Organic Farm Hand
At Emma Hearth & Market we are driven by the pursuit of making and sharing the best tasting, nutrient dense, most healthy food possible. Our inspiration is our family tradition from southern Italy, combined with local farm foods from the Michigan region plus a twist of modern day urban/ Chicago culinary influence.
We started as Live Station Farm in 2013 in Coloma MI, a certified organic grower and producer in Southwest Michigan and then in 2015 built a mobile wood fired pizza food truck and farmers market called EMMA Hearth & Market, named after Nonna Emma who is from Calabria - the bottom of the boot, just across from Sicily.
We took the food truck all over SW MI, South bend and Chicago to farmers markets, breweries and wineries - it was amazing but tiring, so we’re excited to have a brick and mortar where people join us year round! We also love to have our employees visit and do a bit of work on the farm too, so you can tell the story of where our products come from! We also very carefully source our ingredients and products for sale in the market, so we will often share more on those from a health and origin standpoint.
Implement daily priorities and policies as determined by farm owner and farm manager.
Lead and perform field work, including planting, cultivation, irrigation, harvesting, post-harvest handling of crops; assist with production, equipment maintenance, repair and requisition, greenhouse and high tunnel maintenance and supervision and property landscaping
Delivery Services and Business Development:
Represent farm while delivering produce to wholesale and retail customers.
Potential to participate in organic certification, crop rotation planning, crop/variety selection, capital project planning.
Ensure work is documented; sales are recorded and organic certification documentation requirements are met (Note daily activities into organic certification sheets)
Enthusiasm and Curiosity for Farming
Driver's license - operating a vehicle will be essential to your job duties
Ability to do physical labor for long periods of time.
Not Required, but Preferred
Six months of experience farming or horticultural experience with the application of sustainable agriculture principles and organic farming preferred
Bachelor's or Associate’s degree or course work equivalent in any field
We will work with you so that you can focus on your specific focus on the farm as much as possible.
Construction, electrical and mechanical repair skills preferred.
Future Opportunities: The position does have the potential to become a year round job. We are ultimately looking to hire an assistant farm manager. Opportunities to receive 2 pay raises during the season exist. Potential trade for farm plot usage opportunities also exist.
$8.50 an hour, with opportunity to quickly increase hourly rate to $9.50 based on experience and skills.
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