Employment

Email us at info@tomtenfarmva.com if you are interested in applying. Please include information about yourself, a resume, references, and any questions you may have.

Farm Hand (part-time) – 2 positions

We are seeking motivated individuals with prior outdoor, physical labor or farm work experience for our 2022 season. We can offer 10 – 27 hours per week beginning in April, dependent on your availability. We prefer interested candidates commit to a minimum of 6 months. Pay rate is hourly based on experience.
We are looking for individuals with strong work ethic. One that enjoys doing physically taxing work (must be able to lift 50lbs), even in adverse conditions. Other necessary skills include the ability to learn quickly, take direction well, do repetitive tasks, and multitask. A person who is attentive, has fun working, and has a desire to learn to work faster and more efficiently.
Farm Crew positions split hours between Harvest (duties include harvesting, washing, and packing produce) and Field (duties include seeding/transplanting, cultivation, pest management, crop management and field work).

Market Assistant – 1 position

We are seeking a market assistant on Tuesday afternoon at the Birdhouse Farmers Market in Richmond’s Randolph neighborhood. This position is 5-5.5hrs weekly from May through November 1:30-6:30/7pm. Compensation is a mix of an hourly rate plus vegetable trade. This is a super fun, community driven market and we are looking for the right person to join us.
The job requires a good eye for detail, the ability to multitask in a sometimes hectic fast-paced environment (talking while doing), heavy lifting, reliability (in all kinds of weather), prior customer service experience, an interest in food and some confidence in speaking about vegetables and cooking.

Summer Farm Intern

Our small intensive farm offers a wonderful opportunity for those interested in learning about how a market farm runs. A summer internship length is flexible, but we ask for a minimum of 8 weeks and a maximum of 16 weeks between May and September. The position requires 45 hours per week (5 days), plus assistance in daily animal chores, and occasional weekend responsibilities. You will work in most aspects of the farm operation alongside the two owner/farmers as well as have responsibilities working on your own. As on any vegetable farm there is always a lot to do. Duties will include cultivation and tending to crops as well as harvesting, washing, and packing produce. You will be assisting with seeding, transplanting, greenhouse management, soil management, pest and disease control, irrigation setup and operation, mulching, and miscellaneous field work. In addition to working with the produce, there is daily and weekly duties for the poultry. Chores include feeding, moving houses, setting up net fencing, and collecting and cleaning eggs. We slaughter our poultry on the farm and will require that you help out during the summer processing. We also have occasional on-farm events throughout the season which include either our CSA members or the public. Interns are asked to help lead these volunteer crews as well as participate in our farm dinners and other events.
We are looking for individuals with strong work ethic. One that enjoys doing physically taxing work (must be able to lift 50lbs), even in adverse conditions. The summers are very hot and humid in Southside Virginia and although we do our best to schedule hard work for the cooler times of day, this job requires a positive attitude and the will to work through difficulty. Other necessary skills include the ability to learn quickly, take direction well, do repetitive tasks, and multitask. A person who is attentive, has fun working, and has a desire to learn to work faster and more efficiently. Our quality standards for our produce and poultry are very high so we are looking for an individual with a passion for learning and developing a craft and a love of food. Needs a valid drivers license and on farm interviews are preferred.
Compensation – $800 per month stipend, plus housing and food.
Housing: a private room in our beautiful 1880’s farmhouse plus access to all of the downstairs, including a well equipped kitchen, a large porch, bathroom with claw foot tub, and living areas. All utilities (heat, woodstove, & AC), wifi, and household basic supplies are included.
Meals: We provide 3 hot meals per day, having a rotating schedule for meal preparation. We love cooking and hope you will too. Weekends are on your own; but the kitchen and food is available to you. All food expenses are covered as part of the stipend, which often includes local artisanal bread, cheese, mushrooms, specialty coffee, and an unrivaled pantry of spices, Asian condiments, and staples. Previous farm experience is not necessary, but experience with physical labor of some sort is a must. As the owners, we both work exclusively on the farm and are invested in creating a profitable farming system that builds community and a love of food and cooking.

Our business is committed to embracing diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ability. We welcome applications from those that also embrace this diversity.