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Hiring: Licking Creek Bend Farm (Needmore, PA)

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Licking Creek Bend Farm

Needmore, PA

CONTACT:  esiegel2@igc.org

 

Compensation: this position is PAID: Salary - $500-1500/month (based on experience/time commitment).  Free WiFi

Employment type: seasonal full-time with multi-year option

 

THE LICKING CREEK BEND FARM is a worker-run farm. Great opportunity to learn basics of raising sustainably-grown produce in PA's Allegheny Mountains. 2-hours from Washington/Baltimore. The farm is in a valley with a swimmable creek.

 

Our 45-year philosophy-to sell healthily grown food at affordable prices to farmers markets, co-ops, CSAs and universities in the DC/Baltimore area. Our farm practices are Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) which exceed USDA organic standards.

 

Check out these two videos that offer a look at our farm and practices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCrTW9DXeIg&feature=em-upload_owner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TsdjXunLt4

 

COMPENSATION:

PAID: Salary - $500-1500/month (based on experience/time commitment). Plus (your own) room and board. This is a seasonal position from April - November.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Good physical condition, non-smoker, valid driver's license (not required but useful), love outdoors/work hard.  When you apply, please let us know about yourself and provide your email.

 

ROOM/BOARD: Own room in farm house, vegetarian lifestyle on the farm.  We also have one cabin that can house up to 3.

 

AVAILABILITY: April-November. Minimum 2 months commitment.

 

Applicants need to be in good physical condition, enjoy working outdoors, and learn chemical-free farming; it's hard but rewarding work. The staff makes decisions together so learning to work as a team is essential. It's helpful to have a valid drivers' license. And mostly to be serious about your time commitment. It is very hard to get staff mid-season, so we need folks who understand the rhythm of farming, love the earth and its gifts, can work in harmony as a staff and who are willing to stick to their commitment (barring unforeseen circumstances or the fit turns out not to be right!). We do our best to make the farm experience really rewarding and fun.

 

Job Description

This is a WORKER-RUN farm. We have experienced long-term staff and welcome folks who want to learn farming without chemicals. Staff needs to be in touch with the rhythm of farming, and as a staff learn what needs to be done, determine how the work will get done, talk about how to improve the process and provide input in all aspects of the farm operation.

EXPECT TO LEARN: all the basics of starting and running a pesticide-free farm including: starting seeds, greenhouse production, planting, fertilization, drip irrigation, high tunnel growing, "no-till organic" and cultivation.

Our staff run several farm markets and we offer a 75 family CSA. Each staff person takes turns working at our farm markets and preparing the CSA shares. Philosophically, the farm supports a policy of growing food sustainably and pricing it affordably in mixed income neighborhoods since 1972.