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Jobs

Current Job Openings At Goranson Farm 

Goranson Farm is currently looking for energetic, passionate, diligent, and committed individuals to come join the team from now through the winter and, potentially, for years to come.

We offer full time, four-season work for those who make year long commitments to the farm. In the beginning, an employee’s role is matched to his or her  skills and strengths. Over time, this expands to reflect your personal interests, developing talents, and the evolving needs of the farm.

Goranson Farm is a certified organic vegetable farm growing some of the best dang produce in Midcoast Maine. Jan Goranson and Rob Johanson have been farming this beautiful river bottom land in Dresden since 1985, started Maine’s second CSA in 1992, and became certified organic in 1997. Extensive use of cover crops, crop rotations, minimal tillage, and a whole lot of sweat and love provide the foundations for the nutrient dense produce grown here. We have been blessed over the years by countless amazing folks, both customers and staff, without whom farming just wouldn’t be possible.

 

The Positions

Below is a brief description of our primary crews and tasks. Substantial overlap occurs among crews as we enter the fall harvest and winter seasons. While full time employees are ideal, Goranson Farm can provide a fluid and flexible working situation based on an individual’s availability.

Field Crew (3 open positions):

Responsible for picking peas, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, fall harvest of onions, winter squash, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, and winter storage brassicas. Experienced members of this crew may assist with irrigation, remay, tunnel construction, and trellising of crops. As a certified organic farm, hand weeding takes up a substantial amount of time. This responsibility falls predominantly on members of the field crew.

Necessary Skills:

  • No Experience necessary
  • Must have a good attitude and willingness to learn
  • Must work well in a team and maintain focus when working independently
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs repeatedly over the course of a day

Pick Crew (2 open positions):

Responsible for the daily picking and processing of over forty different vegetables for five farmers markets, a farm stand, and wholesale accounts. Morning greenhouse chores are often completed by members of this team, as well as the weekly seeding of pea shoots and field transplants.

Wintertime work for this team consists of packing a variety of roots and tubers, winter greens, and squash for three farmers markets, a monthly CSA, and wholesale accounts. Winter is the time in which we share great music, great stories, and as a team plan for the coming season.

Necessary Skills:

  • No experience necessary
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs repeatedly over the course of a day
  • Must work well in a team and maintain focus when working independently
  • Must have a good attitude and willingness to learn
  • Attention to detail is essential

Maintenance (Mechanical, Facilities, and Crops) (1 open position):

Responsible for the upkeep of buildings, greenhouses, and completion of infrastructure improvements. This individual will most likely be responsible for completing basic tractor field work from discing cover crop ground and mowing headlands in the summer, to a transition towards extensive front end loader, and fork truck work as harvest progresses. Depending on the individual’s prior mechanical skill set they may assist in the maintenance of equipment and the nine tractors.

Necessary Skills:

  • Mechanical aptitude is essential
  • Attention to detail is essential
  • Prior experience is great but not necessary (we can train)

Teamster (1 open position):

For the past three years we have been integrating horses into our tractor-based system. We use our three horses for planting the 40 acres of spring and fall cover crops, roller crimping vetch and rye, haying, single and team cultivation, bulk harvests, clipping pastures, sleigh rides, and a little logging. Currently the horses are hitched for an average of 3-4 hours a week during the summer. With another set of hands this could increase substantially. The teamsters time will be split between working the team and the pick or field crews.  This individual will play a leading role in the direction horse power takes on Goranson Farm through the development of  innovative equipment, systems, and training.

Necessary Skills:

  • A commitment of at least one year
  • At least two years experience working draft horses
  • Experience trimming feet

Perks Of The Jobs (all of them!):

  • On farm housing available
  • 30% Employee discount on all farmstand products
  • Free choice to second quality produce