A Family Farm & Delicious Food. Little Ghent Farm, home of Made In Ghent LLC, is a 75 acre farm raising Animal Welfare Approved laying hens and meat chickens alongside woodland heritage pigs and bees. We are a new business and are growing. In addition to farming activities we operate a farm store and a commercial kitchen where we make bread, preserves, baked goods and food-to-go made from our products or from local farms. In our inspiring surroundings we also host entrepreneurial and creatively themed workshops with external experts which we cater and facilitate. Our plans this year include renting part of our property as a farm-stay for it's first season. We are dedicated to being as sustainable as possible in as many areas as possible. Community is very important to us so we show many visitors around the farm. We talk to them about what we do and why we do it in an effort to help more people understand the benefits and value of this kind of farming and the choice to buy local produce. In 2015 we started leasing some land to Vida Farm, a start-up vegetable and flower grower selling from our store and wholesale to local businesses. In order to continue with our mission of bringing the old farm back to full productivity we now need to invest in seasonal help on the farm and in the kitchen.
What We Are Looking For:
Hardworking, self starters. Farm and kitchen work is physical and intense and summer hours are long. We love to work with people passionate about food and farming who are committed to promoting a local sustainable food system as well as people who are invested in our mission and helping us grow.
We want to foster a great working environment, we are very hands on, invite new ideas from everyone and live and breathe this 24/7 so we need/want it to be as fun as possible. A lot of our time is spent talking to visitors and customers so a sociable and friendly manner is essential. A driving license is necessary as well as being able to comfortably lift 50 lbs. Some experience is necessary for this position. It's going to be a busy time and we need people who can take the initiative and can see what needs to be done and do it.
Actual hours to be agreed with work available between April and October at least. On bread baking days (Thursday-Sunday in the summer) it's an early start between 5.30am and 6am and we normally finish and close the store around 6pm. This depends on other things going on such as workshops for example. Typically hours a week ahead can be predicted and agreed.
Tasks would include but are not limited to:
- bread baking
- baking of baked goods
- washing up, cleaning
- regular farm store help - welcoming and serving customers
- setting up the store, restocking, transactions
- workshop help - cooking and serving at our growing selection of workshops
- catering - a growing area of our work.
What you will get:
- a beautiful and inspiring working environment
- a job where your input and ideas can help grow an exciting new business
- regular breaks and time to enjoy lunch
- good food
- the opportunity to meet many interesting people
- the opportunity to learn
- at least a day off every week
Compensation this position is PAID: stipend