Brix Bounty Farm Seeking 2018 Field Crew Members

Located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Brix Bounty Farm works as a community catalyst producing nutrient-rich vegetables, providing educational opportunities, and undertaking crop & soil research.  This coming season we’ll actively crop ~7 acres of direct-marketed vegetables.  Our production methods are grounded in realizing the wealth of productivity resulting from biologically managed soils, renewed with a broad spectrum of minerals. We market 95% of our vegetables on the farm through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program (~80 summertime shares, ~40 wintertime shares) and a self-serve farm stand (~$125K annual sales).  The remaining vegetables are marketed at the downtown New Bedford Farmers Market located approximately 5 miles from the farm gate.

We invest in our natural capital (soils) and human capital (community), building renewable sources of wealth.  Efforts include improving food security through community projects which increase knowledge and awareness of sustainable production techniques on farms and in backyard and community gardens.  Working with local non-profits and community groups we bridge the connection between soil, diet, and health. Join us as we strive to renew the prosperity of the commons along the Southcoast of Massachusetts.

In 2018, we are hiring one new full-time crew member and two new summer crew members… the Southcoast is a nice little corner of the world, not too far to Boston & Providence with the benefits of small communities, beaches, and a burgeoning local food movement…

Field Crew

We are seeking crew members to join us for the 2018 season to complete our “core” farm team; flexible start dates beginning in April, May, & June continuing through the late summer/fall.  For full-time positions, we typically hire folks who consider making a commitment to a second season with us at Brix Bounty.

Duties include all aspects of commercial vegetable production, propagation, transplanting & seeding, cultivation, irrigation* and fertility management, harvest, post-harvest and marketing* work (* limited).  Relative to our scale, we are unusually non-mechanized, cultivation is primarily done with hoes, wheel hoes, & hand tools.  Our operation involves hand labor from planting, cultivating, to harvesting and applicants must be capable of labor-intensive work weeks through the season.  Marketing tasks are relatively minimal for our crew.  We focus our energy intensively on fieldwork through the growing season.

Average 50-60 hours per week, a 5-day work week plus 1 weekend per month. Our typical summer schedule is 7AM – 5:30 PM with an hour break for lunch.

Hourly wages $11-$14 per hour depending on skill and experience, vegetables, paid personal time, mentorship, and end of season bonus.

Our scale is intentionally focused on connecting with the land. Growers seeking mechanized production techniques, intensive tractor work, and large harvest crews are best suited to seek out other options.  Our crew members do best working independently and in small groups sharing a passion for hard work with an emphasis on fertility improvements and high-quality production. A connection and interest in farming in Southeastern Massachusetts beyond tenure at Brix Bounty is preferred, but not required.

Must be able to routinely and repetitively lift 50 lbs. and carry out a wide range of farm duties with speed, skill, & agility, across a variety of field conditions.

To apply:

 Send a letter of interest and relevant agricultural experience to Derek Christianson (derekchristianson[at]gmail.com) or 1 Seth Davis Way, Dartmouth, MA 02748.  Qualified candidates will be invited to interview and visit the farm.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until our positions are filled.

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