Organic Production Jobs in Washington StateSpringRain Farm & Orchard is a 28 acre certified organic family farm located in the heart of Chimacum on 28 acres of prime agricultural land. The farm is an ecologically-based diversified production system located south of Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula. We grow a wide variety of small fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries, apple, pear, and plums. We specialize in year-around greenhouse crops with winter salad production and summer production of basil, eggplant, and tomatoes, as well as asparagus, garlic, and miscellaneous specialty vegetables. Our livestock production includes layer poultry, turkeys, broiler chickens, meat sheep, rabbits, and bees. We operate a full season internship program and host short-term volunteers throughout the year. Our mission is to use the best available knowledge to sustainably and organically produce food for our local community. We sell 90% of our products within a 50 mile radius and strive to provide a wide range of healthy, ethically-raised food to our local community. We use a diversified farming system that involves protein, vegetables, fruit, and pollinators to provide the most sustainable system possible. We take our cue from nature and strive to develop an ecological system that closely matches a natural ecosystem. At SpringRain Farm, we are committed to conservation and caring for the land we live and grow on. We work with the USDA to employ conservation practices designed to protect soil and water quality, we have worked to restore Chimacum Creek, a critical habitat for salmon, established a riparian buffer and planted native tree species, and donated a conservation easement on the farm to the Jefferson Land Trust which means our property is protected forever as farm land. New projects this year include installation of a solar system and a wind turbine to generate electricity for the farm. We think deeply about the health of the soil, the water, the animals, the plants, and the people we farm with. In order to keep pace with our growing operation we will add 2 full time organic production jobs to our staff starting March 1st, 2016. They will join our current crew of two full time employees and John Bellow, the farmer, to help continue this work farming the land we love. Main Functions and Responsibilities The position is 5 days per week and responsibilities may include assisting the manager, grower, and production team in:
- greenhouse and field seedling propagation and transplanting,
- salad production,
- annual vegetable and perennial fruit transplanting and maintenance,
- training and directing seasonal interns and volunteers,
- supervising and leading berry harvest contract picking crew,
- weekly poultry slaughter, and operating a weekly farmers market stand.