NOW HIRING: We are looking for an additional seasonal farm crew member, starting May 2018!
Work With Us: Farm Crew 2018
One of our crew has decided to move away from farming to focus on other aspects of her work (see phillybailout.com !), so we are looking for one more crew member ASAP to join our small team of herb and flower farmers!
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 farmer's markets.
Farm Crew Position Details:
35 hours per week
Wednesday- Friday 7-5 on farm with one hour for lunch
Sunday markets 7-4, starting and ending at the farm
May through Thanksgiving, some flexibility with start and end dates possible
You will be involved in all aspects of growing, processing and marketing medicinal herbs and cut flowers, working with a crew of 4. We all share most farm and apothecary tasks, but some specialization is also possible if you have a unique interest in one aspect of the business.
We are looking for someone who:
Is enthusiastic about herbal medicine and local cut flowers
Enjoys tedious, monotonous and fast paced farm work
Is excited to work both indoors in our apothecary and outside on the farm
Derives joy from picking thousands of beautiful, uniform flowers stems in a day
Can set up a killer market display
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 this season with us.
Our weekly schedule includes the following activities:
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, miscellaneous farm chores.
Apothecary work, including: garbling dried herbs, blending herbal teas, steeping/pressing/blending herbal tinctures, packaging and labeling all products.
Harvesting and market prep: Picking and processing fresh herbs and flowers for sale and preparing all of our herb products for markets. We spend many, many hours picking buckets of cut flowers and bringing them to the cooler, typically most of the day Thursday and Friday, and also make 100+ market bouquets each Friday during the main season.
Required qualifications and attributes:
Some amount of farm work or volunteer experience; a full season is preferred but not necessary
Skills, experience or demonstrated interest in local flowers and/or herbal medicine
A willing and positive attitude; ability to work efficiently with a fast and steady pace
Must be able to lift 50 lbs above your waist and be willing to work in all weather conditions
Must commit to working Emmaus farmer's markets, Sundays, May through November, 7 AM to 4 PM
An ability to exhibit an overwhelming joy and enthusiasm about our herbs and flowers throughout the market hours, and interact warmly and respectfully with all market-goers
1-2 years of farm experience
Education and/or experience in herbal medicine making
Education and/or experience in cut flower production and floral design
Experience in customer service, retail or marketing; especially experience working outdoor markets
Hourly pay $10-$12 commensurate with experience
Additional comission on farmers market sales
Herb and flower CSA subscriptions for the season
Monthly product allotment and employee discount on packaged products
On-site shared housing available
Email email@example.com with a resume and two references, and please tell me: a little bit about yourself and your interests; relevant experience in farming, herbalism, flower production and/or customer service; your interest in working with Tooth of the Lion; and if you were a plant, which would you be?
When I receive your application, I will be in touch to schedule a brief phone interview, and then an on-site working interview with the farm crew will be required.