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Field Farmer & Seasonal Field Farmer Positions

Audrey Pascone
Published
February 6, 2022
Location
Red Bluff, CA
Type of farm?
Diverse (Animals/Plants)
Start Date
2022/03/01
End Date
2022/12/17
Pay/Salary
$15-18/hr DOE
Positions Available
2
Tag Words
Cattle, Child-friendly, Composting, Direct Market, Dogs, Horses, Livestock, Multi-species, Non-GMO, Organic, Pastured, Permaculture, Seasonal, Swine, Vegetable

Description

Description

We are a small farm with a large vision to provide our community with pasture raised meats and year-round herbs and vegetables from our ever-expanding market garden. We produce food for our Wednesday Farm Stand (May-Oct,) two local Farmers Markets (Red Bluff and Redding,) and our vegetable CSA members. We are looking for energetic individuals who are highly motivated to contribute to the success of our regenerative farm. Our daily work plans involve a variety of tasks in our expanding, low-till market garden including harvesting and processing vegetables, performing bed turns, transplanting, seeding, weeding, irrigation set up and repair, and infrastructure improvements. Candidates should have at least one season of experience with agriculture or outdoor labor. Working full days outdoors is required. We seek to foster a hardworking (but fun) environment that will contribute to our local food community in a positive way while building ecology and healthy soil.

Location Specifics

We are located just a few miles out from I-5 and are approximately 30 minutes South of Redding and an hour North of Chico.

Position Description

Accountabilities & Responsibilities:
• Participate in weekly “check in’s” with ranch leaders to discuss schedule, plans, and needs for the week.
• Assist with all manner of general garden care including daily drip irrigation and repair, weeding, mulching, feeding, brewing and applying compost tea.
• Assist and ensure adequate completion of daily harvesting.
• Assist in efficient harvesting and storage practices within the packing shed and cold room.
• Assist in the set up and improvement of irrigation systems within the market garden.
• Field Farmers (non-Seasonal employees) will be expected to help ensure timely flow of planting successions (& proper quantities) for market garden seeds and transplants based on current Garden Planting Plan spreadsheets. Experienced Field Farmers may also assist in creation and preparation of annual Garden Planting Plans.
• Participate in regular bed turns to ensure consistent transplanting and direct seeding based on our preferred strategies of low-till farming methods.
• Assist in the implementation and improvement of all functional workspaces on our farm.
• Maintain accurate records of planting and amending on Garden Plan.
• Some field farmer positions will include weekly coverage for farmers markets. Experience with customer service skills or previous retail employment history is a plus.
• Maintain an understanding of the no-till planting method, our pastured meat practices, as well as our permaculture plan and design in order to comfortably discuss our farm practices with potential customers.
• Attend and assist with execution of all CSA events and planting days when scheduled.
Livestock Care
• Assist lead farmers with occasional feedings, waterings, and movement of pigs and cattle as needed
• Assist lead farmers with emergency repairs as needed for fencing and field irrigation systems

Skills & Qualifications
• Experienced with repetitive outdoor work, and experience on a vegetable farm preferred.
• Must be capable of performing repetitive physical work with good attitude in a variety of weather conditions: cold, high heat, wind, rain.
• Must be able to lift 50lb occasionally and 30lb regularly without strain.
• Able to follow and retain written and verbal instructions and respond to feedback.
• Able to work as a team and communicate clearly about the work at hand.
• Able to work independently and maintain energy and focus.
• Must be oriented toward efficiency and have a desire to shift practices if requested to do so to increase productivity.
• Field crew preferably has experience with running small machinery, power tools and light construction.
• Individuals ideally will have some experience handling produce, caring for livestock, and/or performing high quality and speed-oriented tasks.
• Must be willing to do what it takes to help the farm succeed, remaining flexible and open to change is a must.

Expectations

General Expectations:
• Must be on time to work each day with weather- and job-appropriate clothing.
• Must provide your own work boots, waterproof boots, and work clothes. (We provide gloves and rain gear.)
• Always bring a positive attitude to your farm-mates and to the work at hand.
• Must be able to communicate clearly with fellow crew members and leaders; always make sure instructions are clear to you and that you are carrying them out to the requested standard
• Must be able to receive and offer feedback graciously
• Seasonal Field Farmer candidates must commit to a full season on our farm.
• Permanent Field Farmer candidates will be applying for consistent, long-term employment with our farm
• While we do not currently provide housing, we may be able to accommodate those who have mobile trailers at this time.

All positions on our farm fluctuate seasonally based on the needs of the field, our vegetable CSA program, and our farmers market schedules. All positions require a heavier commitment in the main season (April through November) and fewer hours with time for breaks and vacations in winter (December-February.)

Application Process

If you would like to join our team, please email Audrey with your resume, three professional references, and a letter of introduction telling us about yourself and why you want to work on our regenerative farm. audrey@redgateranchrb.com.

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