Prairie Drifter Farm is a certified organic vegetable farm located in Litchfield, Minnesota, approximately forty miles south of St. Cloud and seventy miles west of Minneapolis. Prairie Drifter Farm is owned and operated by Nick and Joan Olson. The upcoming growing season will be our tenth season in operation, growing for approximately 150 CSA shares and several wholesale accounts including two local food co-ops and the Harvest for the Hungry program.
Nick and Joan both have backgrounds in formal and environmental education. Through these teaching experiences, travels here and abroad, and time spent on our grandparents’ farms we have taken a path to produce healthy, organic food while promoting stewardship to the land in which we live and farm.
In addition to his work on the farm, Nick works with Land Stewardship Project’s beginning farmer program, with a specific focus on building leaders and advancing racial justice in our rural communities. Through his work he has helped many beginning farmers along their path to begin, enhance, or grow their own farm business. Nick has served previously on the board of MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service) and currently serves on the board of our local food co-op.
Joan has a background in geology and science education and has a passion for soils, biology, and the details needed to make a farm and business run efficiently and smoothly. We farm with our two children, Abe (7) and Freya (5). Through our work both on and off the farm, we are actively creating a vibrant community on our farm and within our CSA membership, while engaging in the community in which we live.
The farm crew for the 2019 season will consist of Nick and Joan, two full-time seasonal farm crew members, one part-time seasonal farm crew member, and six work-share members.
Our employment opportunities are especially beneficial for, but not limited to, someone exploring or pursuing vegetable farming as a career as there will be opportunities for significant education on the farm as well as in conjunction with neighboring organic farms. Preference is given to qualified applicants who could return to the farm for an additional season or more.
End of April through the end of October.
Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-5 pm for full-time positions with one hour unpaid lunch. Start time varies slightly between 7:30 am-8 am depending on the time of the season. Part-time employee will work one to two days-per-week, 8-5 pm with one hour unpaid lunch.
- Greenhouse work, weeding, and transplanting.
- Harvesting, washing and packing for CSA deliveries/wholesale accounts.
- Cover cropping, irrigation and record keeping.
- Care of farm animals including pigs and a small flock of laying hens.
- Involvement with share member events.
- Upkeep of farm grounds.
Prairie Drifter Farm is looking for individuals who are self-motivated, have great attention to detail and are eager to work and learn. Previous farm experience is a great benefit but not required. Crew members should be in good physical condition with the ability to lift fifty pounds. Farm work is physically demanding and we work in all weather conditions.
Employees should expect to work efficiently and quickly and maintain our standards of high quality produce and customer service. Efficiency in production is what helps to make the farm financially viable; we work at a fast pace and expect our employees to do the same.
A smoothly operating farm helps to create a positive living and working environment for the entire crew. Employees should be able to work independently and in a group and have an interest in sustainable agriculture and good food! It is important for us to work in an enjoyable environment for the benefit of our family, our crew and our membership.
Prairie Drifter Farm 101 Main St W #207 Litchfield, Minnesota 54806 Website
Number of Position Openings: 3