Name: Les Macare
Phone: (715) 658-0195
Job location: Colfax, Wisconsin
Business name: Racing Heart Farm
Job/volunteer description: If you have a passion for sustainable farming and are eager to learn and work hard in a supportive and inclusive environment, we encourage you to apply. At Racing Heart Farm, you will work closely with Les and Els, the farm owners, and together we will create a team dedicated to producing healthy and high-quality organic vegetables on a human scale.
This opportunity would be well suited for a couple or friends who have a strong desire to learn the ins and outs of a successful vegetable operation. Individual applicants are also welcome.
Benefits and Compensation:
Hourly Wage: $14+ per hour, based on experience and qualifications.
Access to fresh, organic vegetables from the farm.
Opportunity to learn and gain experience in running a successful small farm.
Housing is available for qualified candidates.
About the Farm(ers): Racing Heart Farm consists of 2 acres of vegetables (including hoop houses for season extension) on 36-acres of land, with woods and pasture, located in a diverse and beautiful valley. We, Les and Els are in our 11th season farming together, and have over 25 years of combined experience. Since moving to this farm in 2017, we have developed no-till growing practices, and currently produce vegetables for a 115 member CSA, bustling farmers market, and small wholesale accounts. In addition to growing vegetables, we are passionate about native plants and willow production. We are intrinsically motivated and are in pursuit of excellence when we approach our work lives. We find this work to be nourishing, challenging, and ever evolving as we encounter change in our world, climate, seasons and bodies. We are committed to this work, this land we call home, each other, and the well being of all beings.
We value open-communication, respect and appreciation, self-care, flexibility, curiosity.
This is a seasonal position, beginning in April (the exact date depends on spring weather, projects we hope to accomplish, and your availability) and continuing through October.
April will be mostly building projects, clean up, hoop house planting and field prep, creating flower gardens, greenhouse work and getting to know each other. There may be additional work available in the beginning of November depending on weather and any projects that need completion, cleaning up and closing down the farm for the year.
Typical hours are 8am-5pm with one hour for lunch.
Weekly responsibilities will include:
Bed Preparation- Application of compost and fertilizers, hoeing and raking as necessary
Planting- Weekly planting and seeding April-September
Weeding and Maintenance- Regular weeding, watering and organic pest control to maintain the farms aesthetic and functional aspects
Harvesting- Learn precise and efficient techniques to produce beautiful and uniform bunches
Packing- Clean, sort and pack vegetables for farmers market, wholesale, and CSA boxes
Equipment Operation- Operate farm equipment and tools, including the Paper Pot Transplanter, wheel hoes, hand hoes, and the BCS with various attachments
Quality Control- Inspect crops for signs of disease, pests, and other issues, reporting any issues to Les and Els
Delivery- Weekly delivery route will be done by one Field Assistant each week June-October.
Physical Demands: This job requires physical capacity to work in all weather conditions, bend, kneel, squat, and lift up to 50 lbs on a regular basis.
Learning and Mentoring: Actively participating in your own learning and skill development, with guidance and mentorship from our experienced farmers, Les and Els.
Qualifications and Experience:
While previous farming or gardening experience is a plus, it’s not a requirement. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about pursuing a career in farming and who are committed to honing their knowledge and skills. Our ideal candidate:
Has a strong desire to work in a farming career
Will work quickly and with attention to detail
Strive for excellence in all aspects of the job
Has good verbal communication, and will ask questions if directions are unclear
Has the strength and endurance to work 8hrs/day
Will be self-motivated and able to work alone
Will enjoy being outside in all kinds of weather (though, we try to time our inside work for when it’s raining)
Have a reliable vehicle, clean driving record and ability to maneuver full sized delivery van
Application Process: To apply, please send your resume and a short email cover letter, and 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salary: minimum $14/hr