The Neighborhood Farm is a collection of market gardens. In 2008 we planted gardens in five Needham back yards, because we couldn’t find available farm land in the Boston area. Homeowners lent us a portion of their yards and we grew vegetables, herbs and flowers – all without synthetic inputs of any kind. The number of sites and the logistics made us decide against pursuing organic certification.
Since then we’ve grown substantially, adding and subtracting gardens from year to year as circumstances changed. We also began leasing a field from The Trustees Of Reservations in Medfield. We now grow on about six and half acres and sell our produce at four local farmers’ markets, to restaurants, and through our Farmers’ Market CSA. For the 2015 growing season, we will be based at Powisset Farm in Dover where we rent barn space. We will be working at garden sites in Needham and Dedham, at the field in Medfield, and at our rented greenhouse space in Sharon. Despite the number of sites we use, more than 90% of our time will be spent at the field or at the barn, which are both on the Dover/Medfield line, less than 2 miles apart.
As a family owned small business, we are committed to helping others prepare to start their own farming and gardening operations. We love to work with people who are exploring the possibilities of starting their own enterprises, and with people who are just looking for more experience in farming and gardening.
This year we are seeking people to fill the following positions:
Weekend Crew Leader
The weekend crew leader position is seasonal (May, June, July and August), 3 days per week (Friday, Saturday, and Monday). Weekend crew members will have Sunday greenhouse duties approximately once a month. Candidates should have at least 1 season of farming experience. The weekend crew leader will be responsible for helping with harvest and general field work on Friday, and coordinating the crew on Saturdays and Mondays based on instructions received from the farm managers. This person needs to be able to manage others successfully, motivate them, instruct them in safe and efficient work methods, and supervise the whole crew's activities while working alongside them. The work will encompass various aspects of vegetable, herb and flower production and harvesting. These tasks will include, but are not limited to, record keeping, planting, weeding, irrigation, harvest, washing and packing. Previous tractor experience is a plus.
We are looking for someone who is flexible, productive, easy to work with, open minded, and responsible, with excellent communication skills and a good sense of humor to see them through the challenges of farming. The work can be physically challenging as we do the vast majority of our work by hand. Candidates should be able to lift 50 lbs, be ready to work outdoors in all kinds of weather, have reliable transportation and a clean driving record.
The position runs from May 1st through August 31st, 2015. A commitment for the entirety of the period is required. The hours will vary but will average about 25 hours/week. There is a possibility this position could be extended into the fall. Compensation: $12/hour, and vegetables from the farm. Unfortunately, we cannot provide housing.