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 have a growing community supported agriculture program for both produce and flowers. We sell at several famers markets that are currently operating as drive-through markets including the Charlottesville City Market, Local Food Hub farmers market and the Birdhouse farmers market. We participate in a cut-flower wholesale growers market, the River City Flower Exchange. We sell produce and flowers directly to wholesale clients including local restaurants, grocers, caterers, florists and designers. We also provide flowers and floral design services for weddings and special events.
CRAFT Member Farm? Yes
Internship Starts: As early as March 1st, or by May 1st at the latest
Internship Ends: November or December 2021
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: Positions open until filled. We are currently reviewing applications.
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months
We are looking for friendly folks to join our team for the 2021 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.
Farm crew members report to the farm owners/managers 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
Possibly assisting with floral design work and farmers markets
Schedule: Full time farm crew members work an average of 40 hours per week. Part time farm crew members work a minimum of 3 days per week. Shifts are available Monday through Saturday. Field work and harvest starts at dawn in the summer.
As a small team you will be involved in all aspects of farm production. Depending on experience, availability and interest there is the possibility of developing a focus in either flower production and design or vegetable production and field work.
For the full listing, application form and other opportunities please visit our website (https://www.sweetgreensfarm.com/employment/)
Educational Opportunities: While there is not a formal educational component there is always the opportunity to learn by asking questions while working. We (the farm owners/managers) are often working alongside you and we 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 1st- the end of 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. Employees receive a full CSA share weekly. Free seconds produce and flowers are available for personal consumption. Limited crops are available at a discount.
Stipend: Hourly wage - $12.50/hr
Housing: Housing may be available for rent as a private bedroom in a shared 2br apartment in downtown Scottsville for $400/month plus utilities. Housing is contingent on full time employment. The town of Scottsville is a 5 minute drive, the city of Charlottesville is a 25 minute drive.
Preferred method of Contact: e-mail