Living Hope Farm is now accepting applicants for the 2020 farm season!
Living Hope Farm (LHF) is a small not-for-profit farm located about 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia on 40 acres of mixed fields, pasture and woodland in Harleysville, PA. Each year, we provide fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, and poultry to over 240 families and attend multiple farmers markets in the area. At LHF we pride ourselves in following organic farming practices, caring for the land around us, educating the next generation of farmers while growing healthy food for the community. We also work with multiple food banks and charities to get nourishment to those who need it the most.
This year, we are accepting multiple applicants with varying levels of experience to help round out our farm crew. Those interested can expect to work full time during the growing season with hourly compensation and the option of renting on-site housing. At LHF, we work rain, snow, and shine to get the job done. Although we are a non-profit, for any farm to be successful, workers must be quick and efficient. Therefore, we are looking for passionate candidates with a strong work-ethic and an interest in growing food that is more sustainable, more nutritious, and tastier than what you can find in the supermarket.
Crew Leader (April- November)
We are accepting applicants for a crew leader who would be primarily responsible for overseeing the daily tasks undertaken by the field interns. This applicant would communicate closely with the farm manager regarding the jobs to be done and ways that can be achieved, and oversee the interns in the completion of those tasks. LHF is a very diverse CSA and as such, the crew leader would be expected to be able to undertake a wide variety of jobs including but not limited to weeding, harvesting, pruning, planting, irrigating, mowing, trellising, fertilizing, pest control, field clean-up, and more. The applicant will be expected to follow instructions closely, ask questions, and be able to manage a team of 4-5 people in a quick, efficient, and comprehensive manner.
● Must have some previous experience farming/ gardening fruits and vegetables
● Have some previous leadership or management experience
● Good communication skills
● Able to lift 50+ pounds
● Have a valid driver’s licence
Previous experience operating a tractor is a plus, but not necessary.
Livestock Intern (April- November)
At LHF we maintain a large flock of laying hens year-round, broiler chickens which we raise in consecutive batches April through November, and a flock of turkeys each year for Thanksgiving. All of our poultry is raised on pasture and rotated regularly in order to have the healthiest, happiest animals with the smallest negative impact on the landscape. We are accepting applications for an individual who is interested in learning about and caring for our pastured poultry. The intern would work closely with an experienced manager learning all that is necessary to produce nutritious eggs and meat. Daily responsibilities include feeding, watering, egg collection and washing, and shelter rotation. Chores will require attending to poultry at dusk and dawn, so this position is a definite time commitment. The applicant would also learn about and participate in setting up electric net fencing and butchering of broilers and turkeys. When not performing poultry duties, the applicant will be expected to work along-side the field interns tending to fruit and vegetable crops.
● Lift 50+ lbs
● Live on site (caring for livestock is a full-time job)
● Be able to follow instructions carefully, as well as work independently
● Be willing to learn about caring for livestock and simultaneously assist with vegetable production
● Have a valid driver’s licence
Previous experience with livestock and operating a tractor is a plus, but not required.
Field Interns (2 full season [April-November], 2 summer [May-August])
LHF is searching for applicants to complete the field crew for the 2020 season. These individuals will be responsible for many of the tasks related to fruit and vegetable farming, including weeding, harvesting, pruning, planting, irrigating, mowing, trellising, fertilizing, pest control, field clean-up, and more. Part of our mission at LHF is educating budding farmers about the importance and details of organic food production, environmental stewardship, and participation in our local economy. Much of the learning occurs on the job during explanations of tasks and impromptu discussions with the managers and other experienced people. We also allow time for attendance of workshops with other farmers in the region. Although the educational aspect is important, we do emphasize a quick, efficient, and thorough working pace throughout the season. For this reason we are looking for individuals with a strong work ethic, passionate in learning about the food system and small scale agriculture. Applicants can expect to work 40-55 hours per week, depending on the time of year.
● Be able to lift 50+ lbs
● Be a good team player
● Willing to work in all weather conditions
Having a valid driver's license is a plus, but not required.