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Seasonal Farm Assistant

Codman Community Farms
Full Time
Lincoln, MA 01773
Posted 30+ days ago
Job description

To APPLY: send email [email protected] with your resume and cover letter.


SEASONAL FARM ASSISTANTS

Position Filled for 2022

Codman Community Farms is a working farm in the heart of Lincoln, located adjacent to the commuter rail. We steward over 150 acres of land within the town of Lincoln and have an 18-acre home farm which includes many barns, outbuildings, organically managed (not certified) vegetable and fruit fields, and pastures. Codman is growing its sustainable farming programs and seeks individuals interested in learning and growing with the farm. We are primarily a community and livestock farm but in 2021 we added a new, 1-acre no-til market garden. Work on the farm includes all aspects of raising and caring for our pasture-based livestock, maintaining our pastures and fields, as well as tending our growing no-till gardens. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in learning about running a diversified livestock farm with a thriving direct to consumer market.

We raise 100% grass-fed beef, pasture-raised meat chickens and egg-laying hens, turkeys, pigs, and other minor stock including ducks, goats, and sheep. We also utilize two Livestock Guardian Dogs to protect our poultry. We use organic growing practices but are not certified organic. We also have a growing 1-acre+ market garden where we grow mixed vegetables using a low-til, permanent bed system.

For the 2022 season, the Farm Assistants will work together on tasks such as egg collection. poultry and swine care as well as work in the Market Gardens. Each Assistant will have a focus on either Livestock or the Market Garden but will share additional duties to provide a well-rounded experience on the farm.

Daily farm work includes:= both livestock and market garden work:

  • Participate in daily chores including caring for all livestock including feeding, watering, observing, and moving animals through pastures.

  • Collecting and washing eggs, daily.

  • Moving, caring, and feeding of meat bird broilers on pasture.

  • Lots of setting up, breaking down, and moving portable electrified net fences, setting up chargers, etc..

  • Driving pick up truck to visit animals on pasture, pumping water and maintaining remote water systems.

  • Assist in greenhouse growing of transplants for retail and farm use.

  • Planting, weeding, and harvesting vegetables and fruits.

  • Using gas-powered machines to mow, wack, cut, and otherwise maintain growing vegetation on the farm.

  • Stocking our on-site Farm Store, as needed.

  • Interacting with volunteers and the public.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • 1-year experience in livestock or vegetable farming preferred.

  • Passion for working with animals

  • Positive attitude, attention to detail, and a willingness to learn and take direction

  • Excellent verbal communication skills and a good sense of humor

  • Creative problem-solving skills

  • An appreciation of the roles speed and efficiency play in creating an economically viable farm

  • The ability to lift 50 lbs repeatedly is required as this is a very physical job

  • Ability to operate power tools and mechanical equipment safely

  • Willingness to work long hours in all weather conditions

  • Tractor experience is a plus, but not needed

  • General carpentry and handiness a plus

  • Valid driver's license with clean driving record required

  • Must pass a CORI background check

Work Schedule:

  • Seasonal full-time position from April - early November

  • Five days per week, 8-10 hours per day.

  • Occasional weekend or evening work required

Compensation:

  • Hourly pay, depending on experience. Starting at $15 hr.

  • Season end bonus opportunity for staying until early November. This is a seasonal position only.

  • Workers compensation provided.

  • Free veggies from our gardens and eggs from our hens.

  • At least 1-2x per month - free homemade pizza lunch!

  • Monthly allowance for shopping in our awesome Farm Store.

  • Housing is not currently available but if you are interested we may be able to assist.

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