Work Opportunities

Job Openings

Whipstone Farm is a family-owned business; we work closely with our field crew to create a positive work environment. We are looking for our next team members.  We are currently hiring for the following three positions; Vegetable Field Hand, Flower Field Hand, and Farmers Market Assistant. Details of each job are listed below.

 


 

TO APPLY: Send past work experience and 2 professional references to gibson@whipstone.com with the position you are applying for in the subject line. 

 


Vegetable Field Hand

Position Overview (Seasonal Job, March – October) We are hiring full-time field hands, for 40+ hours per week. This person will report to the farm manager, and will have primary duties of field work. Field work includes: planting, weeding, harvesting and assisting with any other necessary farm task. The ideal candidate should have the ability to work at an effective pace, accept and integrate instructions and feedback, and take a proactive, positive role in asking for guidance when it comes to farm practices. Our ideal candidate will have a strong interest in the farming experience. This is a highly demanding position during peak season, and requires a “do whatever it takes” personality that can contribute a positive attitude to the team on long days in any weather conditions. You must be flexible (in schedule and attitude), pay attention to details and contribute to the farm’s overall growth. Knowledge of the local food system and/or Spanish/English fluency is a bonus.

Job Description: Follow farm protocols with a positive attitude. Keep the team leader informed of the quality of incoming product. Complete assigned daily tasks following team leader’s instruction. Communicate with other staff as necessary. Attend weekly team meetings. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds. Pay is $10.50 per hour with growth potential, commensurate with experience.

 


Flower Field Hand

Position Overview (March – October) We are hiring a full-time flower field hand, for 40+ hours per week. This person will report to the farm manager, and will have primary duties of flower field work. Field work includes: planting, weeding, harvesting, and other essential farm tasks.  In addition, this person will help prepare flowers for market and may assist with wedding and event design, delivery and installation. The ideal candidate should have the ability to work at an effective pace, accept and integrate instructions and feedback, and take a proactive, positive role in asking for guidance when it comes to farm practices. Our ideal candidate will have a strong interest in the flower farming experience. This is a highly demanding position during peak season, and requires a “do whatever it takes” personality that can contribute a positive attitude to the team on long days in any weather conditions. You must be flexible (in schedule and attitude), pay attention to details, and contribute to the farm’s overall growth. Knowledge of the local food/flower system, floral design experince and/or Spanish/English fluency is a bonus.

Job Description: Follow farm protocols with a positive attitude. Keep the team leader informed of quality of incoming product. Complete assigned daily tasks following team leader’s instruction. Communicate with other staff as necessary. Attend weekly team meetings. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds. Pay is $10.50 per hour with growth potential, commensurate with experience.

 


Farmers Market Assistant

Position Overview (May – October) We are hiring part-time farmers market assistants, working between 8-15 hours per week. This person will report to our market team leader, and will have primary duties of market set-up and customer service. Market set-up includes packing and unpacking market equipment, creating beautiful displays, stocking, cashiering and assisting customers. The ideal candidate has worked in retail before and is familiar with the local food system. Our ideal candidate will have a positive attitude, work at an effective pace, accept and integrate instructions and feedback, and take a proactive, positive role in asking for guidance when it comes to market practices. We are looking for excellent communication skills, quick decision making, and a cool head while working with potentially frustrated customers. You must be flexible (in schedule and attitude) pay attention to details, and contribute to the farm’s overall growth. Cash handling experience preferred. Knowledge of the local food system, customer service experience and/or produce and flower handling experience is a bonus.

Job Description: Keep a clean and organized market stand and delivery truck. Follow market protocols with a positive attitude. Attend weekly meetings with the Farmers Market Team Leader. Setup and tear down market booth. Serve customers at market and restock products. Contribute to a positive workplace and customer environment. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds. Pay is $10.50 per hour

 

Testimonials

“I was an intern at Whipstone Farm during the 2010 season, the year the twins were born, which made it even more fun! Though I did not realize it at the time, my experience there was pivotal to my current job in more ways than I can say. Now, five years later, my partner Matt and I run our own 3 acre vegetable farm in Skull Valley, AZ, which I am sure would not be the case if not for working with Cory and Shanti. With no prior farming experience before working at Whipstone, a full season of planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, and selling at markets gave me a whole new skill set and career path. The work was hard, the days were long, it was hot and dusty, but the feeling of accomplishment of seeing well-tended fields at sunset is not found in any other work. And the food… home cooking with fresh produce is like eating at a expensive farm-to-table restaurant every night! A season-long internship at Whipstone will confirm for anyone whether or not they could hack it as a farmer. Cory and Shanti are endlessly encouraging and continue to be great mentors to Matt and I as we build our own farm. They share their passion of farming and food, are honest and open teachers, and truly want to see new farmers succeed.” – Sarah

work testimonials

“I throughly enjoyed my two seasons as an intern on Whipstone Farm. I learned so much about farming, family and life. The work is most definitely hard and the days long, but it is oh so rewarding. There is nothing like cooking and enjoying vegetables that you yourself started from a little seed or selling your vegetables to appreciating customers. Cory and Shanti have interns take part in every aspect of the farming: seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, and selling. They love when interns find a passion and take ownership of aspects on the farm. Whipstone also grows a wide variety, so you get experience with a range of vegetables and flowers. The opportunity to experience one farm for an entire season also allows interns to see the whole process, start to finish. I would highly recommend this program for anyone looking to entirely immerse themselves in farming for a season to see what it’s really like to run and operate your own farm! “-Stephani

“My first visit to Whipstone Farm was during a trip through the southwest United States in 2008. I always wanted to become a farmer and an internship for a couple of weeks on a farm seemed to be the right thing for me during my journey. I fell in love right away with the family, work and weather – you never get that much sunshine in Switzerland – and the spirit that was present on the farm. So I kept coming back to Whipstone Farm and worked there on and off during four seasons. There is hard work and long hours, especially through the summer months. Getting up early, harvesting in the morning when it’s cool, then planting, weeding, irrigating, bunching flowers, taking care of animals, fixing things, and going to the markets. But, it’s all worth it! You get rewarded with beautiful sunrises, wonderful feedback from customers at the markets, a great family life and you learn everything you always wanted to know about farming. Cory and Shanti are not only great teachers but also the nicest people to be around. Their three kinds are adorable and fun to play with.  My favorite crop was chiles and thanks to everything I learned at Whipstone Farm, I have run my own little chile farm in Switzerland for four years now.” – Mike

“I spent a summer living in one of Whipstone’s trailers as a intern with four other resident veggie pickers. I came away with lots of skills and memories. The upsides were learning about vegetable production, marketing, animal husbandry, and getting to be with the Rade family who are an amazing gaggle of lovable characters. The downside was probably the fact that I had another job in Prescott to make extra money. Trying to be a reliable farm hand by day and a bartender by night was so exhausting I started not being able to keep up with their full paced work days. My advice for anyone looking into interning would be to dedicate to being out at the farm fully and immerse yourself into their social world of soil and sun. Then you can pace yourself with the work load, rest appropriately, and enjoy the bounty of information and delicious food!” – Liz