Assistant Manager

POSITION: ASSISTANT MANAGER(S) WANTED:

Versailles Farms, Greenwich, CT.  Manage a best growing practices market garden for the 2019 season April to October.   Housing included.  We’re looking for an individual or couple to bring our little farm to the next level in a lucrative market.  We’re an old fashioned New England family farm and we’re blessed with beautiful soil and a wonderful community of customers.  Compensation commensurate with experience or ability.   Drop us a line with what you’ve been doing, what you’d like to accomplish and where you’d like to go with your career. Steve@versaillesfarms.com  www.versaillesfarms.com  Instagram Greenwich_versailles_farm

Scope The goal is to master all aspects of Versailles Farms’ operation and run the business as though it’s your own. The job is to plant, cultivate, weed, spray, harvest, wash, package, sell, deliver and make a profit. Applicants must have previous experience in organic farming or market gardens. The applicant will acquire practical production and marketing experience with a broad array of high quality crops. Knowledge will be acquired in the field and with the customer. Farm’s manager will provide daily feedback, guidance, and mentorship. The assistant manager begins by assisting the manager. After that you transition into full responsibility for the business.

Responsibilities The assistant manager will perform the skills of: bed preparation, direct seeding, plug transplanting, plant cultivation, weeding, pest management, crop health, irrigation & fertigation, harvesting, crop processing, crop sale & delivery, succession planting, bed & soil maintenance, production tracking, record keeping, customer relations and nutritional literacy. The applicant will learn practical techniques working with a wide range of high quality greens, flowers, vegetables, honey, ginger and mushrooms. Applicants must be committed to seven months of hard physical and mental work. The assistant manager will also be responsible for managing the crew of young interns. The growing season is approached as a team sport. It’s an athletic event where collaboration, hustle and grit are practiced for commercial benefit.

Opportunity The assistant manager will receive housing in a modern on-site apartment. Compensation will depend on your experience or ability. The assistant manager will acquire specialized knowledge, compensation, and valuable relationships with a marketplace where demand often exceeds supply. The assistant manager who commits to 3 growing seasons can save enough money to start their own operation with a built-in customer list. End of year bonuses are awarded at the discretion of the manager. Moreover our reference is a reputational asset that will greatly assist you with future career plans. Greenwich’s backcountry offers a high quality of life that features many outdoor activities, as well as close proximity to the urban adventure of New York City. The opportunity is an attractive exchange of value, a virtuous circle of mutual benefit.

Background Located in the backcountry of Greenwich Connecticut we’re blessed with beautiful soil and close proximity to several lucrative markets. We operate in harmony with the land to grow food for our community. We grow for flavor, nutrition and good digestion. Our operation is labor-intensive. The work is hard and the summer heat is not easy. We sell directly to caterers, country clubs as well as an on-site farm stand.

Specification The growing season begins on April 1st and ends on Oct 15th. The applicant must be able to lift at least 50 pounds, have a valid driver’s license, adapt to adversity, accept direction from peers, comply with our dress code and work in extreme weather conditions. Preference is given to applicants with market garden intensive farming methods.

Apply For more information, visit our website or Instagram “Greenwich_Versailles_Farm”. Email your resume and a description of your agricultural ambition.


Market Garden Intern

Purpose The goal is to introduce the intern with all aspects of the French intensive method, graduate from each level and qualify for university-level studies. This is a springboard to launch a career or start a business. The goal is to learn physical work skills and modern agricultural techniques. The applicant will acquire practical experience with a broad array of high quality crops. Knowledge will be acquired in the field and with the customer. Farm’s manager will provide daily feedback, guidance, and training. The intern begins by assisting the manager.

Responsibilities Interns will acquire the skills of: direct seeding, plug transplanting, plant cultivation, crop health, irrigation & fertilization systems, harvesting, crop processing, crop sale & delivery, succession planting, bed & soil maintenance, production tracking, record keeping, customer relations and nutritional literacy. The applicant will learn practical techniques working with a wide range of high quality greens, flowers, vegetables, honey, ginger and mushrooms. Applicants must be committed to six weeks of hard physical and mental work. The growing season is approached as a team sport. It’s an athletic event where collaboration, hustle and grit are practiced for commercial benefit. The applicant begins the internship after a paid one week try-out.

Opportunity Interns will receive farming knowledge, compensation, and valuable relationships with a marketplace where demand often exceeds supply. Interns who complete each 6 week level, who stay for the duration, receive a bonus and graduate with the title of Level I, II or III Grower. This title as well as our reference is a reputational asset that will greatly assist you with future career plans.

Background Located in the backcountry of Greenwich Connecticut we’re blessed with beautiful soil and close proximity to several lucrative markets. We operate in harmony with the land to grow food for our community. We grow for flavor, nutrition and good digestion. Our operation is labor-intensive. We sell directly to restaurants, caterers, country clubs as well as an on-site farm stand.

Specification The internship program begins on May 1st and ends on October 15th . The program has 3 periods. Level I occurs May 1st to June 19th. Level II occurs June 20th to August 15th. Level III from August 1st to October 15th. Interns must be 16 or older. The intern is an hourly worker who is paid minimum wage and is eligible for a discretionary end-of-season bonus. Normally hours are 9am – 5pm with breaks in between. However the applicant should expect to work on a moment’s notice from 7am to 7pm for several days during peak production periods. Interns are allowed excusable absences after permission is given. Two no-shows will result in discharge. The applicant must be able to lift at least 50 pounds, have a valid driver’s license, bring their own lunch, adapt to adversity, accept direction from peers, comply with our dress code and work in extreme weather conditions. Preference is given to interns returning from prior growing seasons as well as local applicants.

Apply For more information, send an e-mail, apply in-person at the farm, visit our website, or visit Instagram “Gardenbounty” and “Greenwich_Versailles_Farm”.