assistant vegetable manager at grassland organic farm
Grassland Organic Farm is a 300 acre diversified certified organic operation looking for an assistant vegetable manager for three+ acres sold through three farmers' markets and direct wholesale to local stores and a multi-farm CSA. Our farm is owned and managed by us, Garin and Sarah Smith, along with our three young children. In addition to vegetable production, we are milking a mixed genetics herd of 45 cows, putting up all the hay for the cows, producing beef and pork, and raising laying hens and pastured broiler chickens plus attending four farmers' markets each week. We are an incredibly driven, passionate, and hardworking family.
We are looking for someone with experience in all aspects of growing vegetables, experience or a strong desire to manage field workers and market preparation, and the ability to make decisions on the fly under the sometimes stressful and rushed conditions that happen on a farm. An ideal candidate will be willing to work as hard as we do, to work when needed in all parts of the farm, and take ownership over the work under our guidance. Equipment operation skills would be a benefit. Practical experience with seeding, harvesting, cultivation, team work, and good social skills are a must. This position would begin April 1st and continue through Thanksgiving with the potential for year round work at our winter markets and in our dairy. We will discuss compensation based on experience level.
Our dedication to our community goes far beyond our love of growing food. You can often find us at events in town as well as many meetings of various boards and organizations. Sarah sits on the Board of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), manages a multi-farm CSA in Skowhegan, and is also the Market Manager for the Skowhegan Farmers’ Market. Garin serves on the Board of Maine Organic Milling and Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District. “We want people to know who we are,” Sarah says. “We want folks to have a face connected to who grows their food. We feel so honored to be able to grow this amazingly healthy food that nourishes families and our customers receive the additional benefit of knowing the family and farming practices they support with their food dollars.”
For more information about this position, please contact Sarah Smith at [email protected] or 207-474-6864 by April 10th.