Farmhand Job in Michigan

Farm Field in FallFarmhand Job on 9 Bean Rows Farm in Suttons Bay, Michigan for 2015

General Description: 9 Bean Rows is a diverse food business located in Suttons Bay, Michigan. A farm, bakery and restaurant help accomplish the company’s mission of increasing the availability of locally grown and handcrafted artisan foods year round. The farm produces a wide variety of seasonal vegetable crops for distribution to CSA members, farmers’ markets, farm-to-school, and the restaurant. The farm is in the process of becoming certified organic and has always used sustainable practices, emphasizing no-till management of the soil and season extension techniques. Brief Position Description: A small team of Farmhands are guided by the Farm Manager to execute daily tasks and achieve weekly goals related to vegetable production. Farmhands assist in preparing seedbeds, planting and seeding, managing weeds, making minor irrigation and hoophouse repairs, and harvesting. Farmhands are expected to listen carefully to detailed task instructions and understand the significance of the task to the overall farm, such that they may execute tasks with precision and care. Work may at times be physically strenuous and/or performed in undesirable weather; a worker with good physical health and a steady, positive attitude will perform well in this work environment. This position is appropriate for individuals interested in food production, regular exercise in the outdoors and the aesthetic of clean fields and beautiful produce. The Farm Manager will work with the Farmhand to achieve any personal learning goals for the season, to satisfy internship requirements and/or for personal growth.

Desired Qualifications: -          Previous farming or gardening experience -          Good physical health; able to lift 50 lbs and work a 10-hour day -          Attention to detail -          Pride in the quality of one’s work -          Ability to clearly communicate Compensation: $8.50-10/hr, based on experience. Limited bread and vegetables. Potential housing. When: Farmhands are most needed during the traditional growing season, from April to November. However, this is flexible; for example, we understand students will need to return to fall classes in late August. A full-time commitment of several months is desired. The standard work week will be consistent, with four 10-hours days. To apply: Email a cover letter describing your interest in farming (both in general and specifically with 9 Bean Rows) along with a resumé to farm@9beanrows.com. Upon receiving the email, we will contact you for a preliminary telephone interview, at which time you are encouraged to ask further questions about the position. Applications are welcome - and positions may be filled - at any time, though applications submitted after March 6th cannot be guaranteed consideration for employment during the 2015 season. 9 Bean Rows - Farm 9000 E. Duck Lake Road Suttons, Bay MI 49682 Contact(s): Charles Defever (Farm Manager); Nic Welty (Owner) Email: farm@9beanrows.com Phone: 231-271-6658 Website: 9beanrows.com/farm and on Facebook

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