Our goal at the Cloverleaf Farm is to produce excellent fruit while improving our soil, our environment, and our local community. Our vision is to create a thriving farm-ecosystem, burgeoning with insects, wildlife, and soil microorganisms, that minimizes water and energy consumption, as well as other external inputs. We believe in treating ourselves and our customers with care, and we strive to explore innovative farming ideas, foster creativity, and provide an educational forum for the community. As our farm continues to expand and diversify, we aim to develop new markets to further integrate the farm into our local food system. We have lots of ideas and plenty of work to do -- and we could use your help!
The Cloverleaf Farm is operated by three partners -- Katie Fyhrie, Emma Torbert, and Kaitlin Oki. The farm currently manages a four-acre stone fruit orchard, an acre of mixed annual and perennial crops, an acre of blackberries, a small citrus grove, and multiple hedgerows. We market our fruit and fruit-based value-added products to customers throughout the Sacramento and Bay Area regions via a number of grocery stores, the Davis Farmers Market, the Collins Community Farmstand, our sliding-scale CSA, U-picks, and Ugly Fruit Club. We are currently initiating a process of converting our partnership into a worker-owned cooperative and seeking potential member-owners.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Start date: April 1 (flexible) Compensation: $12-13.50/hour depending on qualifications Hourly expectations: five 8-10 hour shifts per week
Job responsibilities: Annual fruit and vegetable production Fruit tree care Blackberry care Hedgerow maintenance Harvesting, sorting and packing fruit Producing jams, fruit leathers and syrups Delivering wholesale and CSA orders Working farmers markets and the Collins Community Farmstand Attending regular meetings
Management opportunities: U-picks Ugly Fruit Club Farm-to-school crop contracts Row crop production
Opportunities for advancement: During March-August, employees will perform the job responsibilities listed above. In September, employees will have the opportunity to assess whether they would like to continue a farming career at Cloverleaf Farm and work toward becoming a full partner.
Education & Experience:
Availability to work part-time or full-time March 1 - April 30 (flexible) Availability to work full-time May 1 - September 30 Previous farming and/or commercial kitchen experience Excellent communication and conflict resolution skills Ability to lift 50+ pounds on a daily basis Driver’s license and ability to drive or bike to work
Flexibility in working weekends Previous experience with group decision-making processes Interest in a career in farming and working toward becoming a full farm partner Experience in any of the following: Wholesale or direct-consumer marketing Social media or web development Value-added product production or other kitchen experience Bookkeeping Farm management (esp. blackberries, fruit trees and vegetables) Crew management Delivery coordination Field equipment operation Administrative tasks Grant writing and management Habitat restoration
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and interested applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible. If you are interested in this position, please complete a written application. We will review your application materials within one week and follow up with you to let you know if we would like to schedule a working interview. If you are having difficulties accessing or completing the written application, email Kaitlin firstname.lastname@example.org.