Monday, March 2, 2015

Say Hay Farms is Hiring!

Farmer Positions Available
Say Hay Farms
Yolo County, California


Say Hay Farms is a five-year old certified organic farm in Yolo County, CA. We currently raise a diversity of vegetables on more than 20 acres plus 800 laying hens, 5 acres of almonds, and an acre of oranges for providing high quality produce to our CSA, farmers’ market, and wholesale customers in the Sacramento Valley and San Francisco Bay Area. 

We are a people-focused farm intent on providing a great workplace for serious and skilled farmers.  We do not have a separate harvest crew and management.  Instead, our small size allows us to focus on leveraging each person’s unique skills while sharing the responsibility of harvest, marketing, and day-to-day management of the farm. 

This is a lively and exciting time on our farm.  This year, we are expanding to 50 acres and moving our base of operations, including building a new packing facility, expanding the chicken operation, and designing new equipment and workflows – all in the midst of our daily farm life. 

We are seeking seasoned farmers to join our tight crew and help us grow.   We still have two positions available: 

JOB DESCRIPTION – FULL TIME FARMER

Activities include:
  • Harvest, wash, pack and grade crops for our CSA, farmers’ markets, and wholesale customers.
  • Transplant crops.
  • Cultivate and weed crops.
  • Basic irrigation using buried drip and sprinkler pipes.
  • Raise and care for laying hens – including feeding, monitoring, cleaning coops plus collecting, washing, and packing eggs.
  • Drive box trucks, pickups, and small tractors in our fields, between properties, and when making deliveries in busy cities. 
  • Educate our customers and provide a first-class experience when participating in sales and deliveries.
  • Light construction.
  • Actively help to improve our systems as we grow into a new space.

Desired Skills & Qualifications
  • Two or more years experience on a production vegetable farm, including harvest duties.  This includes repetitive heavy lifting of up to 50 pounds.
  • Demonstrated understanding of vegetable crops and/or chickens.
  • A natural ability to hustle, move quickly, and enjoy working hard.
  • A desire to understand the economics of small farming.  Experience a plus.
  • Team player with a positive attitude and good sense of humor who can also work independently.
  • Ability to assess, plan, and organize.
  • Basic mechanical skill necessary to operate vehicles, tractors, and farm equipment.
  • Willing to make a 2-year commitment.

Compensation
The Farmer position is salaried and competitive, with 2 weeks of vacation.  The average workweek is 55 hours, more in the summer, less in the winter. 


JOB DESCRIPTION – PART TIME FARMER

Activities include:
  • Harvest, wash, pack and grade crops for our CSA, farmers’ markets, and wholesale customers.
  • Transplant crops.
  • Cultivate and weed crops.
  • Raise and care for laying hens – including feeding, monitoring, cleaning coops plus collecting, washing, and packing eggs.

Desired Skills & Qualifications
  • Some experience on a production vegetable farm, including harvest duties.  This includes repetitive heavy lifting of up to 50 pounds.
  • A natural ability to hustle, move quickly, and enjoy working hard.
  • A desire to understand the economics of small farming.
  • Team player with a positive attitude and good sense of humor who can also work independently. 

Note we are willing to waive experience for the part time position for people who show promise to excel on a small production farm.  There is the possibility for year-round full-time work for those who work well. 

Compensation 
The Part Time Farmer position is paid hourly compensation DOE, with accrued sick leave and vacation.  The average workweek is three 10-hour days.

HIRING PROCESS 
  • Email a resume highlighting your field experience and indicating for which position you are applying to sayhayfarms@gmail.com.
  • Answer the question, “Why do you want to work at a small farm like Say Hay Farms?” and give a brief description of your agricultural career goals.
  • A timeline of your availability.
  • Please include 2 references. 

If your application seems like a good fit, we will contact you to schedule a phone interview.  After that, we ask for a field trail day.  For this reason, local applicants are prioritized. 

If offered a position, we have a 60-day probationary period that is hourly wage.  At the end of 60 days, we will mutually assess whether you are a good fit for a salaried position on our team.

The full time position is a unique, excellent opportunity for those who have owned a small farm or would like to own a small farm and appreciate the economic difficulty of fresh-market organic farming to join a team of skilled professionals who love what we do.

The part time position is a great opportunity for those with less experience who show natural ability to learn field skills from an experienced, fun group of professionals.