jobs at Holcomb Farm
Holcomb Farm is a fast-paced production-oriented produce farm. We have two year round farmers and a seasonal staff of 4-10 for about 28 acres of vegetables plus a small amount of livestock. We are seeking motivated individuals with a strong interest in production farming and a proven capacity for outdoor physical work. We aim to provide an abundant and high quality supply of produce for our CSA, restaurant, and wholesale customers and we depend on crew members that can both take direction from the farm managers and work independently when required. All crew members should be able to maintain good attention to detail, quality, and safety while working at a consistent pace. All field positions require the ability to lift 50 pounds repeatedly. Working at Holcomb provides a good learning experience for those interested in pursuing a career in agriculture or someone that enjoys hard but fun work!
The CSA is part of a non-profit organization, Holcomb Farm Inc., which stewards a 367 acre property for the town of Granby. At our doorstep are miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding, a great stream for a quick dip after work, and a bucolic farm setting in a town that is very supportive of local agriculture. Many other small farms in Granby and our neighboring towns provide a source for additional products that we sell in our farm store, including honey, maple, cheese, yogurt, beef, lamb, soap, fruits and more. Located just 30 min from Hartford, there is a nice balance of rural and urban life, should you seek it out. The Asst. Farm Manager is a founding member of the New CT Farmers Alliance – a great way to tap into agriculture in Connecticut.
For more information, email Sam Hammer, Farm Manager, at [email protected]
Full Time Field Crew: April-November 2012. 2 positions. Greenhouse work, transplanting, hoeing, weeding, harvesting, washing and packing, other crop field work. Assist with livestock chores and other farm projects as needed. Requirements: one year of vegetable farm experience. 40-45 hours per week plus rotated weekend chores. $8.75-$10/hr depending on experience plus farm eggs and produce, staff discount on farm store items. Private room in shared four bedroom house on the farm available for minimal rent.
Equipment and Livestock Tech: April-November 2012. Assist with tractor and equipment operation and routine maintenance. Tasks include tillage (spader, disc harrow, perfecta harrow), tractor cultivation, irrigation set up and operation (drip, traveler, sprinklers), and cover crop planting. Perform daily care of feeder pigs, laying hens, and possibly broiler chickens (including on-farm processing). Assist as available with greenhouse work, transplanting, weeding, hoeing, harvesting, washing and packing, and other farm projects as needed. 40-45 hours per week plus rotated weekend chores. Required: one year of vegetable farm experience; a level of proficiency with tractor operation including implement hitching and operation; and an interest in learning more about the mechanical side of farming. $8.75 - $10/hr depending on experience plus farm produce and eggs, staff discount on farm store items. Private room in shared four bedroom house on the farm available for minimal rent.
Part Time Field Crew: Multiple positions, time frame varies from March to November 2012. Greenhouse work, transplanting, hoeing, weeding, harvesting, washing and packing, other crop field work. Previous experience with farm work or other outdoor physical work preferred but not required. Minimum four mornings (7-Noon) or two full days (7-5) per week. Starting $8.25/hr plus farm eggs and produce, staff discount on farm store items.
CSA Distribution Staff Person: 18 hours/week. Tuesdays 1-7, Thursdays 2-8, Saturdays 8-2, June - October 2012. Maintain produce displays and signage for on-farm CSA distributions, handle cashier duties for our small farm store, and be the well-informed face of the farm. Requirements: strong customer service skills, the ability to lift 50 pounds. Preferred, a strong interest in and knowledge of farm to table cooking. Starting at $8.25/hr plus farm produce and eggs and staff discount on farm store items.