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Greenstone Fields
38223 John Wolford Road
Purcellville, VA 20132

Contact: Barbara Lamborne

Email: greenstone@rstarmail.com

Website: http://www.greenstonefields.com, http://www.Instagram.com

Last Updated: 12-10-2018

General Description: Greenstone Fields is a successful cut flower farm located in Loudoun County, Virginia 45 miles northwest of Washington, DC. We are part of a community of 5 farms that have a long history of collaboration.

We sell our flowers retail at a thriving farmers market in the Washington area; wholesale direct to florists and designers; and we provide the flower share for 2 local vegetable farms CSA programs. In 2019 we are adding wedding and event work to our offerings.

Greenstone Fields is part of a growing movement to educate the public about the value of local flowers as shown in this short video: https://youtu.be/PEXs9UUgqqg.

Internship Starts: 03-01-2019
Internship Ends: 11-15-2019
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: Rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months. Preference for entire season.

Meals: Meals are on your own.

Skills Desired: The ideal applicant would:
- Be a positive person with an interest in local, sustainable flowers - Be trustworthy and self-motivated
- Have a notable work ethic and be interested in taking on increased responsibility as they master specific tasks
- Understand the importance of working fast and efficiently at time-sensitive tasks, like harvesting, and mind-numbing jobs like hand weeding
- Work well with others in a positive manner, without letting socializing get in the way of being efficient
- Be willing to be in the public eye, positively representing Greenstone Fields

Educational Opportunities: We learn by doing the work as we have outlined in our Greenstone Fields Operations Manual. There are also opportunities to attend local CRAFT Farm Tours once a month.

Stipend: Starting pay for the Infrastructure Leader is $11 - $13 an hour. Starting pay for the Crew Member is $10 an hour. Starting hourly rate depends upon relevant experience, which includes working in a fast-paced, team oriented setting, such as a farm or restaurant. Raises are given based upon your performance, ability to take on responsibility and eventually ownership of tasks and projects.

Housing: There is potential for on-farm housing.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email

Internship Details: This is not an internship. We are offering two paid, full-time positions. The first is for an Infrastructure Leader. The second is for a Crew Member. The Infrastructure Leader will do regular farm work but is responsible for ensuring that these parts of the farm are properly implemented and maintained: - Irrigation systems - The making of raised beds - Plant support systems - Fertility program - Pest and weed management. The ideal Infrastructure Leader candidate must have at least 1 year experience working on a farm. A basic understanding of hand tools and farm machinery (post pounder, hand saw, drill, chain saw, rototiller, field and brush mower, weed whacker, riding mower, push mower, tractor) is preferred. The Crew Member is expected to assist with all farm tasks including weeding, planting, mulching, harvesting, bed prepping, bucket washing, and attending Saturday market. Daily harvest begins in late March and continues into November. The ideal Crew Member candidate has a year of farm experience or extensive experience working with plants. All of our employees are expected to work in teams as well as individually. Some days are full of a variety of tasks, while other days are more monotonous with lots of hand weeding or harvesting. Workweeks consist of five 8 1/2 hour days (give or take a half hour). All employees are expected to work Saturdays.


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