Farm Crew Member – Humble Umbel Farm
Last Updated On: January 11th, 2023 at 07:14AM MST
Contact informationFarm Address:
4909 Walnut Grove Church Road
Hurdle Mills, North Carolina, 27541
Primary Contact: Anna Alexandre
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Humble Umbel Farm is a two-acre vegetable and flower farm outside Hillsborough, NC. We specialize in year-round production of high-value crops, including lettuce, salad greens, root vegetables, herbs, microgreens, and cut flowers, as well as high tunnel tomatoes, cucumbers, and various other vegetable crops. We grow about 40 types of vegetables and 50 types of flowers. We sell our products at local farmers markets, and wholesale flowers to local florists. We use “market garden” tools and techniques, including 30-inch beds, an assortment of specialized hand tools, a BCS walk-behind tractor, and associated implements. We use high tunnels, shade cloth, and sprinklers to grow crops out of season. We are passionate about crop quality and nutrient density, and our farming approach involves the use of progressive organic and biological techniques and materials, always striving to grow healthy plants that are immune to pests and diseases, and contain all the vitamins, minerals and medicinal components that should be there. It is our mission to demonstrate that small-scale ecological farming can be productive, efficient, profitable, fun, meaningful, and play an essential role in local communities in terms of providing healthy food, pioneering resilient farming systems, contributing to the local economy, educating the public, all while building soil and taking care of the land.
CRAFT Member Farm? Yes
Internship Starts: February
Internship Ends: End of October. With potential to go year-round.
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 8 months
We’re hiring for two full-time crew member positions for the 2023 season, which runs February through the end of October. Folks interested in part-time work may inquire as well. Employees that demonstrate reliability and capability will be considered for a year-round full-time position.
We are seeking hard working individuals who are reliable, quick learners, self-motivated, can get along well with others, have excellent time management skills, and can maintain a positive attitude throughout a long day’s work no matter the weather! A strong interest in learning about vegetable and flower production is also a must.
You’ll be involved in most aspects of vegetable and flower production, including greenhouse seeding, bed preparation, spreading compost, planting, weeding, irrigation, crop removal, trellising, harvesting vegetables and flowers, washing and packing produce, bunching flowers, and selling at farmers markets.
As a small-scale market garden, we do many things by hand and this job is very physical. You must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs, and stand or squat for extended periods of time. Previous farm work experience and/or outdoor manual labor experience is not required, however is highly valued.
We work 5 days a week. Your schedule would be Tuesday-Saturday or Monday-Friday (depending on whether or not you are hired to work a Saturday farmers’ market as part of your job). Monday through Friday are farm days and we typically work 8 hours, 8 am to 4:30 pm during the cooler seasons, and 7 am to 3:30 pm during the hotter months. We typically take a 30 minute unpaid lunch.
We pay an hourly wage starting at $15/hr. You will also be welcome to take home as much produce (and extra flowers) as you/your household can eat. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about successful small-scale regenerative farming practices first hand. This is a great opportunity for someone seeking in-depth agricultural experience or someone interested in starting their own farm.
Educational Opportunities: The opportunity to learn about successful small-scale regenerative farming practices first hand.
Skills Desired: Previous farm work experience and/or outdoor manual labor experience is not required, however is highly valued
Stipend: Starting wage is $15/hour.
Preferred method of Contact: Email