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Valley Flora is Hiring for the 2020 Season!

Seasonal Field and Harvest-Hand Position Available at Valley Flora

Valley Flora is seeking a hard-working, motivated individual to join our team for the 2020 farm season from May to mid-October, with potential for a longer-term position at the farm. We are a thriving, highly diversified fresh market farm that has been selling vegetables, berries, flowers and orchard fruit to local markets on the southern Oregon coast since 1998. We are a multi-generational, women-owned business and we farm using organic practices exclusively.

Job Description:

  • Help with weekly harvests for our 100-member CSA, farmstand, and our restaurant and store (direct sale) accounts;
  • Help with wash and packout of produce for CSA, farmstand and direct sale orders;
  • Help with weekly fieldwork, including, but not limited to, transplanting, weeding and plant care.

Our farm operates with a very lean, efficient crew so a successful applicant will:

  • Have a keen awareness of efficiency in their work; know how to hustle; be good at working under time pressure.
  • Have a positive attitude, even when the going gets tough. Maintain a good outlook under occasionally uncomfortable working conditions and long hours, and enjoy working outside in heat, cold, rain, mud, and dust.
  • Be constantly striving to achieve both quality and speed in their work.
  • Have a history of doing physical work/manual labor, ideally with experience on a farm. Be in strong physical condition and able to repeatedly squat, bend, lift and carry 40-50 pounds.
  • Avoid drama in the workplace and resolve issues in a mature manner.
  • Openly receive constructive criticism and feedback on the job and make changes to work habits accordingly.
  • Listen well to instructions and carry out tasks as directed.
  • Be organized and a creative problem solver.
  • Be honest, positive, responsible, committed, conscientious, and prompt.

Hours: Average 30-35 hours/week on roughly the following schedule:

  • Mondays, approx 6 hours, start time somewhat flexible.
  • Tuesdays 7:30 am to 6 pm
  • Thursdays, approx. 6-7 hours, start time somewhat flexible
  • Fridays 7:30 am to 5 pm

Compensation: Starting wage $11:50/hr to $13/hr, DOE, with opportunities for performance-based raises. All employees have access to farm produce throughout the season.

To Apply: Send a cover letter explaining your interest in working for Valley Flora and the skill set you would bring to this job. Include a current resume and 3 references. Please email your application to valleyflora@valleyflorafarm.com by March 16th, 2020. Thanks for your interest!

 

Get on the List for our 2020 CSA Season!

Hoping to join our CSA to get a weekly basket of fresh produce delivered to your neighborhood? Get on the list for 2020! We will contact you this spring when sign-ups begin for the 2020 season.

You can read more about our Harvest Baskets & Salad Shares here.

Thanks for your interest in our farm, and for supporting local, regenerative, family-scale farming!

2020 Winter Farmstand Schedule

The farmstand will be open for our winter season starting Wednesday, January 8th. We'll be open every other Wednesday thereafter, through May 13th. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm in the barn, a half mile beyond our summer farmstand location.

Mark you calendar with our winter farmstand dates!

  • January 8
  • January 22
  • February 5
  • February 19
  • March 4
  • March 18
  • April 1
  • April 15
  • April 29
  • May 13

The winter farmstand is self-serve honor system. We accept cash and checks at the farmstand. Please bring small bills if paying with cash!

Please park nose-in on either side ofthe barn.

Please leave pets in your car.

No smoking

No potable water available.

Please leave no trace; there is no garbage service at the farm.

To find us in the winter, follow directions to the farmstand and then continue up the road another 1/2 mile to our barn, located on the right side of the road just before 95080 Floras Creek Road.

Valley Flora - Growing Good Food for Local Folks

Valley Flora is a mother-and-two-daughter collective nestled on the banks of Floras Creek near Langlois, Oregon. Together, we grow hundreds of varieties of vegetables, berries and fruit to feed our local coastal community year-round. Our farm was founded in 1998 with a deep commitment to ecological and organic farming practices and our passion is growing good food with an eye towards the artful. Our love of this beautiful valley – the fertile loam and the river that runs through it - inspires us to farm with the next generation in mind, and the next. We rely on crop diversity, compost, cover crops, and crop rotation to keep our farm healthy and thriving both above and below ground. Although we have chosen not to pursue organic certification, we adhere to all organic standards and production practices. With the help of our draft horses, a handful of fantastic employees, and one little tractor, we are grateful to call this our life and our livelihood (we love what we do - so much you can taste it!). Thank you for supporting small family farms like ours!  

Valley Flora - Powered by the Sun!

We are officially running on solar power at Valley Flora! It's been a long-awaited project - a decade-long dream - and now we are not only making our own power to run the walk-in cooler, the freezers, the lights, the greenhouse fans, and the irrigation pump (all of our core infrastructure), but we were actually sending power back to the grid as well! What a feeling to harness all that hot sun that's usually beating down on the barn roof making us sweaty on a packout day and to turn it into electricity instead: the hum of our walk-in, the whir of the greenhouse fans, the cycling of the pump, all thanks to the generosity of the sun.

It took ten years to get here, but this past 18 months the dream started to become a reality thanks to a combination of factors. Solar technology has gotten twice as affordable and twice as efficient in the past decade. In winter of 2018 a farmer friend and tireless renewable energy advocate put us in touch with a Spark Northwest, a non-profit in Seattle that provides grant-writing assistance to small businesses for renewable energy projects. With their help we applied for a federal and a state grant and were fortunate to receive both. We also received a Wild Rivers Coast Alliance small grant and a number of generous individual donations from CSA members and friends of the farm. All together these funds got us close enough to the project budget that we were able to give Sol Coast the green light to do the installation at the end of May and flip the switch on the inverters in early June!

I want to express my deepest thanks to everyone who chipped in to make this happen at the farm, and to all of you who have cheered and voted for the project along the way. As farmers we are feeling the unnerving effects of climate change directly (more extreme weather events, hotter and drier summers) and we want to be a pro-active part of the solution. Solar feels like a huge step in the right direction and we couldn't have done it without the support of Oregon Department of Energy, USDA, Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, Sol Coast, Kyle Electric, Coos Curry Electric Co-op and so many of you! Thank you for being part of positive change!

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