Fall Farm Crew Members – Full Time And Part Time
The Neighborhood Farm is small, all natural vegetable farm in the midst of a big transition! 2018 is our first season entirely on our new land at the historic Mainstone Farm property in Wayland. This year we built a greenhouse, a high tunnel, and moved our all of our crops and infrastructure to our new land.
We grow vegetables, herbs, cut flowers and seedlings for farmers markets, our CSA, our on site farm stand, and for several restaurants. We grow a little bit of everything, but we're best known for our many varieties of specialty garlic, endless heirloom tomatoes, and thousands of seedlings.
This year will provide fascinating experiences for anyone interested in the process of starting a farm, breaking in new land, and developing new marketing channels. We will continue building infrastructure, developing systems, establishing new planting areas and expanding our on site farm stand.
We grow and market our produce year round. We grow some crops through the winter, both in the open field and in our new high tunnel, but we also put a lot of crops into storage to expand the availability of local food throughout the year.
We are a fun, friendly, hard working farm. Many of our crew members return year after year, but we still need a few more sets of hands this season. We are seeking full time and part time crew members to work both on the farm and at our farm stand and farmers markets during the late summer and fall. Depending on their availability and interest, crew members might work on various aspects of vegetable, herb and flower production including, planting, weeding, irrigation, greenhouse work, harvesting, washing, packing and selling at farmers' markets and the farm stand.
Previous farm experience is great, but not as important as listening skills, dependability, enthusiasm, and a willingness to work hard. Working on a farm has many rewards, but it has its challenges too, and so we look for people with a positive attitude, who enjoy being part of a team, and who can remain upbeat even when it's raining, or hot, or when you just wish you were at the beach. Weather conditions often alter our plans, so we look to hire people who are flexible and are able to change direction easily.
Candidates must be willing to work through at least mid December (year round work is available for those interested), be able to lift 50 lbs repeatedly, be willing to work outside in all weather conditions, and be willing to push themselves to work quickly and carefully. Candidates must also have reliable transportation (car, bike, feet) – we are not accessible by public transportation.
Compensation starts at $11/hour and is based on experience level, willingness to assume responsibility, and commitment for the season. Crew members also get lots of vegetables, seedlings and flowers from the farm.