Forts Ferry Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
185 Forts Ferry Road
Latham, New York, 12110

Primary Contact: Shannon Barraclough
Secondary Contact: Ivana Zivokovic

Primary Phone:
    Number: 5187853276

Secondary Phone
    Number: 5187853276




Internship information
General Farm Description: Forts Ferry Farm is a unique outpost in the Capital Region that offers heirloom produce, naturally leavened breads, thoughtfully curated goods and fulfilling experiences. This company was created to cultivate a greater sense of community through a common love of food, fun, and living well. We are a small team of creative individuals who are driven by a love of food and hospitality. We believe in the power of food and its ability to unite. We grow over 200 varieties of heirloom vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers on three acres of land. We work closely with our kitchen and retail team to select varieties and create offerings to be sold on our website and at our farmstand. In addition to produce, we run an expanding livestock operation on the farm that currently includes a flock of laying hens and one steer. We use a combination of hand-scale bed preparation and tractor implements to work efficiently while maintaining and building healthy soil.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: May 2022
Internship Ends: September 2022
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: February 2022
Minimum Length of Stay: n/a

Internship Details:

Crop production is the heartbeat of our operation and we’re looking for a team member to join our farm crew who is passionate about growing diverse vegetables using low-till and sustainable practices. During the growing season, the farm crew works together on all aspects of production.

Daily tasks include seeding, transplanting, bed preparation, pest and disease management, greenhouse management, weeding, harvesting, pruning, and wash/pack. We encourage collaboration and welcome ideas and projects from all members of our team. The farm crew works directly with the farm manager and head of agriculture to accomplish daily and weekly tasks, meet production goals, and ensure healthy crops and land.

As a team, we are focused on working efficiently with great attention to detail. This position is full time, from Early May to the End of September with the possibility of earlier and later work for the right candidate. We value balancing fun with a hard day’s work and offer 40 hour work weeks (more if desired) with 2 days off.

What You Must Bring to This Role:
-At least 1 full season working on a diverse vegetable farm
-Ability to lift 50 lbs
-Comfort working in all weather conditions
-Reliable transportation to the farm
-Desire to work efficiently, openly communicate, and maintain a positive attitude
-Ability to work within the safety guidelines as laid out by management (FFF specific, Corona specific, GAP, and FSMA)
-Safely use and/or maintain all farm tools and equipment (ie. Rainflo 2400 bed shaper, Jang Seeder, Rimol Nor’Easter Greenhouses, Advancing Alternatives controls, and irrigation systems)
-Great attention to detail and deep care for the land
-Formal education and/or related skills a plus
-Passion and desire to pursue a career in agriculture

Values :
-The Collective | Ubuntu – “I am because we are” Ubuntu – The Goose Story
-The Self – How we work What Breaking the 4-minute Mile Taught Us About the Limits of Conventional Thinking
“Balls to The Wall & Fun As Hell”

Compensation, Benefits & Fun Stuff :
-Employees get to reap the fruits of their labor and enjoy seasonal produce and baked goods
-Taste test delicious and exciting new foods as we work to expand our offerings
-25% discount on any purchase at the Forts Ferry Farm Market
-Paid Time Off and company observed holidays for full-time, non-seasonal employees
-Comprehensive medical benefits for full-time, non-seasonal employees

The duties and responsibilities, qualifications, physical conditions and other statements contained herein represent the current general nature of the job described, and are subject to change at any time, with or without notice. This job description does not limit in any way the assignments given to an employee in this role. Employees are expected to perform any and all duties (compliant, legal & ethical) assigned by the Company leadership, collaboratively and with the best intention of the customer and company.

Educational Opportunities: n/a

Skills Desired: Please see Description

Meals: No, but samples and complimentary produce IS provided

Stipend: $15 hourly DOE

Housing: No

Preferred method of Contact: Email