Multiple Positions Availabile

Website Front Porch Farm

We’re hiring:

Vegetable Crew Member(s)

Wholesale Order Coordinator/Flower Crew Member

Flower Crew Member

Equipment Operations Assistant

Front Porch Farm is a 110-acre diverse organic farm situated on the Russian River just 10 minutes from downtown Healdsburg in Northern California. Each year we grow roughly 12 acres of vegetables and berries, 4 acres of cut flowers, 2 acres of Floriani flint corn, 15 acres of wine grapes, and maintain a plethora of fruit trees. At our neighboring property—Acorn Ranch—we also raise heritage lamb. With ecological farming principles at the heart of what we do, we strive to be responsible stewards of the land.

At Front Porch Farm the days are long and the tasks are strenuous, so we aim to build a team with a strong work ethic that supports each other in maintaining a positive & healthy working environment. We strive to find the delicate balance between working hard and having fun. Our community is bilingual and multicultural, and some of our farm’s core values are inclusivity and connection across these lines. We work 40-50 hours per week on the farm with occasional weekend responsibilities.

 

Vegetable Crew Member: Full- Time

In the vegetable operation, we work year-round to supply our produce and fruit at 3 weekly Farmers’ Markets in San Rafael and Healdsburg, as well as to chefs and grocery stores through our local wholesaler F.E.E.D Sonoma. We grow over 40 different crops, with some standouts including strawberries, blackberries, heirloom & cherry tomatoes, lettuces, sweet peppers, and specialty garlic. We specialize in heat-loving crops in the summer and rely on storage crops and season extension techniques to maintain a bounty throughout all four seasons. We are committed to growing exceptionally high quality product, crop diversity, and efficient growing practices that build and nurture the soil.

About the position: The vegetable crew member will work on a team of 4+ people from April through November. We will often work together as a team to complete the daily tasks listed below, but this position will also work in small groups or alone. We typically work 9-hour days Monday-Friday. Our weekly workflow is built around our harvest schedule: Mondays & Thursdays we harvest for our wholesale outlets, Wednesdays & Fridays we harvest for market, leaving Tuesdays and any available afternoons for miscellaneous fieldwork tasks. While not required, we are excited about finding someone who is excited about making a multi-season commitment with opportunities for increased pay and responsibility in each successive season. Starting compensation begins at $13/hr (DOE).

Primary Responsibilities:

❏ Harvesting

❏ Post- Harvest Handling: washing, sorting, packing

❏ Fieldwork: planting, weeding, mulching, spraying, and more

❏ Greenhouse work: sowing, thinning, potting up, spraying, pest/disease management

❏ Rotating weekend work: Greenhouse watering, U-Pick events on farm

❏ Potential additional responsibilities: deliveries to restaurants and FEED Sonoma, irrigation, wash/pack shed oversight**

Desired Skills & Experience:

❏ While no experience is necessary, 1+ years experience working on a production farm is preferred. We will gladly train the right candidate.

❏ Excellent work ethic— prompt, communicative, takes initiative

❏ Innate attention to detail

❏ Seeking team players who are generally easy-going by nature and who are motivated by a fast-paced environment

** If you have experience with or interest in working in the wash & pack station, please specify this in your application!

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Wholesale Order Coordinator/Flower Crew Member: Full-Time

Nearly all year round we are pulling flowers from our fields and hoop houses—from the bulbs, sweet peas, and poppies in the early spring to the garden roses, tuberose, and chrysanthemums in the fall, with over 60 other varieties in between. We sell our flowers to dozens of local and Bay Area florists, to a selection of grocery stores, and direct-to-consumer through our Farmers’ Markets. We also use our flowers to do our own high-end design work for weddings and other special events out of our on-farm design studio. We are proud to use organic growing practices, providing our customers with local flowers grown in accordance with nature and without the use of harmful chemicals.

About the position:

We are looking for a hardworking, highly organized individual to join our flower crew in April of 2020 and take on the coordination of our wholesale flower orders. The person in this role will be responsible for keeping track of the wholesale orders going out each week as well as preparing the orders and invoicing customers. This position also includes a weekly delivery route to San Francisco with multiple drop-offs to our various city customers. When not putting together/delivering orders, this person will join the rest of the flower crew in the fields for harvest and other fieldwork. On Friday afternoons, this crew member will prep, designate, and record the flowers being sent to each of our weekend markets. Work is guaranteed from April through October, with the potential of  some winter work. Multiple seasons encouraged. During the season we work 40-50 hour weeks Monday through Friday with some rotating weekend work. Compensation is $14/hr.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities:

❏ Keep track of flower orders in an organized fashion

❏ Efficiently put together orders so that they are accurate, complete, and in accordance with our high standards

❏ Act as the last line of quality control in the pack shed before orders go out

❏ Deliver flowers 1x per week to San Francisco in company sprinter van

❏ Harvesting! A lot of harvesting

❏ Fieldwork: planting, weeding, pinching, staking, netting, mulching, spraying, and more

❏ Greenhouse work: sowing, thinning, potting up

❏ Assisting in some floral design

❏ Rotating weekend work: Greenhouse watering, U-Pick events on farm, and occasional wedding flower installations

Desired Skills & Experience:

❏ 1-3 years experience working on a production farm, a florist’s shop, or comparable experience

❏ Excellent work ethic— prompt, communicative, takes initiative

❏ Innate attention to detail

❏ Highly organized and responsible

❏ Seeking team players who are generally easy-going by nature and who are motivated by a fast-paced environment

❏ Comfortable driving through and parking a sprinter van on city streets

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Flower Crew Member: Full-Time

About the position:

We are looking to add one hardworking and positive individual to our flower crew this season! We will often work together as a team to complete the daily tasks listed below, but this position will also work in small groups or alone. We typically work 9-hour days Monday-Friday. Our weekly workflow is built around our harvest schedule: Mondays & Tuesdays we harvest for our wholesale outlets, Wednesdays & Fridays we harvest for market, leaving Thursdays and any available afternoons for miscellaneous fieldwork tasks.  Work is guaranteed from May through October. Multiple seasons encouraged. During the season we work 40-50 hour weeks Monday through Friday with some rotating weekend work. Compensation is $13/hr.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities:

❏ Harvesting! A lot of harvesting

❏ Fieldwork: planting, weeding, pinching, staking, netting, mulching, spraying, and more

❏ Greenhouse work: sowing, thinning, potting up

❏ Assisting in some floral design

❏ Rotating weekend work: Greenhouse watering, U-Pick events on farm, and occasional wedding flower installations

Desired Skills & Experience:

❏ Preferred 1-3 years experience working on a production farm or a florist’s shop, but no experience required. We will happily train the right person.

❏ Excellent work ethic— prompt, communicative, takes initiative

❏ Innate attention to detail

❏ Seeking team players who are generally easy-going by nature and who are motivated by a fast-paced environment

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Equipment Operations Assistant: Full-Time

At Front Porch, we are committed to employing a tillage system that is efficient and harmonious with the needs of the land.

About the position: This person will work directly with the Equipment Operations Manager to achieve the needs of the farm week-to-week. They will be trained to use our different tractors, tools, and implements and should expect to grow in autonomy after the initial training period. The majority of time will be spent in the fields: mowing, discing, spading, harrowing, prepping beds, undercutting, sowing cover crop, and cultivating. They will be responsible for assisting in the maintenance of our tractors and vehicles as well as our work spaces. With any spare time, this person will join the vegetable and berry harvest crew. Looking for a multiple-season committment. On-site, single occupancy housing is included.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities:

❏ Receives a weekly task list and budgets time to ensure that all tasks are completed in a timely fashion

❏ Checks and monitors soil moisture to ensure tillage is happening at the right time

❏ Responsible for assisting in the maintenance of our tractors and vehicles as well as our work spaces

❏ Rotating weekend work: Greenhouse watering, U-Pick events on farm

Desired Skills & Experience:

❏ Minimum of one season experience operating farm machinery

❏ Experience servicing equipment is a plus

❏ Self-starter with excellent time management

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To Apply:

Our goal is to support team members in developing and deepening their skills, with opportunities to continue to grow with the farm over many seasons. Start date is position-specific in the Spring of 2020. We will begin interviewing for positions in December. If you are interested in joining the Front Porch Farm team, please specify which position you are applying for and email your resume, cover letter, and references to zoe@fpfarm.com. Please visit our website to learn more about what we do: www.fpfarm.com.

To apply for this job email your details to zoe@fpfarm.com