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Working Here

Interested in farm work for the 2024 growing season?  
Cloverleigh Farm is continually expanding 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 a bit about animal agriculture, if you show interest, in addition to the vegetable production, which is the focus of our hiring. 

ASSISTANT FARM MANAGER

This position carries the daily responsibilities of leading field work, harvesting, and greenhouse seeding. The assistant manager will work in conjunction with the farm owner/manager to prioritize activities for the week and the assistant manager will execute the plan. Excellent opportunity for someone ready for more responsibility and interest in helping to grow this farm business. Requires two seasons of full time work on a mixed vegetable farm, committment to excellent communication, willingness to jump in to get things done and provide a positive team environment.

This is a seasonal full time position March-November with potential to extend to part-time winter work based on high tunnel construction completion. Responsibilities include managing the same CSA pickup day each week all season. We have a planned series of  public on-farm events to celebrate our 10 year anniversary, which staff can participate in as interested. We will hopefully be building out a new farm store this season and adding two high tunnels.

The assitant manager works a Mon-Fri schedule during March, April, May and switches to Tues-Saturday for June to November. Hours average 30-40/wk during March, April and November, 40-50/wk from May-October. Work days begin at 8am in March, 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 unpaid break for lunch and short paid breaks mid morning and mid afternoon.

Requirements:

  • Two years of full time work on an established vegetable farm

  • Ability to lead through example (in both words and actions)

  • Comfortable working one-on-one with farm manager and as a team leader with the crew.

  • Attention to detail and ability to focus to work efficiently and with skill

  • Comfortable taking direction, giving direction to others and asking good questions

  • 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, working in conjunction with our partner livestock farm.

  • Experience in tractor work (laying plastic mulch, driving transplanter) or driving tractors at minimum.

  • Driver's license

 

Compensation:

  • Hourly pay. $19-20/hr depending on experience

  • $200 gear stipend

  • Workers compensation insurance

  • CSA full share

  • July 4th paid day off

  • Alloted one week vacation (unpaid) to be taken in August or September

 

FARM CREW

This position is perfect for those want to play a very integral 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. We have a planned series of  public on-farm events to celebrate our 10 year anniversary, which staff can participate in as interested. We will be building out a new farm store this season and adding a high tunnel.

 

This is seasonal work March/April-November and it does slow down at the end of the season and often includes a gradual start depending on exact start date.

The farm crew works Mon-Fri during March, April, May and switches to 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 unpaid break for lunch and short paid breaks mid morning and mid afternoon.

Requirements:

  • Attention to detail and ability to focus to work efficiently and with skill

  • 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

  • Experience working for a farm, garden center, landscaper, restaurant, baker, construction etc where hard work is done with your hands.

  • 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

  • Drivers license

 

Compensation:

  • Hourly pay. $16-$17/hr depending on experience

  • $200 gear stipend

  • Workers compensation insurance

  • CSA half share

  • July 4th paid day off

  • Alloted one week vacation (unpaid) to be taken in late August or September

FARM CREW - SUMMER ONLY

This position is perfect for those want to play a very integral 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. We have a planned series of public on-farm events to celebrate our 10 year anniversary, which staff can participate in as interested. We will be building out a new farm store this season and adding a high tunnel.

 

This is seasonal summer work May-August according often to an academic calendar. 

The farm crew works Tues-Saturday averaging 40-45/wk. Work days begin at 7 am and end at 4 pm with a 30 minute unpaid break for lunch and short paid breaks mid morning and mid afternoon.

Requirements:

  • Be on time, ready to learn, take direction and ask good questions. Farms offer continuous learning opportunities throughout the season. 

  • Attention to detail and ability to focus to work efficiently and with skill

  • Positive attitude and great work ethic; good conversationalist and eager to help out

  • 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

  • Drivers license

 

Compensation:

  • Hourly pay, $16/hr

  • $200 gear stipend

  • Workers compensation insurance

  • CSA half share

  • July 4th paid day off

Please fill out our online application form.

A farm visit will be required.

Any questions, contact susan@cloverleighfarm.com

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 consistently

  • 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@cloverleighfarm.com

CLOVERLEIGH FARM

448 Jonathan Trumbull Hwy (Rt. 87)

Columbia, CT 06237 

Susan Mitchell, owner/operator

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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