Contact informationFarm Address:
80 Titus Mill Rd
Pennington, -- , 08534
Primary Contact: Jess Niederer
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: "Chickadee Creek is a 15 acre certified organic vegetable, herb and cut flower farm. 15 acres are cultivated for vegetable production, with 1/4 acre in cut flowers, 1/8 acre used for Farm Member u-pick, with about 3/4 acre high tunnel space. We locally sell what we grow through our Market CSA program and at 6 summer Farmers Markets and 6 winter Farmers Markets. Check out our website for the full farm story."
CRAFT Member Farm? Yes
Internship Starts: rolling
Internship Ends: 11/30/2021 or later
Number of Internship Available: 1-4
Application Deadline: rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: full term
Hiring for part time OR full time positions now-Nov, with part or full time available Dec-Feb. 2022 hiring is now underway as well. Preference is given to applicants that are approaching farming as a possible career path. Full-time staff is expected to work approx 50 hours per week(five days) which may include one day at a Farmers’ Market. The most successful applicants will intend to remain with the farm for at least two seasons, and will have opportunity to have increased roles in management and planning with pay raises based on demonstrated ability.
Past crew have gone on to be assistant farm managers, farm managers, small business owners, and farm business owners.
To apply, please send an email stating your interest along with your resume and the contact information for two references.”
Educational Opportunities: "Chickadee Creek is entering its 12th successful season in 2021. The farm is always improving, with constant upgrades in infrastructure, equipment, and methods - an exciting and fast paced place to learn. Chickadee Creek founding farmer, Jess Niederer, was the recipient of the 2016 NJ Outstanding Young Farmer of the year award as well as the 2016 National Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year award. The pace set on the farm is intense. Farm crew are involved in every aspect of the growing season in a hardworking yet educational, environment. This region on Central NJ has a rich sustainable agriculture community. We are friends and neighbors with multiple farms with intern programs, and welcome the exchange of information, experience, and farm tours with our neighbors. One farm tour per month is available during the work day without taking vacation time to attend. We actively participate in NJ CRAFT (Creating a Regional Alliance for Farmer Training). Jess is the NOFA-NJ facilitator of the New England Small Farm Institute class named Exploring the small farm dream. This class guides potential farmers through pre-enterprise planning. One-on-one guidance through the curriculum is offered as part of the apprenticeship. We usually do this with the whole crew in the fall after work hours."
Skills Desired: "Experience on a vegetable farm is greatly desired. Enthusiasm, passion, can-do spirit, and proven ability to tough-it-out can substituted for that experience. Being able to lift 50 lbs, work fast, and keep up the pace in all weather conditions is required. Applicants must be in good health, fit, and be great learners. For farmers' market positions, excellent customers service skills are a must. "
Meals: "Crew are welcome to what we grow and can purchase our value added products(tomato sauce, salsa) at cost."
Stipend: "Hourly pay begins at $12/hr for the lower experience end and is paid on the books with NJ mandated workers compensation insurance coverage and one week paid sick leave. With our unique bonus structure, the lowest hourly equivalent that any full time crew earned in 2020 was $16/hr- read on for bonus explanation. Applicants with higher level experience begin at higher rates. Raises are given through the season if earned, and we give feedback to our crew members to let them know how they can qualify for raises. Mid-year and year-end bonuses are calculated via a merit and tenure based system and awarded to full season crew. Profit sharing based on the gross sales of the farm are distributed twice annually.
Preferred method of Contact: Email