Working at Red Fire Farm
How We Work
Every move we make on the farm makes a difference. Organic farming is very reliant on good, solid crews in the field, and we expect everyone to pull their weight and master the skills of farming. Crew leaders and managers run the different aspects of the farm as a team with the field crew.
We seek crew members who have some experience with farming, a deep work ethic, a sense of humor, and a strong commitment to providing local food. We are seeking folks who would like to help us grow and improve the farm into the future.
The Workday at Red Fire Farm
Monday through Friday, we start at 7am. We work until about 5:30 or 6:30pm (sometimes longer, when the season is really cranking, so flexibility is important).
We have two farm locations, each with their own crew, based on access to good farmland in our area.
Our farm land in Granby is located in southern Hampshire County on Taylor and Carver Streets. Fields of flat vegetable soils and upland pasture surrounding a substantial beaver pond make the farm as picturesque as it is productive. Twenty five minutes from Amherst, 30 minutes from Northampton, and 10 minutes from the Chicopee Memorial State Park (beautiful swimming lake), you can easily get to the attractions of the Five College area. Some of us also like to go up to Greenfield for contradancing and beers or homemade ginger-ale at the People’s Pint.
The farm is located directly adjacent to a Granby town park with a soccer field, baseball diamond, and volleyball court. The Holyoke Range has some great nearby hiking also.
The Granby farm focuses on growing greens, early season crops and a wide mix of storage crops as well as in-ground greenhouse growing. We also maintain our main PYO fields here for most of our CSA members.
Our farm in Montague is about 45 minutes north of Granby. The farmland here is some of the best in the world, the Hadley Sandy Loam soil type. The farm is on a quiet road in a stretch of land along the Connecticut River. Twenty minutes from Amherst, 30 minutes from Northampton, 15 minutes from Greenfield. This farm focuses on the daily harvest main season crops, many many types of organic vegetables, bedding plants for retail sales in the spring, cut-flower production and storage packing. We have a small PYO patch here for Montague area members. The main office is also located here.
We have positions based at each location, as well as our main field crew positions that travel between both farms during the season. If you have a preference for location, or can be flexible between both, please let us know when applying.