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Working Here

Interested in farm work for the 2023 growing season?  
Cloverleigh Farm is continually expanding on our new farm property and will require motivated and dedicated individuals to play a key role in our success. Join us as we enter an exciting new phase of growth!  

Cloverleigh Farm co-manages our farm property with Ramble Creek Farm, which raises pasture-based beef, chicken, and turkey, forest-raised pork and a wide variety of culinary mushrooms. Work here means sharing this property with many animals and other humans. You're apt to learn about animal agriculture, if you show interest, in addition to the vegetable production. 

FARM CREW

This position is perfect for those want to play a very productive role in a farm business. Cloverleigh Farm is a small-scale diversified farm that operates a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in addition to sales to the local food co-op, area school districts and a few restaurants. Most of our members live in a 30 minute radius of the farm.

 

The farm crew will be involved in: seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, washing & packing. The work is very physical and is geared toward those to love to learn and work in an outdoor environment. Responsibilities include managing the same CSA pickup day each week all season and potentially driving our delivery van. We have a planned series of  public on-farm events which are can participate in as interested and will be building out a new farm store this season and adding a high tunnel.

 

This is seasonal work April-November and it does slow down at the end of the season. 

The farm crew works Mon-Fri during April and May, Tues-Saturday for June to November. Hours average 30-40/wk during April and November, 40-45/wk from May-October. Work days begin at 8am in April and November, but primarily it's a 7 am to 4 pm schedule for the majority of the season. This  includes a 30 minute break for lunch and short paid breaks mid morning and mid afternoon.

Requirements:

  • Attention to detail and ability to focus (super important!)

  • Comfortable taking direction and asking good questions. Farms offer continuous learning opportunities throughout the season. It takes a lifetime to understand how to farm well on a particular parcel of land.

  • Positive attitude and great work ethic; good conversationalist, jumps in to help out without be asked

  • Follows instructions and asks for clarification when needed

  • Interest in working outdoors in hot, cold, buggy, rainy, sunny, or any and all conditions

  • Ability to kneel, bend, walk, lift, and carry 30-50 lb. crates of vegetables repeatedly and consistently

  • Good communication skills, kind disposition, interest in chatting with CSA members, and happy to share.

  • Interest in high quality vegetable production and organic growing practices

  • Comfortable working alone, in pairs, or small groups

  • Clean driving record

 

Compensation:

  • Hourly pay, commensurate with experience. Pay range $14-$17/hr.

  • $200 gear stipend

  • Workers compensation insurance

  • CSA half share plus extras! 

There is a 3 bedroom apartment on the farm that can be rented by employees, a tenant, couple, or group of friends who commit to a year lease. 

 

Please send a letter outlining why you are interested in working in sustainable agriculture and specifically at Cloverleigh Farm. A farm visit will be required. Include your resume and send to susan@cloverleighfarm.com

 

CLOVERLEIGH FARM

448 Jonathan Trumbull Hwy (Rt. 87)

Columbia, CT 06237 

Susan Mitchell, owner/operator

ACADEMIC INTERN

Designed for a college student looking to immerse themselves in organic food production on a commercial farm. The student will be expected to be punctual and committed to their work, as they would in an employment situation. 

The exact focus of the internship can be adjusted to the interest of the student and could include:

  • greenhouse seedling production

  • soil and plant health (amendments and foliar applications)

  • weed identification, cultivation, and evaluation

  • vegetable variety trialing: production, data collection, and evaluation

  • marketing and member support; participation in on-farm pickup days

  • cooking, freezing, and preserving your CSA share: supporting new members and providing ideas and hands-on opportunities for members to better use their farmshare

Requirements:

  • Attention to detail and ability to focus (super important!)

  • Positive attitude and great work ethic

  • Interest in working outdoors in all type of weather conditions

  • Ability to kneel, bend, walk, lift, and perform physical duties required of the task

  • Comfortable taking direction and asking good questions

  • Good communication skills, kind disposition, and excellent conversationalist (as needed)

  • Interest in high quality vegetable production and organic growing practices

  • Ability to work for a minimum of 4 hour intervals

 

Compensation:

  • Academic credit (you must coordinate this with your institution)

  • Workers Compensation Insurance

  • Seasonal produce as available

Please send a letter outlining why you would like to explore sustainable vegetable production. A farm visit will be required. 

Include a list of courses taken to date and current course schedule, along with your resume and send to Susan Mitchell, owner/operator at susan@cloverleighfarm.com

Eastern Connecticut CRAFT

Cloverleigh Farm is a member of the newly-created Eastern CT CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) group. Monthly farm tours and potlucks happen at different vegetable farms throughout our area providing education and social time with other farmers.

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