Employment Opportunities

Hutchins Farm is one of the oldest and largest certified organic vegetable and fruit operations in Massachusetts. Organic since 1973, Hutchins grows over 35 acres of vegetables, about an acre of small fruit, and 8 acres of apples. We sell our produce directly to consumers at our farm stand in Concord, MA, and at three weekly farmers’ markets, with a small amount of sales to local restaurants.


FIELD CREW – Now accepting applications for fall crew 2021 members: positions starting now and must be able to work through the end of October

Hutchins Farm is seeking motivated individuals with an interest in farming, gardening, food, or just working outside, to work in our production fields this season.  Some help will be needed as early as April, but most hands will be needed in May or early June through October—individuals who can stay for three or more months will be given preference.
The work will vary, but will include: planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, and packing a wide variety of vegetables and small fruit.  Workers may also be involved in greenhouse work, grounds maintenance, sales in our Farm Stand or at Farmers’ Markets, irrigation, or other aspects of the operation based on the farm’s needs and the worker’s inclination.
Full time workers will be expected to work 5 days per week, and must work at least one weekend day. Part time workers must be able to do 3 days, and must work at least one weekend day.  The workday starts at 7am and usually goes until 4 or 5pm, with an unpaid hour for lunch. Hourly pay begins at $13.50/hour with a $0.50 per-hour-worked year-end bonus contingent on completion of a time commitment agreement, plus free vegetables from the farm. There is potential for increases for longer term workers based on their performance and the overall performance of the farm. Applicants should be able to lift 50+ lbs repeatedly. Housing is not available. For all crew employment opportunities please contact Liza at: Liza@hutchinsfarm.com

APPLE PICKERS – Accepting applications for 2021: positions start mid-September and runs through the peak of apple season to early October – just a few weeks.

Part time or full time is possible during this short season. The workday starts at 7am and usually goes until 4pm, with an unpaid hour for lunch. Working just the mornings from 7am-12pm is also possible. Hourly pay begins at $13.50/hour with a $0.50 per-hour-worked year-end bonus contingent on completion of a time commitment agreement, plus free vegetables from the farm. Applicants should be able to lift 50+ lbs repeatedly, and feel comfortable climbing on orchard ladders and with stinging insects around. Housing is not available. For all apple picking employment opportunities please contact Liza at: Liza@hutchinsfarm.com

FARM MACHINERY OPERATOR – Now accepting applications for 2022

Hutchins Farm is seeking an individual with machinery experience and agricultural aspirations to join our team beginning in spring 2022. With over 60 acres under management, Hutchins Farm is one of the oldest diversified, certified-organic vegetable and fruit operations in Massachusetts. We grow approximately 40 acres of annual vegetable crops each season, and manage 5 acres of apple orchards and an acre of blueberries, selling at our on-site farmstand and at three local farmers markets.

Responsibilities:
The exact job description will depend on the applicants experience and interest, but the position will have especial emphasis on tractor operations, including subsoiling, plowing, disking, seeding, planting, cultivation, spraying, mowing, and material handling. Tractors include old IH Farmall models we use for cultivation, high clearance offset models from the 1980s used for cultivation and seeding, and 40-100 HP utility tractors (several with loaders) to execute other tasks such as tillage, spraying, loading and unloading trucks, and mowing. Timely, accurate and efficient execution of machinery operations is critical to the day-to-day operation and long-term success of our farm.

Other smaller machinery work may include work with chainsaws, mowers, trimmers and irrigation pumps.

The position may also include involvement with crop planning, harvest operations, deployment of wildlife exclusion fencing, supervising labor, machinery and building repair, irrigation, and other aspects of the operation depending on the needs of the farm, and the interest and aptitude of the individual.

Qualifications:
Candidates must have:

-Some experience and comfort operating moderate sized tractors, including experience hooking up and using three-point hitch and drawbar implements, and operating a front-end loader. We will provide extensive training using our specific equipment, but we are looking for a person who already has a good grasp of the fundamentals of operating and maintaining farm machinery. This position will involve many hours operating equipment.

-A strong interest and experience in organic agricultural practices and a commitment to producing high quality, responsibly grown produce.

-Strong communication skills – this job requires frequent communication between colleagues.

-Be able to make a season long commitment.

-Be able to lift at least 50lbs repeatedly.

-Have a valid driver’s license

Compensation:
This position will be full-time during the ‘growing season’ (April through November) with possible part-time employment during the remainder of the year. Ideally, a mutually satisfactory first season would be followed by year-round, open-ended employment with expanded roles and responsibilities.

Hourly compensation based on experience and free vegetables from the farm. There is the potential of year-round salary and employer paid health insurance after the first year. Potentially a small apartment near the farm may be available, and a housing stipend to assist with rent.

For any questions about the position please contact Liza at Liza@HutchinsFarm.com and any interested, qualified individuals should submit a resume and cover letter.

FARM STAND CREWFull for the 2021 Season. Accepting applications for 2022 starting in February of 2022
Hutchins Farm is seeking motivated, outgoing individuals to work in our busy Farm Stand and Farmers’ Market stalls.  Work involves preparing produce for sale, building displays, creating signage, ringing up customers and keeping our sales area clean and welcoming.  Friendly, helpful demeanor is a must; interest in local, organic food and retail experience are desirable.
Applicants should be able to lift 50+ lbs.  Our Farm Stand is open from the beginning of June through the end of October. Applicants should be willing to commit to working at least one weekend day, preferably both. Full-time preferred, part-time possible–exact hours will depend on specific job description.  Farm stand workdays begin at 9am or 10am depending on the shift and end around 3:30pm or 6:30pm depending on the shift. Farmers’ Market hours vary by the day. Pay based on experience and begins at $13.50/hour with a $0.50 per-hour-worked year-end bonus contingent on completion of a time commitment agreement, plus free vegetables from the farm. Housing is not available. For all farmstand employment opportunities please contact Liza at: liza@hutchinsfarm.com

Positions that are filled for the 2021 season:
-Perennial Fruit Manager
-Production Manager
-Greenhouse Manager
-Farm Stand Supervisor
-Machinery Operator
-Harvest Manager
-Farmers Market Supervisor
-Summer Field Crew

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