OK, We are officially soliciting applications for the 2017 Season.
Please read on if you are interested in working with us this year.
Luna Bleu Farm is a well established diversified certified organic farm in central Vermont, growing high quality food for our community for over 25 years. On our 42 acre farm, we grow 5 acres of vegetables, raise cattle, pigs, and chickens for egg and meat production, and have a small orchard with blueberries, apples, and plums. We grow and market year-round through our CSA, Saturday farmers market, and a few local businesses. Season extension and winter growing in high tunnels is an expanding part of our operation. We work hands-on with our employees to share the knowledge we have gained over our years of farming and encourage employees to take advantage of the rich agricultural opportunities in the Upper Valley of Vermont. We are relatively small in size, but our diversity with crops and animals means we have lots of fun every day!
Here are the job listings for this year
In 2016, Luna Bleu Farm is seeking 3 full-time Assistant Managers with at least 2+ seasons of farm production experience. (See our listing for Whole-Farm Apprentices if you have less than 2 full seasons of farm production experience.)
Assistant Managers will still be involved, at least to some extent, with all aspects of our farming operation (see Whole-Farm Apprenticeship information), but will take a leadership roll in one of the following areas. Assistant managers will work with the farmers to develop protocols in the area of management. Assistant managers are not expected to have previous experience in managing or even extensive experience in the area chosen. We will train and guide assistant managers and help trouble-shoot problems. We have lots of experience but we are always open to new ideas.
- Harvest/ Washroom Management – Organize and manage daily harvest, quality control, order fulfillment, preparation of produce for farmers’ market and CSA. Maintain washroom cleanliness and order, and develop protocols to increase efficiency. Implement food safety guidelines. Maintain records.
- Field Production Management – Organize and manage successive seedings and transplantings in the field, cultivation schedule and priorities, field irrigation, diseases and pests. Maintain records.
- Greenhouse Production Management – Focus mainly on summer greenhouse tomato production: planting, trellising, pruning, irrigation, disease and pest management, harvest, record keeping. Organize and manage conversion of other greenhouses from spring greens, to summer fallow, to preparation for winter planting.
- Livestock Management – Oversee and manage pasture rotations, feed and water and housing for poultry, pigs and cows. Monitor livestock health and feed quality. Implement food safety guidelines. Meat inventory, sales, and marketing. Maintain records.
- Customer Communications, Events and Education Outreach – Maintain/update blog, facebook, and website. Potentially add other social media outlets. Help organize events or educational programs for CSA, schools or general community. Photo documentation and short videos are a possibility.
- Create Another Sphere of Influence – Depending on our applicants and group skills and interests, we may design an area of responsibility that overlaps with, or is a smaller section of, the above.
Assistant Managers participate in the Upper Valley Craft program to enhance their education on the farm. We also encourage them to attend NOFA-VT on-farm workshops as our farm schedule permits. Assistant Managers work 5 days a week and rotating Saturdays.
Assistant managers must have at least two seasons of farm production experience. They will still be working each day in the fields so must be prepared for the physical demands of farming, be able to lift 50 pounds, work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, and enjoy repetitive, even tedious, tasks. You need a valid driver’s license. Assistant managers must also posses strong organizational skills, pay attention to detail and efficiencies, be able to work independently and as part of a team. As crew leaders, assistant managers will be guiding apprentices and volunteers. This position is best suited for a self-motivated person who wants to pursue a career in farming.
Please read Qualities for a successful job experience at Luna Bleu Farm if you think you are interested in applying.
Time-frame and Compensation
Flexible start date February- early April preferred. This position goes through the third week of November. Option available to work through the winter and second season.
We offer room, board and a weekly stipend starting at $300-400/week depending on experience and time of year. Other housing options can also be discussed.
To apply: Please send a cover letter and request an application by email: email@example.com
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Luna Bleu Farm is seeking 2 full-time Whole-Farm Apprentices for the 2016 season. (See also our listing for Assistant Manager if you have 2+ seasons of farm production experience.)
The Whole-Farm Apprentice is exposed to all aspects of our farming operation: rotating through the various animal chores, working with many aspects of growing, harvesting, and marketing the field vegetables and fruits and helping with the CSA distribution and farmers market. You will get a broad experience of the rhythms of the farming season and the many elements of our farming systems.
Much of the learning is hands-on during the day-to-day tasks required on our farm. Rather than sitting down to teach skills in a classroom type setting we prefer to work with our employees in the field, giving instructions before starting work and then working with them to help them complete tasks properly, work efficiently, and have fun. We also eat meals with our employees and encourage conversations about anything farm related. Apprentices participate in the Upper Valley Craft program to enhance their education on the farm. Apprentices play an integral role in running our farm. We hope to give them skills, experiences and even connections to further their work in this field.
Apprentices will be involved with:
Seeding, transplanting, weeding, and harvesting vegetable crops
Post-harvest washing and prepping for market
Animal chores and grazing rotations
CSA and farmers market
Greenhouse watering and field irrigation
Mowing, BCS rototilling
Because of the nature of the work, an apprentice should have some familiarity with the physical demands of farming, have spent some time working or volunteering on a farm (at least part of a season), be able to lift 50 pounds, work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, and enjoy repetitive, even tedious, tasks. You need a valid driver’s license. We also look for people who have great attention to detail, are organized, and conscientious in their work and who work well in a team.
Please read “Qualities for a successful job at Luna Bleu Farm” if you think you are interested in applying.
Time-frame and Compensation:
Flexible start date: mid February- early May preferred. Preference given to applicants who can stay through main growing season into November. Successful apprentices are given the option to work through winter season and/or return the following season as an Assistant Manager.
We offer apprentices room, board and a stipend beginning at $225/week.
To apply: Please send a cover letter and request an application by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Most years we hire one or two full- or part-time employees who live locally. Typically, these are general field crew positions but applicants with more experience may also take on roles with more responsibility. It is always best to contact us early in the spring but it doesn’t hurt to try us any time. Please read “Qualities for a successful job experience at Luna Bleu Farm” if you think you are interested in applying for a job with us.
To apply: Please send a cover letter and request an application by email: email@example.com.
We have several opportunities for people to get a taste of farming and just help us out during the season. We host “WWOOFers” every year. WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. People come for a few weeks to a month and get a dose of Luna Bleu fun, good food and rustic accommodations. You need to sign up with the WWOOFing program in order to come to our farm. Learn more about WWOOFing.
Some of our CSA members do a regular weekly workshare to help grow the vegetables they then get in their share. We also have people just ask to volunteer a few times just for the fun of it. We love the extra energy, enthusiasm and love!
If you are interested to volunteer, it is best to just give us a call: 802-763-7981
We have had many people work with us over the years and we are always trying to be better employers in a job that is very demanding. Our first job is to be as clear as we can about the work here and our expectations. Please read this carefully before you apply for a job with Luna Bleu Farm. It could save you and us a lot of time. If you have questions about anything in here, feel free to contact us.
There is really no way around it, farming might be the hardest work you will ever do. It requires intelligence, creativity, organization, attention to detail, and a great deal of physical labor. Below is a list of qualities that characterize the most successful employees at Luna Bleu Farm.
- Physically fit — Much of the work is repetitive and you can spend hours at a time bending, kneeling, stooping, or standing at a wash station. It is important that you are physically fit and able and willing to work outdoors in all sorts of weather. You must be able to lift 40-50 lbs.
- Astute — Our farm is both our livelihood and an expression of our passion for high quality food. It is very important that you are able to be deliberate, careful, thoughtful, and detail oriented while being aware of speed and efficiency
- Able to work independently — Do you loose momentum if you work alone?
- Able to work as a team — Do you enjoy learning from others, teaching others, and working together to get a task done?
- Able to plan ahead– Are you good at seeing the bigger picture, can you look ahead during a task, anticipate the next step so time isn’t lost in getting more supplies or changing jobs?
- Communicate clearly — You cannot be afraid to ask questions if you do not understand what needs to be done. It is important to communicate if a job doesn’t get finished or if something went wrong or if you are not sure if something is correct.
- POSITIVE ATTITUDE — perhaps the most important quality. We recognize that employees will not necessarily arrive with all the skills that they need to be superhero workers, but a good attitude can sure help them get there. When you try your best and are willing to listen and learn, it makes all the difference. Also, we like to have fun while we work.
- A sense of humor and appreciation of the absurd are also strong assets! After a long hard day it can get a little goofy around here.
- We encourage you to be an advocate for your learning while understanding the overall balance of life on a working farm. We are happy to work with you to identify and build specific skills and areas of knowledge while you are here.
- If you come with experience from other farms we ask that you recognize that every farm is different, and that you learn how tasks are done here before attempting to change them. That being said, we always welcome questions and suggestions for improvements.
We believe strongly that having a positive farm job experience depends a lot on finding the right place and likewise for a farm to find the right person. It is important for a prospective employee to understand what they want to get out of an apprenticeship or farm job and make sure the farm they choose will fit those goals. With all the very different farms and farmers out there, a thorough search and awareness of goals will hopefully give you a good chance of finding a situation that will work well for everyone.
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