Drumlin Farm is a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary and working educational farm located twenty miles west of Boston and Cambridge. We seek individuals with farming experience to join our team for the 2016 season. Housing and limited hours are available immediately, with a full-time schedule beginning for some in mid-February with maple sugaring, and for all by the first week of April.
Beginning Farmers work closely with the Crops Manager to raise crops on twenty acres and market produce through a farmstand, two weekly farmers’ markets, restaurant accounts and a summer and winter CSA program. Beginning Farmers gain management experience as they instruct and lead volunteers in the fields and at markets. Beginning Farmers are encouraged to take responsibility for aspects of the operation that suit their talents and interests: management of cut flowers/bouquet-making, the greenhouse, the farmstand, display/graphics at markets, weeds, tomato trellising/harvesting, the CSA.
At Drumlin, we are committed to farming sustainably. Our crop rotation includes fallowing with green manures, spreading compost made on the farm, and careful monitoring of soil organic matter and fertility. We do not irrigate or use black plastic mulches. All beds are open or mulched with straw. To learn more about what sustainable farming means to us, please visit our website: http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/drumlin-far...
Qualifications: Applicants should have worked at least one season on a farm, be comfortable with physical labor in all weather conditions, have experience cooking with local food, be willing to share their knowledge with the public, and be willing to work with groups of adults and children. Punctual, precise, energetic, resilient, and attentive people are encouraged to apply.
Hours: From April through mid-May, hours are 7-5, Mon.-Fri. At the peak of the season, from mid-May through Halloween, hours are 6-5:30, Tue.-Sat., with an additional four hours on either Sunday or Monday. From Halloween through Thanksgiving, hours are 8-4, Tue.-Sat. Beginning in July, additional work hours are available, though not required, for the Friday evening cut flower harvest. A daily hour lunch break is unpaid.
Compensation: $11/hr., fruit and vegetables produced on the farm, on-farm housing is available at $35/week. Beginning Farmers receive four paid vacation days during the season and are eligible for health benefits.
To Apply: Please send a resume and letter of intent to Matthew Celona, Crops Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.