Email STITCHDOWNFARM@GMAIL.COM with a note of interest, resumé, and references to apply to any of the following positions available for 2019:
Field Manager | 1 Position Available
April 15 - October 31 On-farm housing available $500/week, 30-40 hours/wk Must be comfortable managing a small farm crew, making lists, setting daily,weekly, and monthly tasks and seeing that they get done. The main role of field manager will be seeing to the starting, transplanting, growing, watering, trellising, harvesting and post harvest management of flowers for sale, deliveries and food production for farmstead. Must be open to setting up and attending farmers markets alone. Additional roles may include pig, horse and chicken chores, moving fences, mowing, pruning, tool maintenance, and small building projects. Must be physically and mentally fit, a good problem solver and willing to take the lead.
Field Crew | 1-2 Positions Available
May - October $10-$13/hr depending on experience, 30-40 hours/wk 3-4 days/wk Skills learned in this position will include seeding, transplanting, trellising and harvesting of cut flowers. Small scale vegetable production for home use. Bouquet making and arranging techniques. The role of field crew will be as instructed by Field Manager to the starting, transplanting, growing, watering, trellising, harvesting and post harvest management of flowers for sale, deliveries and food production for farmstead.
Freelance Florist | 2-3 Positions Available
Fridays - Sundays; May - October Pay depending on experience Experience in floral industry preferred. You will be supporting Rita in the on-farm florist shop, preparing and arranging florals for weddings, farmers markets and wholesale orders. You will install and set up wedding florals and break down installations, often the day after the event. Must have drivers license, ability to drive stick shift a plus.
Live-In Nanny | 1 Position Available
May - October Pay depending on experience, 30-40 hours/wk Room and Board available Applicant should have previous childcare experience, must have vehicle, and CPR certification preferred. Francis (child) will be 20mo. in May. Your responsibility to him will fluctuate throughout the season. He will also be in daycare part-time. You will have a strong interest in the outdoors and creative activities, and be excited to play with Francis outside on the farm and support his interests and introduce him to new creative endeavors. On your off time, we have space and resources to support your creative endeavors.
What It’s Like to Work Here
We have 2 acres in production and specialize in annual cut flowers for market, wholesale, CSA and event design. Most of this is done in the field though we have two unheated structures that are used for speciality flowers. We are a homestead scale for our other farm endeavors including pork, eggs, vegetables, maple syrup and cider. Most field prep is done with a tractor and weeding done with hand tools. Our crops are grown using organic methods and we practice a permanent bed system to reduce compaction and overworking of the soil. We enjoy our coffee in the morning, multiple breakfasts, breaks when we need it, big farm family lunches of food we've grown and a strong cocktail at the end of the day.
The farm is situated in the foothills of the Green Mountains, there is lots of hiking and swimming nearby as well as right here on the farm. Bethel has a rad bar (Babes), wine store, pizza place and sandwich shop. It is essential that you have a car.
Applicants should desire to work on a small-scale intensive row crop farm with an appreciation for flowers. Flowers are light but the buckets full of water that we carry them in are not, applicants must be able to carry up to 50lbs and be in good physical condition. There is a lot of bending, twisting, standing and snipping for long hours at a time. Stretching is encouraged. All crew members will help with some aspect of floral design whether it is market bouquets or event centerpieces, if you are an artistic person, great!
You will be working as a group as well as individually. This may mean hours alone harvesting flowers listening to your own thoughts and at times hours weeding a bed with a crew hearing each others mediocre jokes for the fourth time. We are a light hearted group that likes to have fun while we hustle. We have a small child that will be running through the fields, inevitably making everyone's job harder but more fun. We also have a dog, a cat that you may never see and a horse named Ted.
If all this sounds like somewhere you want to be, email your resume with references and tell us why you think we would be a good fit to make your farming dreams come true.