2016 Open Positions:

 

Farmers Market Booth Staffing (2-3 Positions)

To Apply: E-mail a resume and cover letter to loonorganics (at) hotmail.com

FARM MANAGER POSITION-FULL-TIME/SEASONAL: FILLED FOR 2016

Loon Organics Farm is looking for an energetic, motivated, and hard-working manager to round out the 2016-17 farm team. Ideally this is a minimum two-year position, with management responsibilities depending on previous experience.  1-2 years previous experience on a vegetable farm is desired.   Position is from mid-April through October/November with some minimal winter farm work available and other winter work available with local partners.  Housing available.  Compensation is $8-12, depending on experience, plus free farm veggies and eggs.  To apply, please send relevant resume and 3 professional references to Laura & Adam at loonorganics@hotmail.com.

Responsibilities:

  1. Organization and management of: greenhouse work in early season, transplanting, weeding, drip irrigation, harvesting, and recordkeeping associated with the above tasks.
  2. Managing field harvest crew for quality and efficiency.
  3. Limited tractor work and basic mechanical fixes
  4. Involvement with CSA and farmers market activities: selling, marketing, display-making, farm tours.
  5. Hoop house management and season-extension: venting and closing houses, irrigation schedule, harvest, pest and disease monitoring.
  6. Crop and field weekly observation, either with Laura and Adam, or on our own.

Qualifications:

Loon Organics is looking for managers-in-training that are self-motivated, organized, good communicators, and have an eye for efficiency and detail to help grow some of the highest quality, organic vegetables around! 1-2 years previous production farm experience is preferred, and this position is best suited for those seriously interested in farming as a profession. Loon is a production farm and we have high standards of efficiency and pace, and expect you to be able to step up, move quickly, think ahead, and keep up. This will be a great place for people that want to work hard, learn the business of farming, and have fun in the process!

Employees must have a vehicle, a positive attitude, be physically fit and able to regularly lift 40+ lbs, be interested in working and living in community with other farm employees, and enjoy working outside in all types of weather and sometimes uncomfortable physical situations.

Educational Component:  

1. Design a “Growing Season Learning Plan” to guide your learning throughout the season, and improve your knowledge around particular farming topics of interest to you.The learning plan is based upon the very successful curriculum of the Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings Program.  We use the learning plan to guide our farm talks and provide further education and mentoring to our employees.

2. Bi-weekly evening discussions with the farmers, alternating with our farm and a neighboring organic veggie farm.  There are ample opportunities to visit other local, organic livestock and fruit farms. Discussion topics are determined in part by each employee’s interests as identified on their “Growing Season Learning Plan”. Discussions may include research and presentations by employees, if desired. Laura and Adam also focus on farm financials and budgeting, recordkeeping, organic certification, and other topics that employees typically don’t have much involvement with otherwise in their day-to-day farm work. 

3. Experiential education and mentoring in nearly all aspects of organic vegetable production from seed to harvest, cover cropping and soil management. 

4. Training and support to take on a management role in 2016-2017 with increased responsibility and pay.

Pay & Housing: 

Pay is $8-12/hr, dependent on experience, with free food from the farm.  Housing is available.  There are opportunities to be involved with small-scale machinery projects and other farm-related projects, based on skills and interest. We offer structured learning plans, bi-weekly farm talks with a neighboring organic vegetable farm, and training and support for the right candidate to take on a management role. Meals are on your own or with other farm staff.  There is an employee summer kitchen and break room on the farm.

Timeline & Hours:

Full-time work available in mid-April to early May through October/November. Opportunities for part-time work in the winter months for returning employees and other winter work is available with local partners in Hutchinson, MN. The typical workweek is 7 or 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, with an hour break for lunch. A couple Saturdays a month, you would help at Loon’s market stand in Minneapolis. Hours can vary depending on weather, but usually range from 40-48 hours/week. Interest and priority given to candidates that can return to Loon for a second or third season.

To Apply:

Send current resume and three work-related references to loonorganics (at) hotmail.com.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis and positions will be ideally filled by late February.  Serious candidates must be able to visit the farm to have an in-person working interview.

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LEAD APPRENTICE-FULL-TIME/SEASONAL: FILLED FOR 2016

Loon Organics is looking for a dedicated and hard-working apprentice for the 2016 season on our certified organic vegetable farm.  There are opportunities to advance in responsibility and pay for the 2017 season and beyond, while getting a great farm education in the process. Some farm experience is highly desired, although not required.

Responsibilities:

  1. Greenhouse work, weeding, harvesting, plant care and maintenance, transplanting, irrigation, recordkeeping
  2. Limited tractor work and basic mechanical fixes
  3. Involvement with CSA and farmers market activities: selling, marketing, display-making, farm tours.
  4. Hoop house management and season-extension.

Qualifications: 

Loon Organics is looking for employees that are self-motivated, organized, and have an eye for efficiency and detail to help grow some of the highest quality, organic vegetables around! Previous production farm experience is desired, but not required. This position is best suited for those seriously interested in farming as a profession. Loon is a production farm and we have high standards of efficiency and pace, and expect you to be able to step up, move quickly, think ahead, and keep up. We have some fabulous employees returning in 2016—this will be a great place for people that want to work hard, learn the business of farming, and have fun in the process!

Employees must have a vehicle, a positive attitude, be physically fit and able to regularly lift 40+ lbs, be interested in working and living in community with other farm employees, and enjoy working outside in all types of weather and sometimes uncomfortable physical situations.

Compensation: Pay is $8-10/hr, depending on experience with free food from the farm. Housing available.  We offer structured learning plans, bi-weekly farm talks with our colleagues and neighbors at Prairie Drifter Farm, and training and support for the right candidate to take on more of a management role in future years. Meals are on your own or with other farm staff.

Schedule: Full-time work available in early May through October.  Apprentices must be able to stay for entire duration of season.  Opportunities for part-time work in the winter months for returning employees other winter work is available with local partners in Hutchinson, MN. The typical workweek is 7 or 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, with an hour break for lunch. A couple Saturdays a month, you would help at Loon’s market stand in Minneapolis. Hours can vary depending on weather, but usually range from 40-48 hours/week. Interest and priority given to candidates that have previous farm experience and can return to Loon for a second or third season.

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LOON FARMERS MARKET BOOTH MANAGER-PART-TIME/SEASONAL: FILLED FOR 2016

Loon Organics Farm is looking for an energetic, outgoing, and passionate foodie to co-manage their Mill City Farmers Market booth in the 2016 season, starting June through October.  Position will be every other week, approximately 30 hours on Thursday-Saturday and include CSA delivery driving on Thursday, Friday on-farm market harvest, and Saturday driving, set up, and managing a lively market booth.  Position will require driving from and work on our certified organic vegetable farm in Hutchinson, MN (60 miles west of Mpls).  Overnight accomodations available, if needed locally.  Must have clean driving record, 25+ y.o., ability to regularly lift and unload 40+ lb., great customer service skills, and be knowledgeable about vegetables and cooking.  Compensation ranges from $10-$12/hour depending on experience, plus free farm veggies.  To apply, please send relevant resume and 3 professional references to Laura & Adam at loonorganics@hotmail.com.

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What is it like to work for Loon?

“I have only positive things to say about my employment last summer at Loon Organics. Anyone interested in exploring the possibility of small vegetable farming would be remiss to not engage in some way with Loon.  It was full of opportunities to learn on a comfortable and supportive, as well as productive and successful, well-run organic farm. Laura and Adam are incredibly knowledgeable and committed to sustainable agriculture, shown both in how they run their own farm and how much energy they spend on educating their staff.  From our individual learning plans put together at the beginning of the season to monthly sessions on everything from financials to pest and soil management to post-harvest handling, education and employee support at Loon is well-integrated into work life.  Too, the housing they provide was perhaps the most comfortable and cozy that I’ve lived in while working on farms. I lived in one of the tiny houses, nestled near the edge of the woods.  Now back in the noise and bustle of a city, I think fondly of my time spent there. It truly was special.  I was also very impressed by the electric tractors that Adam invests his time building. I continue to cheer these efforts on and see their possibility and necessity for the future of farming. Lastly, when I interviewed for the position, I asked how Laura and Adam would describe their working culture.  They mentioned kindness as an important part. This was indeed my experience at Loon.  Humor and kindness from them and from other staff, along with wonderful coffee breaks (the miracle of iced coffee on hot days) made my time there so very rich. I recommend Loon as a wonderful, supportive, reliable, and well-managed place for employment.” –Bree (2015 farm apprentice)

“Laura and Adam are an amazing farm team. For four seasons now I have continued to return and work alongside this inspirational and inventive duo. Laura is an exceptional manager with a wealth of knowledge from greenhouse to hoop house on producing the best quality organic vegetables this side of the Mississippi. Inventor and electric tractor extraordinaire Adam is constantly retooling farming practices that are more time efficient and back friendly. So glad to have had and continue to have the opportunity to learn from such passionate and caring farmers.” -Katharine (veteran farm employee) 

“Working at the Loon stand at the Mill City Farmers Market is the highlight of my summer weeks! Loon Organics’  delicious, incredibly high-quality and beautiful produce speaks for itself– customers drive from all over the Twin Cities for their vegetables every weekend. I’ve learned so much from Laura and Adam about farm machinery, seasons, planting, vegetable varieties, the farm community in the Midwest, and much more. Laura and Adam are very thoughtful, relaxed, and generous. You couldn’t choose a better farm to work for!” -Amelia (market maven 2014-present)

“I love working at the best market in MSP with one of the best farms in the state. It’s my personal high point of the week. It’s a source of pride to sell top quality produce to appreciative customers weekly. It’s a great intersection of meeting new people, offering advice, gleaning from others, people watching, making connections and eating some damn tasty treats! Every market while having the same task at hand, peddling produce, is dynamic and different: new product, different interactions, changing weather. Laura and Adam are generous with their knowledge, produce and kinship. You’ll also get to know other vendors, your market coworkers and see direct marketing practices at work. The market environment has a lot to offer: fraternity, farmers, food and fun!” -Matthew (market maven 2012-present) 

Who We Are: The LOON ORGANICS mission is TO NOURISH MIND, BODY, AND SOIL. Loon is a 40-acre certified organic farm located 60 minutes west of Minneapolis, MN, co-owned and operated by Laura Frerichs and Adam Cullip and their 4-year old son, Eli.  Laura and Adam have been successfully farming for the past 12 years, with beginnings at the Gardens of Eagan Incubator Farm in 2005, purchasing farm land in 2008, and establishing a passionate and devoted 200-member CSA over the past ten years.

In addition to producing the highest quality vegetables around, Laura and Adam have become sought after experts along the way. They are excited to develop new enterprises of Loon Organics with their unique expertise in the coming years. Laura is a well-known presenter at organic farming conferences, consults, and serves on committees and boards of several agriculture advocacy organizations throughout the Midwest. Adam is a machinery geek who uses his passion for industrial design education to lead system designs on the farm that improve operations, including two electric-converted tractors and other self-designed small-scale vegetable machinery and equipment. He dreams of scaling this serious tinkering to benefit organic vegetable technology through partnerships in the US and abroad.

Kindness, respect, humour, and education are core values of Loon’s farm culture and workplace.

The Farm: LOON ORGANICS is a forty-acre farm with ten acres of produce actively cultivated for the 200-member CSA, the Mill City Farmers Market in Minneapolis, select farm-to-table restaurants, food co-ops, and to The Food Group’s “Harvest for the Hungry” Program. The operation includes 3 hoop houses for season extension, a greenhouse for bedding plant production, as well as a host of small tractors and implements, a small flock of laying hens, several hives of honeybees, and a loveable Chocolate Lab named Toby.

Learning Opportunities: LOON ORGANICS provides structured learning plans. Employees choose their focus, giving you further insight into organic farming practices beyond the day-to-day field work and helping Laura and Adam to guide and mentor you throughout the season.

In addition to serious fun on the farm and the expertise of Laura and Adam, there is a great community of organic farmers in the surrounding area who enjoy dinners and other social events together on a regular basis. Farm employees have ample opportunities to learn from neighboring organic farmers about honey, pork, beef, fruit and other organic crop production.