ABOUT USTHE GARDENGET INVOLVEDPROGRAMSCONTACT

Joe and Stacey Tulanowski, (2015-2016)

Moria Petchel (left), (2014)

Tess Li

Tess Li (2013) Pennsylvania State University: Bachelor of Science in Community, Environment, and Development

Marisa Cippola (2011) Bloomsburg University: Bachelor of Science in Biology

Jennifer Yaskewich (2010) Bloomsburg University: Bachelor of Arts in Geography
and Environmental Planning

Elizabeth Bernardo (2010) Juniata College: Bachelor of Science in Wildlife
Conservation

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"Growing Markets" Program

The "Growing Markets" program is designed to provide aspiring agri-business entrepreneurs with the opportunity to plant and maintain an organic market garden, sell the organic produce through weekly produce subscriptions, and participate as a vendor in the Downtown Hazleton Farmers Market.

   

Opportunities

This is a fantastic low-risk opportunity for an aspiring agricultural entrepreneur to plant and maintain an established 1/4-acre organic market garden, manage weekly CSA subscriptions (15-20), and participate as a vendor in the Downtown Hazleton Farmers Market. The Farmer will not only learn the basics of bio-intensive garden operations, but also gain insight and experience in marketing organically and locally raised produce for retail sales. For those interested in starting their own farm market program, it provides a unique opportunity to "test drive" the experience before committing time and money to purchasing land, materials, and equipment.

Details

Season generally runs from April through September. Work will include all tasks associated with managing and maintaining a garden for production of organic produce sales, including but not limited to: seeding & transplanting, tilling, fertilization, organic pest management, weed control, irrigation, harvesting/packing, marketing, social networking, retail sales, farmers market participation (optional), and produce subscription management.

Compensation

This is an independent contractor position without salary, personal liability insurance, or benefits. Compensation will be 80% of all net revenue collected through produce sales (20% of net revenue will be paid to the CLDS at the end of the season as payment for use of land, water, equipment, etc.). The CLDS provides general liability insurance and product insurance for food grown within the garden.

Qualifications

At a minimum, candidates should have organic gardening experience, an interest in local and organically raised food, a mature and responsible work ethic with strong organizational and communication skills, be in good health, have physical endurance, enjoy working outdoors, and be able to work independently. Manual labor is required (participants should be able to lift 40 lbs). Candidates should also be able to operate a tiller and a garden tractor (training will be provided), and provide their own transportation to/from the garden and the downtown Hazleton Farmers Market.

For Questions or to Apply

Contact Krista Schneider at locus@ptd.net, or 570-578-5903.