Farm Crew


Company: Sun Love Farm
Location: Oregon City, OR
Compensation: $17-$19/ hr depending on experience Gear stipend of $200 provided after 1 month hire (must submit receipts after purchase) As many veggies as you like! 36 hrs PTO each calendar year 36 hrs sick time that is front loaded on January 1 based on Portland Protected Sick Time Law Education stipend available. Season end bonus based on season’s profits. ***A bonus is not guaranteed and is based on the year’s profits or losses.
Employment Type: Full-Time
Job Categories: Agriculture
Region: Portland Area
Date Posted: January 9, 2024

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Farm Overview

Sun Love Farm is a diverse certified naturally grown vegetable located in Oregon City, OR, just 20 minutes from Portland.  We grow about 3 acres and have been growing food out here since 2015. We primarily tend the land by hand with the help of our two BCS walk behind tractors and some innovative small farm tools (flame weeder, paper pot planter, electric sprayer).  We sell produce through our 120 member home delivery CSA program and two Farmer’s Markets ( Oregon City and Milwaukie). We have a small crew of approximately 7 employees during peak season, some part time and some full time. We love growing good food and are always trying to grow the highest quality crop possible while caring for the soil as best we can. We try to have a positive and cohesive working environment, and enjoy chatting with one another as we work and always try to eat lunch together. The farm owner (Melissa) has young children, so the culture of the farm is built up around being flexible to people’s needs in their personal life. 

 

Job Summary

You will be working alongside the field manager, the propagation house manager, the farm owner, and small crew (up to 7 people total) to help grow beautiful produce for the local community. You will be part of a small team in the day to day operations of the farm- propagation, potting up, field prep, planting, weeding, harvesting, packing, irrigation and much more. This is a challenging physical job that requires working through all rain, heat, wind, and cold. It is also a fun job where you get to work outside in nature every day, and be amazed by the growth of tomato plants or bald eagles soaring in the sky. 

On Tuesdays and Fridays you will be harvesting, and on Wednesdays and Thursdays you will be working in the field. On biweekly Saturdays you will work our booth at the Oregon City Farmer’s Market.

You will have regular check ins with the field manager to have a clear understanding of the tasks of the day. 

 

*For the right candidate there are other tasks available on the farm- such as delivering CSA shares, working one or both of the farmer’s markets, planning member events or taking on a CSA Coordinator position.  Please make note in your application if any of these positions are of interest. 

 

Responsibilities

Harvesting and Packing 

  • Harvesting produce to exceptional standards 2 days a week 
  • Packing CSA shares 
  • Washing produce 

Field Work

  • Seeding crops in propagation house
  • Transpotting and transplanting crops
  • Using a drip irrigation system to water crops
  • Using a bcs tractor and other small motorized equipment for field tasks 
  • Using long handled tools for weeding
  • Putting down and moving row cover, field tarps, and ground cover

Farmer’s Market

  • Working as a second staff at the Oregon City Farmer’s Market on biweekly Saturdays
  • Setting up a beautiful booth teeming with gorgeous produce and keeping it restocked throughout the day
  • Using square pos to keep track of sales
  • Having repeated friendly interactions and talking veggies with customers for the 5 hour span of the market

 

Minimum Qualifications

– Experience working in agriculture, manual labor, or food service .  

-Great attention to detail for harvesting and packing shares

-Reliable

-Excellent communication- the right candidate will communicate clearly about scheduling changes and any conflict that needs to be worked through. 

-A positive attitude 

-Able to lift 50 lbs many times throughout the day

-Able to work efficiently for long periods during the cold, heat, wind, and rain

-Commitment to working the full farm season (through November 20) 

– Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license. 

-Able to work independently and as a team

-Able to ask for help when you need it. 

– Flexible (hours can change due to heat, smoke, and cold.) 

– Able to follow clear directions 

-Willing to learn new things

-Loves working outside

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Curiosity in learning more and growing in your farming skills
  • 1 season working on a small diverse vegetable farm
  • Able to work well with others
  • Loves working outside
  • A desire to notice and improve farm systems to make them function better. 
  • Carpentry skills
  • Mechanical skills
  • Able to drive a manual vehicle