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Massachusetts Certified Organic Market Garden Seeks Apprentice

The current position is for part time help on a certified organic farm, 24-35 hours per week involved with all aspects of organic fruit, cut flower and vegetable production as well as Farmers' Market sales and marketing. Astarte Farm is a certified organic market farm located in Hadley, Massachusetts (right between Amherst and Northampton) with about 4.5 acres under cultivation. We are essentially a small family farm set in the heart of the Pioneer Valley, selling primarily at the Amherst Farmers' Market from the first weekend in May through the middle of November, with a limited amount of subscription and wholesale business. We have a 26 X 48 heated greenhouse for transplant production and two unheated high tunnels for season extension. We specialize in heirloom tomatoes (both plants and fruit), unusual lettuce varieties, sweet corn, garlic and a broad array of market garden produce. We pick all of our varieties for superior taste, source organic seed whenever possible, and even grow a few outstanding hybrids. Duties include hand cultivation, transplanting, harvesting and grounds maintenance. Mondays and Wednesdays are the preferred farm work days, Fridays are required for harvest and Saturdays (6:00 AM to 2:00 PM) are required for the Amherst Farmers' Market. The ideal candidate loves to work outside in all types of weather, has excellent physical conditioning and enjoys working with plants and people. Housing is not available on the farm.

Contact Dan Pratt dporganic@aol.com or (413) 584-5552
Astarte Farm, 123 West St., Hadley, MA 01035
Dan Pratt
Astarte Farm
123 West Street
Hadley, MA 01035