Join our farm team!
We are now hiring a farm team member for the 2022 season
This is a full-time hourly position from May 2, 2022 through Sept 30, 2022; start and end dates are flexible.
Application deadline: Mar 25, 2022
At Little Hat Creek Farm, we grow 50+ vegetables on an acre and a half, 10,000+ garden starts in the spring, and bake sourdough breads and pastries in our wood-fired oven. We sell most of it at farmers markets ten months out of the year. We see ourselves as part of a community of professional food producers all doing their small part to build a sustainable regional food system.
The success of other businesses is just as important to us as our own success, which is why we helped found the Common Grain Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to improving the food system by strengthening economic connections among grain growers, millers, and bakers. Balancing community-building, our bottom line, our family, and our team's well-being is a priority.
Our farm is in the heart of Virginia’s rural Blue Ridge Mountains, close to the thriving “Brew Ridge Trail” and abundant outdoor activities, including Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. This region has a thriving community of small farms and artisanal food producers, which you will become a part of.
We are looking for a farm team member who wants to help us and learn from us.
You will learn all aspects of growing ecological vegetables, including seeding, planting, harvesting, sorting, weeding, mulching, and selling at market. You will learn skills such as greenhouse management, efficient harvest techniques, cover cropping, and how to run a profitable business focused on farmers’ markets. We are very open about our business and we are happy to share our sales, expenses, and budget numbers with our employees. We are a small professional market farm that wants to train future farmers and business owners.
Our goal is that you will learn both the vegetable grower skills and the business skills you need to start your own ecological vegetable farm business. We will train you to do at least one farmer's market with us every week, and during the season, we will tour other ecological farms in our area. We believe that economic success is an important, and often overlooked, piece of "sustainability."
As our workers prepare to take the next step towards their goals, we work hard to connect them with the resources they need. Several of our recent employees relocated to work for us, and, through the connections they gained while working here, settled in Virginia. This year, two of our three 2021 team members are returning for the 2022 season.
Previous farming experience is preferred, but mostly we care about a keen interest in sustainable agriculture and a strong work ethic. You should take pride in your work and enjoy working independently. You learn quickly, and can execute tasks efficiently while maintaining sufficient attention to detail. You can perform physically-demanding tasks outside in all kinds of weather, and maintain a sense of humor! You are thoughtful, inquisitive, and find joy in hard work, good food, and good company. You must have a valid driver's license and good driving record, and be comfortable driving a large van on mountain roads. You should be able to easily lift 50 pounds, and be in good physical condition. You will also need a working smart-phone to operate a Square reader for credit card sales and keep records in Google Sheets.
Housing, perks, and pay
We pay $12-14 / hr depending on your experience. You will have unlimited access to most market return produce and baked goods, as well as trading rights at your market. We are building team housing this year, which should be ready by May. It will consist of a room in a 4-Br / 2-Ba house about 10 min away, with our other team members. Rent and terms are TBD; ask!
How to apply
Please send us an email to 'hello' at 'littlehatcreek.com with "Application for Farm Team" in the subject line. Tell us in a few sentences why you are a good fit, and attach your resume to the email.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Ben, Heather & the Little Hat Team