LUNA BLEU FARM

(802) 763-7981

suzanne@lunableufarm.org

96 Boles Rd

South Royalton, VT

05068

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Employment Opportunities

Luna Bleu Farm is a well established diversified certified organic farm in central Vermont, growing high quality food for our community for 30 years. On our 42 acre farm, we grow 5 acres of vegetables, raise cattle, pigs, and chickens for egg and meat production, and have a small orchard with blueberries, apples, and plums. We grow and market year-round through our CSA, Saturday farmers market, and a few local businesses. Season extension and winter growing in high tunnels is an expanding part of our operation. We work hands-on with our employees to share the knowledge we have gained over our years of farming and encourage employees to take advantage of the rich agricultural opportunities in the Upper Valley of Vermont. We are relatively small in size, but our diversity with crops and animals means we have lots of fun every day!

Assistant Manager

Luna Bleu Farm is seeking one or two full-time Assistant Managers with 2+ seasons of farm production experience.  Flexible start date February- early April preferred. This position goes through the third week of November. Option available to work through the winter, for a second season, and continued growth in the farm management.

Assistant Managers will still be involved, at least to some extent, with all aspects of our farming operation, but will take a leadership role in one of the following areas:

  • Harvest/Washroom Management – Organize and manage daily harvest, quality control, order fulfillment, preparation of produce for farmers’ market and CSA. Maintain washroom cleanliness and order, and develop protocols to increase efficiency. Implement food safety guidelines. Maintain records.

  • Field Production Management– Organize and manage successive seedings and transplantings in the field, cultivation schedule and priorities, field irrigation, diseases and pests. Maintain records.

  • Greenhouse Production Management – Focus mainly on summer greenhouse tomato production: planting, trellising, pruning, irrigation, disease and pest management, harvest, record keeping. Organize and manage conversion of other greenhouses from spring greens, to summer fallow, to preparation for winter planting.

Assistant managers will work with the farmers to develop protocols in the area of management. Assistant managers will, at times, be crew leaders; guiding other employees and volunteers. Assistant managers are not expected to have previous experience in managing or even extensive experience in the area chosen. We will train and guide assistant managers and help troubleshoot problems. We have lots of experience but we are always open to new ideas.  This position is best suited for a self-motivated person who wants to pursue a career in farming.

See below for more information on qualifications and compensation and other details.

 

Full and Part-time Farm Crew

Typical season runs April-May until October-November, but we will consider other start and end times. In general, farm crew participate in most aspects of our farming operation: rotating through the various animal chores, working with many aspects of growing, harvesting, and marketing the field vegetables and fruits and helping with the CSA distribution and farmers market. Applicants with more experience may also take on roles with more responsibility. It is also possible for a part-time employee to have a more limited scope of farm activities.

See below for more information on qualifications and compensation and other details.

 

Whole-Farm Apprentices

Luna Bleu Farm is seeking full-time Whole-Farm Apprentices for the 2019 season.  (See also our listing for Assistant Manager if you have 2+ seasons of farm production experience.)

Flexible start date: mid February- early May preferred.   Preference given to applicants who can stay through main growing season into November.  Successful apprentices are given the option to work through winter season and/or return the following season as an Assistant Manager.

The Whole Farm Apprentice is exposed to all aspects of our farming operation: rotating through the various animal chores, working with many aspects of growing, harvesting, and marketing the field vegetables and fruits and helping with the CSA distribution and farmers market. You will get a broad experience of the rhythms of the farming season and the many elements of our farming systems.

Much of the learning is hands-on during the day-to-day tasks required on our farm.  Apprentices participate in the Upper Valley Craft program and are encouraged to attend on-farm workshops during the summer to enhance their education on the farm. Apprentices play an integral role in running our farm. We hope to give them skills, experiences and even connections to further their work in this field.

Apprentices will be involved with…

  • Seeding, transplanting, weeding, and harvesting vegetable crops

  • Post-harvest washing and prepping for market

  • Animal chores and grazing rotations

  • Chicken processing

  • CSA and farmers market

  • Greenhouse watering and field irrigation

  • Record keeping

  • Mowing, BCS rototilling

  • Food safety

  • Season extension

 

Compensation, Qualifications etc. for all positions

Starting pay compensation for assistant manager and full and part-time farm crew positions commensurate with experience. We have a joint evaluation with possibility of increase after 3 months. CSA share plus organic meat/egg allowance based on hours worked.

We offer apprentices room, board and a stipend beginning at $400/week with a review after the first 3 months.

To apply for any of these positions:  Please send a cover letter, resume if applicable, and request an application by email:  suzanne@lunableufarm.org.

Qualities for a Successful Job Experience at Luna Bleu Farm

We have had many people work with us over the years and we are always trying to be better employers in a job that is very demanding. Our first job is to be as clear as we can about the work here and our expectations. Please read this carefully before you apply for a job with Luna Bleu Farm. It could save you and us a lot of time. If you have questions about anything in here, feel free to contact us.

There is really no way around it, farming might be the hardest work you will ever do. It requires intelligence, creativity, organization, attention to detail, and a great deal of physical labor. Below is a list of qualities that characterize the most successful employees at Luna Bleu Farm.

  • Physically fit — Much of the work is repetitive and you can spend hours at a time bending, kneeling, stooping, or standing at a wash station. It is important that you are physically fit and able and willing to work outdoors in all sorts of weather. You must be able to lift 40-50 lbs.

  • Astute — Our farm is both our livelihood and an expression of our passion for high quality food. It is very important that you are able to be deliberate, careful, thoughtful, and detail oriented while being aware of speed and efficiency

  • Able to work independently — Do you lose momentum if you work alone?

  • Able to work as a team — Do you enjoy learning from others, teaching others, and working together to get a task done?

  • Able to plan ahead– Are you good at seeing the bigger picture, can you look ahead during a task, anticipate the next step so time isn’t lost in getting more supplies or changing jobs?

  • Communicate clearly — You cannot be afraid to ask questions if you do not understand what needs to be done. It is important to communicate if a job doesn’t get finished or if something went wrong or if you are not sure if something is correct.

  • POSITIVE ATTITUDE — perhaps the most important quality. We recognize that employees will not necessarily arrive with all the skills that they need to be superhero workers, but a good attitude can sure help them get there. When you try your best and are willing to listen and learn, it makes all the difference. Also, we like to have fun while we work.

  • A sense of humor and appreciation of the absurd are also strong assets! After a long hard day it can get a little goofy around here.

  • We encourage you to be an advocate for your learning while understanding the overall balance of life on a working farm. We are happy to work with you to identify and build specific skills and areas of knowledge while you are here.

  • If you come with experience from other farms we ask that you recognize that every farm is different, and that you learn how tasks are done here before attempting to change them. That being said, we always welcome questions and suggestions for improvements.

  • Have a valid drivers licence

 

We believe strongly that having a positive farm job experience depends a lot on finding the right place and likewise for a farm to find the right person. It is important for a prospective employee to understand what they want to get out of an apprenticeship or farm job and make sure the farm they choose will fit those goals. With all the very different farms and farmers out there, a thorough search and awareness of goals will hopefully give you a good chance of finding a situation that will work well for everyone.