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Fair wages, great team, free organic food, full time. Bluestem Farm in East
Jordan, MI is hiring 2-3 paid field crew workers for the 2019 growing
season. Now accepting applications online at

About Bluestem Farm
Bluestem Farm is a year-round diversified organic farm in northern lower
Michigan. If you’re using your left hand to picture it, we’re located in
about in the fingernail of the ring finger. Our farm is made up of 80 acres
of gardens, woods, and pastures, with about 9 acres in certified organic
vegetable production. We also have four hoophouses that produce both summer
and winter vegetables.

The core of our business is our CSA. Members bring home what they want from
our certified organic vegetables and pasture-raised eggs, pork, and
chicken. We also have wholesale accounts, sell at one of the best farmers
markets in the state, and produce our own line of naturally fermented

This part of northern Michigan is known for its natural beauty and
recreational opportunities. It’s a summer and winter tourist destination
for hiking, boating, skiing, and fishing. Situated in the countryside among
rolling hills, woods, wild rivers, lakes, and fields, Bluestem Farm is
within close driving distance of several picturesque towns. We don’t have
year-round work for everyone who’s part of our summer crew, but our farm is
located just a few miles away from a premier Midwestern winter sports
resort. Finding winter work to complement the growing season is usually no

About Our Team
Our core farm crew is made up of 3 or 4 full-time and 1 or 2 part-time team
members. Some members of our crew will be new to the farm, and some will
have worked with us for years.

Farm Crew Position Description
- Our main growing season lasts from May through late October or early
- Hand-harvesting vegetables in the early morning hours
- Sowing, transplanting, trellising, and weeding organic vegetables
- Washing and packaging vegetables for sale to our CSA, wholesale accounts,
and farmers market
- Field-related tasks like moving irrigation and temporary fencing
- Produce washing and processing
- General farm labor as needed

- It’s not a must, but a year or more of experience working hard and being
happy at another farm would be a very good indication of all the below. If
you haven’t worked on a farm before, some sort of outdoor, physical job
would be a good equivalent. Special consideration will be given to
applicants with prior experience and education in organic vegetable
- Punctuality and strong time management skills
- Positive and energetic disposition with strong interpersonal skills
- Maintain a clean and sanitary working environment
- Strong back with the ability to lift heavy and awkward objects
- Willingness to be hardworking and efficient at a physically demanding job
- Excited to absorb the lessons involved in this sort of life, and be proud
of it
- To be interested in the idea of working alone sometimes, sometimes part
of a larger farm community of half a dozen people

Physical Requirements
- Ability to repeatedly lift 50lbs
- Ability to repeatedly kneel, bend, and squat
- Ability to withstand exposure to varying weather conditions
- Ability to withstand prolonged standing or walking
- Ability to handle small objects by hand in a repetitive way

Compensation and Benefits
This is a full time, seasonal position. Pay is based on experience and
- Expected starting range is from $11-15 per hour.
- We don’t ask or expect crew members to work more than 40 hours per week,
but there are often overtime opportunities for paid overtime if you want.
- We work Monday through Friday, starting in the very early morning and
continuing through the early afternoon.
- Paychecks arrive bi-weekly via direct deposit.
- There’s potential for management responsibilities in future seasons.

Full time employees also receive a weekly share of vegetables. Eggs, pork,
and chicken are also negotiable. Housing is not available for this
position. All workers are covered by worker’s compensation.

To apply, please send a summary of your relevant experience along with 3
work-related references to Mary at [log in to unmask]

*The responsibilities & duties listed above are general priorities of this
position, but should not be understood as a comprehensive list of all
possible work requirements. Bluestem Farm provides equal employment
opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, national origin, age,
disability, genetics, marital status, or sexual orientation.*

*Bluestem Farm | 4218 M-32 (at Adams) outside East Jordan, MI |
231-459-8968 c | **An organic farm with year-round build your own CSA
shares, community events & food outreach programs. **
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