Employment

We are still looking for 1-2 more people to help staff our farmers' market booth on Saturdays and Sundays. This is a good option for someone who lives in the Twin Cities and can just meet us at the market in the morning. Email Dana to learn more - dana@sognvalleyfarm.com.

All 2018 Field Crew positions have been filled.  However, we always like to hear from motivated individuals interested in working with us, so feel free to contact us with a resume.

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the following positions have been filled for 2018:

       Application instructions

 

Our farm:

Sogn Valley Farm is located in Cannon Falls, MN, 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities and 20 minutes east of Northfield. We have seven acres plus a high tunnel in vegetable crops this season. Our farm has been certified organic since May 2016. We market our produce at the St. Paul Farmers' Market, through a CSA program, and wholesale to regional restaurants, universities, co-ops, and food processors.

In addition to vegetables, we produce native plants in our greenhouse for use in prairie restoration projects and home gardens. In addition, we continue to plant natives in our own fields for pollinator habitat and seed production.

 

The farmers:

The farm is owned and operated by Dana and Karin Jokela. Dana has been working in agriculture for 10 years. While he has dabbled with livestock farming, his primary focus has been vegetable production. In 2012 and 2013, he managed 30 acres of fruit and vegetable crops for a 1000-member CSA in SE Minnesota. In 2015, Dana completed his Master’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, where he carried out research on cover crops and organic no-till systems for broccoli and bell pepper production. Karin’s background is in insect conservation and prairie restoration. She spearheads native plant production, but also has a full-time job off the farm.

2018 POSITIONS

Peak-season CREW MEMBER

Summary: This full-time position runs from early through late summer and is well-suited for a someone who cannot commit to spring or late fall work. While work responsibilities will be varied, the focus will be on harvest, wash & pack, and field maintenance.

EMPLOYMENT DETAILS:

Timeframe: Late-May – September, with the possibility of part-time work in October.

Work schedule: Typically, the work schedule will be Monday-Friday, 7:30 – 5:00, although we may start earlier in exceptionally hot weather and later when it freezes overnight. Because weather influences so much of what we do in farming, there will be exceptions to the above guidelines. For example, if we’re expecting thunderstorms at night, we might ask employees to work into the evening to finish tasks such as planting, weeding, or harvesting.

Work Activities and Responsibilities:

Peak-season Crew Members will be involved primarily in the following activities:

  • Transplanting
  • In-ground crop management in high tunnel (planting, pruning, trellising)
  • Field maintenance, including weeding, thinning, trellising, irrigating, backpack spraying, installing/removing row cover, and electric fence upkeep
  • Harvesting, washing, and packing for CSA, farmers’ markets, and wholesale orders, and keeping appropriate records while doing so

Expectations and qualifications

Previous work experience on vegetable farms is a big plus, but isn’t necessary so long as the individual is eager to learn. We’re looking for someone who is physically fit (able to lift 50 lbs, bend over or crouch to weed and harvest), detail-oriented, and self-motivated. Farming is incredibly rewarding, but not always glorious. We work in all weather conditions, and although we try to mix up work activities to keep things interesting, some days will be monotonous. Our crew is a team, and the ability to work collaboratively with others is essential. We work quickly and efficiently, and expect our employees to do the same. We seek an individual who is always looking for a faster and more effective way to complete a task.  But above all, we strive to create an open, positive, and fun work environment.

Compensation and benefits

  • Hourly wage of $9-11/hr, depending on experience.
  • Vegetables from the farm, when available (which is most of the time!)
  • On-farm accommodations in a tent with access shared employee kitchen is possible.

Application instructions


Part-time CREW MEMBER

Summary: Part-time Crew Members work 2-3 days per week primarily in the areas of harvesting, washing, and packing vegetables for sale. There will be occasional involvement in other activities, such as planting and field maintenance.

EMPLOYMENT DETAILS:

Timeframe: Late May - mid-November (start and end dates flexible)

Work schedule: The ideal work schedule for part-time employees would be Mondays and Thursdays, 7:30 – 5:00, although we may start earlier in exceptionally hot weather and later when it freezes overnight. Because weather influences so much of what we do in farming, there will be exceptions to the above guidelines. For example, if we’re expecting thunderstorms at night, we might ask employees to work into the evening to finish a harvest activity before rain.

Work Activities and Responsibilities:

Part-time Crew Members will be involved primarily with harvesting, washing, and packing for CSA, farmers’ markets, and wholesale orders, and keeping appropriate records while doing so. Involvement in other aspects of production is possible, depending on farm needs and employee interests.

Expectations and qualifications

Previous work experience on vegetable farms is a big plus, but isn’t necessary so long as the individual is eager to learn. We’re looking for someone who is physically fit (able to lift 50 lbs, bend over or crouch to harvest), detail-oriented, and self-motivated. Farming is incredibly rewarding, but not always glorious. We work in all weather conditions, and although we try to mix up work activities to keep things interesting, some days will be monotonous. Our crew is a team, and the ability to work collaboratively with others is essential. We work quickly and efficiently, and expect our employees to do the same. We seek an individual who is always looking for a faster and more effective way to complete a task.  But above all, we strive to create an open, positive, and fun work environment.

Compensation and benefits

  • Hourly wage of $9-11/hr, depending on experience.
  • Vegetables from the farm

[***We do not currently have housing available for these positions; these people must live within commuting distance of the farm.]

Application instructions


Farmers' Market lead

Summary: This position has the responsibility for driving our farmers' market truck up to St. Paul, setting up and running the Sunday farmers' market, and then driving back down to the farm to unload and complete a post-market inventory. This position would ideally be paired with a full- or part-time crew member position. 

EMPLOYMENT DETAILS:

Timeframe: Mid-May – October (start date flexible)

Work schedule: Sundays, 5:00 am to 4:00 pm

Work Activities and Responsibilities:

The Farmers' Market Lead is responsible for the following activities: 

  • Loading truck (by hand or with forklift, depending on volume) and driving 14' box van to St. Paul. 
  • Setting up market display in an aesthetically pleasing manner
  • Re-stocking to maintain a full and fresh display of vegetables.
  • Provide friendly service to market customers, answering questions to the best of his/her ability regarding farming practices and cooking techniques.
  • Mentally add up purchase totals and carry out cash transactions.
  • At end of the market, pack up vegetables and display supplies, drive back to the farm, and complete a post-market inventory.

Expectations and qualifications

We're looking for someone with a friendly demeanor, good customer service skills, and the ability to add up items in one's head and handle cash. Prior experience in retail or hospitality is a plus. The ability to safely drive a U-Haul-style van to bring produce to market is also necessary. This requires use of side-view rather than rear-view mirrors, backing into parking spots, and use of a wide turning radius to safely navigate streets.

Compensation and benefits

  • Hourly wage of $10-12/hr, depending on experience, or trade for vegetables.

Application instructions


POSITIONS ALREADY FILLED FOR 2018

POSITION 1: crew leader

All positions filled for 2018.

POSITION 2: full-season Crew member

All positions filled for 2018.

Summary: This full-time position spans the entire growing season and involves work in all aspects of vegetable production. 

Employment details:

Timeframe: April – November, with some opportunities for work in March and December.

Work schedule:  A typical farm workday will be 7:30 – 5:00, although we may start earlier in exceptionally hot weather or later when it freezes at night. Expect 45-50 hours/week from May – October, 30-35 hours/week in April and November. (Because weather influences so much of what we do in farming, there will be exceptions to the above guidelines. For example, if we’re expecting thunderstorms at night, we might ask employees to work into the evening to finish tasks such as planting, weeding, or harvesting.) 

Work Activities and Responsibilities:

Full-season Crew Members will be involved in most aspects of production over the course of the season. Areas of work include the following:

  • Greenhouse work (seeding, watering, and monitoring flats for transplant production)
  • Transplanting
  • In-ground crop management in high tunnel (planting, pruning, trellising)
  • Field maintenance, including weeding, thinning, trellising, irrigating, backpack spraying, installing/removing row cover, electric fence upkeep, and end-of-season field clean-up (plastic mulch and trellis removal)
  • Harvesting, washing, and packing for CSA, farmers’ markets, and wholesale orders, and keeping appropriate records while doing so
  • Cover crop seeding
  • Some tractor work, for someone with interest in and aptitude for equipment operation

Expectations and qualifications

Previous work experience on vegetable farms is a big plus, but isn’t necessary so long as the individual is eager to learn. We’re looking for someone who is physically fit (able to lift 50 lbs, bend over or crouch to weed and harvest), detail-oriented, and self-motivated. Farming is incredibly rewarding, but not always glorious. We work in all weather conditions, and although we try to mix up work activities to keep things interesting, some days will be monotonous. Our crew is a team, and the ability to work collaboratively with others is essential. We work quickly and efficiently, and expect our employees to do the same. We seek an individual who is always looking for a faster and more effective way to complete a task.  But above all, we strive to create an open, positive, and fun work environment.

Compensation and benefits

  • Hourly wage of $9-11/hr, depending on experience.
  • Vegetables from the farm, when available (which is most of the time!)
  • Housing in a small cabin with access to a shared, full-featured semi-outdoor kitchen with electricity, running (but unheated) water, and wireless internet access. Bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities are located in the main house, with direct access from outside.

How to apply:

Please submit a resume, 2-3 work references, and a letter of interest that addresses the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in working at Sogn Valley Farm?
  • What are your long-term goals in agriculture?
  • Why do you think you are a good fit for this position?

To apply, or if you have any questions about the positions, please contact:

Dana Jokela

dana at sognvalleyfarm.com

763.614.8853