Work at Groundswell

Work at Groundswell

Experience

  • Learn all aspects of organic farming including, but not limited to: Greenhouse propagation, transplanting, harvesting, cultivation, wash/pack, delivery and customer service.
  • Experience selling produce at a farm with 150 CSA members, 2 successful farmers’ markets, sales to 4 health food stores and Farmlink in Grand Rapids.

Great working conditions

  • Eight hour workdays
  • Five-day workweeks
  • 30 minute lunch with two 15 minute breaks scheduled throughout the day
  • Focus on safety
  • Training with equipment and machines
  • Workers’ compensation insurance in case of accidents
  • Kitchen, fridge, and break room in upstairs barn

If you’re interested in working at Groundswell, contact us at groundswellfarmer@gmail.com.

We have multiple positions available for farm-workers who are able to work in a fast-paced, demanding work environment. Duties performed on a daily basis include: greenhouse propagation, transplanting by hand, cultivation with hand tools, harvesting, washing/packing, delivery and sale of produce. Wage will start at 9.25/hr with raises given based on skill level and performance.

Farming is physically demanding! We are a small-scale (5 acre production size) vegetable farm. Physical labor is a daily aspect of working at Groundswell.

Open Positions for 2018!

We are seeking Farmers!

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school or GED equivalent
  • Have a passion for organically grown food
  • Enjoy learning new skills, working with your hands, and working outside
  • Possess excellent people skills
  • Quick learner
  • Work effectively in teams

Primary duties:

  • Perform all tasks on a daily basis to include: greenhouse propagation, transplanting by hand, cultivation with hand tools, harvesting, washing/packing, delivery and sale of produce
  • Distribute produce to various markets with pick-up trucks or box trucks
  • Sell produce and represent Groundswell at our Grand Rapids Fulton Street Market or at the Holland Farmers’ Market

Benefits:

  • Pay starts at 9.25/hr
  • Sunday + one weekday off per week
  • Overtime available (approval first)
  • Rotating Saturday off schedule (2-3x per season)
  • Opportunity for farming experience
  • Workman’s compensation insurance
  • Bi-monthly pay

Greenhouse Manager

We are seeking a greenhouse manager for 2018!

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 1 year of organic farm greenhouse management, or 2 years organic farm experience
  • Must be comfortable with Microsoft spreadsheets
  • Ability to work in an unsupervised environment
  • Ability to manage greenhouse plans, seeding, and transplant management
  • Understand the basics of greenhouse propagation management
  • Hard-working, responsible, detail-oriented personality
  • Must possess knowledge of general plant biology
  • Must be willing to work weekends (Saturday Market 530am – 3pm)
  • Must be willing to work odd hours and make trips back to farm during propagation season (farm will reimburse at .50c/ mile)
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills

Primary duties:

  • Manage all aspects of the greenhouse including seeding, transplant management, heating and venting, and seed orders.
  • Monitor temperatures and weather at all times  and be prepared to make a trip to the farm occasionally to open/close (24hr/day during season) to ensure plants do not die.
  • Communicate with farm manager and field manager
  • Manage a team 1-2 employees during peak seeding season
  • Ensure seed levels remain stocked to last throughout season
  • Monitor signs of disease and pests in propagation house
  • Multi-tasking is required. Greenhouse manager is not your primary job. You will perform all other duties on the farm and manage the greenhouse

Benefits:

  • Pay starts at 11.00/hr
  • Sunday + one weekday off per week
  • Overtime available (approval first)
  • Rotating Saturday off schedule (2-3x per season)
  • Opportunity for management experience
  • Workman’s compensation insurance

Field Manager

We are seeking a field manager for our farm for 2018! The field manager is the highest paid employee on the farm, but also requires the most skill and work.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 1 year of organic farm management, or at least 2 years organic farm experience
  • Must be comfortable with Microsoft
  • Ability to work in an unsupervised environment
  • Ability to manage field plans, seeding, cultivation for 5 acres
  • Strong leadership/inter-personal skills
  • Hard-working, detail-oriented personality
  • Must possess knowledge of general plant biology
  • Must be willing to work weekends (Saturdays 5am – 3pm)

Primary duties:

  • Serve as the assistant-to the farm manager
  • Manage the field schedule, transplanting and direct seeding on the farm
  • Manage a team of 3-5 individuals during field tasks
  • Manage the cultivation of all field crops. The field manager will be trained to operate the Allis Chalmers G and Allis Chalmers 42hp 5050
  • Maintain an irrigation plan and schedule for all field crops
  • Manage pests and disease and cover crop rotation

Benefits:

  • Pay starts at 12.75/hr
  • Sunday + one weekday off per week
  • Overtime available (approval first)
  • Rotating Saturday off schedule (2-3x per season)
  • Long work season (March – December)
  • Opportunity for management experience
  • Owner desires to grow year-round (year-round employment)
  • Worker’s compensation insurance

 

Dedicated, hardworking farmers make everything at Groundswell possible . . . without you, our farm doesn’t run.

2013 josh uGroundswell has given me the opportunity to take on new challenges and to be part of the decision making process more so than any other farm I’ve worked on in the past. My wife and I are starting Full Hollow Farm and Katie & Tom have shared their planning spreadsheets, financial history, tools and advice to help us get started.

  –Brad Smith

Groundswell is a great place to work . . . .