We operate a mid-size vegetable CSA, a very large fruit CSA, and sell everything else retail at producer-only farmers' markets. We grow non-certified organically-grown vegetables on 5 acres and IPM fruit (specializing on unique and heritage varieties) on about 15 acres. We are always interested in meeting motivated, efficient, and detail-oriented people with strong work ethics and the ability to work well with both staff and customers.
On-farm positions are not internships, although there are opportunities to learn while working, especially for motivated individuals who are willing to read industry-specific material and ask questions of the farm owners. Many of our helpers have gone on to further education in sustainable topics/agriculture or to their own farming projects.
On-farm applicants must be highly motivated, physically fit (able to lift 50 pounds, climb a short ladder, work in all weather conditions), and have a license with a good driving record. On-farm housing at reasonable rent is a possibility. Note that North Star Orchard is a smoke-free and drug-free environment, and dogs live on the property.
All on-farm workers may be required to work from time to time on any project on the farm, be it gardening, orcharding, grounds maintenance, fruit/vegetable breeding projects, or helping with special building projects. Employees are expected to supply their own work boots, clothing, gloves, and sunscreen. Employees accept that vacation time is not typically permitted between August and the end of October.
North Star Orchard does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, or educational background.
On-farm positions are full for 2013. If you would be interested in joining us in 2014, or would like to be considered for a position in 2013 if one should open up mid-season, please fill in this Employment Application. Details about specific openings in 2014 will be posted on this page in fall.
Farmers' Market Helpers: Although we often need helpers for the farmers' market, it looks like we're fully staffed for 2013! If you'd be interested in helping at a market next year, please email us with a letter of introduction.