Want to feel a strong connection to the land on a regular basis? Want easier access to great food? Are you looking for a meaningful way to make a living? No matter what your background experience, farming can become a calling. We grew up in the suburbs and worked in corporations, academia, and the arts before turning to life on a farm. Now we’re entering our eighth season as full-time farmers. Every day brings its own unique problems and solutions; there's always something new to learn. Come join our team and discover what real food tastes like and what real work feels like. You might just find that you're a farmer at heart.
Round Right Farm raises vegetables and meats following organic practices. We attend weekly farmer's markets, have a 250 member CSA and sell to restaurants. We are also innovating new concepts in local food sales. For example, through our online CSA, our members have the option of choosing exactly what goes in their box (share) each week. We are located near the tri-state intersection of MD, WV and PA, 10 miles NW of Oakland, MD.
The farm is situated in an area with diverse surroundings. It borders the Cranesville Swamp Nature Preserve where we sometimes have the pleasure of watching bears from our fields. The farm is located in a rural farming community surrounded by state forests that offer great hiking as well as rock climbing and paddling. 10 miles SE is the thriving small town of Oakland which offers all the amenities of a modern American small town including a great farmer's market. 10 miles NE is Deep Creek Lake. The lake is a popular tourist destination both summer and winter and affords an opportunity to meet a variety of people from our larger region. We are also less than an hour's drive to Morgantown, WV (where most of our produce goes), which is a growing city with a voracious appetite for local organic food. It is also home to WVU and a good place to see music shows and eat at world-class restaurants. Another area of interest less than an hour away is Thomas/Davis WV. These two side-by-side mountain towns offer great food and nightlife and are surrounded by a plethora of natural beauty.
Round Right Farm is currently looking to hire Apprentices, Interns, a Greenhouse Manager, and Farm Hands for the 2015 season. Please scroll down for info on these openings.
We are seeking 2 full-season apprentices who begin March 1st and continue through November. If you are unable to stay an entire season, we do offer shorter term internships (see below). For full details about our apprenticeship, and to access the application, please see our Apprenticeship Description.
We will offer 4-6 short term internships, minimum length 6 weeks, earliest arrival date April 15th. For full details about an internship at Round Right Farm, and to access the application, please see our Internship Description.
This is a seasonal, part-time position that begins in March and continues through the beginning of September. It all starts with a seed, so our success is largely dependent on you. We’re looking for someone with an attention to detail who will take pride in their contribution to a bountiful harvest.
A schedule of greenhouse planting will be provided at the beginning of the season, and training will be provided on the different types of planting that we do. Hours vary between 10-24 hours per week. The number of trays that get seeded is typically 20-40 per week. The greenhouse manager has the option to do this seeding alone or hire an assistant to make sure all trays are correctly completed on schedule. The pay is $1.25/tray seeded, and over the course of the season about 1600 trays get seeded. This equals approximately $2000 over the course of the season for seeding, plus a $100 bonus is paid each month that the seeding schedule is completed accurately and on time.
This is a seasonal position. We have hours available from mid March to mid November. At the tail ends of the seasons, hours average about 20 per week. At the height of the season, we work 40 hours per week.
Farm Hands' tasks are varied with the seasons but primarily include harvest and transplanting as well as cultural practices in the field (i.e. putting on row cover, mulching, tying up peas, etc.). As you develop an understanding of our farming systems, tasks can also include seeding in the greenhouse, irrigation/hoophouse management, running the wash/packing station, produce delivery and market sales. We are looking for intelligent, hard-working candidates who are eager to take on responsibility and learn how to best serve the farm's needs. The ability to learn quickly and show great attention to detail is also desired. A variety of housing arrangements can be found in Oakland for $400-500/month (less with a roommate) or closer to the farm for potentially cheaper.
Pay starts at $8/hr. Please contact Steve or Sunshine Vortigern at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-789-5887 if interested.