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8th Street Greens is Hiring an Assistant Farm Manager --Okanogan

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Posted on: 03/01/2017 11:50 am

8th Street Greens

Shannon Gilbert


8th Street Greens is seeking an assistant manager for the 2017 season. The goal being that assistant manager becomes manager for 2018 and 2019 . . . . .

Dates: a.s.a.p. For phone meeting and decision making. Work months p/t March and April, f/t May – beginning November. I am starting the early crops this year.

Job Description:  multi-faceted!  Wow, how diverse an annual row crop farmer is truly amazes me!  Are you diverse?  Have a thousand skill sets?  General farm labor, irrigation repair, organized, able to direct a crew with respect – humor – gratitude – confidence – pace set, can do story problems, label boxes correctly, work in heat or cold, fun loving, kid friendly, drive a tractor, have drivers license, references, etc. . . .    please know, I am still here as farm owner and manager – I will make lists, train, etc.  I also have 2 return workers on board who are self-motivated and great to work with!

Season: Okanogan, North Central Washington. Dry desert sage brush steppe, irrigation water, chance of frost until Mid-May. Chance of frost mid-Sept.. Snow on the ground now. Awesome skiing year, both nordic and downhill. Warm springs. Hot days begin in May on thru October. Most nights cool down nicely.  Nice lakes for swimming.  We season extend with re-may, high tunnels and shade cloth.

First salad planting: early March, weather depending. Last salad planting: mid September.

Transplant cool season starts: mid-April

Transplant warm season starts: mid-May

Some succession transplanting.  Bi-weekly direct sow greens successions.

Operations:   3 acres of field space. grow lots of greens, some heads and bunching greens, berries, peas, green beans, summer squash, cukes, tomatoes, peppers, melon, onions and garlic, etc. Fairly complete and diverse growing list. Retail accounts, tiny CSA, a single small Farmers Market, and I have Okanogan Farmstand (a little store downtown).

A new building for rinsing, packing, coolers.  Super exciting – be one of the first to use it!!! Irrigate with micro spinners and drip tape. Paper mulch. Alfalfa mulch. Trellising. Occultation. Hoeing. Strict organic practices.

General Weekly Schedule: 6 a.m. Or 7 a.m. Until 2 or 3 p.m or 4 or so, depending on day and crew.  Co-Manager 5 days/week.  Other crew some p/t some f/t.  Saturday Farmers Market and Okanogan Farmstand are additional hours as you want.  Or, if there’s 2 of you, you could each have a job!

Greens harvests (3-4 people) and rinsing takes 2 days,  April thru October.  Late June – Oct m-w-f picking of summer squash, cukes, berries, tomatoes, etc (2 people). CSA pack and produce deliveries 1/2 day (1 – 2 people). Friday market harvest/pack and Farmers Market on Saturday.

Why do I need a manager?: I have started another business and have transitioned from daily full time work in the farm. I would also like to hang out with my kids more. I want to see 8th Street Greens continue to thrive.  We will have a commercial kitchen for baking and preserving for the Farmstand and an extra booth at Market.  It’s an exciting year!

Housing: various potentials we can discuss.

Okanogan is 4 – 5 hours from Seattle, 3-4 hours from Bellingham, 2.5 hours from Spokane, 35 minutes to the Methow Valley and 50 miles from Canada.

Pay: $11.+  depends on experience and long-term goals. Let’s talk!

Please send resume to

About 8th Street Greens

County: Okanogan

Public Address: , Okanogan, WA,

Mailing Address: 742 8th Ave S., Okanogan, WA, 98840

Point of Contact Name:

Daytime Phone: 509-322-8044

Evening Phone: 509-322-8044