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Young Worker Training Program

Hard Work and Great Experience

 The Next Generation Steps Forward

Agriberry Farm’s core mission is to help introduce teens to the challenges and opportunities of farming.  As such, Agriberry Farm hires area teens as summer field workers with the hope of inspiring a few new farmers.  Even if they don’t turn out to be farmers, the program becomes the first employment opportunity for many of these young workers.

We hope our young workers will learn:

  • initial application and interview skills,

  • new employment and social skills, and

  • a deeper connection with and appreciation of their food supply.

On behalf of the Geyer family, the young workers and everyone else at Agriberry Farm, we want to thank all the Agriberry Farm CSA members who make it possible to provide this hands-on opportunity for local workers.  There are cheaper, more efficient ways of harvesting crops, but we feel this opportunity is berry, berry important.

No previous agricultural experience is required, and the minimum age for this position is 14. Picking blackberries and raspberries isn’t for everyone–the work is physically demanding and the heat can be extreme.  If you have health conditions that might be adversely affected by these conditions, don’t apply.

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Work Begins at 7am Each Morning

A Note to Parents:  If you feel this program might be a good fit for your son or daughter, please encourage them to apply. Please do not apply on their behalf, but your consent is requested if they are under 18.  As part of the learning opportunity of this program, we ask that you allow them to work through the steps to employment on their own.


How to Apply

Important Note: Application procedures have changed from previous years! Please review these instructions carefully.  While we have begun our interview process, our hiring needs increase in June and peak in July, depending on field conditions. Repeated phone or email inquiries will not enhance your chances for employment with Agriberry Farm.

Step One:  Completely read our Worker Job Description, making note of the daily arrival time of 6:45 am, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Step Two:  If you feel you fit the job requirements, use this link to download our 2014 Worker Application Form to your computer  and save it to your computer with your OWN NAME as the file name.  Then, complete the application, save it, and print it as a .pdf file.

Step Three: Once your application is ready, use the brief Initial Worker Contact Form below to upload your application and notify Agriberry of your interest in our position.  You will receive a confirmation e-mail verifying that your submission was successful.  (Or, you can attach it to an email to work@agriberry.com or mail it to the address provided on the form.)

Step Four:  Depending on our need for workers, you will be contacted by Agriberry to set a time for you to come to the farm for an interview.

Step Five:  Following your interview, you will be notified by the Field Manager as to whether you will be accepted into the Young Worker Training Program, your rate of compensation, and start date.  For new hires, there is a 5-day paid review period, which constitutes the final phase of your interview process.  If you complete this review period to the Field Supervisor’s satisfaction, you will be invited to join the harvest crew for the remainder of the season.

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