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Hearty Roots is a great place to work. Located in the Hudson River Valley of New York, we grow 30 acres of certified organic vegetables per year on our 70-acre home farm and 50 acres of leased fields, and care for a flock of 2,000 laying hens, a group of pigs, and a flock of 16 sheep.


You will be part of a tight-knit crew, working cooperatively and having a great time as we move quickly in the fields with views of the Catskills. We are proud to be a CSA farm, providing 700 shares per week to families in our region and NYC, along with a large weekly delivery to a group of food pantries in NYC, and food for our Farm Market.

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.

We are hiring!

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Positions available:

 
Positions filled (may be available in future seasons):

Farm Store Manager

 

Hearty Roots Farm in Clermont, NY is seeking an enthusiastic and well-organized Farm Store Manager for our on-farm retail market.  

 

Hearty Roots Market is a destination for high quality, local farm food, including our own certified organic produce, pasture-raised eggs and seedlings; alongside a carefully selected range of products from other regional farms including dairy, fruit, grains, preserves, meat, seedlings, and more. We are one of few local farm markets open year round. We have hundreds of dedicated, loyal customers who appreciate our high quality food, friendly staff, and clean, organized store.  

 

The Farm Market Manager’s responsibilities include:

  • Hiring, training, scheduling and managing staff for the Market;

  • Sourcing and receiving products from a variety of local suppliers, including many individual farms and producers and a few local distributors;

  • Working with our own farm team to communicate orders for our own farm produce, with the opportunity to join in harvesting some of the food for the Market if desired; 

  • Maintaining and updating systems for display, inventory, and pricing;

  • Tracking revenue and expenses to ensure the financial success of the Market and working with the farm owners on strategic planning;

  • Setting a great example for excellent customer service, and building strong relationships with both suppliers and customers;

  • Overseeing marketing for the Farm Market including social media;

  • Exploring opportunities to add new enterprises to the Market.

 

The ideal candidate:

  • Is well organized, positive and hard-working, and has the ability to see the big picture while paying close attention to detail; 

  • Has experience working at a similar farm market, natural foods market, or farm-to-table restaurant;  

  • is self-motivated to work quickly and efficiently;

  • has experience leading others and providing constructive feedback, setting a quick pace, and teaching new skills to less experienced co-workers;

  • is able to take on responsibility for a major area of the farm's operation independently and keep on task and on schedule;

  • is able to lift 50 lbs.

 

Hours:

  • This is a year-round position

  • 5 days/week, some weekend hours are helpful but not required as a part of the regular schedule.

  • 40 hours/week, with some paid overtime available at the busiest times of year.

 

Compensation:

  • $20 - $24  / hour, depending on experience.

  • Free organic vegetables from the farm and 30% off items in our farm store.

  • Workers' Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, Paid Family Leave and Paid Sick Leave.  Paid vacation time after the first year of employment

 

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

  • Cover letter including the following: What makes you a good fit for this job? What motivates you to work quickly and efficiently? How have you built positive relationships with coworkers, customers and/or suppliers in the past?

  • 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. Thanks for applying!

Team Leader - Vegetable Packing

 

We're looking for a talented farmer who is ready to take on a leadership role.  The Team Leader for Vegetable Packing, in addition to working together with the crew on many different farm tasks in the fields and greenhouses, also takes lead responsibility for a critical area of the farm's production:  overseeing the washing + packing of the produce coming out of our fields as we prepare it for our CSA shares.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing our bright, modern, food-safe packing barn, and keeping everything well organized;

  • Operating our washing equipment:  a rinse conveyor, a barrel washer, greens spinner and sorting + spray tables;

  • Organizing and tracking the produce coming into the fields as it is divided up for our 700+ CSA members at 10 different drop off locations;

  • Managing crew members working alongside you in the packing house, training them to work quickly an efficiently and with an eye for quality;

  • Communicate well with other managers on the farm to update harvest teams on quantities needed and harvesters on quality standards.

 

The ideal candidate:

  • is able to take on responsibility for a major area of the farm's production independently and keep on task and on schedule;

  • has at least two seasons of experience working on a farm and some experience with washing + packing produce;

  • has a good head for numbers and can keep track of many different tasks simultaneously;

  • is positive, enthusiastic, and has the ability to see the big picture while paying close attention to detail;

  • can train and supervise other team members in the packing house and delegate tasks efficiently and clearly;

  • is able to lift 50 lbs.

 

Hours:

  • This position has a flexible start date of January - April 2022 and then is year-round, with a smaller work load in the winter months and opportunities for time off.

  • 5 days/week plus rotating weekend chores.

  • We work 7 – 11 hours a day, depending on the time of year.

 

Compensation:

  • $16-19 / hour, depending on experience.

  • Free organic vegetables from the farm and 30% off items in our farm store.

  • There may be a room available in our spacious and newly renovated on-farm apartment.

  • Workers' Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, Paid Family Leave and Paid Sick Leave.

Please email jobs@heartyroots.com with the following:

  • Cover letter including the following: What is the hardest work you’ve ever done? What motivates you to work quickly and efficiently? Why is Hearty Roots a good fit for you?

  • Resume

  • Contact information for two references who can speak to your work ethic and reliability

 

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

Farm Crew Member

 

We're looking for people who love to farm and work with a cohesive team!  As a Crew Member, you will be 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. 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 (higher wage for those who are more experienced);

  • 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 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.


Hours:

  • 5 days/week plus rotating weekend chores.

  • Typical schedule is 7am - 5pm with a one hour lunch break.


Compensation:

  • $14 - $16 / hour depending on experience.

  • Free organic produce from the farm and a 30% employee discount in our farm store.

  • There may be a room available in our spacious and newly renovated on-farm apartment.

  • Workers' Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, Paid Family Leave and Paid Sick Leave.

Please email us with the following:

  • Cover letter including the following: What is the hardest work you’ve ever done? What motivates you to work quickly and efficiently? Why is Hearty Roots a good fit for you?

  • Resume

  • Contact information for two references who can speak to your work ethic and reliability

 

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

 

Farm Market Retail Sales 

Hearty Roots Farm & Market is hiring for the 2022 Season! 

 

Farm Market Retail Sales Position: You will work alongside the Market Manager and retail staff in our busy on-site market. This can be a part-time or full-time job just in the Farm Market, or can be a full-time job that also includes work as a harvest crew member on our certified organic farm. 

 

We are looking for someone who can take direction well and has a willingness to work as part of a team to achieve daily tasks in a fast and efficient manner.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about mid-scale certified organic farming, gain valuable experience in farmers market sales, and work alongside a dedicated team who work hard, but have fun while doing it. This position is fast paced and involves physically lifting large boxes of produce, maintaining market displays, washing, weighing and packing produce for sale in the market.

 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Opening the market: stocking produce, vegetable prep cleaning, stocking shelves, pricing new products.

  • Able to lift up to 50lb boxes, pack/unload boxes of produce for market set-up.

  • Interacting with our customers and CSA members, providing excellent customer service. A genuine interest in talking to the public about our products. Good communication skills/ customer service skills are a must.

  • Maintain knowledge of seasonal produce along with learning about the additional products we sell sourced from local farms in the Northeast. 

  • Ringing up customers, operating a point of sales system, handling cash, updating inventory stock, accepting deliveries throughout the day. 

  • Able to prioritize keeping the store looking fresh and fully stocked at all times. Create and maintain attractive signage and displays in the market.

  • Closing the market: putting away/storing fresh produce at the end of the day. Taking note of low inventory. End of day cleaning, sweeping/mopping. Light restocking for the next day. 

 

The Ideal Candidate: 

  • 1 season of farming experience or 1 year of experience in farmers market or retail sales. 

  • Can maintain quality control and has an eye for detail. 

  • Interest in learning about the community of farms and makers in the Hudson Valley.

  • An excellent communicator, enjoys engaging with customers and answering questions about produce, recipe suggestions, etc.

 

Schedule:

  • Hours: Our Market is open Wednesday-Fridays 11-6pm (10-7pm shift) & Saturday, Sunday 10-4pm (9-5pm shift).  

  • Option to work part-time in the Market and part-time on the farm crew for those who have some previous farming experience. 

  • Option for full-time or part-time hours and year round employment through the winter months. 

Compensation:

$15 - $16/hour based on experience. 

  • Free organic produce from the farm and a 30% employee discount in our farm store

  • Workers' Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, Paid Family Leave and Paid Sick Leave

Please email us at market@heartyroots.com with "Employment" in the subject line and include the following:

  • Cover letter: What type of experience do you have in this field? Why is Hearty Roots a good fit for you? 

  • Resume

  • Contact information for two references who can speak to your work ethic and reliability

 

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

 

Tractor Operator & Mechanic

Skillful work with tractors sets the stage for a great harvest.   We are hiring an experienced equipment operator who can also keep our tractors and implements in good working order.


As our Tractor Operator & Mechanic, you will be involved with many aspects of the operation including:

  • Operating equipment for farm production, including tractors for tillage, cultivation, and mowing;

  • Overseeing regular maintenance of our equipment, including tractors, implements, vehicles and tools;

  • Setting up and maintaining our new & improved equipment workshop;

  • Additional work supporting the farm's production such as harvest and plant care.



The ideal candidate:

  • has several years of experience working with equipment, including maintenance, problem solving and repair;

  • is organized and can keep track of maintenance schedules and detailed tasks including record keeping;

  • has experience operating farm equipment and machinery;

  • works well on independent tasks and is also a team player;

  • is able to lift 50 lbs.


Hours:

  • This is a year-round position, with a flexible schedule during the winter months.

  • 5-6 days/week, depending on the time of year.

  • We work 7 – 11 hours a day, depending on the time of year.


Compensation:

  • $20 - 25 / hour, depending on experience and whether you have tools.  If you have less experience but are willing to learn, we will consider hiring you at a lower wage. 

  • Free organic vegetables from the farm and 30% off items in our farm store.

  • There may be a room available in our spacious and newly renovated on-farm apartment.

  • Workers' Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, Paid Family Leave and Paid Sick Leave

 

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

  • Cover letter including the following: What experience do you have that makes you a great fit for this job?  How do you get things done quickly while still paying attention to details?

  • Resume / Work History

  • 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. Thanks for applying!

 

Assistant Farm Manager
(position filled for 2022)

We're looking for a talented, enthusiastic farmer to step into a role with great opportunities for leadership and rewarding work.  The Assistant Farm Manager will work with the Farm Manager (Ben) and the rest of the senior team at the farm to ensure that we have healthy soils, thriving plants, happy CSA members and an energized crew. 

The Assistant Farm Manager will be involved with many aspects of the operation including:

  • Leading one of our two harvest teams; 

  • Working on our Soil Health team (tillage, cover cropping, rotations);

  • Working on our Plant Health team (cultivation, planting, fertility and pest/disease control).


Applicants should plan to stay with us for at least two seasons, and hopefully longer, in order to learn our farm's systems and be able to put them into practice, and work to improve them.

The ideal candidate:

  • has at least two seasons 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;

  • has experience leading others and providing constructive feedback, setting a quick pace, and teaching new skills to less experienced co-workers;

  • is able to take on responsibility for a major area of the farm's production independently and keep on task and on schedule;

  • is positive, enthusiastic, and has the ability to see the big picture while paying close attention to detail;

  • can reliably keep on top of record keeping related to your work;

  • 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.


Hours:

  • This is a year-round position, with a flexible schedule during the winter months.

  • 5-6 days/week, depending on the time of year.

  • We work 7 – 11 hours a day, depending on the time of year.


Compensation:

  • $17-19 / hour, depending on experience.

  • Free organic vegetables from the farm and 30% off items in our farm store.

  • There may be a room available in our spacious and newly renovated on-farm apartment.

  • Workers' Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, Paid Family Leave and Paid Sick Leave

 

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

  • Cover letter including the following: What is the hardest work you’ve ever done? What motivates you to work quickly and efficiently? 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. Thanks for applying!

Livestock Manager
(position filled for 2022)

 

The Livestock Manager will run and expand the livestock program that has been steadily growing alongside our larger vegetable production operation.  We currently raise a flock of 2000 laying hens on our pastures and 10-15 feeder pigs in our old apple orchard.  This summer, we will take over the lease on some hayfields and in the fall we will begin a small flock of sheep for meat and fiber in cooperation with our neighbor, who is retiring from her own grass-based sheep operation. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Caring for our flock of laying hens, including:  managing rotation through pasture, feed ordering, maintaining mobile coops and feed/water infrastructure, raising new chicks, overseeing egg washing and packing, marketing meat and eggs, and being the point person for daily chores and managing chore schedule for other crew members.  

  • Caring for 10-15 feeder pigs during the spring / summer / fall, and managing sales of pork shares.

  • Working with our neighbor to establish a small flock of sheep for meat + fiber in Fall 2021, for lambing in 2022.  The sheep will spend time on her pasture and our own.  We will also be establishing hay fields on some of our leased land, in cooperation with a neighboring farmer who will do the haying.


When livestock duties are completed, the livestock coordinator may have the opportunity to participate in work on our vegetable crew. 

The ideal candidate:

  • has at least three seasons of experience working on farms with livestock, and / or an education related to raising livestock and pasture management;

  • has experience managing / leading co-workers, providing constructive feedback, and teaching new skills to less experienced colleagues;

  • has some carpentry skills;

  • is able to work with the Farm 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 pickup truck with a livestock trailer.  

 

Hours: 5-6 days/week, year round (with opportunities for vacation and other time off).  We work 7 – 11 hours a day, depending on the time of year.

Compensation:

  • $16-19 / hour (depending on experience) 

  • Free organic vegetables from the farm and 30% off items in our farm store. 

  • There may be a room available in our spacious and newly renovated on-farm apartment.

  • Workers' Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, Paid Family Leave and Paid Sick Leave.


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

  • Resume

  • Two references

  • 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?  

 

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