Farm Hand

Posted: Monday, June 15, 2020
 Full Time
 Small Scale
 Farming Practices
 Soil Health
 Other
 All - Cropping
 Forestry
 All - Livestock

Position Description

Verdant Hollow Farms is a Southwestern Michigan farming operation restoring soils, water, and woodlands using permaculture and regenerative practices. We celebrate the natural features of the land as a working farm with multi species livestock (Animal Welfare Approved) and vegetable production. 

Our Ideal Candidate:

  • Aligns with our overall farm vision and goals
  • Is a clear communicator, flexible, has a positive work attitude & seeks solutions out of problems
  • Possesses a strong knowledge base, formal education or certification in sustainable farming practices
  • Adept in tractor, skid steer, chainsaw, tool and maintenance skills
  • Strong knowledge base of organic perennial and annual vegetable growing practices
  • Basic carpentry skills
  • Experienced with gardening software and productivity apps
  • Will be a welcoming host to visitors on the farm
  • Valid driver’s license. Must be 18 years or older.
  • Physically capable of working long days in all weather conditions; lift 50+ lbs on a regular basis

Responsibilities:

Field/Forestry Work:

  • Multi acre tractor work including, but not limited to no till drilling cover crops and pasture mixes, bush hogging, roller crimping, and hay making
  • Fence Construction and maintenance
  • Fruit tree maintenance (organic sprays and pruning)
  • Tree planting
  • Removing unhealthy trees and brush (chainsaw/brush hog)
  • Developing hiking paths 

Infrastructure:

  • Assist in various building projects around the farm: ie livestock shelters, feeders, tiny cabins, etc.

Garden:

  • Seedling plantings to prepare staggered harvest (i.e. various greens, carrots, beets)
  • Transplanting annual seedlings 
  • Preparing and maintaining beds in garden and high tunnel (weeding, watering)
  • Harvesting and washing produce for various markets
  • Adhering to garden plan and help in its development
  • Maintaining workspace and tools

Livestock:

  • Morning and evening livestock chores (feeding, water, herd movement)
  • Assist in livestock health program (hoof trimming, health exams and vaccines, ear tagging)
  • Maintaining barn and livestock areas (organizing feed, cleaning, organizing supplies)
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