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Delight Flower Farm

NOW HIRING: Field Manager for 2019 growing season (mid-March through November)

Posted 16 January 2019

Position description: This position is a two-fold management position that oversees both people and the aspects of farming that fall under “field work.” Because we are a small farm, the person in this role will be doing the same field work as the crew and will have the added responsibility of crew leadership and execution of the crop plan. This person should have a detailed understanding of the farm and an ability to communicate the overall picture to the crew at all times. A big part of your duties will be keeping an eye on the crew in terms of quality control and efficiency. You'll be asked to manage field staff and/or volunteers on your own, which will require thinking on your feet, making snap decisions in a sometimes chaotic environment, and communicating instructions effectively to others.

All field crew members, including field manager, are involved in all aspects of the farm field work: planting, cultivating, irrigation, pest and disease control, mowing, greenhouse management, washing buckets, and especially harvesting flowers. Crew members can expect to gain an understanding of all aspects of running a sustainable flower farm. Some days are full of many varied tasks, while others are more routine (for example, lots of hand-weeding or harvesting). While we have fun, we are also dedicated to staying focused on completing the farming tasks in an efficient manner, regardless of the rain, wind, heat, or sometimes beautiful weather. This position does not include post-harvest handling/processing of flowers in the studio. In other words: if you have dreams of arranging flowers - this is NOT the position for you.

5-6 days/week plus rotating weekend chores or farmer’s markets. We are looking for help Monday-Saturday.  Some staff will go to markets on Saturdays, and a couple people will be at the farm to do the daily chores.

We work ~6-8 hours a day, depending on the time of year. Hours vary throughout the season:  March-July hours are 30-40 per week; July, August, and September could be nearly 50 per week; Oct and Nov are ~35 per week. We take lunch breaks every day.

5 unpaid vacation/sick days per season. Paid farm field trips will happen throughout the season.

Employee is responsible for having a valid driver's license, housing, reliable transportation to the farm, and appropriate farm clothes/rain gear/boots.

This position is seasonal full time, but part-time winter work is also available with a two-year commitment. Hourly wage commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Desired Qualifications:
 Farm work experience (min 2 years)
 Excellent communication (both in person and via text)
 Ability to make decisions and lead effectively
 Interpersonal skills
 Willingness to communicate with diverse groups of people
 Positive attitude
 Able to stand on your feet, lift heavy loads, and do manual labor in all kinds of weather

Responsibilities will include:
 Assisting in execution of a yearly flower crop rotation plan including cover crops
 Planting, cultivating, irrigation, pest and disease control, mowing, greenhouse management, washing buckets, and especially harvesting flowers
 Overseeing work of seasonal staff, volunteers, seasonal interns
 Promoting the farm at farmers markets, farm activities, farm tours, and community events
 Supporting retail and wholesale sales of flowers

Send cover letter and resume no later than 5 pm, Feb 1st, 2019 to 
Maggie Taylor 806 S Lynn St, Urbana IL 61801 or electronically to Early applications encouraged. Call 402-432-9342 with any questions.


Flower Grower Wanted for Stonewood Farm, Millbrook, New York

Posted 8 January 2019

Stonewood Farm is a small, certified organic vegetable farm in Millbrook, New York. We are seeking a part-time flower grower to run a cut flower operation as part of a supportive farm team. 

The flower grower works closely with the farm owners and our vegetable farmer to provide flowers for our weekly farmers market, our on-site events, and several local restaurants. We grow annual and perennial flowers on an approximately 1/3-acre, deer-fenced, irrigation-ready parcel adjacent to our vegetable gardens. We employ a “market gardening” approach to farming, growing on a small scale using intensive methods. We rely on small machinery (we have a BCS tiller) and simple hand tools for field cultivation. We have a compact tractor with front loader and tiller. We also have a walk-in cooler for storage.

A minimum of two seasons of flower production experience is required. Flower design experience is preferred. Our ideal candidate is passionate about flowers, hardworking and lighthearted, dependable and flexible, thoughtful and creative, strong (lift 50 lbs) and has the ability to work independently. 

Responsibilities include field production planning, seed selection and ordering, seed-starting/propagation, planting, watering, weeding, trellising, pest management, harvesting, bouquet-making/arranging, delivering, and end-of-season clean up. Sourcing and working with local customers and record keeping are also required. Because the farm is part of a growing agri-tourism business on the farm, the flower gardens must be inviting, very well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing, as well as productive. Weed management is an essential requirement of this position.

The Farm is located just outside the Village of Millbrook in New York’s pastoral Hudson Valley. The area is known as the bread basket serving New York City due to its abundance of farms, vineyards, and other culinary offerings. It is also known for its natural beauty and quiet, rural sophistication. Being less than a 90 minute drive to a wide range of destinations - everything from New York City to the Catskill, Berkshire and Adirondack mountain ranges - the lifestyle here is both civilized and bucolic.

The position starts immediately. Compensation will be negotiated based on experience. A one bedroom, on-site apartment, including utilities, can be part of the compensation. We will be flexible for this right person. Check us out at: www.stonewoodny.com and at facebook.com/stonewoodny. If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to


Van Mersbergen Flower Farm - Now Hiring

Hello,

   I am a new flower grower located in the Hudson Valley, Clinton Corners/Rhinebeck area.
   Currently, I run single-handedly and could use help in several capacities from field work to marketing and/or retail for a storefront in the Red Hook area.
   Flexible hours and a desire to learn and be part of a growing business make this a great opportunity for the right person.
   Feel free to email me at  with any questions. 

Kind Regards,

Kimberly Van Mersbergen


Green Door Gourmet, Nashville, Tennessee
is hiring! 


Now hiring one full-time flower farmer for the 2019 season.  Must have two years of cut flower production experience. 




Cut Flower Assistant

Status   Part-time, hourly

Hourly Rate
Starting at $10.50/hour, negotiable depending on experience

Employer
Cut Flowers by Clear Ridge, the Specialty Cut Flower division of Clear Ridge Nursery, Inc. – An 87 acre wholesale container nursery specializing in the production of native trees for conservation projects in the Mid-Atlantic/ East Coast.

Contact Information Clear Ridge Nursery, Inc.
217 Clear Ridge Road
Union Bridge, MD 21791
Phone: 410-775-7700 Fax:  410-848-5806
Email:  
Website:  www.cutflowersbyclearridge.com

Description This position is designed to focus on flower production and management.  Assist Owner, Jessica and Nursery Production Manager, Kelli in the operations of the Cut Flower division of the nursery. Must be able to work effectively with production manager, field staff and customers.

 Activities will include:

Harvesting and Assembling Orders
Seed starting of select annuals
Planting 
Disbudding
Flower Delivery 
Cleaning and maintaining organization of the work space
Beginning of season organization and end of season clean up

Position Requirements
Positive team oriented attitude, self-motivated, reliable and trustworthy with strong verbal and written communication skills.  Good at problem solving and scheduling. Willingness and ability to be flexible. Ability to bend, lift, carry buckets and process flowers stems. Strong attention to detail and quality. Desire to interact with customers- Florists and Floral Designers. Basic plant knowledge is an added bonus but not required. 

Ability for growth/focus in areas of interest. For example, Sales/ Marketing or more in depth aspects of growing. 



INTERNSHIPS

Broadturn Farm

Broadturn Farm in Scarborough, Maine, is seeking 2-3 summer interns to join us for the season. The primary focus of the internship will be cut flower production and design. Secondary focus will include participation in our homesteading work, hospitality endeavors and education. We are looking for candidates who are serious about working hard and having a few good laughs in a supportive and generous work environment.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Field production of cut flowers including but not limited to

 Seedling

 Planting

 Cultivating (aka weeding)

 Trellising

 Harvesting

 End of season cleanup

  • Packing and delivering wholesale and commercial flower orders

  • Administrative assistance in the office/studio

  • Design work for weddings and special events

  • Care and management of homestead-scale livestock operation, including participation in poultry processing

  • Management of on-farm events and AirBNB

Ideal candidates possess an infectious positivity and a willingness to dive in and try new things. We expect punctuality, attention to detail, and commitment. We are looking for 2-3 interns to join us from May-September.

In turn, we offer as compensation:

  • Accommodations on the farm in a private, rustic cabin with shared cooking facilities

  • $1100/month

  • As much board as we are able to produce on the farm… milk, meat, produce, poultry

  • Five weeks of formal classes on topics pertinent to field production of crops

  • Time off to attend all area agricultural workshops available throughout the season

  • One paid day off per month worked

  • Long-term consulting for your agricultural business

You can expect to work most Saturday and some Sundays and have 1.5-2 days off per week, depending on the week. Our field work days have 2 shifts: 5AM-1PM or 7AM-3PM. And there is always an hour for lunch. Hours on design days vary and when we have wedding installations on the weekends, we are usually done by 4PM. On-farm homestead chores are scheduled in a rotation and include weekends. And, on-farm events are all day/evening affairs, mostly on Saturdays, and finish by 11PM.

Interested? Want to give up all your summer to learn how to run a diverse flower farm? Send along a resume, cover letter and a copy of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) apprenticeship application available here.

Send all your questions and application materials to Alaena at 


Specialty Cut Flower Farm Hiring for Fall Internship

Field & Florist is hiring two fall interns to assist in flower farm production at the height of the season. Tasks include but are not limited to: early morning harvesting, weeding, watering, record-keeping, pest management. At least one year farming or physical labor (i.e. service industry, landscaping) experience preferred but will consider all applicants with a positive, hard-working attitude.
 
Farm located in Three Oaks, Michigan. Positions start August 1 through September 30, with possible extension through October. Housing provided. All serious inquiries email Heidi Joynt at



FOR SALE


 Twelve acres of land with five tillable acres of prime, Hadley sandy loam soil. Includes residence with two bedrooms and one bath, plus two-bedroom, one-bath apartment, as well as retail floral showroom and workroom. 

 Also includes:

  • Two 30 x 125 traditional glass greenhouses with raised, soil-filled benches.
  • One 20 x 75 glass/polycarbonate greenhouse.
  • One 24 x 60 plastic-covered hoophouse
  • One 30 x 50 barn, and other storage buildings

Natural gas and woodchip heat systems.

River irrigation for field, new water system for greenhouses, town water for residences.

Currently growing floral crops for wholesale and our own retail markets, as well as full-service retail florist, in business since 1934. Close to highways and markets.

For more information contact John LaSalle at (413) 210-7376.