All of our positions are filled, but we are always taking applications, in case something changes.
Open Hands Farm in Northfield, MN is a 17 acre Certified Organic vegetable operation serving a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) as well as many wholesale accounts.
We prefer applicants with prior farm experience, but welcome anyone to apply who is energetic and eager to work and learn. This is a very physically demanding job. Employees must be able to work in all weather conditions, be able to bend over and lift heavy objects on a regular basis, and be detail oriented while working in a fast manner. Farming is production work. The farm earns money by what is actually produced and sold; it does not earn money simply based on how many hours we all work. Since production per hour or day is very important, employees are expected to work quickly and efficiently, to keep up with the pace set by the employers or work quickly on their own. Our goal is to be an efficient and peaceful farm, so in addition to keeping a good pace, we are good to each other and have a good time.
Employees will be mainly weeding, harvesting, washing and packing produce, in addition to many other tasks around the farm. There may be tractor work available for qualified applicants. We have work opportunities year round.
While this is not an apprenticeship you can expect to learn a lot about running a diverse organic vegetable farm. Pay starts at $10 per hour, commensurate with experience, and increases each year working with us. Our general work day is an 8 hour day from 8:30- 5:30, with an hour unpaid lunch. We do not offer housing, but we are only 2 miles from a small town (Northfield) or we have space for a tent or small trailer, with access to bathroom, shower, and an outdoor kitchen set up.
To apply, please send us:
our email is openhandsfarm(at)gmail.com
Your Name, Address, Phone, Email. Please also include date you are available to start work, and if you have any commitments for time away during the season.
Be sure you include the following information as well:
- Relevant past work experience, detailing duties and responsibilities and/or resume
- Applicable past leadership responsibilities and/or community working or living experience
- Farming and/or gardening goals
- Physical ability to do the work
- Tractors used, implements used, and familiarity with tractor tasks, if applicable
- Description of why you are interested in working here
- 2-3 work references, including previous employer, whether farming related or not, and any farm-related work references.
After we get your application information, we will contact and give interviews with qualified candidates. Depending on the time of year, we prefer to have a working interview, so we can meet each other face to face and get a feel as to how we all will work together.