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Hayshaker Farm
Walla Walla, WA 99324

Contact: Chandler Briggs, Leila Schneider

Phone: 310-292-8108
509-520-8482

Email: info@hayshakerfarm.com

Website: http://www.hayshakerfarm.com, https://www.facebook.com/hayshakerfarm

Last Updated: 10-29-2018

General Description: Hayshaker Farm is a small-scale, draft powered vegetable growing operation based in the beautiful Walla Walla Valley of SE Washington state. 2018 marks our fourth season. The business is owned and operated on leased land by Chandler & Leila.

We farm on 8 irrigated acres, growing diversified vegetables and fruit for the local farmers markets, grocery stores and restaurants. Our farm is draft horse-powered, thanks to the help of our fuzzy teammates, Dusty and Jackson. Lately we have been also leasing a third horse for some extra power. In addition to the compost they help create daily, they help us plow, disc, harrow, cultimulch, cultivate, spread compost, pull loads and harvest crops. We also use a BCS for tilling the salad field and flail mowing. We have a small tractor for pallet forks, bucket and a rotary mower. We are 4 miles from downtown Walla Walla and part of a fantastic local economy. There is a thriving community in this college-town city of 33,000, with excellent outdoor activities, restaurants, bakeries, breweries, music, theater, lectures and wine production.

Applicants should desire to work on a small-scale, high production vegetable farm. You must be in good physical and mental condition, with the ability to lift 50+ pounds regularly and work 10 hour days, sometimes in the rain and wind, and often in a hot, dry, sunny environment. Ideal candidates love food, cooking, being outside, warm weather, and sunshine. Previous farming experience is required for this position, and pay varies depending on the extent of your experience and what position you apply for. See each position for specifics.

Having apprenticed on three separate farms in WA and CA and participated in WWOOF internationally, and managed this farm for years, we have the background and experience to help facilitate an educational, positive working experience for everyone.

We are a crew of 3-6 people depending on the time of year with occasional work trade volunteers. Some work is independent, and some is in a team. You will need to be able to work with others, listen and follow directions well. During the hottest time of the summer, we usually start early around 6am but in the shoulder season we have a later start time. We work hard but believe in time for you to regenerate, explore and enjoy time off the farm so you will get two consecutive days off—for most of the crew that is Saturday/Sunday.

Our team of draft horses power most of our implements. These job positions are not crafted to teach you how to work horses, but you will be working with them at times, when we harvest some crops. Previous experience with horses is not necessary, but a respect for these gentle giants is required.

Internship Starts: 04-01-2018
Internship Ends: 11-20-2018
Number of Interns: 3
App Deadline: 12-15-2017
Minimum Length of Stay: Full season

Meals: On your own

Skills Desired: One season previous farm experience preferred but not necessary
Flexibility and desire to learn new methods and farm systems
Good communication skills
Energetic, fun and motivated personality
Excellent work ethic and positive attitude
Conscientious and able to work with all kinds of people
Strong back and knees
Ability to work outside in all weather conditions
Willingness to commit to the farm for the full season


Educational Opportunities: The farm crew have a chance to participate in our fifth year in 2019.

In addition to the experiences on our farm, we will also facilitate farm visits and tours with other NW farms that suit the interests of the crew.

Stipend: Positions start at $13.00/hr and higher
Built in raises for those committed to higher responsibility positions

See our website application forms
http://www.hayshakerfarm.com/employment

Housing: Housing is not provided but we can help you find housing in town

Having your own vehicle is desirable, but not required. However, you must have a driver's license and ability to drive manual is helpful, but not required.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email

Internship Details: Find all information and applications for our job offerings on our website:
http://www.hayshakerfarm.com/employment/

Farm Crew Responsibilities (one position open):
Harvest, wash and pack produce
Perform field work including but not limited to seeding, transplanting, trellising, hand weeding, hoeing, using row cover, and moving irrigation
Perform some or most of the following non-field work: greenhouse work, plant starts, delivering, tractor driving, farm clean up


Market Assistant/Farm Crew Responsibilities (one position open):
Efficiently and effectively set up and break down market booth (pop up tent, tables, boxes and lots of produce), usually with 1-2 others
Maintain a gracious and positive attitude with customers, market staff and other coworkers in a fast paced, sometimes loud environment
Describe and discuss a wide variety of produce and preparation methods
Read interactions with customers to determine the level of assistance they need in selecting produce, whether they want suggestions or help
Remember prices, do math quickly and sometimes without a calculator
Harvest, wash and pack produce
Assist in harvest and field work including but not limited to seeding, transplanting, trellising, hand weeding, hoeing, using row cover, and moving irrigation
Assist in some of the following non-field work: greenhouse work, plant starts, tractor driving, farm clean up


Packing Shed Manager Responsibilities (one position open):
Efficiently and effectively wash and pack produce
Follow detailed directions sending 50+ varieties of produce to 10+ locations
Keep everything in coolers and root cellar organized and properly labeled
Direct and manage other farm crew in helping wash and pack produce
Maintain clean work areas and manage stock of bags and boxes
Deliver produce to town - must drive stick shift
Assist in harvest and field work including but not limited to seeding, transplanting, trellising, hand weeding, hoeing, using row cover, and moving irrigation
Assist in some of the following non-field work: greenhouse work, plant starts, tractor driving, farm clean up


 

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