Sweet Greens Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
291 Coles Rolling Rd
Scottsville, Virginia, 24590

Primary Contact: Claudia Seixas
Secondary Contact: James Marzluff

Primary Phone:
    Number: 8433273959
    Email: sweetgreensfarm@gmail.com

Secondary Phone
    Number: 8433272437

Website: https://www.sweetgreensfarm.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: Sweet Greens Farm is a small family farm in Central Virginia growing sustainable cut flowers and specialty produce on over 5 acres. We produce high quality product for a variety of markets including wholesale, CSA and farmers markets in the Charlottesville and Richmond areas. We also offer farm-driven floral design. We grow in high tunnels and in the field using a combination of tractor and human power with modern scale appropriate tools. We strive to be a positive workplace, maintain a culture of cooperation and respect, and foster professional development through challenging work. Our mission is to spread joy and beauty through local cut flowers, bring healthy food to our community and build living soil for future generations.

CRAFT Member Farm? Yes

Internship Starts: August 22nd
Internship Ends: November 22nd
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: Positions open until filled.
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months

Internship Details:

We are seeking candidates to join our team for the Fall 2023 season, August 22nd-November 22nd. Experience on a production farm, especially a cut flower farm, is strongly preferred. Ideal candidates will have a positive attitude in all weather conditions, a strong interest in flowers, food and farming, be capable of working at an efficient pace and enjoy working outdoors both on a team and individually.

This position involves all aspects of farm production including bed preparation, planting, weeding, irrigating, trellising, harvesting & processing, packing orders, making bunches and bouquets, washing buckets and totes, cleaning workspaces, and some marketing responsibilities. The focus will be on flower production and harvest but you will also be involved in vegetable production and harvest.

While you will be immersed in beautiful flowers in an idyllic setting, be aware that this position is physically demanding and the work can be fast paced, repetitive and hard on the body. We work in all weather conditions throughout the year, stand up to 7 hours a day, and cut flowers 2-5 hours a day up to 5 days a week in peak seasons. We grow hundreds of different varieties of flowers each with its own unique set of standards. We value the ability to learn quickly and work efficiently while paying attention to detail to maintain our quality standards.

We work closely with you to train you in our production, harvest and post-harvest practices. Once trained you will be expected to complete tasks independently, efficiently and with attention to detail in order to maintain our quality standards. For example, you will be expected to be able to read a harvest list, cut and process the flowers to our specifications from that list, then follow a detailed packing list to pack and label those orders (bunches, bouquets, vegetables, etc) for their final destination.

We strive to maintain a positive and welcoming work environment. The farm is our place of business but it is also our home which we share with our adventurous toddler and very friendly extra-large dog, who you will see daily. Our main farm area is set within 15 fenced acres on our 65 acre property which is very peaceful, comprised of rolling hills, creeks, native plants and trees, a pond and lots of wildlife.

We work Monday through Friday on the farm, with rotating Saturday farmers market responsibilities.  A typical work day is about 8 hours with a 30-45 minute unpaid lunch break. The start time varies throughout the year but is approximately 7-4pm – earlier in the summer (6am), later in the shoulder seasons (9am). The main season runs from March 1st through November 22nd. There may be the possibility to continue work part-time over the winter and stay for another season.

You will report to the farm owners/managers, and will work both independently and alongside the farm owners and one or more employees on a wide variety of tasks. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

Field work including weeding, planting, field preparation, irrigation and farm maintenance
Cutting, processing and bunching flowers and assembling bouquets
Greenhouse work including seeding, propagation and maintenance
Cleaning, sanitizing and organizing equipment and materials
Harvesting, washing and packing produce
Working our booth at the farmers market on rotating Saturday mornings (includes loading, unloading, set up, sales, restocking, break down and driving a large van)
There is the potential for delivery driving shifts and assisting with floral design work.

Educational Opportunities: As part of a small team you will have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of farm production and receive extensive on the job training. You will have the opportunity to visit other farms as part of the CRAFT program.

Skills Desired: Ideal candidates will possess the following traits: positive attitude ability to work on a team and individually ability to work quickly and efficiently attention to detail to maintain quality standards eager to learn and retain information on crops and new farming systems capable of receiving feedback strong communication skills ability to work in all weather conditions physical stamina with the ability to stand, bend, kneel, squat, cut/snip and lift and move 50 pounds, repeatedly for extended periods of time. Requirements: Must have a drivers license as you will be required to operate farm and delivery vehicles. We are located in a rural area with no public transportation, therefore reliable transportation is required.  Our Covid policy requires that employees are fully vaccinated.

Meals: Free excess flowers and produce are available for personal consumption. 

Stipend: Starting wage of $15-18/hr, commensurate with experience.

Housing: Housing is available for rent as a private bedroom in a shared 2br apartment in downtown Scottsville for $500/month. Housing is contingent on employment. 

Preferred method of Contact: e-mail