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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 farm, and care for a flock of 2,000 laying hens and several pigs. You will be part of a tight-knit crew, sharing lunch together 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.

We (the farm owners, Ben Shute + Lindsey Lusher Shute) are also co-founders of the National Young Farmers Coalition and we are very dedicated to training new farmers to be successful. Nothing makes us more proud than seeing how our current workers have added to their responsibilities and skills while working here,  and how many of our former farm workers have gone on to start and manage impressive farms of their own.

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

Positions available:

Field Manager

The Field Manager will work with the Farm Manager (Ben) to ensure that everything runs smoothly in the preparations of the fields (tillage, cover cropping, fertility management).  In cooperation with the rest of the farm team, the Field Manager is also a lead in managing plant health (cultivation, disease management, fertigation, other plant care).  

 

Responsibilities include:

 

  • Tillage (using a subsoiler, chisel plow, disc harrow, moldboard plow, bed shaper, rototiller and mulch layer)

  • Fertility management (applying soil amendments, spreading manure, and testing soils)

  • Mowing (bush hog, flail mower)

  • Scheduling 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)

  • Some cultivation (using a HAK cultivator, Allis G tractors and a Case 265 with a tine rake, sweeps, side knives, basket weeders and hilling discs)

  • Maintaining equipment (doing routine maintenance on tractors and implements, and diagnosing and solving problems) 

  • Assistance with harvest and post-harvest handling (using hands and a tractor-mounted undercutter bar)

  • Recording keeping related to your work

 

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

 

The ideal candidate:

  • has at least three 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

  • 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.

  • is comfortable driving a box truck

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

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

  • Access to all the organic vegetables you can eat, and steep discounts on other products available at our farm store. 

  • Employees who return for multiple seasons will receive an annual raise.

Transportation:

You are responsible for your own reliable transportation to farm, and appropriate farm clothes/raingear.

We have a great on-farm apartment available to our workers at a very affordable rate; however the number of rooms available is limited, so we cannot guarantee a spot for all workers. There are many additional housing opportunities near by.

 

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 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.

 
Team leaders

Team leaders work together with the crew on many different farm tasks, while also taking lead responsibility for a critical area of the farm's production.  Currently we are seeking team leaders for:

  • Irrigation (position FILLED for 2020)

  • Cultivation

  • High Tunnels (position FILLED for 2020)

 

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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

Team leader positions typically run from March/April - November/December, with an opportunity for winter work.

5 days/week plus rotating weekend chores

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

Compensation:
  • $14-16 / hour, depending on experience. 

  • Access to all the organic vegetables you can eat, and steep discounts on other products available at our farm store. 

  • Employees who return for multiple seasons will receive an annual raise.

Transportation:

You are responsible for your own reliable transportation to farm, and appropriate farm clothes/raingear.

We have a great on-farm apartment available to our workers at a very affordable rate; however the number of rooms available is limited, so we cannot guarantee a spot for all workers. There are many additional housing opportunities near by.

 

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 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.

Farm Crew Member

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.  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.

5 days/week plus rotating weekend chores

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

Compensation:
  • $12.50 / hour  

  • Access to all the organic vegetables you can eat, and steep discounts on other products available at our farm store. 

  • Employees who return for multiple seasons will receive an annual raise.

Transportation:

You are responsible for your own reliable transportation to farm, and appropriate farm clothes/raingear.

We have a great on-farm apartment available to our workers at a very affordable rate; however the number of rooms available is limited, so we cannot guarantee a spot for all workers. There are many additional housing opportunities near by.

 

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 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.

 
 
 
Delivery Driver

*Position FILLED for 2020*

The Delivery Driver is responsible for driving our farm's produce to our customers in NYC twice a week, June - November.  

The primary delivery vehicle is a 16' refrigerated cabover box truck.  It's a new truck and in great shape.  The driver is responsible for:

 

  • Helping to load the truck in the early morning;

  • Bringing farm produce safely to several neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx;  

  • Unloading our products from the truck at our neighborhood locations, usually with the help of staff at the delivery sites;

  • Being the "face of the farm" with our customers who you interact with in the city.

This job can either be part time as a delivery driver only position (2 days / week, approx. 25 hours / week) or made into a full time position that includes farm work at the farm (work on the farm crew or tractor operation).  Our delivery shifts are Wednesdays and Saturdays. Wednesdays start at 4am and end around 5 or 6pm. Saturdays start at 4am and end around 2 or 3pm. We are open to applicants that are available to drive just one or both of these days.

The ideal candidate:

  • Timely, organized, and reliable;

  • Confident in safely driving in the city;

  • Friendly and exercises good communication skills with our customers;

  • Has experience driving vans or box trucks in urban settings;

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs repeatedly is necessary, as the driver will be responsible for loading & unloading crates of vegetables from the truck

  • Some experience with farming or food industry is preferable;

  • CDL is not required, but is great if you have it.

Hours:

This job can either be part time as a delivery driver only position (2 days / week, approx. 25 hours / week) or made into a full time position that includes farm work at the farm (work on the farm crew or tractor operation).  Our delivery shifts are Wednesdays and Saturdays. Wednesdays start at 4am and end around 5 or 6pm. Saturdays start at 4am and end around 2 or 3pm. We are open to applicants that are available to drive just one or both of these days.

 
Compensation:

  • $18-20 / hour for driving, depending on experience.  Additional days of work on the farm, if desired, will be paid at a different hourly, which varies based on experience.

  • Access to all the organic vegetables you can eat, and steep discounts on other products available at our farm store. 

  • Employees who return for multiple seasons will receive an annual raise.

 

To apply:

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

  • Cover letter including the following: What experience do you have driving professionally? What steps to you take to prioritize safety when driving? 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.

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Hearty Roots Community Farm

1822 Route 9

Germantown, New York 12526

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