Farm Hand (Full Time)
Rainfield Farm is hiring a full time farm hand for the 2020 season starting
April 1st. We are a Certified Naturally Grown farm on 13 acres of which 1 acre is used to grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers for CSA and wholesale. The majority of our produce is leafy greens, lettuces, herbs, and tomatoes that are prepared for 11 grocery stores and a handful of restaurants. Our CSA has 150 members that we share with two other farms. We have one high tunnel and three caterpillar tunnels along with a small seeding tunnel. The landscape is rolling hills of pine trees and wildflowers so the fields in production are strategically placed throughout the property.
The farm is located in Northwest Indiana on the border of Michigan. We are 20 minutes from South Bend, New Buffalo, and the Dunes National Park on Lake Michigan. Minutes from local breweries, distilleries, vineyards, and orchards. We're about 70 miles from Chicago and minutes from the South Shore Train station at Hudson Lake.
We're looking for someone that is interested in small scale market-style farming. Candidates will be working with a farm manager, another farm hand, and occasionally with our wash/pack crew. Majority of the time will be spent working in the fields. We use various hand tools for majority of the work but have a sub-compact tractor available for larger jobs.
We typically work Monday-Friday and a couple hours on Saturday. Occasionally we'll work a weekend day to make up for a rain day during the week. Expect to work 40-50 hours per week during the height of the season.
- Seed starting
- Working in high tunnels
- Transplanting & direct seeding
- Weeding - (by hand, silage tarp, flame weeding)
- Washing & packing produce
- Cover cropping
- Taking field notes / journaling
- Light maintenance and construction
- Knowledge of farming (min 1 year experience)
- 18+ years of age
- Ability to lift 50 lbs
- Valid drivers license (CDL not required)
- Ability to work in all weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, snow)
- Comfortable working independently
Rate: $16.00 - $18.00 / hour
Market Sales Bonuses Available
Interested candidates should send a resume stating their farm experience and a cover letter stating why they are interested in farming and the position.
Wash / Pack Associate (part time)
The position we're hiring for is part of our wash and packaging team starting in May 2020. Currently the position is a part time position that will be Wednesdays with the possibility of adding Tuesday. This position is seasonal through October. The environment is casual but associates will be required to be ServSafe certified following food handling safety guidelines.
The position requires you to stand for hours at a time sorting, weighing, and packaging produce in plastic clamshells. At times associates will work indoors and outside moving product to and from a walk-in cooler. At times the work environment can be wet due to moving product from the wash area to the drying and packaging stations.
- Attention to detail when sorting produce
- Follow safe food handling procedures
- Communicate daily progress with management
- Ability to count and log information
- Keep work areas clean
- Ability to lift 30 lbs
Rate: $13.00 / hour
6-8 hours per day
To apply please email your resume and a cover letter stating why you want to work on a farm.