Join our team
Hearty Roots is a great place to work. Located in the Hudson River Valley of New York, we grow 25 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 Store.
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 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.
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.
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.
$12 / hour. Employees who return for multiple seasons will receive an annual raise.
Time off and vacation:
5 unpaid vacation days per season.
Workers have at least one day of rest per week.
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.
Please e-mail the following to :
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?
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.