North Star Orchard is a 20-acre farm where our focus is on unique and heritage varieties of fruit (over 300 varieties of apples alone!) and a wide selection of vegetables. We operate a large fruit CSA, sell at area farmers’ markets, and have an on-site farm store, so there is a lot going on for you to enjoy being involved in. We grow non-certified organically-grown vegetables and IPM tree fruit. We also have an extensive, multi-year apple breeding program and have been developing new varieties of certain vegetables as well. For more information about the farm, visit our website.
We have a great team of folks who are passionate about farming and sustainability issues. If you’re someone like that, we’d like to learn more about you.
FT/PT positions available: openings for those who are interested in fruit and vegetable production as well as direct marketing activities. Looking for a Garden Manager and all-around farm helpers.
Candidates must be able to commit to working into November (no summer-only positions are available). Starting dates are more flexible between April and May. There are opportunities for continuing long-term employment for the right person/people from year to year. Housing may be available as well.
Positions at North Star are not internships, but employment for a reasonable wage. There are certainly opportunities to learn while working, especially for motivated individuals who are willing to read industry-specific material, ask questions of the farm owners, and attend area grower-specific meetings. Many of our staff have gone on to further education in sustainable topics/agriculture or to their own farming projects. All positions start in spring and continue until sometime in November, and may have the potential for long-term and year-'round employment for the right people.
Regular on-farm work hours are M-F from 7AM to 3:30PM. Work schedules will vary somewhat depending on position and whether a staff member is working in marketing activities. Most staff may be required to work from time to time on any project on the farm, be it gardening, orcharding, grounds maintenance, fruit thinning, fruit/vegetable breeding projects, CSA & market prep, or helping with special building projects. All full-time staff must be willing and able to help with direct marketing activities in summer and fall (farmers’ market, CSA, farm store)
1. Be highly motivated, efficient, and detail-oriented with strong work ethics and the ability to work well with both staff and customers.
2. Be physically fit: able to repeatedly lift 40-50 pounds, climb a short ladder on a frequent basis on orchard work days, squat and bend repeatedly on garden work days, and work in all weather conditions. (All employees, regardless of specific role, may have to help in various tasks all around the farm, depending on need)
3. Have a license with a good driving record.
4. Supply your own work boots, clothing, gloves, and sunscreen.
5. Not smoke or chew tobacco on the farm premises.
To see full details, including requirements and benefits, and to apply to apply, visit http://northstarorchard.com/Employment
A resume and letter of introduction is required as well.