs/week with set hours), raises given based on performance
Housing: There is a shared kitchen and 2 bathrooms (shared by up to 4 people), and laundry facilities, plus four small primitive but private sleeping cabins (with electricity). Electricity, water, propane, and laundry facilities are included with the housing.
Preferred method of Contact: email, text, or phone