We are growing our team! At Upswing Farm we strive to offer accommodating schedules, fair compensation and set reasonable and clear production expectations. The diversified nature of our operation provides interesting work that varies on a daily/weekly/seasonal basis.
About Us: We are primarily a CSA farm, distributing certified organic produce to up to 450 member families through our year-round CSA. We also attend one farmers market during the summer, one market in winter and sell over 1000 flats of certified organic seedlings at our spring seedling sale. We care deeply about finding the balance between growing and distributing high quality produce and flowers to nourish our community, providing an inclusive, fulfilling and sustainable employment opportunity for our team, making space for innovation and creativity, and achieving the financial success required to make the previous three goals possible.
We are currently hiring both full and part-time seasonal positions and a Flower Manager. Housing is available for full-time positions. Please review the job descriptions below.
Flower Manager 2022
Full Time Seasonal or Year Round
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Assistant Growers 2022
Full Time, Seasonal
Upswing Farm is seeking candidates interested in pursuing a career in agriculture to join our team. Growers will work with our farmers in all aspects of vegetable production for our four-season CSA and retail outlets. Assistant growers will be able to learn and practice the skills needed to cultivate and distribute produce to their communities in a fast-paced work environment. These skills include fundamental production skills, as well as harvest and wash station management. We are happy to work with individuals to set specific learning goals for the season.
Year-round work may be available for team members willing to make multiple year commitments.
Focuses of the position
All assistant growers will be expected to participate in all aspects of production.
Harvest – work closely with the farm managers to develop the skills needed to effectively work with and eventually lead a team of 3 to 10 people harvesting over 80 varieties of vegetables and herbs.
Wash and Pack– work closely with the farm manager to develop the skills needed to effectively work with and eventually lead a team of 2-4 people washing, sorting and packing up to 3,000 lbs of produce on a weekly basis.
Production – work closely with our greenhouse manager and farm managers to learn and practice the skills needed to grow and care for 10 acres of organic vegetables and herbs, including: seedling propagation, planting, cultivation, disease and pest management, fertility management, high tunnel production, cover cropping, mulching and trellising.
Distribution – (optional) Candidates must be comfortable and competent driving a 16’ box truck to manage an off-site distribution (on-farm training is required). Learn to safely pack a box truck, set up a market-style distribution and interact with the community that is enjoying the fruits (and leaves and stems and roots and tubers) of our labor.
Position start date: March – May (flexible)
End date: August-December (flexible, but preference will be given to candidates who can work until the end of October) It is possible that this could turn into a year-round position.
Schedule: 30-50 hours/week. We are able to offer some flexibility in scheduling, but our regular peak season work schedule is Monday-Friday, 7am-4:30 pm. We understand that work/life balance is a critical aspect of sustainability, and work with our team to make schedules that can accommodate the individual needs of all team members in balance with the production needs of the business.
Housing is available
Skills and Competencies:
• Farming is production work – as such the ability to do fast, high quality, detailed work in a variety of situations and weather conditions is required.
• Lift and carry 30-40 lbs repeatedly, and 50 lbs on occasion.
• The ability to communicate clearly and participate in weekly and morning planning meetings
• Receive and digest plenty of constructive feedback
• Interest in all aspects of vegetable production and sales
• Self-motivated, with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with team members
• Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive a delivery vehicle is preferred but not required
Previous farming experience is preferred. However, candidates without farmer references should be able to demonstrate their ability to work in a farm environment through other relevant experience. All candidates will be asked to come to the farm for a working interview before being hired.
Compensation: $15-$16/hour depending on experience.
Benefits: Housing on site, vegetables from the farm, eggs from the farm, opportunity to purchase bought-in products at cost, $200 gear stipend, and paid participation in EMass CRAFT.
To Apply: Please email a resume, cover letter and two references to email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
Upswing Farm Field Crew 2022
Part-time, Seasonal 15-25 hours/week
Our farm is growing quickly and we are seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our part-time crew. We are offering flexible schedules, and start and end dates. The crew will work closely with the farmers and assistant growers in all aspects of vegetable production, with a primary focus on harvesting, washing, transplanting and cultivating field crops. The right candidates will be excited about working on a diversified produce farm and ready to continually improve upon important farm skills. We are a production operation and as such, our success depends upon the swift, efficient and collaborative work of our team. Crew members should be prepared to learn and practice specific skills and techniques to effectively grow and distribute produce to their community.
Start date: May-June (flexible)
End date: August-November (flexible)
Schedule: Shifts are 7am-12pm Monday through Friday. Applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of three shifts/week. (We can offer flexible start and end times if needed.)
Skills and Competencies:
Ability to do fast, quality, detailed work like bunching, picking, seeding and hand weeding
Ability to lift and carry 30-40lbs repeatedly
Willing to work in all weather conditions
Good communication skills
Ability to receive and digest constructive feedback
Valid driver’s license a plus but not required
Previous farming experience is not required. However, candidates without farmer references should be able to demonstrate their ability to work in a farm environment through other relevant experiences. All candidates will be asked to come to the farm for a working interview before being hired.
Compensation: $15/hour and a weekly CSA share from the farm.
To Apply: Please email a resume, cover letter and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until the schedule is filled.
All qualified Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, or sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
We deliberately work to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of LGBTQ2SI+ and Black, Indigenous and people of color.