We’re looking to hire two full-time farmers to work with us April-October of 2022, with potential for this employment to turn into worker-ownership of Humble Hands Harvest.
Click here for the Vegetable Farmer Job Description.
- Previous livestock and vegetable farming experience is expected. We are looking for a worker who already knows that farming is their path: someone who has the skills to be able to run an operation like this one, but who knows that they don’t want to do it alone.
- This job requires physical capacity to work in all weather, bend over, kneel, squat, and lift 50 lbs that might be a kicking sheep. We make every effort to have this work be sustainable for our bodies and minds, but farming is unpredictable, and there will be times when we have to work through exhaustion.
- An attention to detail is essential to vegetable farming, as is a larger vision of the whole process. For example, the detail work of seeding in the greenhouse needs to be accompanied by an understanding of how the plants will be grown, harvested, and marketed.
- We are a worker-owned cooperative, and we hire employees with the goal of onboarding them into worker-ownership. This means that employees need to understand and desire worker-ownership of this particular farm in this particular context.
- There is a NEW house on the farm, with space for you if you want it! We expect that living on-site will be more sustainable for your life and for the culture of this farm, though it is new and there are many unknowns. Your presence in these unknowns will help shape our future!
- We are always figuring out who we are as a farm and experimenting with new systems. There is a lot of flexibility and change in our work environment, and we need employees who can contribute to creating systems that work.
- Hannah and Emily are introverted and get the most joy from this work when we are in the rhythm of doing it, not explaining it. We are excited to explain our farm to people who are able to understand the context quickly and have enough intuition about plants, animals, and production agriculture to be able to find their own rhythm.
What you’ll be part of:
- Humble Hands Harvest is organized as a worker-owned cooperative; Emily and Hannah share in ownership of this land, house, and business, and working for us is the start of the path to co-ownership of HHH. After a trial year or two of employment, a person who is a good fit will buy in and become a worker-owner.
- We make most of our income by selling organic vegetables, pastured pork, and grass-finished lamb at the Decorah Farmers Market and through a CSA. This is mostly what you’ll help us accomplish.
- We’re in the process of developing a no-till system in our vegetable fields! This means plenty of hand work, some record keeping of our experimentation, and with any luck, more resilient and healthy soil.
- We have 100+ chestnut, hazelnut, and hickory-pecan trees, 150+ fruit trees, raspberries, strawberries, and asparagus already established. We’ll be caring for them for several more years before they produce a crop.
- We rotationally graze a flock of 16 katahdin-dorper ewes on most of our 22 acres. The lambs are grass-finished.
- We rotationally pasture feeder pigs on a few acres near the nut tree plantings. We feed them organic grain and vegetable scraps in addition to what they root up.
- We host the Queer Farmer Convergence annually. In 2021, 55 queer farmers from across the country camped out here for a weekend and had a blast!
- We’re hoping to build human culture along with our agriculture, and are always looking for ways to connect people to this piece of ground.
If you’re interested in helping us grow food in 2022, and helping us build a farm that gets even better year by year, send a cover letter, resume, and references (both people you’ve worked for and people you’ve worked with) to firstname.lastname@example.org!