Seasonal Garden Associate


Contact information
Farm Address:
2812 Grimm Rd
Langley, Washington, 98260

Primary Contact: Carlee Bane
Secondary Contact: Katherine Proulx

Primary Phone:
    Type:
Cell
    Number: 360-221-0130
    Email: garden@goodcheer.org

Website: https://goodcheer.org/

Internship information
General Farm Description: Good Cheer Food Bank serves the South end of Whidbey Island. We are a choice-based food bank and focus on providing whole foods and fresh produce. The garden is a program of the larger Good Cheer organization, which also operates the food bank and two thrift stores. Our garden program focuses on growing produce and supplying the food bank in the fall, winter and spring when produce donations are at their lowest. We cultivate 1.25 acres on 2 sites, following organic practices and low- to-no-till principles. We have minimal machinery and everything is done by hand: silage tarps and a mower allow us to manage cover crops and other organic matter, materials are moved with wheelbarrows, and beds are broadforked and shaped with rakes or a tilther.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: April 2024 (flexible start date)
Internship Ends: October 2024
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but priority will be given to applications received by 2/19/2024.
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months

Internship Details:

The garden team is composed of 3 individuals: two Garden Coordinators and a seasonal Garden Associate.  We are currently hiring a Garden Associate. Shared leadership is a central facet of the garden team and overall Good Cheer culture– all members of our team hold responsibility in the decision making process. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in our food system and/or a strong understanding of the physical nature of farming.

Even though this position is at a food bank, this is a farm/garden position. Work days will be spent in the field, not working directly with people in the food bank. 

Position Details

We are a small crew, so tasks are often performed as a team but you can expect to occasionally work independently. 

Field Work (85%)

  • Field Work
    • Transplanting
    • Amending/ plant and soil care
    • Weeding- with standing tools and by hand
    • Bed prep- adding compost, manure, raking, broadforking, and shaping beds
    • Miscellaneous projects- trellising, woodchipping, pruning, tarping etc.
  • Irrigation
    • Shared responsibility for daily/weekend watering and minor repairs
    • Assist with major repairs and installation
  • Harvesting, washing, and packing
  • Site maintenance 
    • Support mowing, composting, keeping a clean workplace, and general repairs

 

Management and Coordination (15%)

  • Internal Communications
    • Attend monthly peer check ins
    • Support Garden Team communication with the Food Bank Team
  • Record keeping 
    • Assist with maintaining records of volunteer hours, harvest data, planting data, and purchases
    • Help ensure volunteers are following food safety guidelines
  • Volunteer coordination 
    • Assist with planning and preparing for volunteer days
    • Work with volunteers in a supportive role on designated weekly volunteer days 
    • Lead small groups of volunteers independently during large community work days (on average, twice per month)

This is a full time temporary position. The position is for a 6 month term with a flexible April start date. (ex: April 1- October 1 or April 15- October 15) The position is full time, working an average of 40 hours per week.  Hours primarily take place Monday-Friday, but weekend responsibilities will be required 1-2 times per month.


Educational Opportunities: The garden associate will have the opportunity to work closely with the garden coordinators in a small team. This is an immersive experience and they will be involved in decision making, weekly farm walks, and farm projects. They will be involved in all stages of farming from seeding to harvest. There will also be opportunities for community building and engagement including assisting with hosting pizza parties in our earthen oven and coordinating volunteer days.

Skills Desired: Position Requirements Physical and mental strength to perform hard, manual labor outdoors in all weather conditions Ability to lift, carry, and drag at least 50 lbs Strong initiative and strong, self-motivated work ethic Positive attitude, and ability to function as a supportive team member Interest in connecting with and supporting the community 1-2 years of previous farm or garden experience is preferred

Meals: No

Stipend: Compensation at an hourly rate of $18.76 Vacation and Sick time Discount at Good Cheer thrift stores Fresh produce from the garden

Housing: No

Preferred method of Contact: Email