2019 Farm Crew positions available

Apothecary Assistant / Field Assistant / Apprentices (1 or 2)

About the farm and positions:

Tooth of the Lion Farm and Apothecary is a 6-acre herb and flower farm located in Schuylkill County. We are a certified naturally grown farm and woman-run business specializing in growing medicinal herbs for our tea and tincture blends as well as cut flowers. We have an herb and flower CSA, and we market our fresh and value-added products at the Bryn Mawr, Rittenhouse and Emmaus farmers markets.

Going into our third season, we are hiring full time positions in our farm and apothecary! We will be a small crew of 4-5 people, working together to grow, process and market our herbal products and flowers. While we each have specific responsibilities that keep the farm business running (see positions below), we are also all working together to create a supportive environment that centers care and respect in our work with each other and in the world.

In all aspects of farm, apothecary and marketing work, I look for someone who:

  • Is enthusiastic about herbal medicine and local cut flowers and is serious about pursuing work in agriculture or herbalism

  • Cares about herbal medicine and agriculture as tools to build more just society

  • Is eager to learn and improve, and gets sincere pleasure from a job well done

  • Enjoys tedious, monotonous and fast paced work; derives joy from picking thousands of beautiful, uniform flowers stems or herbs in a day

  • Who can communicate in a mature, empathetic and understanding way with coworkers

  • Is generally excited to undergo the bizarre business and lifestyle of herb and flower farming here in Orwigsburg

The farm is located in Orwigsburg, Pa, about 1.5 hours from Philly, 45 minutes from the Lehigh Valley and Reading, 15 minutes from Pottsville and Hamburg. Unfortunately there is no public transit and having your own transportation is strongly recommended. Shared, on-site housing is available.

To apply: read descriptions below, fill out form and send a resume with 2-3 references to katelyn@toothofthelion.com


Apothecary Assistant

Quality control / production manager

You will be managing all apothecary operations, working alone and as part of a small crew. This is an admin-heavy position, with significant time spent recordkeeping and in apothecary production, and some time spent on the farm to balance out the week. You should feel very comfortable using computer programs such as excel/sheets, airtable, etc, although training will be provided for our specific needs. In a typical week, 3 ½ days will be spent in the apothecary (alone and/or managing a 1-2 person crew), ½ day on the farm assisting with harvest (or other farm tasks), and 1 day at Saturday farmers markets.

You will want to have a steady hand (we hand pour all tinctures), a fluency for numbers (weight to volume tincturing method and much, much more), and an ability to complete 5 pieces of paperwork for every move you make during work hours without fail (this is what GMPs amount to).

You will see almost every single herb through, from the farm to processing, blending and packaging in the apothecary. This is an ideal position for someone who has a solid background in herbal medicine, enjoys working directly with processing herbs, is dedicated to learning the details of operating a farm-based herb business, and is serious about pursuing future work related to herbal medicine. While most of your work will be indoors at our apothecary across the street from the farm, you will also be integrated into daily farm operations.

Schedule:

  • Position runs March 1 – Thanksgiving, with potential for winter work

  • 45-55 hours /week, depending on the season

  • For the main season, April-October: Tuesday-Friday, 7-5 (with one hour for lunch) and one market day (either Saturday, 5AM-7PM or Sunday, 7AM-4PM), plus once/month weekend farm chores

Responsibilities:

Quality Control, Inventory and Admin

  • Quality control and GMP records

    • maintain current GMP paperwork for all apothecary operations

    • oversee quality control of tea blends, tinctures and vinegars

      • cleanliness and organization of production facility

  • Keep current inventory in Airtable

    • all bulk ingredients – dried herbs, single tinctures, menstruums and packaging

    • all packaged products (updated weekly)

    • manage bulk herb orders

  • Keeping stock of, sourcing and ordering: menstruums (cane alcohol and ACV), other ingredients (honey), packaging (bottles, bags, labels)

  • Maintain timely responses to apothecary@toothofthelion.com email

  • Logging labor and production data in Google Sheets to keep clear records in addition to GMPs

Apothecary Production

  • Manage and execute production of all herbal products

    • fresh tincturing each herb in season, macerating and timely pressing of single tinctures and vinegars

    • tincture and vinegar blending and bottling

    • tea blending and packaging

  • Train and oversee farm crew in apothecary production

  • Work closely with farm crew to coordinate

    • herb harvests for fresh tincturing

    • herb harvests for drying

    • CSA production and distribution

  • Maintain apothecary cleanliness standards and execute weekly chores

Sales and Marketing

  • Farmers markets

    • Pack herbal products for all weekly farmers markets

    • Attend one weekend market per week and sub other markets as needed

  • Manage wholesale accounts

    • New accounts

    • Managing reorders and packing sales

    • Weekly wholesale deliveries (rotating)

  • Manage online shop

    • keep shop up to date with products and fresh herbs

    • pack and ship online orders once or twice weekly

    • coordinate for on-farm or market pickups

Farm Duties

  • Assist with weekly herb harvests for fresh tincturing, drying or fresh sales (½ day per week, seasonally)

  • Participate in weekend farm chore rotations

  • Participate in weekly crew meetings and monthly check-ins

  • Assist with all farm tasks as needed (eg general maintenance, large farm projects etc)

Required Qualifications:

  • 1 to 2 years education studying herbal medicine, or combined education/experience working with herbal medicine in some capacity

  • A passion for local herbal medicine, basic knowledge of herbal medicine making techniques

  • Strong experience using excel and/or google sheets, very comfortable with numbers

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs above your waist, repeatedly, be willing to work in all weather conditions, and able to stand on your feet for extended periods

Important Personal Attributes and Experience:

  • Detail-oriented, extremely organized, self-starting and able to follow through on many small, detailed tasks each day

  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities

  • Strong communication and time management skills; ability to give and receive feedback

  • Happy to work solo or in a group, setting and maintaining a steady pace to accomplish tasks

  • Desire to work efficiently, quickly and steadily throughout the day, working as a team to determine daily and weekly priorities

  • A strong work ethic and a strong self care and community care value

  • Sincere pleasure and exuberance in chatting with all market goers of all walks of life about herbal medicine and flowers

Beneficial Attributes and Experience:

  • Management experience related to inventory, retail, marketing, customer service/hospitality industry, or small businesses

  • Some amount of farm work or volunteer experience; a full season is preferred but not necessary

  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices and/or Good Agricultural Practices

  • Knowledge of Quickbooks, Airtable, Square and/or Squarespace

Compensation:

  • $2,000/month; Eligible for mid-season raise and end of season bonus

  • Commission at weekly farmer's market

  • Full season Herb CSA share (value $432)

  • Monthly product allotment and half off all finished products


Field Assistant

Herb harvest manager / CSA coordinator

You will be the main full-season farmer, involved in all aspects of growing, processing and marketing medicinal herbs and cut flowers, working closely with myself as well as alone and with the crew.

We will spend many hours each week performing the tedious, repetitive and at times laborious tasks of herb and flower farming – everything from mowing the drive aisles to picking flowers to tractor work. The work changes significantly with the seasons, and patience, flexibility and physical fitness are all important. You will play a large part in our CSA program, which is a fun and community-oriented position.

This is an ideal position for someone who has solid farm experience, is serious about pursuing a career in farming, and wants to learn the ins and outs, big picture and technical aspects of producing high quality medicinal herbs on a market scale. You will have the opportunity to build on your current skill set, gain managerial experience, and explore all aspects of a farm-apothecary business.

While this is predominantly a farming position, you will also have some admin and management responsibilities that keep the farm ticking. Most of the work Tuesday-Friday will be outdoors, with about a ½-1 day each week completing admin/apothecary/drying room tasks, and one to two days per month focusing on CSA production and distribution.

Schedule:

  • Position runs March 1 – Thanksgiving, with potential for winter work

  • 45-55 hours /week, depending on the season

  • For the main season, April-October: Tuesday-Friday, 7-5 (with one hour for lunch) and one market day (either Saturday, 5AM-7PM or Sunday, 7AM-4PM), plus once/month weekend farm chores

Responsibilities:

Field Production

  • Assist in all aspects of medicinal herb and cut flower production, including but not limited to: propagation and prop house maintenance, hoophouse production, transplanting and direct seeding crops, bed preparation, fertilizing/side dressing/foliar spraying, pest and disease management, handweeding, hoeing, hand harvest, washing and post-harvest processing, flower bunching and bouquet making, market prep

  • Tractor and equipment work including mowing, bed prep, cultivation, some harvest, weedwacking, etc

  • Manage weekly irrigation rotations

  • Assist in all farm upkeep duties as needed including but not limited to grounds maintenance, pest control, etc

Drying Room and Harvest Management

  • Coordinate herb harvests

    • Weekly drying loft harvest to meet yearly harvest goals

    • Coordinate with apothecary harvests for fresh tincturing and bulk sales

    • Record and log all herb harvests for clear data management

    • Maintain herb quality and standards for harvest; oversee quality control for fresh harvests

  • Manage drying room

    • Fresh herb racking

    • Inspect herbs daily and pull lots when dry

    • Coordinate garbling/processing

    • Maintain quality control to meet our standards for herb potency

    • Maintain temperature and humidity controls and cleanliness

  • Record all harvest and processing data and assist in inventory management

  • Oversee farm crew in harvest and dry room activities

CSA Management

  • CSA member coordination

    • Timely responses to all inquiries

    • Coordinate pickups and missed shares

    • Send email reminders for pickups

  • Marketing – assist in promoting the CSA to reach our membership goals

  • Production

    • Assist in creating a varied product experience for members, including developing occasional special products not in our apothecary line

    • Coordinate with harvesting, processing and packaging products as needed

    • Assist in writing newsletter sections about products and herbs, including information on herbs and medicinal properties, uses, recipes, basics of using herbal medicine, etc

  • Schedule and distribution

    • Maintain up to date records

      • membership numbers via Squarespace and Airtable/Google sheets

      • Keep records of products and herbs used for CSA in Airtable inventory

    • Create, maintain and enforce CSA schedule and monthly deadlines for product packaging, newsletter and products

      • Coordinate with CSA farm/herbalist partners to receive their products and newsletters on time; assist if needed with packaging or herb sourcing

    • Pack all CSA shares monthly

      • Finalize and print newsletters

      • Pack bags/boxes

      • Ship shares

      • Coordinate shares headed to various markets and pickup locations

Sales and Marketing

  • One Saturday or Sunday farmers market per week and sub other markets as needed

  • Assist in weekly wholesale deliveries (rotating)

General

  • Participate in weekend farm chore rotations

  • Complete weekly farm and apothecary cleaning chores

  • Participate in weekly crew meetings and monthly check-ins

  • Assist with all farm and apothecary tasks as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • 1 to 2 full seasons farm experience

  • Education, experience or demonstrated interest in herbal medicine

  • Experience and comfort using small engines such as weedwackers/mowers

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs above your waist, repeatedly, be willing to work all day in all weather conditions

Important Personal Attributes and Experience:

  • Desire to work efficiently, quickly and steadily throughout the day, working as a team to determine daily and weekly priorities

  • Strong communication and time management skills; ability to give and receive feedback

  • Happy to work solo or in a group, setting and maintaining a fast pace to accomplish tasks

  • A strong work ethic and a strong value of self care and community care

  • Sincere pleasure and exuberance in chatting with all market goers of all walks of life about herbal medicine and flowers

Beneficial Attributes and Experience:

  • Tractor operation and farm equipment experience; engine and equipment maintenance

  • Experience, education or demonstrated interest in cut flowers or flower arranging

  • Experience with CSA administration

  • Knowledge of Excel/Sheets, Quickbooks, Airtable, Square and/or Squarespace

  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices and/or Good Agricultural Practices

  • Skills complimentary to farming such as carpentry, etc

Compensation:

  • $2,000/month; Eligible for mid-season raise and end of season bonus

  • Commission at weekly farmer's market

  • Full season Herb CSA share (value $432)

  • Monthly product allotment and half off all finished products


Apprentices

You will be involved in all aspects of growing, processing and marketing medicinal herbs and cut flowers, working with a small crew. This position is about half farm work and half apothecary work, although some specialization is also possible if you have a unique interest in one aspect of the business. You will work 4-5 days per week: typically, 2 farm days, 2 apothecary days, and one alternating Saturday market day.

This is an ideal position for someone with some amount of farm experience who would like to deepen their relationship to plant medicine, pursue the possibility of farming or working with herbal medicine as a career, and is dedicated to learning about growing herbs and cut flowers on a market scale.

Schedule:

  • Positions run May 15th – October 15th, flexible start/end dates

  • 40-50 hours /week

  • Tuesday-Friday, 7-5 (with one hour for lunch) and rotating Saturday markets, 5AM-7PM, plus once/month weekend farm chores

Responsibilities:

  • Farm work, including but not limited to: seeding in the propagation house, working in the hoophouses, field cultivation and weeding, planting, harvesting, processing herbs in our drying loft, mowing, weedwacking, harvesting and market prep, miscellaneous farm chores.

  • Apothecary work, including but not limited to: garbling dried herbs, blending herbal teas, steeping/pressing/blending herbal tinctures, packaging and labeling all products.

  • General:

    • Participate in weekend farm chore rotations

    • Complete weekly farm and apothecary cleaning chores

    • Assist in labor, harvest and inventory data collection

    • Participate in weekly crew meetings and monthly check-ins

    • Assist with all farm and apothecary tasks as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • Some farm work or volunteer experience, or experience with outdoor physical labor

  • Education, experience or demonstrated interest in herbal medicine and/or cut flowers

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs above your waist, repeatedly, be willing to work all day in all weather conditions

Important Personal Attributes and Experience:

  • A ready and willing attitude; eager to learn and gain skills

  • Desire to work efficiently, quickly and steadily throughout the day, working as a team to determine daily and weekly priorities

  • Happy to work solo or in a group maintaining a fast pace to accomplish tasks

  • A strong work ethic and a strong value of self care and community care; ability to communicate respectfully and empathetically with coworkers, and to give and receive feedback

  • Sincere pleasure and exuberance in chatting with all market goers of all walks of life about herbal medicine, conveying your overwhelming joy about our flowers and herbs

Beneficial Attributes and Experience:

  • Experience with small engines and /or tractor operation

  • Knowledge of Excel/Sheets, Quickbooks, Airtable, Square and/or Squarespace

  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices and/or Good Agricultural Practices

Compensation:

  • $1,400/month; eligible for end of season bonus

  • 6-month herb CSA share (value $295)

  • Monthly product allotment and half off all finished products