Bar Harbor Farm

Bar Harbor Community Farm is a MOFGA certified, organic farm located seven miles from downtown Bar Harbor, ME on a forty five-acre parcel of land. This is our fourteenth year of production. We grow over forty varieties of vegetables on three acres of land. Each year we have brought more land under production and have expanded our markets. The core of our market is a 150-member summer CSA, a 80-member fall CSA and an island-wide wholesale business. We are dedicated to no-till and minimal-till farming. We incorporate tarps and extensive cover cropping to replace tillage in the field.

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Location

115 Gilbert Farm Road, Bar Harbor

Hours and Work Season

Full time Seasonal position starting April 1 through November 30, 2024. Compensation is between $16 and $18/hour depending on experience, plus housing. Housing consists of a sleeping cabin with access to a kitchen and bathroom with a shower in the barn. Wi-Fi is available in the barn. The job is 40 hours/week during most of the season. During peak work periods, you may be asked to work more than 40 hours. We work most holidays during the growing season. We do allow for long weekends off when we’re able to. We offer Workers Compensation.

Payment Type

Hourly

Pay

Compensation is between $16 and $18/hour depending on experience, plus housing.

Job Description

The individual hired for this position will work closely with two farm managers of Bar Harbor Community Farm. Our workday normally begins at 7:00 am. We aim for an hour lunch break; but during extremely hot spells, we may break and then return later in the day when the temperature is cooler. This job is full time from May 1st to November 30th. During August, hours may increase to 50 hrs/wk.

Spring work includes seeding, transplanting and watering in the seedling greenhouse, soil preparation work using both the walk-behind tractor and hand tools, direct seeding and transplanting into the field. Overseeing farm crew members and volunteers is also an aspect of this job.

Summer brings on the mulching, weed management, succession planting, irrigation, pest management and harvesting of crops. Once harvested, produce is transported to the washroom where it is cleaned, cooled and packed before delivery to our CSA market or wholesale market. Delivery occurs 2 days per week. Winter greenhouse production seeding begins in July and continues into early fall.

Other responsibilities include helping with loading and unloading deliveries, setting up for CSA distributions, equipment maintenance, hoop house construction, walk-behind tractor use, record keeping, maintaining orderly work spaces, keeping an eye out for improved efficiencies and perhaps most important, representing the farm to the public with an authentic enthusiasm for our customers.

Fall responsibilities include getting beds ready for winter, harvest, storage, winterizing, overwintering seeding and high tunnel management.

Job Requirements –
Three years of small scale farming experience
The ability to lift 50 lbs repeatedly
The ability to work in all types of weather
Attention to detail and the ability to follow specific planting instructions
Ability to work as a team member and independently
Ability to squat or kneel for long periods of time
Ability to perform repetitive and monotonous tasks.

Preferred Skills –
An entrepreneurial spirit
Basic carpentry skills
An eye for waste/time saving measures.
Cheerful demeanor
Ability to drive standard transmission

Benefits

What to Expect from Us

Bar Harbor Farm prides itself in open communication, integrity, kindness and flexibility. We share our knowledge openly and encourage innovation from. others. We strive to maintain a friendly , fun work environment where everyone’s safety and well-being is as much a priority as the health of our soils and our business. We would be pleased to offer any applicant our own references from people who have worked for us.

Application Details and Deadline

Email cover letter and resume to Rose Avenia at [email protected]. Please address the job requirements and preferred skills listed above. Provide three work related references complete with names, email addresses, phone numbers and job titles. Feel free to check out our website http://www.barharborfarm.net and our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/barharborcommunityfarm. Questions about the position should be emailed to: [email protected]

Bar Harbor Farm

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