Garry and Susan Shaw own Hickory Hill Farm along with their daughter and son in law Jennifer and Josh Johns. Hickory Hill Farm is a generational family farm and Josh and Jennifer are the sixth generation to farm the land. The farm is a 204-acre tract of land located in Oglethorpe County in North East Georgia in Glade community just north of Lexington, GA. The land, now known as Hickory Hill Farm, was given to Susan’s family as a land grant by the State of Georgia in 1852.
In 2009, the family made the decision to move the farm into an organic, sustainable, four season, intensive vegetable operation and at that time Hickory Hill Farm was established. It has been a lot of work but worth every minute of it. It is definitely a lifestyle and we love it.
Hickory Hill currently has eight acres under USDA Organic Certification and is growing fruit and vegetables year-round for the Freedom Farmers’ Market at the Carter Center in Atlanta and Athens Farmers Market Bishop Park and Creature Comforts in Athens, as well as, Collective Harvest CSA and local restaurants.
Garry, Susan, Josh, and Jennifer are attempting to recover a way of life for their family and save their generational heritage in farming. Garry and Susan are most excited to introduce their grandchildren to sustainable farming and land management. Josh and Jennifer now have three children, and their hope is to pass healthy, viable land on to them one day to own and manage their own farming endeavors.
We believe deeply in healthy local organic food, being a good steward of the land, educating consumers about their food, as well as, creating change in the “Food Movement” in our country.
“The land is important to us and how we treat it is what will determine if it can produce healthy food for generations to come.”
Hickory Hill is currently looking to hire a full-time crew member to join our team beginning immediately. We are searching for a dedicated individual who desires to learn the ins and outs of organic vegetable farming. The right person has the potential to join our team year-round.
Hours are Monday through Friday 8 to 5, 7 to 4 in the heat of the summer. Possibility of occasional Saturday work. Sunday’s off. We work in the heat and cold.
You will work side by side with farm owners and other farm workers.
You will be responsible for the following:
- Field work including planting, cultivating, weeding, harvesting, stringing tomatoes, pest control and monitoring drip irrigation.
- Cleaning up fields for cover crops or other plantings.
- Taking down and putting up portable caterpillar tunnels.
- Working in hoop houses managing crops and weeds.
- Processing vegetables if needed, which includes washing, sorting, and packaging produce.
- May include working with cattle, sheep, pigs, and chickens.
Compensation, depends on experience, $10 to $12/hr
And great organic veggies for your fridge!
Hickory Hill Farm is also looking for a Packaging Coordinator. We package produce for Retail Markets, CSAs and Restaurants Monday thru Friday. We grow a wide range of produce and have specific guidelines for packaging. You would need to be able to handle several tasks at once. Harvesters are bringing in produce that will need to be weighed in and logged into a harvest record and then packaged and recorded for various Markets, CSAs and Restaurants.
This job requires:
- Organizational Skills
- Inventory Record Keeping
- Understanding of Weights and Measurements
- Maintain Quality Controls
- Ability to Handle Multiple Tasks at One Time
- A Self-Motivated Personality
- Ability to Work Well with Others and Different Cultures of People
- Ability to Take Direction and Move from Task to Task with Ease
- Ability to Lift up to 40lbs
- Ability to Work on Your Feet for 8 Hours a Day
- Cross Trained in Light Field Work
COMPENSATION this position is PAID: hourly $12 per hr W-2 employee 40 hours per week
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Please email Farm Position, tell us why you are interested in our farm and organic sustainable farming and anything else you think we’d like to know or any questions you may have. Please give us a brief job history. We will send you an application if we decide to interview you.