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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 we will begin to manage a flock of sheep this year. 


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.

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!

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Positions available:

Assistant Farm Manager

 

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

 

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!

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 March - May 2021 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:

  • $15-18 / 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;

  • 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.

  • Crew positions begin in April, May or June and run through October or November.


Compensation:

  • $14 / hour.

  • 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 Sales / Farm Crew Member

 

Hearty Roots Farm & Market is looking for a team member to work closely with the Market Manger in our busy on-site market and as a harvest crew member on our certified organic farm. 


You should enjoy engaging with market customers and be able to speak knowledgeably about seasonal produce. 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. As a crew member you will also participate in harvesting in the fields and learning all the procedures for washing, packing, storing produce to then sell directly in the market. We are looking for someone who can take direction well and 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. 

 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Harvest in the field in all types of weather conditions, washing, weighing and packing produce for sale in the market.

  • Interacting with our customers and CSA members, providing excellent customer service and a genuine desire to talk to the public about our products and answer questions.

  • Maintain knowledge of all in-season produce that we sell, along with learning about the additional products we sell from our local farm friends. 

  • Operate a point of sales system, handling cash, updating inventory stock. 

  • Able to prioritize restocking, pricing inventory, and keeping the store looking fresh and fully stocked at all times. 

  • Create and maintain attractive signage and displays in the market 

 

The Ideal Candidate: 

  • Minimum 1 season of full-time farming experience (preferably in vegetable production) or 1 year of experience in farmers market sales.

  • Is ready to hustle, whether harvesting while maintaining quality control, or while serving a rush of customers while projecting good spirits.

  • Interest in learning about the community of farms and makers in the Hudson Valley.  Interest in learning about farm market sales and promoting via social media. 

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

  • Enjoys the physical labor component of farming - is able to work all day on their feet, harvesting and washing produce, able to lift up to 50lb boxes, pack/unload trucks for market set-up. 

  • Is comfortable driving a delivery box truck or willingness to learn how. 

  • Able to work at least one weekend day per week.

 

Schedule:

  • Hours will be split between working in the market and on the farm as needed.

  • This is a seasonal position with the possibility of part-time hours through the winter.

  • Position starts in March and runs through the end of November with potential for part-time work throughout the winter months. 

  • Candidates must be available to work 4-5 days a week including either a Saturday or Sunday.


Compensation:

  • $14.00 / hour as starting wage or more depending 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!