Part-time Farm Hand – Weather Tree Farm
Last Updated On: febrero 1st, 2024 at 08:28AM MST
Contact informationFarm Address:
900 Morman Road
HAMILTON, Ohio, 45013
Primary Contact: Wesley Flach
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Weathertree Farm is a 58 acre farm in southwest Ohio, currently producing mixed vegetables on approximately 1/2 an acre for a 45 member CSA and on-farm weekend market. We utilize beyond organic practices, with a focus on soil health and sustainability. We are a young farm; our first commercial season was 2023. Alongside our commercial market garden, we are investing time and effort into long-term property development, preparing u-pick stands of raspberries, blackberries, and asparagus; and planning agroforestry development of the rest of the (rolling) land. In addition to our fruits and veggies, we raised several pastured pigs each season and have a flock of pasture-raised laying hens.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 4/1/24 flexible by a week or two
Internship Ends: 12/1/24 flexible by a week or two
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: 3/1/24
Minimum Length of Stay: 8 months
As we grow our CSA this year, we are ready to bring on a motivated team member who is eager to learn small-scale farming. We are still on a learning journey as well, constantly experimenting and growing. The fact that we are only a few years into this journey has pros and cons for someone wanting to learn alongside us. On the one hand, you will not be exposed to finely-honed, long-proven systems for horticultural and financial success that you might be exposed to at a more established farm. On the other hand, you will get to be more broadly involved in all the tasks of growing and running a farm than you might be able to at a larger farm. We will likely be more open to your ideas for how to innovate and improve systems. There will be ample room to employ your creativity and problem solving skills to help us develop the farm into the best version of itself. You will get to learn from both our successes and very likely from some failures as well.
This job would be part-time, approximately 20 hours per week. Typical schedule would be half days three days a week, plus a full day of harvesting on Fridays.
Applicants must be ready to:
- Work outside in all sorts of weather conditions
- Lift 50 lbs
- Learn new tasks quickly and pursue them diligently, with a focus on efficiency
- Think critically, notice problems, and take initiative to help the team succeed
- Work well with a team, including pro-active communication, emotional intelligence, and a willingness to extend and receive grace
Educational Opportunities: There is not an established curriculum, and we are also advertising this position as a part-time job within the local community. For the motivated learner, I would meet with them for at least one dedicated hour per week to discuss their learnings and answer questions that are arising. I am a teacher by nature, so every time we are working side-by-side will be an opportunity for learning.
Skills Desired: No specific experience is required but the ideal candidate would have experience working outside for extended periods and doing manual labor, since that is a big part of the job. Preference will be given to candidates that are interested in learning small-scale, organic agriculture and are considering it as a career.
Stipend: Yes, a stipend will be offered equivalent to $17/hour for 20 hours per week = ~$12k
Preferred method of Contact: Email