The Licking Creek Bend Farm is a unique worker-run farm providing pesticide-free produce to the MD/DC area. Great opportunity to learn basics of raising sustainably-grown pesticide-free vegetables, fruit and Christmas trees in PA’s Allegheny Mountains. 2-hours from Washington/Baltimore/Pittsburgh. Beautiful farm near C&O Canal in a valley – swimmable creek. Free WiFi. Close by biking, hiking, close to Appalachian Trail. Near Berkeley Springs, West Virginia and Bluegrass and folk festivals.
Our 50-year philosophy-to sell healthily grown, pesticide-free 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.
The season is April – November but we can negotiate start time for part or all of the season with at least a 2-month minimum commitment. We also seek workers interested in a multiple year commitment. We take seriously the pandemic and take every caution possible to ensure the safety of our staff and customers.
HOW TO APPLY:
Email us at email@example.com. PLEASE INCLUDE A RESUME AND COVER LETTER EXPLAINING WHY THIS OPPORTUNITY INTERESTS YOU, WHY YOU WANT TO WORK ON A FARM AND WHAT YOU CAN BRING TO THE POSITION. We will not consider you without this information.
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$1,000-1,500/month (based on experience/time commitment). Plus (your own) room and board. This is a seasonal position from April – November. We ask for a minimum of 2 months commitment and the starting time is negotiable.
ROOM/BOARD: Own room in modern farm house with solar panels, vegetarian lifestyle on the farm. We also have one cabin that can house up to 3.
AVAILABILITY: April-November. Minimum 2 months commitment but longer term preferred.
Applicants need to be:
in good physical condition
have a valid driver’s license
enjoy working outdoors
and want to learn chemical-free farming; it’s hard but rewarding work.
The staff makes decisions together so learning to work as a team is essential. And mostly to be serious about your time commitment. It is very hard to get staff mid-season, so we need folks early in the season 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.
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 and cultivation and marketing. Also an opportunity to learn bee-keeping.
Those who want to get their feet wet learning the basics of growing healthy food will want to apply. We also want to strongly encourage those who are searching for roots in this industry; and who will approach this opportunity with a deep sense of purpose.
FARMERS MARKETS AND CSAs
Our staff run several farm markets and we offer a 150 family CSA including a a subsidized CSA for first responders and essential service providers impacted by the pandemic. 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.
Check out these two videos that offer a look at our farm and practices.
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