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Farm Staff position available on pesticide-free, worker run Licking Creek Bend Farm, Needmore, PA, serving the DC area

The Licking Creek Bend Farm is a pesticide-free 60 acre mixed vegetable, fruit and Christmas tree farm in its 52nd year of operation located in the foothills of the PA’s Allegheny Mountains in southern Pennsylvania right on the border of Maryland and West Virginia, 2-hours from Washington/Baltimore/Pittsburgh. Beautiful farm near C&O Canal in a valley – swimmable creek. Free WiFi. Close to biking, hiking, and the Appalachian Trail. Near Berkeley Springs, West Virginia and Bluegrass and folk festivals.
We are unique worker run farm. This means that under the leadership of the owners and manager the team is given a tremendous amount of responsibility and initiative. Employees are seen as equals and valuable members of the team who, after proper training, are given autonomy, responsibility, and trust in their opinions and decisions in how to “get the job done”. The planting, nurturing and harvesting are on the plants’ schedule, not ours. Each variety has its own growing time frame, so the planting has to get done in a timely manner, then the plants have to be weeded, nurtured and cared for during their growth, and harvested when they are ready and for each farmers market.
Candidates must be able to work maturely and responsibly with a team and have the ability to take responsibility and ownership for their role in the farm team. No experience needed, just an eagerness to learn sustainable farming. We value education and learning, so we are happy to support any internship, college capstone project or thesis research; please share details during your interview.
We are Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) which exceeds USDA certified organic standards, growing over 30 varieties of vegetables, a small variety of mixed berries with apple, pear and Christmas tree orchards.
We strive for holistic and environmentally healthy practices with a strong focus on soil health, heirloom varieties and abstaining from any chemically-based pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. We serve a 50 member and growing CSA program, farmers markets in the D.C. area and sell wholesale to a Co-op, restaurants and universities.
The farm’s philosophy is to grow quality healthy food in an environmentally sustainable way at affordable prices. We market much of our produce to mixed income communities and food insecure neighborhoods. We participate in local DC Produce Plus and federal WIC/Senior subsidy and assistance programs and donate to food distribution and non-profit subsidy programs.
Compensation and Benefits:
All staff have their own room/board/utilities/wifi/internet.
• First 3 months – $1,100/mo
Raised to $1,600/mo
Second year staff start at $2,000/mo
• Minimum season commitment required (negotiable).
• Workman’s compensation
• Staff is provided with a monthly shared stipend for vegetarian food staples and produce grown on the farm.
• Health Insurance – if you don’t have your own health insurance, we will work with you to provide up to $200/month for an individual premium health plan with a local insurance provider.
Experience working as a team on a small sustainable farm
Working at farmers markets and with CSAs
Development many skills from organizing, meeting deadlines, dealing with unforeseen natural and other challenges
Living on a beautiful peaceful farm
Because of the amenities, staff has been able save money
Free room/board/internet/health insurance/workman’s comp
We also found that some folks go on to related fields with much success due to their hands on farm experience
HOW TO APPLY:
Please email us and include a
• COVER LETTER. Please include why this opportunity interests you, why you want to work on a farm and what you can bring to the position.
• RESUME and three REFERENCES

Category:
Jobs, Internships & Opportunities
Region:
Other
Address:
706 Erie Ave

Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
Contact Name:
Esther Siegel
Contact Email:
esiegel2@igc.org
Date Posted:
06/05/2024