Farmer’s Market Lead and 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! 40 hrs PTO each calendar year 40 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 Wednesdays and Thursdays you will be doing field work and on Fridays  you will be harvesting. On Saturdays you will be working our Oregon City Farmer’s Market booth with a teammate and on Sundays you will be working our Milwaukie Farmer’s Market Booth independently. This job includes loading up the delivery van at the farm, driving to the markets, setting up a gorgeous booth, keeping it well stocked throughout the day and then being the friendly face of the farm to our many farmer’s market customers all the while using square POS to track our sales. 

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

You will have regular check ins with the farm owner around the farmer’s market booths. 

 

*For the right candidate there are other tasks available on the farm- such as delivering CSA shares, 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

 

  • A valid driver’s license, and a clean driving record
  • Reliable transportation
  • Comfortable driving a large delivery van 
  • Customer service experience 
  • 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 October 26) 
  • Able to work independently and also as a team
  • Able to count money accurately at market
  • Have friendly interactions with many market customers each week and answer any questions that they have about produce. 

 

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