Employment Descriptions


Thank you for your interest in working at Hutchinson Farm. As you can imagine, the amount of staff we need varies a great deal throughout the year: we need lots of people during the strawberry season, and nobody in January!

Job
Hours
Duties
Patch Supervisor
 
Raspberries: July

Weekdays 9:00 - 6:00
Weekends 9:00 - 5:00
  • Assist customers in the Berry patches
  • Show customers where to pick
  • Answer customers questions
Burlington Farmers Market
May to October
At Market:
Wednesdays, Fridays 7:30 am - 5:00
Saturdays 6:30 am - 1:00 pm
This job includes work on the farm on "non-market" days
  • Load Truck
  • Drive truck to market
  • Set up stall
  • Sell produce to customers
  • Can also involve working at farm store
Greenhouse March/April/May
Weekdays 8:00 to 5:00
Flexible part time available or full time 
  • Planting
    We plant literally thousands of flower cuttings from early March to early April. The work is moderately demanding, with a lot of time spent standing at planting tables, and carrying trays of plants to the greenhouse benches. We plant by hand, in a soil-less mix, so wear appropriate clothing and footwear. The hours are flexible (9 to 5ish), the plants arrive usually on Wednesdays, and we need to get them planted as fast as possible.

    Our greenhouse is a sterile environment, free of plant pathogens. Plant diseases come from other plants, so please don't water or handle your houseplants prior to entering our greenhouses (wash your hands and wear clean clothes!). Also, there is a slight chance that viruses from tobacco can infect our plants, so we only hire non-smokers.

  • Watering
  • Flower Sales
  • Trimming
  • Spacing
Picking
Early June - mid July
Strawberries: Dawn! - noon
Raspberries: 9:00 - noon
  • Oddly enough this job requires removing berries from the plant and placing them in pints and quarts!
Student Co-op
Placement
Second Semester only
(Feb - June)
There is no public transportation near our farm, so students will need their own transportation.
The student will assist in the production of Spring annuals at Hutchinson Farm. The session will cover the entire production cycle beginning with greenhouse preparation in February, followed by planting, transplanting, and growing on, through March and April, completing the cycle with selling the crop in May and early June.
The principal crops grown are pots and hanging baskets of geraniums and ivy geraniums, flats of impatiens, pots of herbs, plus a growing selection of othe popular annuals such as Petunias, Bacopa, Calibracoa, Verbena, etc.

The student's duties may include any or all of the following:

Cleaning and sterilization of greenhouses and equipment
Preparation of equipment and soil media prior to planting
Planting/transplanting the crop
Watering and fertilizing the crop
Monitoring greenhouse environment
Flower maintenance
Retail displays and marketing
Customer sales both at the farm location and at the farmer's market in Burlington

The student will gain a knowledge of the following:

Greenhouse growing techniques; including plant nutrition, maintaining a growing environment, and crop scheduling
Varieties of annual plants; their planting, care and maintenance
Choosing and combining plants for creating a home garden
Customer relations and basic retail skills

Working Conditions: The greenhouse environment is usually warm and comfortable. Obviously you will be working with soil and water, be prepared to get your hands dirty and your feet wet. The job also entails work outside the greenhouse in all types of weather.
Farm Worker Mid April - mid October
6:00 am -
must be able to work weekends and holidays
  • Planting
  • Picking
  • hoeing

This is a physically demanding job, you will be on your feet all day, working outdoors, heavy lifting

General Duties & Expectations

Hutchinson Farm is more than just a farm. It is also a retail store where people come to shop, and a private home where the farmers' families live! Any job at our farm will, in one way or another, be involved with all three of these areas:
    1. The Farm   Because Hutchinson Farm is a farm, the vast majority of work is outdoors. As a result, you will get hot, dirty, and sweaty, on hot days; be cold and wet in the rain; have wet feet in the berry patches; have scratches from the raspberries; encounter assorted bugs and creepy-crawlies...all summer long! The work can be physically demanding, and a day’s work can be exhausting. You will gain a greater understanding of the phrase “Early to bed / Early to rise...”
    2. The Customers    All our jobs will involve contact with our customers, and as a member of our staff, you will require a basic understanding of the operations of our farm and the crops we grow, as well as basic customer relations.
    3. The Home During our busy growing season we sometimes need assistance in our household tasks, which can include basic house cleaning, garden maintenance, childcare, etc
This has been a taste of what you can expect from working at our farm­, and what we expect of you. Working on our farm is not a job for everyone. However, it can be a lot of fun, a lot of hard work, and a great experience. To find out more about our farm, explore our website and if you have any questions please give us a call. If you feel you would like to work for us, please complete the online application form.