Contact informationFarm Address:
291 Coles Rolling Rd
Scottsville, Virginia , 24590
Primary Contact: Claudia Seixas
Secondary Contact: James Marzluff
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Sweet Greens Farm is a small diversified farm and floral design studio in Scottsville, Virginia just south of Charlottesville specializing in unique and heirloom cut flowers and produce. We are a husband and wife team committed to using ecologically sustainable practices to grow vegetables and flowers on about five acres of our 65 acre property. We do not use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. We power our systems with the biology of the soil through the use of cover crops, crop rotation and compost. We use modern scale-appropriate tools like our electric cultivating tractor for weed control. We practice farm driven sustainable floral design, using eco-friendly mechanics without the use of floral foam. Established in 2016, we serve the Charlottesville and Richmond Virginia areas. We sell produce and flowers directly to local restaurants, grocers, caterers, florists, designers and couples getting married. We sell at the Charlottesville City Market, South of the James Farmer’s Market & River City Flower Exchange. We provide floral design services for weddings and special events. We also have a small community supported agriculture program.
CRAFT Member Farm? Yes
Internship Starts: Preferably between mid March and early April 2020
Internship Ends: October 30th or possibly into November 2020
Number of Internship Available: 1-2
Application Deadline: 04/01/2020
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months
We are looking for friendly folks to join our small team for the 2020 season. Ideal candidates will have a positive attitude in all weather conditions, a strong interest in food, flowers and farming, be capable of working at an efficient pace and enjoy working outdoors both on a team and individually.
You will report to the farm owners/managers Jim & Claudia, and will work both independently and alongside the farm owners and one or more farm crew members on a wide variety of tasks. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
Field work including weeding, planting, field preparation and farm maintenance
Harvesting, washing and packing produce
Cutting, processing and bunching flowers and assembling bouquets
Greenhouse work including seeding, propagation and maintenance
Cleaning, sanitizing and organizing equipment and materials
Preparing materials, cleaning & setting up for floral design work
Possibly assisting with floral design jobs on and off the farm
Possibly assisting at the farmers markets
Farm crew members work up to 40 hours per week from March through November. The work schedule is generally Monday-Friday starting at sunrise. Tuesdays and Thursdays are generally field work days. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are generally harvest and pack out days. There may be the opportunity to work Saturdays – we attend two farmers markets and also do floral design for weddings. There is some flexibility with starting and ending dates, although we prefer candidates who can work April – October.
Full-time positions: Ideal candidates will be able to work 6-10 hour days Monday-Friday starting at sunrise from March through November. Additional work may be available for the right candidate as a flower studio assistant and farmers market assistant. Potential to stay on for another season for the right candidate.
Part-time positions: Ideal candidates will be able to commit to a regular schedule of at least two days a week, either Tuesdays and Thursdays (typically field work) OR Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (typically harvest and pack out). The ability to be flexible in duties is a huge plus.
Educational Opportunities: You will have the opportunity to participate in farm tours throughout the season. We have over 20 years combined experience in sustainable agriculture, farming & design and are happy to share our knowledge and experiences with you.
Skills Desired: Farm workers are required to stand, bend, kneel, squat, cut/snip and lift and move at least 50 pounds, repeatedly for extended periods of time. You must be able to have a positive attitude and work efficiently outdoors in all weather conditions. We expect you to enjoy working both on a team and individually . We live in a rural area, so reliable transportation and a drivers license are required. You should have experience working on a farm or performing other outdoor physical work in a fast paced team environment. You should have the desire to pursue farming as a career and learn new farming systems. We prefer a commitment to the full season March-November. We value the ability to focus on quality and pay attention to detail while working with speed. Customer service experience and skills are a plus.
Meals: Meals are on your own. Free seconds produce and flowers are available for personal consumption, valued at $50/week. Limited crops are available at a discount.
Stipend: Hourly wage commensurate with experience, $8-$13/hr
Housing: No, we do not have housing on the farm. We will provide assistance securing local housing if necessary.
Preferred method of Contact: e-mail