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Hearty Roots is a great place to work!  We are a tight-knit crew, we share lunch together and have a great time as we move quickly in the fields with views of the Catskills. Currently we grow about 25 acres of vegetables per year on our 70-acre farm, and care for a flock of 900 laying hens and 15 feeder pigs. We are primarily a CSA farm, providing about 700 shares per week, along with a large weekly delivery to a group of food pantries in NYC.

Hearty Roots Community Farm does not discriminate against any employee or prospective employee, in hiring, wages, benefits, or any other capacity, on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, nationality, gender, gender identity, age, handicap or disability (including HIV status), union or political activity, immigration status, citizenship status, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Livestock Coordinator (*Position filled for 2016*)

We’re looking for an individual who can apply their knowledge of livestock to our farm. The Livestock Coordinator Position is creative and entrepreneurial. We currently raise a flock of 1000 laying hens and raising 15 feeder pigs, but we are constantly looking to innovate and improve and expand our systems. Responsibilities include managing pasture rotation, feed ordering, building additional infrastructure, coordinating butchering dates, raising new chicks, marketing meat and eggs, and being the point person for daily chores and managing chore schedule for other crew members. When livestock duties are completed, the advanced crew member is expected to participate in all other aspects of the crew member position.

Crew members are involved in almost all aspects of the farm: seeding, planting, cultivating, irrigation, pest and disease control, mowing, greenhouse work, animal care, and harvesting. Most days are full of many varied tasks. There are opportunities for crew members to participate more fully in harvesting for Local Produce Link and wholesale accounts, local CSA distribution, and deliveries to NYC. Crew members can opt in to sharing a family style lunch, where we spend time together enjoying the prepared food we grow. Members of our crew can expect to gain a strong understanding of all aspects of running a sustainable vegetable farm.

The ideal candidate:

  • has at least two seasons of experience working on farms; with some experience working with livestock.
  • is self-motivated to work quickly and efficiently, either alone or in a group, whether the task at hand is time sensitive or monotonous.
  • is able to work with managers to assess daily priorities and carry out individual responsibilities.
  • is positive, enthusiastic, and has the ability to see the big picture while paying close attention to detail.
  • is able to work all day on their feet lifting heavy things whether it’s raining, sweltering or beautiful out.
  • is able to lift 50 lbs.
  • is comfortable driving a delivery box-truck and a pickup truck with a livestock trailer.

Hours:
This position will begin in April 2016.

5 days/week plus rotating weekend chores

We work 8 – 11 hours a day, depending on the time of year.

Compensation: $11 – 12 / hour wage (depending on experience) plus a monthly bonus of $150 that can be used toward health insurance. Employees who return for multiple seasons will receive an annual raise.

5 unpaid vacation days per season.

Employee responsible for housing, reliable transportation to farm, and appropriate farm clothes/raingear.

To apply:

Please e-mail the following to jobs@heartyroots.com :

  • Cover letter addressing the following: Describe your experience with livestock. What is the hardest work you’ve ever done? Why is Hearty Roots a good fit for you?
  • Resume
  • Contact information for two references

If we feel that you are a good fit we will invite you out for a farm visit and interview or work day.

Advanced Crew Member: Greenhouse (*Position filled for 2016*)

This position is responsible for overseeing seeding and plant care in the greenhouse. Beyond daily plant care of watering, responsibilities include; keeping seeding & plantings on schedule, maintaining organization of the greenhouse and outdoor space designated for hardening off, scouting for pests or disease, ordering potting soil, and creating a greenhouse task schedule for other crew members. When greenhouse duties are completed, the advanced crew member is expected to participate in all other aspects of the crew member position.

Crew members are involved in almost all aspects of the farm: seeding, planting, cultivating, irrigation, pest and disease control, mowing, greenhouse work, animal care, and harvesting. Most days are full of many varied tasks. There are opportunities for crew members to participate more fully in harvesting for Local Produce Link and wholesale accounts, local CSA distribution, and deliveries to NYC. Crew members can opt in to sharing a family style lunch, where we spend time together enjoying the prepared food we grow. Members of our crew can expect to gain a strong understanding of all aspects of running a sustainable vegetable farm.

The ideal candidate:

  • has at least two seasons of experience working on farms; with some greenhouse experience.
  • is self-motivated to work quickly and efficiently, either alone or in a group, whether the task at hand is time sensitive or monotonous.
  • is able to work with managers to assess daily priorities and carry out individual responsibilities.
  • is positive, enthusiastic, and has the ability to see the big picture while paying close attention to detail.
  • is able to work all day on their feet lifting heavy things whether it’s raining, sweltering or beautiful out.
  • is able to lift 50 lbs.
  • is comfortable driving a delivery box-truck.

Hours:
This position will begin in March or April 2016.

5 days/week plus rotating weekend chores

We work 8 – 11 hours a day, depending on the time of year.

Compensation: $11 – 12 / hour wage (depending on experience) plus a monthly bonus of $150 that can be used toward health insurance. Employees who return for multiple seasons will receive an annual raise.

5 unpaid vacation days per season.

Employee responsible for housing, reliable transportation to farm, and appropriate farm clothes/raingear.

To apply:

Please e-mail the following to jobs@heartyroots.com :

  • Cover letter addressing the following: Describe your experience working in a greenhouse. What is the hardest work you’ve ever done? Why is Hearty Roots a good fit for you?
  • Resume
  • Contact information for two references

If we feel that you are a good fit we will invite you out for a farm visit and interview or work day.

Crew member (*Positions tentatively filled for 2016- feel free to get in touch with an application in case an opportunity unexpectedly opens up*)

Crew members are involved in almost all aspects of the farm: seeding, planting, cultivating, irrigation, pest and disease control, mowing, greenhouse work, animal care, and harvesting. Most days are full of many varied tasks. There are opportunities for crew members to participate more fully in harvesting for Local Produce Link and wholesale accounts, local CSA distribution, and deliveries to NYC. Crew members can opt in to sharing a family style lunch, where we spend time together enjoying the prepared food we grow. Members of our crew can expect to gain a strong understanding of all aspects of running a sustainable vegetable farm.

The ideal candidate:

  • has at least one season of experience working on a farm.
  • is self-motivated to work quickly and efficiently, either alone or in a group, whether the task at hand is time sensitive or monotonous.
  • is able to work with managers to assess daily priorities and carry out individual responsibilities.
  • is positive, enthusiastic, and has the ability to see the big picture while paying close attention to detail.
  • is able to work all day on their feet lifting heavy things whether it’s raining, sweltering or beautiful out.
  • is able to lift 50 lbs.
  • is comfortable driving a delivery box-truck.

Hours:
Crew position are available for various time frames, including May – November, June – October, and June – August.

5 days/week plus rotating weekend chores

We work 8 – 11 hours a day, depending on the time of year.

Compensation: $10 / hour wage plus a monthly bonus of $150 that can be used toward health insurance. Employees who return for multiple seasons will receive an annual raise.

5 unpaid vacation days per season.

Employee responsible for housing, reliable transportation to farm, and appropriate farm clothes/raingear.

To apply:

Please e-mail the following to jobs@heartyroots.com :

  • Cover letter including the following: What is the hardest work you’ve ever done? What are your personal farming goals for down the road? Why is Hearty Roots a good fit for you?
  • Resume
  • Contact information for two references

If we feel that you are a good fit we will invite you out for a farm visit and interview or work day.

Field Manager (POSITION CURRENTLY FILLED: we will be hiring in fall 2016 for the 2017 season)

The Field Manager works with the Farm Manager to ensure that all of the farm’s fields are in order, on schedule.  Responsibilities will include tillage (using a subsoiler, chisel plow, disc harrow, moldboard plow, bed shaper, rototiller and mulch layer);  cultivation (using Allis G tractors and a Case 265 with a tine rake, sweeps, side knives, basket weeders and hilling discs);  fertility management (applying soil amendments, spreading manure, and testing soils);  mowing;  irrigation (using drip irrigation, a travelling reel and impact sprinklers);  spraying (using boom sprayer or backpack mist blower, to spray only OMRI-approved organic materials);  maintaining equipment (doing routine maintenance on tractors and implements, and diagnosing and solving problems);  and assistance with harvest and post-harvest handling (using hands, a tractor-mounted undercutter bar, and a potato digger).  Field planning and record keeping are also integral to the job.

The position requires a 2 year commitment, with a preference for a longer commitment.

The ideal candidate:

  • is self-motivated, independent and well-organized, able to balance many tasks and keep on schedule;
  • has worked for several full seasons on vegetable farms;
  • is experienced operating tractors with tillage implements and cultivation tools;  operates machinery safely, fluidly and efficiently;
  • is experienced at maintaining tractors and implements and solving mechanical problems;
  • is a detailed record keeper who can reliably track activities for organic certification purposes;
  • is comfortable driving a delivery box-truck;
  • is able to work all day lifting heavy things whether it’s raining, sweltering or beautiful out.  Able to work fast and efficiently both at time sensitive tasks like harvest and repetitive jobs like hand weeding.

Hours:

Approx. 50 – 60 hours / week during the growing season;  Approx. 30 hours / week in winter months.

Compensation:

$14-18 / hour (depending on experience).  A performance-based raise can be expected in each following year.

5 unpaid vacation days during the growing season, with flexible options for vacation time in the winter months.

Employee is responsible for housing, reliable transportation to farm, and appropriate farm clothes/raingear.

To apply:

Please e-mail the following to jobs@heartyroots.com :

  • Cover letter including the following: Why is Hearty Roots a good fit for you? What has made you stand out from the crowd at farm jobs you have had? What motivates you to work quickly and efficiently? What’s the hardest work you’ve ever done?
  • Resume
  • Contact information for two references

If it seems like the position could be a good fit we will invite candidates out for a farm visit and interview/work day.