Setting

Second Spring Farm is a 4-acre vegetable farm in Wheatland, VA, 45 miles northwest of Washington, DC and 10 miles from the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers in the Blue Ridge mountains. Within the neighboring 400 acres there are five quite different sustainable farming operations, a dozen farmers (some retired), and a couple dozen farm workers (mostly in their 20s), making for a dynamic farming community. We are going into our 8th growing season and have developed a stable, profitable farm business based around a mix of wholesale and CSA sales, efficient tractor-work, and dedicated workers who are a part of the social life of the Wheatland farm neighborhood. We have two to six people working on the farm depending on the time of year.

Full-time

We are looking to hire one more person to be part of the core of the farm crew: a sharp, curious person with vegetable farm experience who is interested in a more in-depth look at an efficient small-scale vegetable farm, and who we can rely on to sweat the details and get stuff done. If this sounds like you, this position would be a good fit if you have excelled at being a part of a farm crew and are now looking for the “next level” farm job with more involvement in all aspects of farm operations. Our approach to production and planning is more similar to that of a larger farm, but since we are a smaller farm, you would understand and be a part of all sides of these systems from seeding to selling. This is not a position of management, but it is a position of responsibility.

  • Starting pay: $11.00/hr, with raises expected.

  • Housing: Provided, with community kitchen, at our neighbor Potomac Vegetable Farms

  • Season: Late April through late November (flexible), 35-50hrs/wk depending on time of year and your interests; 7-9hrs/day Monday-Friday with some Saturdays in July and August.

  • Deadline: We are hoping to finish hiring ASAP and are still accepting applications.  We would be glad to talk with you soon!

Of course, we also hire people with less vegetable farm experience. Many people who work on farms like ours have never done such a thing before, and we enjoy teaching people about the farm and work.  If you think you might enjoy spending a summer on a farm within a community of other farmers, we would like to talk with you.

  • Starting pay: $9.00-$10.50/hr

  • Housing: We may be able to offer housing -- inquire.

  • Season: The farm season is late April through late November; we accept applications for any part of this season.

Part-time

We are also looking to hire 3-4 part-timers to work 2-3 days/wk for any period June through October, with the most help needed Mondays and Thursdays at the height of the season mid-July to mid-September. No farm experience necessary. Pay $8.00-$10.00/hr depending on experience and length of stay. Applications considered on a rolling basis.

For more information and to apply

If you think Second Spring Farm might be a good fit for you, you're probably right! Email david@secondspringcsa.com and I'll send you a more detailed description of the farm and work, along with an application. I look forward to hearing from you!