Join our Bakery Team

Apply by June 17, 2022

Title: Artisan wood-fired baker (F/T)

Overview: We grow 50+ vegetables on an acre and a half and bake sourdough breads and pastries in our 5'x7' wood-fired oven. We sell mostly at farmers markets, which we do 10 months of the year. We see ourselves as part of a community of food producers all doing their small part to build a sustainable regional food system, and we are looking for a worker who wants to help us and learn from us. This is a full-time job.

You will get baking perks without baking hours; our 2-3 person team works during the day. We will train you to be in charge of bread (including rye) and croissant production for our three weekly farmers markets, firing the oven, and working with regionally grown and milled flours (most products are >50% local). Our passion for regional grain motivated us to help found the Common Grain Alliance, a non-profit that seeks to revitalize the grain economy in the Mid-Atlantic. As part of Little Hat Creek Farm, you will be connected to a growing network of like-minded farms and grain professionals in the Mid-Atlantic who are working towards a thriving regional foodshed. Watch this video to learn how our bakery supports soil health. We also make a point of sharing the details of our farming, baking, and business practices, so we encourage you to ask questions.

Company Description: Little Hat Creek Farm is a diversified ecological vegetable farm and wood-fired bakery. Our beautiful 5-acre property is nestled in the rural Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, close to the thriving “Brew Ridge Trail” and abundant outdoor activities including Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. We are about one hour from Lynchburg, Charlottesville, and Staunton.
 
Our goal is to drive change in our regional food system by forging one-on-one relationships with our community of eaters, providing them with bread and vegetables that are directly linked to the land. 2022 is our ninth season. We are a fast-growing business committed to direct-to-consumer marketing. This year we will diversify into the wholesale market with a small line of dry goods made with 100% local flour.
 
In our fields, we use ecological farming practices on a little over one acre of annual vegetables with an eye to soil health. We grow dozens of varieties of vegetables, focusing on building soil health and producing nutrient-dense food for our community; we avoid chemicals and promote biodiversity.  In our bakery, we specialize in using regional flours to produce naturally-leavened breads, croissants, and other pastries.
 
Job description
You will be trained to co-lead the weekly bread and pastry production of our bakery. This includes mixing, shaping, and baking bread and pastries, dish-washing, oven management, and keeping your workspace clean and organized. Our week is organized around Wednesday and Saturday farmers markets. We work during the daytime, and we strive to create a warm and welcoming workspace. We will give preference to candidates who are also interested in representing us at one of our farmers' markets.

Job requirements
You are, or aspire to be, a professional baker who wants to use your skills to effect change in your community. You love making and sharing good food, and you have some experience working in a commercial kitchen. You are organized and consistently attentive to cleanliness and food safety. You listen well, and can follow written and oral instructions. We would love it if you share our passion for grain, and are willing to ask questions. Wood-fired baking is very physical, so you must be able to safely lift fifty pounds. Bonus: a clean driving record (we may ask for a DMV report) and comfort driving a 16' van on mountain roads in all weather.

Start / End dates: This job starts any time between July 5-26, 2022; we ask for a commitment through Christmas 2022, and we encourage applicants interested in longer-term employment.

Housing: Housing is scarce here, so we provide housing for our 4-person team in the form of a room in a 4-Br/2-Ba house at below-market rent, utilities and basic furniture included.

Compensation: $15 / hr full-time. We pay monthly. Benefits include workers compensation, unlimited free access to unsold farm produce and baked goods and training in marketable skills, including but not limited to:

  • Sourcing and using local grain
  • Tracking ingredient and wholesale inventory
  • Time management of daily production
  • Maintaining a clean and orderly workspace
  • Efficient use of your body and workspace
  • Working with rye, spelt, millet, and other grains
  • Modifying formulas to compensate for variability in grain, and the weather
  • Making pastries and naturally-leavened bread on a commercial scale
  • Managing a large wood-fired oven
  • Food delivery and marketing during a pandemic
  • Growing a small local food business

To apply: Please send us an email explaining why you are a good fit for this job, along with a resume (if you have one), and a photo or two of bread, pastry, or other dish that you've made.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Ben + Heather