Creekside Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
339 Avery Creek Rd
Arden, North Carolina, 28704

Primary Contact: Ayrton Webb
Primary Phone:
    Type:
Cell
    Number: 8283333037
    Email: creeksidefarmcsa@gmail.com

Website:

Internship information
General Farm Description: Creekside Farm is a CSA and market farm that began in 2017 located in Arden, NC -- 20 minutes south of Asheville. We are a diversified vegetable farm growing on ~2 acres with a laying flock of 80 hens and a small herd of beef cattle. At Creekside Farm, we implement low-till/no-till practices that build healthy soils. We strive to promote soil fertility through ecologically based growing methods with an emphasis on resilient agriculture. Creekside Farm is largely CSA driven and it is our goal to provide our community members with a diversified selection of high quality, sustainably grown vegetables. We strive to create a sense of community surrounding food, agriculture and the cultural narrative of WNC.

CRAFT Member Farm? Yes

Internship Starts: ASAP
Internship Ends: TBD November
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: july 1
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months

Internship Details:

The position of Farmhand will manage the daily tasks required to keep the farm running.
This position will begin ASAP and end in late November/December. The ideal candidate
is quick and efficient with an emphasis on attention-detailed work tasks, is great with
directions, and can offer creative solutions to work tasks/organization.. Staying
motivated and maintaining a steady work pace will be important to the success of the
workday. The work schedule is primarily Monday through Friday, and the farmhand can
expect to work 40 hours a week. Depending on the season and the demands of the
farm, there will be times when this varies slightly. Candidates who can conduct an
in-person working interview will be given strong preference. On-farm housing is not
provided.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
1. Assist the farm manager in all aspects of the farm operation.
2. Operate and maintain tools and equipment.
3. Seeding, transplanting, trellising, and greenhouse work
4. Harvesting, washing, and packing of crops for CSA and markets
5. Weeding and cultivation
6. Maintenance of grounds and worksite infrastructure.
7. Assist with farm tours and various educational workshops.
8. Managing volunteer labor.
9. Facilitate CSA pick up.
10. Help manage laying hens (collect eggs, wash/pack eggs, feed, water, etc)
12. Keep all farm areas clean and organized(return tools to the original place, harvest
bins, or any item used that day)
13. Attend weekly farmers markets (Occasionally if there is interest)

Qualifications
1. Previous farm experience is preferred but not required.
2. Ability to work long hours in various weather conditions.
3. Valid drivers license for use of farm trucks for produce deliveries, farm events, and
weekly farmers markets
4. Occasionally assist with weekend work chores
5. A willingness to learn, ask questions, has a positive attitude, and the ability to
understand directions, give attention to detail
6. Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds

Payment
$12/hr @ 40 hours/week

Days and Hours of Work
Work days will be Monday-Friday. The employee will occasionally be responsible for facilitating
on-farm CSA pick up. Each work day will begin at 8am. The goal is to end the work day by 4:30
pm so we can have a life outside of work! It should be understood that *occasionally* some
tasks are time sensitive and may require completion, leading to a longer work day. The farm
manager will do their best to inform you if they foresee this happening.

Days off and Leave
This is a seasonal position, ASAP-November/December. We typically work on holidays. 3 paid
vacation days are offered. Any requested time off longer than three days requires a two week
notice. However if you need to take your pet to the vet/get your vehicle worked on/have a
doctors appointment then of course this is ok within reason. Weekend work will not be asked of
the farmhand unless the Farm Manager is for some reason unable to be present.

Attire and Personal Items
The assistant manager must wear appropriate attire for the job. Work/Muck boots, gloves, rain
gear, and a hat are recommended. Some jobs may require long pants/long sleeves so having a
pair handy is always a good idea. It is also encouraged to have two pairs of boots, one for
animal work and one for vegetable work.

Inclement Weather
In farming, inclement weather often increases our farm duties as crops and livestock will require
additional attention. Excessive rain, high winds, extreme temperatures, snow, etc., do not stop
us from working. Decisions concerning inclement weather will be determined by the farm
manager. Be prepared to work in challenging weather conditions when they arise!

Cell Phones
Cell phone usage during work hours should be limited. Texting, phone calls, internet, or pictures
should be dealt with during breaks. Exceptions to this are in emergencies or necessary
communication with the farm manager. However listening to music via earbuds while
harvesting/cultivating is of course acceptable within reason.

Housekeeping
It should be understood that all farm structures are to remain clean and tidy. Compost should be
dumped in a compost pile at the end of the day. Personal items should be taken home or kept in
the designated area. The education center is to remain clean.


Educational Opportunities: CRAFT events

Skills Desired: 1. Previous farm experience is preferred but not required. 2. Ability to work long hours in various weather conditions. 3. Valid drivers license for use of farm trucks for produce deliveries, farm events, and weekly farmers markets 4. Occasionally assist with weekend work chores 5. A willingness to learn, ask questions, has a positive attitude, and the ability to understand directions, give attention to detail 6. Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds

Meals: no

Stipend: this employment pays hourly, $12/hr @ a set 40 hour week M-F

Housing: no

Preferred method of Contact: email