WORK AT A PROFITABLE ORGANIC FARM FOR THE SEASON! Woodland Gardens is a 12 acre, USDA Certified Organic vegetable, fruit and cut-flower farm in Winterville, Georgia, located 10 minutes from downtown Athens. Established in 2000, we specialize in highly diverse annual production, and we grow over 80 different types of fruits and vegetables. Our focus is on specialty production for chefs, a 100 member CSA, and direct retail sales at our Atlanta farmers market which we attend once a week. The farm operates year-round using heated greenhouses and high tunnels and has a full time crew of 6 plus 2 managers. We are an intensely cultivated farm that does high volume sales, our fields are constantly rotated and cover cropped in an effort to replenish the soil as we strive for efficiency, quality, and the ability to continually improve and limit our inputs. Everyone on our farm team is skilled and experienced, and we encourage working quickly and mindfully while staying positive. We also have perennial fruit- figs, and blueberries as well as a flower component of the farm, and bees!
We are looking to fill part-time/full time positions for our seasonal work that will begin in mid-March. This is an opportunity to get your feet wet at a well- recognized, highly productive USDA Certified Organic Farm and to meet other people like yourself that are interested in working outside and in nature.
Seasonal workers will receive an hourly wage of $10/hr. plus a 30 minute lunch break and optional yoga class on Wednesdays. We take care to train everyone in as many aspects of the production as is possible, and then expect that as the summer progresses everyone will pick up speed and efficiency as they gain experience. Our farm is supported 100% by the sale of the farm’s production, from which all paychecks and operating capital comes.
Becoming a market gardener means paying attention to how to do jobs quickly and well, and staying focused on the priorities at hand and while we don’t mind conversing in the fields, we don’t want it to be at the cost of slowing down or not meeting daily goals. We do not expect you to sit down in the fields while working because we need to maintain a quick pace and we discourage playing music in the fields in case we need to communicate with each other. We also believe that our phones are always with us and that our energy in the field should be focuses on the present moment and towards the plants we tend. Primary job’s around the farm include… Weeding, mulching, thinning, harvesting fruits as they come into season(strawberries, blueberries, figs), harvesting of vegetables on market harvest days. There is also the possibility of working in these areas… Flower harvesting, bouquet making, bee keeping
Besides the on-farm learning of production skills, there is also the Freedom Farmers Market which we attend every Saturday starting in March. If a seasonal worker has an interest in attending these markets, which we believe gives you a well-rounded view of the entire farm business and are honestly the funnest part of our work week, they are paid $100 for that day. We meet at the farm around 5:30am for ‘load-up’, arrive to Atlanta around 7:15am, start market by 8:30am, finish at 1:30pm, and with occasional restaurant deliveries afterward, get back to Athens around 4pm. Snacks and breakfast are paid for by the farm and if there are any leftover veggies that cannot be used for the following week, then we are able to take them home.
Working Together as a Community and the Art of Mindful Farming No doubt about it, working together as a harmonious community during the season, sharing daily work with the same people day after day….this is some of the most important and sometimes difficult work we do. Not only do we have to be ready to work in any kind of weather, but it takes discipline to get up early and work all day, day after day, and still offer a smile to our co-workers. We can get tired, impatient, cross, hungry, elated, boisterous, sleepy……And yet the farm keeps growing, must be watered, crops harvested, and the marketing cycle continues. It is a challenging lifestyle—extremely rewarding when done well, but challenging nonetheless.
People interested in working with us this season should first email Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org and send a resume along with a quick cover letter. We will then send back a questionnaire and go from there!