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Four Season Farm offers a unique and highly sought-after opportunity to learn from the best in innovative four season farming practices, as well as the potential to graduate to taking over the day to day operations and management of the farm. We maintain a small crew of paid farm employees led by a Farm Manager and Assistant Farm Manager. For all crew members, we favor people with at least one year of farming experience, and an interest in farming as a career. The work will be demanding both physically and mentally, but also educational, fun, and socially engaging. All positions require full commitment and legal U.S. employment qualification to ensure the proper functioning of the farm – serious applicants only. Clara Coleman operates the farm business, and is responsible for hiring decisions and managing employee personnel. Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch are primarily involved with tool development and flower production. They reside on the farm property and periodically interact and engage with the Farm Managers and crew members. Occasionally a farm lunch is shared all together as an opportunity to connect and exchange ideas. All positions are currently filled for the 2021 season, but we are accepting applications for 2022 for the Farm Manager and Assistant Farm Manager training positions (only couples or two individuals willing to share an intimate living space will be considered), and for Seasonal Crew positions. The Farm Manager and Assistant Farm Manager training positions begin in April 2022, and the Seasonal Crew positions begin in May 2022. See below for more details about both the Farm Manager and Assistant Farm Manager training positions and the Seasonal Crew positions: *NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2022 SEASON* FOUR SEASON FARM EMPLOYMENT POSTING: FARM MANAGER & ASSISTANT FARM MANAGER TRAINEES. APRIL 2022 until Nov 2023, possibly longer. Application DEADLINE January 2nd 2022. We are seeking two individuals as a COUPLE to work and train alongside our Farm Manager and Assistant Farm Manager and take over these positions upon their departure in November 2022. Working directly with our Farm Manager and Assistant Farm Manager and other crew members, these positions offer a leadership track for candidates interested in small-scale farm management and operations. Below is a list of responsibilities, expectations, and supplemental information about the positions. AMONG THE RESPONSIBILITIES: Plant House propagation (seed starting, soil blocking, potting on, etc.); Soil bed preparation, fertilization and irrigation; Successive plantings (direct seeding & transplanting) of crops; Competent operation of BCS and tractor including bucket loading, mowing, flailing, chiseling, and tillage work; Preventive management and control of weeds, insect pests and pest diseases; Implementation and maintenance of greenhouse crops, including moveable greenhouse planning and management; Harvesting, packing, storage of vegetables and delivery of orders; Communication with wholesale clients, preparation of wholesale & restaurant orders, and invoicing; Sale of products from the farm to the weekly on-site Saturday Farm Stand; Care of laying hens on a weekly rotational basis; After 6 month training period, the ability and confidence to assume the leadership roles of Farm Manager and Assistant Farm Manager, and a commitment to these positions until at least November 2023. PROFILE OF THE CANDIDATES WE ARE LOOKING FOR: Seeks to advance their agricultural knowledge with the aim of managing a farm business and taking on leadership roles; Has a good level of practical application and experience in market gardening (3 seasons); Capacity for physical work under variable weather conditions; Ease of working independently and in teams; Attention to detail and work well done; Openness, willingness to share bathroom and kitchen space with 1-2 other colleagues (housing is private); Has a valid driver’s license and own vehicle; Before a potential departure, we require that replacements be trained for 4-6 months, not only to keep our farm operating without interruption, but also as an opportunity to teach before managing another farm or starting up an operation one day; Desire to lead and manage a farm team. WHAT WE OFFER AS A WORK EXPERIENCE: Practical and efficient application of our four season farming production systems; Year-round crop planning for field and greenhouses, including cover cropping; Moveable greenhouse management; Extensive experience in direct marketing and wholesale; Access to Eliot’s extensive agricultural library with over 50 years of collected works; Mentorship from Farm Managers, Clara, Eliot, and Barbara in all aspects of organic farming; A solid foundation of the benefits/challenges inherent in operating a diversified, small-scale organic farm; Leadership and farm management experience. SUPPLEMENTARY EMPLOYMENT DETAILS: Full-time position (40-48 hours); Schedule from 7/7:30 am to 4/4:30 pm Monday to Friday, including one unpaid hour for lunch, as well as a rotating Saturday for Farm Stand with other members of the team; Starting salary of $15 per hour, with raise after 6 month training period, and subsequent raise in April 2023; Trial period of 1 month from the date of hire; On-site and private accommodation will be provided at the farm with shared use of a bathroom and Commercial Kitchen. Private on-site apartment will be available after 6 month training period; Transportation is the responsibility of the employees; No pets allowed; Access to the extra vegetables & eggs from the farm. APPLICATION DETAILS: Your application must include these 3 things, otherwise it will not be accepted: A resume, including references. A short letter expressing your motivation for the position and your short and long term aspirations A letter of recommendation from a farmer for whom you have worked. Please send your inquiry and/or application to the following e-mail address: fourseasonfarmmaine @ gmail.com. Application DEADLINE January 2nd 2022. **** Further details due to COVID-19: We require a record of vaccination prior to your start date. ***************************************************************************************************************** FOUR SEASON FARM EMPLOYMENT POSTING: SEASONAL FARM CREW. MAY 2022 thru OCT 2022. Application DEADLINE February 1st 2022. We are seeking two to four individuals to join our farm crew and work directly with our Farm Manager and Assistant Farm Manager and other members of the farm team. Reporting directly to our Farm Manager and Assistant Farm Manager and working with other crew members, this position offers an overview of our four season farming practices for candidates interested in learning diversified small-scale Realorganic farming operations. Below is a list of responsibilities, expectations, and supplemental information about the position. AMONG THE RESPONSIBILITIES: Plant House propagation (seed starting, soil blocking, potting on, etc.); Soil bed preparation, fertilization and irrigation; Successive plantings (direct seeding & transplanting) of crops; Opportunity to learn the operation of BCS and tractor; Preventive management and control of weeds, insect pests and pest diseases; Implementation and maintenance of greenhouse crops, including moveable greenhouse planning; Harvesting, packing, storage of vegetables and delivery of orders; Sale of products from the farm to the weekly on-site Saturday Farm Stand; Care of laying hens on a weekly rotational basis. PROFILE OF THE CANDIDATES WE ARE LOOKING FOR: Seeks to advance their agricultural knowledge; Has a good level of practical application and experience in market gardening (1-2 seasons); Capacity for physical work under variable weather conditions; Ease of working independently and in teams; Attention to detail and work well done; Openness, willingness to share a kitchen/bathroom space with other colleagues (housing is private); Has a valid driver’s license and own vehicle; WHAT WE OFFER AS A WORK EXPERIENCE: Practical and efficient application of our four season farming production systems; Year-round crop planning for field and greenhouses, including cover cropping; Moveable greenhouse cropping systems; Extensive experience in direct marketing and wholesale; Access to Eliot’s extensive agricultural library with over 50 years of collected works; Mentorship from Clara, Eliot, and Barbara in all aspects of organic farming; A solid foundation of the benefits/challenges inherent in operating a diversified, small-scale organic farm. SUPPLEMENTARY EMPLOYMENT DETAILS: Full-time position (40-48 hours); Schedule from 7/7:30 am to 4/4:30 pm Monday to Friday, including one unpaid hour for lunch, as well as a rotating Saturday for Farm Stand with other members of the team; Starting salary of $13 per hour; Trial period of 1 month from the date of hire; On-site and private accommodation will be provided at the farm with shared use of a bathroom and Commercial Kitchen; Transportation is the responsibility of the employee and a personal vehicle is required; No pets allowed; Access to the extra vegetables & eggs from the farm. APPLICATION DETAILS: Your application must include these 3 things, otherwise it will not be accepted: A resume, including references. A short letter expressing your motivation for the position and your short and long term aspirations A letter of recommendation from a farmer for whom you have worked. Please send your inquiry and/or application to the following e-mail address: fourseasonfarmmaine @ gmail.com. Application DEADLINE February 1st 2022. **** Further details due to COVID-19: We require a record of vaccination prior to your start date.****




What's the best way to contact you?


Write or visit us at:
Four Season Farm
609 Weir Cove Road
Harborside, ME 04642
Directions:
Click here for Google Maps. Email us at: For Clara Coleman: fourseasonfarmmaine @ gmail.com
For Eliot or Barbara: contact @ fourseasonfarm.com Check social media for updates, events, and other announcements. Instagram: @fourseasonfarm Facebook: Four Season Farm’s Facebook page




Is your farm open to the public?


*DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WE ASK THAT YOU WEAR FACE COVERINGS, KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FROM FARM CREW MEMBERS, AND DO NOT ENTER ENCLOSED SPACES* We have an open visitor policy. For the most part anyone is welcome at any time to come and look around at what we do and how we do it. We try to be hospitable so if you see one of us or one of our employees please say hello and ask any questions you may have. BUT, and this is important, understand that we are all quite busy and we do not usually have time for much talk. WE DO NOT DO FARM TOURS, but you are welcome to self-tour anytime. On Saturdays May through October 10am-12pm when our farm stand is open, you are more likely to find someone who can answer questions. Check Facebook and Instagram for our farm stand’s dates and times.




Will you speak at our event?


Our commitment to our work at the farm leaves us little time for travel. Occasionally Eliot, Barbara, and Clara are available for speaking engagements. We each charge a set fee, plus all travel expenses. Write to fourseasonfarmmaine @ gmail.com or contact @ fourseasonfarm.com to inquire about availability.




What kind of greenhouse should I buy?


The Winter Harvest Handbook has answers to this question, and much more. Also see our How We Farm and Resources pages.




I want to be an organic farmer. How do I get started?


See Are You Hiring? above as well as our Read Our Books and How We Farm pages for more information.