We are seeking an orchard assistant for this summer, June-October minimum, but prefer an earlier start date. Approximately 30 hours/week -- availability on Fridays is essential, other hours are somewhat flexible. Room and board are available. We have about 5 ½ acres established with mixed fruit that has been certified organic since 2016, and a new orchard block of apples.
Harvesting -- raspberries and currants in July; plums, grapes, and apples in August; apples, pears, and raspberries in Sept-Oct.
Sorting, packing, and preparing fruit for farmers market, CSA share, co-op, and restaurant sales
Care of newly planted trees
Weeding and mulching
For someone interested in organic fruit production, we can offer opportunities to learn and be involved in other aspects of orchard management.
Orchard/Fruit experience not required, but some farm/ag experience preferred. Candidates must be able to work outside for 8 hours/day in various weather conditions, lift and carry 20-25 pounds frequently, and lift up to 40-50 pounds occasionally. Harvesting berries involves kneeling/squatting/sitting for long stretches. Harvesting tree fruit may require some ladder use.
Questions can be directed to Rachel Henderson - firstname.lastname@example.org.