Work at Groundswell

Experience

  • Learn all aspects of organic farming including, but not limited to: Greenhouse propagation, transplanting, harvesting, cultivation, wash/pack, delivery and customer service.
  • Experience selling produce at a farm with 150 CSA members, 2 successful farmers’ markets, sales to 4 health food stores and Farmlink in Grand Rapids.

Great working conditions

  • Eight hour workdays
  • Five-day workweeks
  • 30 minute lunch with two 15 minute breaks scheduled throughout the day
  • Focus on safety
  • Training with equipment and machines
  • Workers’ compensation insurance in case of accidents
  • Kitchen, fridge, and break room in upstairs barn

If you’re interested in working at Groundswell, contact us at groundswellfarmer@gmail.com.

We have multiple positions available for farm-workers who are able to work in a fast-paced, demanding work environment. Duties performed on a daily basis include: greenhouse propagation, transplanting by hand, cultivation with hand tools, harvesting, washing/packing, delivery and sale of produce. Wage will start at 9.25/hr with raises given based on skill level and performance.

Farming is physically demanding! We are a small-scale (5 acre production size) vegetable farm. Physical labor is a daily aspect of working at Groundswell.

Open Positions for 2018!

We are seeking Farmers!

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school or GED equivalent
  • Have a passion for organically grown food
  • Enjoy learning new skills, working with your hands, and working outside
  • Possess excellent people skills
  • Quick learner
  • Work effectively in teams

Primary duties:

  • Perform all tasks on a daily basis to include: greenhouse propagation, transplanting by hand, cultivation with hand tools, harvesting, washing/packing, delivery and sale of produce
  • Distribute produce to various markets with pick-up trucks or box trucks
  • Sell produce and represent Groundswell at our Grand Rapids Fulton Street Market or at the Holland Farmers’ Market

Benefits:

  • Pay starts at 9.25/hr
  • Sunday + one weekday off per week
  • Overtime available (approval first)
  • Rotating Saturday off schedule (2-3x per season)
  • Opportunity for farming experience
  • Workman’s compensation insurance
  • Bi-monthly pay

Greenhouse Manager

We are seeking a greenhouse manager for 2018!

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 1 year of organic farm greenhouse management, or 2 years organic farm experience
  • Must be comfortable with Microsoft spreadsheets
  • Ability to work in an unsupervised environment
  • Ability to manage greenhouse plans, seeding, and transplant management
  • Understand the basics of greenhouse propagation management
  • Hard-working, responsible, detail-oriented personality
  • Must possess knowledge of general plant biology
  • Must be willing to work weekends (Saturday Market 530am – 3pm)
  • Must be willing to work odd hours and make trips back to farm during propagation season (farm will reimburse at .50c/ mile)
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills

Primary duties:

  • Manage all aspects of the greenhouse including seeding, transplant management, heating and venting, and seed orders.
  • Monitor temperatures and weather at all times  and be prepared to make a trip to the farm occasionally to open/close (24hr/day during season) to ensure plants do not die.
  • Communicate with farm manager and field manager
  • Manage a team 1-2 employees during peak seeding season
  • Ensure seed levels remain stocked to last throughout season
  • Monitor signs of disease and pests in propagation house
  • Multi-tasking is required. Greenhouse manager is not your primary job. You will perform all other duties on the farm and manage the greenhouse

Benefits:

  • Pay starts at 11.00/hr
  • Sunday + one weekday off per week
  • Overtime available (approval first)
  • Rotating Saturday off schedule (2-3x per season)
  • Opportunity for management experience
  • Workman’s compensation insurance

Field Manager

We are seeking a field manager for our farm for 2018! The field manager is the highest paid employee on the farm, but also requires the most skill and work.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 1 year of organic farm management, or at least 2 years organic farm experience
  • Must be comfortable with Microsoft
  • Ability to work in an unsupervised environment
  • Ability to manage field plans, seeding, cultivation for 5 acres
  • Strong leadership/inter-personal skills
  • Hard-working, detail-oriented personality
  • Must possess knowledge of general plant biology
  • Must be willing to work weekends (Saturdays 5am – 3pm)

Primary duties:

  • Serve as the assistant-to the farm manager
  • Manage the field schedule, transplanting and direct seeding on the farm
  • Manage a team of 3-5 individuals during field tasks
  • Manage the cultivation of all field crops. The field manager will be trained to operate the Allis Chalmers G and Allis Chalmers 42hp 5050
  • Maintain an irrigation plan and schedule for all field crops
  • Manage pests and disease and cover crop rotation

Benefits:

  • Pay starts at 12.75/hr
  • Sunday + one weekday off per week
  • Overtime available (approval first)
  • Rotating Saturday off schedule (2-3x per season)
  • Long work season (March – December)
  • Opportunity for management experience
  • Owner desires to grow year-round (year-round employment)
  • Worker’s compensation insurance

We are seeking Farmers!

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school or GED equivalent
  • Have a passion for organically grown food
  • Enjoy learning new skills, working with your hands, and working outside
  • Possess excellent people skills
  • Quick learner
  • Work effectively in teams

Primary duties:

  • Perform all tasks on a daily basis to include: greenhouse propagation, transplanting by hand, cultivation with hand tools, harvesting, washing/packing, delivery and sale of produce
  • Distribute produce to various markets with pick-up trucks or box trucks
  • Sell produce and represent Groundswell at our Grand Rapids Fulton Street Market or at the Holland Farmers’ Market

Benefits:

  • Pay starts at 9.25/hr
  • Sunday + one weekday off per week
  • Overtime available (approval first)
  • Rotating Saturday off schedule (2-3x per season)
  • Opportunity for farming experience
  • Workman’s compensation insurance
  • Bi-monthly pay

Greenhouse Manager

We are seeking a greenhouse manager for 2018!

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 1 year of organic farm greenhouse management, or 2 years organic farm experience
  • Must be comfortable with Microsoft spreadsheets
  • Ability to work in an unsupervised environment
  • Ability to manage greenhouse plans, seeding, and transplant management
  • Understand the basics of greenhouse propagation management
  • Hard-working, responsible, detail-oriented personality
  • Must possess knowledge of general plant biology
  • Must be willing to work weekends (Saturday Market 530am – 3pm)
  • Must be willing to work odd hours and make trips back to farm during propagation season (farm will reimburse at .50c/ mile)
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills

Primary duties:

  • Manage all aspects of the greenhouse including seeding, transplant management, heating and venting, and seed orders.
  • Monitor temperatures and weather at all times  and be prepared to make a trip to the farm occasionally to open/close (24hr/day during season) to ensure plants do not die.
  • Communicate with farm manager and field manager
  • Manage a team 1-2 employees during peak seeding season
  • Ensure seed levels remain stocked to last throughout season
  • Monitor signs of disease and pests in propagation house
  • Multi-tasking is required. Greenhouse manager is not your primary job. You will perform all other duties on the farm and manage the greenhouse

Benefits:

  • Pay starts at 11.00/hr
  • Sunday + one weekday off per week
  • Overtime available (approval first)
  • Rotating Saturday off schedule (2-3x per season)
  • Opportunity for management experience
  • Workman’s compensation insurance

Field Manager

We are seeking a field manager for our farm for 2018! The field manager is the highest paid employee on the farm, but also requires the most skill and work.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 1 year of organic farm management, or at least 2 years organic farm experience
  • Must be comfortable with Microsoft
  • Ability to work in an unsupervised environment
  • Ability to manage field plans, seeding, cultivation for 5 acres
  • Strong leadership/inter-personal skills
  • Hard-working, detail-oriented personality
  • Must possess knowledge of general plant biology
  • Must be willing to work weekends (Saturdays 5am – 3pm)

Primary duties:

  • Serve as the assistant-to the farm manager
  • Manage the field schedule, transplanting and direct seeding on the farm
  • Manage a team of 3-5 individuals during field tasks
  • Manage the cultivation of all field crops. The field manager will be trained to operate the Allis Chalmers G and Allis Chalmers 42hp 5050
  • Maintain an irrigation plan and schedule for all field crops
  • Manage pests and disease and cover crop rotation

Benefits:

  • Pay starts at 12.75/hr
  • Sunday + one weekday off per week
  • Overtime available (approval first)
  • Rotating Saturday off schedule (2-3x per season)
  • Long work season (March – December)
  • Opportunity for management experience
  • Owner desires to grow year-round (year-round employment)
  • Worker’s compensation insurance

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Groundswell Community Farm grows over 40 different crops and 200+ varieties, to provide our CSA members and Michigan restaurants with an amazing array of colorful and flavorful veggies.

Copyright © 2018 Groundswell Community Farms. All rights reserved. Site by CurlyHost.

Groundswell Community Farm grows over 40 different crops and 200+ varieties, to provide our CSA members and Michigan restaurants with an amazing array of colorful and flavorful veggies.

Copyright © 2018 Groundswell Community Farms. All rights reserved. Site by CurlyHost.