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.
Production Assistant (April-October)
This position is ideal for an applicant who has some basic experience with organic vegetable
production but wishes to achieve a deeper understanding and gain technical skills relevant to
the craft. The production assistant will work closely with the Farm Manager and Crew Leader,
but can generally expect to perform their duties independently. Examples of some tasks include
seeding cover crops, operating our ride-along transplanter, spraying biologic controls for pests,
operating a walk-behind cultivator, and flame-weeding. On-the-job training will be provided for
any task the applicant is unfamiliar with.
● Must have 1-2 seasons of experience working at a similar farm
● Must have experience operating a tractor and large implements
● Be able to learn on the fly
● Be able to follow directions closely and work independently
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. Having a valid driver's license is a plus, but not required.
● Be able to lift 50+ lbs
● Be a good team player
● Willing to work in all weather conditions