Now accepting applications for 2013!
Working for Backyard Gardens is a great opportunity for the right individuals to learn hands-on about the workings of a small, diversified vegetable, flower, and herb operation. We’re excited to share the experience with people who are really interested in learning about growing food for a small community.
Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a high elevation, small market garden business. Responsibilities include plant propagation, bed preparation, seeding, transplanting, weed management, fertility management, irrigation, harvesting and marketing. Most of the educational experience occurs in the day-to-day, hands-on work. Since we’re a small operation, apprentices work closely with the owner/manager and the crew leader, which offers many opportunities for experiential learning and discussions about farming-related issues. We also offer some more structured educational opportunities, with classes, readings and farm tours, in part tailored to the interests of the individuals. Click here for the apprentice job description.
The crew leader position is great for a beginning farmer seeking to gain experience leading a farm crew and learn all aspects of running a small commercial vegetable operation. The crew leader will work closely with the owner/manager to lead and oversee apprentices in the day-to-day operations of a small vegetable farm. Ideally, this person would be interested in staying in the position for more than one season. Click here for the crew leader job description.
Hiring for all positions typically happens during the winter and spring of each year. We have three full-season positions: one crew leader position, which runs from April through October, and two apprentice positions, which run from mid-April through October. We also have one apprentice position from May through Labor Day. In addition to the stipend, we assist in arranging for off-farm housing, and offer shared lunches through the working week as well as produce from the gardens.
We are looking for people who are motivated to learn and work hard; possess good senses of humor; are flexible, reliable, and responsible; and most importantly, people with whom we can work and play well.
Some candidates will be selected for a phone interview. If it seems like we might be a good fit, ideally we would want to set up a working visit for us to meet, for you to see the operation, and to make sure that we indeed would be a good match. Priority is given to those candidates able to arrange a site visit/practicum work day. If this is not possible due to distance or scheduling, a more thorough phone interview would be required.