Farmer


Company: Flower to Flour Farm
Location: 4050 Aubert Dr Mt Hood Oregon
Compensation: $15.50 -$16 per hour plus bonus if you stay until the end of the season
Employment Type: Full-Time
Job Categories: Agriculture
Region: Gorge
Date Posted: May 31, 2022

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Revelyn Rawdin & Patrick Morris

Flower to Flour Farm Mt Hood OR flowertoflourfarm@gmail.com

 

We are looking for 1 full time farmer from July-November with a focus on someone that would like to become a farmer running an organic small fruit and vegetable farm for a living. Our farm is approximately 2.5 acres and we’ve completed 8 years of farming. We have an established wholesale clientele consisting of restaurants, caterers and organic markets. We no longer sell at farmers markets nor do CSA’s as our customers buy all that we grow.

We have one 30 x 96 ft hoop house and one 20 x 96 hoop house.

Our 4 biggest income crops are salad greens, kale, strawberries, and tomatoes. Additionally we grow approximately 15 other fruits and vegetables.

We love what we do and are looking for someone that also finds immense joy in producing food, working hard and eating well.

No housing available on site.

Our goal is to lease out the farm, so someone that would like to learn how to run their own business is preferable. We are open to anyone without discrimination for age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status.

If interested, we would like to set up an interview. You can contact me directly:

Revelyn Rawdin 541 490 7041 cell email: flowertoflourfarm@gmail.com

If you have studied, farmed, apprenticed, wwoofed, or grew up gardening we’d like to know about it.

JOB DESCRIPTION includes but is not limited to:

Plant Care: Seeding, transplanting, direct seeding, weeding, watering

Pruning: berries, fruit trees, tomatoes etc.

Bed Preparation: Tilling when necessary (also working on no till beds) hauling compost, adding amendments, maintaining walkways.

Use of BCS for tilling, plowing, flail mowing as needed.

Building and moving infrastructure – poles, fencing/ trellising systems, hoop house etc.

Setting up, Maintaining and Cleaning all Irrigation systems throughout the seasons.

Harvesting, Washing, Packing and Delivering Produce to customers

Cleaning work areas, tools, field and packing house to maintain cleanliness.

Building and turning compost piles.

Farming requires long hours, working in all positions including hands and knees, shoveling, lifting 40lbs and wheeling heavy wheelbarrows on a regular basis.

We work longer hours on harvest days (up to 12 hrs) with time off to compensate the extra hours. Work is approached by the project not the hours in a day. We don’t work outside in heavy rain or when hotter than 95 degrees which can mean split shifts to work around the weather.

We accommodate vacations, schedule changes and playtime with as much advance notice as possible.

  • Due to Covid 19 our Pandemic Protocol includes no friends or family visiting the farm until the pandemic has been determined under control. We wear gloves when handling produce, require masks during deliveries, if you are living off site and socializing we ask that you wear masks to work. If you feel ill we require you to quarantine until fully recovered. We isolate to the best of our abilities and do everything we can to keep you healthy and we need you to commit to the same.

COMPENSATION PACKAGE

We provide farm produce for personal use.

Financial Compensation – $15.50$16 per hour depending on speed and quality of work.

One full time position July– November that will be the second staff person. We currently have a full time person.

We do not allow tobacco use in any form (smoke, chew, vaped) on our property. No exceptions. We respectfully request no drugs in your system during working hours.

Our vision, goals and expectations:

1) Vision – to lease a turn-key farm operation in 2023 and beyond to the next generation of organic farmer.

2) Goal – to provide paid farm experience; to share skills that allow us to make a living and build a fulfilling life from farming.

3) Our expectations –

  • persons interested in working hard, putting in sweat equity, focus and passion to learn the ups and downs of farming for a living.
  • Understand that communication is the number 1 most important skill. A willingness to ASSUME the best in others intentions, to honor, respect and clarify thoughts, actions and positions. Know that we are all human, mistakes are made and owning our mistakes, taking responsibility and apologies go a long way in smoothing over the bumps in the road.
  • Cleanliness in the field, wash area, house and our own person are all critical.
  • Returning tools to the tool areas at the end of each day.
  • Recognizing individual Strengths and Weaknesses and capitalizing on them by allowing each person to work in and be responsible for the areas they most enjoy. Recognizing that understanding and being competent in all areas is still important.
  • Communicate each of our needs and wants so that we can work as a united group to get each persons needs met. Weekly meetings (TBD) with goals, checklists and who’s responsible is important for success.
  • Take care of our bodies – through care and attention in how we work, taking stretch breaks as needed, staying hydrated and eating well.
  • Learn the business end of farming. Quickbooks, expenses, income, customer relationships, delivery, bookkeeping. We will focus on this in October, once the farming slows down you will have more opportunity to learn business decisions about crops, fertilizers, etc and master the bookkeeping.
  • Participating in and supporting our community that supports us.

We hope this sounds good to you and that you will join us in 2022 and beyond.