off center farm

Farm Overview

Off Center Farm is a diversified vegetable, cut flower, and dye plant farm outside of New Haven, Connecticut. My young family and our love of foraging and making things from nature inform many of our farm activities. We grow using no or minimal tillage using organic methods to produce healthy and beautiful produce and flowers to our community for sale through an on site farm stand and wholesale flower market. I am slowly growing this farm while raising babies and hope to gradually expand our 1 acre growing area to the additional 6+ acres of our property. The farmhand will help with all aspects of the farm enterprise, with the opportunity to learn first hand about farm start up. 

 

Responsibilities

  • Greenhouse care; seeding, potting up, watering, implementing fertility plan, pest scouting, organization, hardening off, record keeping

  • Following cropping plan and timeline

  • Field seeding & transplanting; prepping beds, seeding or hand transplanting

  • Cultivation; use of a variety of hand tools

  • Farm maintenance; mowing and weed whacking

  • Pest management; scouting and identifying damage to crops, use of floating row cover, fencing & other physical barriers

  • Harvest, wash and pack; proper handling of harvested crops in field, maintain standards of cleanliness for produce safety, attention to detail, and quality control

 

This is a part time position May-October with work possible outside of these dates. 15-20 hours/week with ability to work Saturday or Sunday. Hours may vary based on the need of the farm. Hourly pay and/or housing exchange. 

 

Background and skills

  • Have minimum 1 season or equivalent farming experience

  • Have an interest in small scale organic agriculture

  • Enjoy hard work in all weather

  • Be flexible with changing priorities

  • Be detail oriented and self-motivated in solving problems as they arise

  • Be able to see tasks through to completion

  • Have excellent communication skills and a sense of humor

  • Be able to perform repetitive physical tasks including kneeling and bending over, while maintaining a positive attitude.  

  • Be able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly.

  • Must be enthusiastic and able to keep the good of the farm in mind

 

Vacation and time off: Requests for time off must be made in advance and approved by farmer.