Granor Farm is seeking a Grain Production Specialist to help operate our
rapidly expanding organic grains program. In recent years, we have made
significant investments to our grain equipment and on-farm storage capability,
and are continuing to pursue more avenues to increase the number of acres we
farm. We seek to sell the vast majority of our grain locally, and much of it
is sold to local breweries and distilleries. We research and implement the
most progressive organic agronomic strategies for grain production, including
multi-year crop rotation, intercropping and underseeding, and routine,
intensive observation and record-keeping.

Job Description:

The Grain Production Specialist will be responsible for participating in all
aspects of grain operations with a focus on field work and routine equipment
maintenance. This includes, but is not limited to: planting, fertilizing,
cultivating, tillage operations, and harvest. The Grain Production Specialist
should possess an ability to understand the mechanical systems of tractors,
trucks, grain bins, and harvesting equipment on the farm. This person will
report to the Operations Manager and will provide support in all facets of
grain production. A qualified candidate will have a certain propensity for
understanding mechanical systems, be comfortable operating large machinery, be
able to work independently for long periods of time, and be willing to learn
new tasks with enthusiasm. The candidate will be responsible for completing
many field operations independently, and must have a keen attention to detail.
As with any type of farm labor, the work varies greatly depending on the
season. During the off-season, or as needed, additional responsibilities can
include: property upkeep and maintenance, equipment overhaul/maintenance,
livestock care, grain transport, and general property management and
infrastructure upkeep.

The qualified candidate will have 2+ full seasons of farming experience on a
grain or livestock farm. A valid driver’s license, tractor experience, a high-
school GED or equivalent, and the ability to regularly lift 75 lbs. are
required. A qualified candidate will be self-motivated, positive, and
energetic with a strong work ethic, be capable of working outdoors in all
conditions, and occasionally for long hours (seasonal). The candidate must be
able to follow very specific instructions to achieve desired outcomes, and
must be a prudent and thoughtful decision-maker. Desire to become, or continue
to be, a part of the Harbor Country community and dedication to commercial
organic grain production is a must.

Compensation (TBD):
This is a full-time, seasonal position with possible on-farm housing
available. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. For the right
candidate, this seasonal position will be extended to year-round, with rapid
opportunities for advancement and management.

To Apply:
Email resume and cover letter to [log in to unmask] Please include 3
professional references.

Julie Cotton, M.S.
Academic Specialist
Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

Michigan State University
1066 Bogue St., Room A264 
Plant and Soil Science Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

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