Community Partnerships:

We love living here and being involved in the DC Metro Area urban agriculture movement. We've partnered with local organization, schools, and non-profits on a number of great projects for our community. 

We’re open to new ideas and  projects– If you would like to partner with us, send us an email and let’s chat!

Interested?  Email with your interest in the subject line: garden@loveandcarrots.com


Job Offerings

We are currently hiring for the 2018 season! The openings below are for:

  1. Urban Farmer
  2. Installation Crew
  3. Seasonal Apprentice (unpaid)

Interested?  Email with your interest in the subject line to: garden@loveandcarrots.com

 

Urban Farmer:

Who we are:

Love & Carrots is DC’s foremost urban farming and edible landscaping company. We design, install and maintain organic urban farms, vegetable gardens, and native landscapes across DC, MD, and VA. Through our garden care & coaching program we provide expert garden maintenance, guidance, and education in almost 150 gardens every year, helping connect people to their food and inspiring local food production and farming inside the beltway. Since our inception in 2011 we've installed over 500 gardens and our clients include residents, local restaurants, and community organizations throughout the DMV.

The Job:

Our Urban Farmers are responsible for the maintenance of our clients’ organic vegetable gardens, ensuring that they are beautiful and productive! On an average day they travel to 3-4 gardens, primarily residential, and maintain between 20-30 gardens over the course of a two-week period. New staff members also have the opportunity to work with senior staff on larger farm projects and garden installations, schedule permitting.

Farmers work independently, driving from garden to garden, to perform all necessary garden tasks, and are supported remotely by our office crew and in the field by a team of experienced senior farmers. Our service area ranges throughout the beltway area, but daily routes are limited to specific neighborhoods to minimize travel time. Each farmer is provided with a kit containing all tools needed to maintain gardens.

Maintenance tasks include:

  • Amending soil, fertilizing.

  • Seeding, planting, weeding, pruning, harvesting and applying organic pest control practices.

  • Trellising, irrigation repair and management.

  • Ensuring the area in and around the garden is neat and well maintained.

  • Tracking visit details on iPad with our data management software.

  • Engaging with clients: sending recap emails, answering questions, receiving client feedback and applying to garden.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • At least one full season of experience working on a farm or in a community garden.

  • A valid driver's license and working personal vehicle required.

  • The ability to lift at least 50 lbs; the job is physically demanding.

  • Knowledge of proper harvesting, weeding, transplanting, pest/disease ID, sowing, fertilization and rotation/succession planting techniques.

  • The ability to think on your feet and come up with solutions to common garden issues on the spot (minor trellising/irrigation repairs, etc) without immediate assistance.

  • Experience with carpentry, landscaping a plus (hardscapes, raised bed building, etc.)

  • Proactive, friendly, and prompt communication through phone and email.

  • Comfortable teaching adults and children gardening basics (using our supplied curriculum.)

  • Attention to detail and organization.

Compensation:

  • $115/day, depending on experience.

  • Benefits include health insurance, and paid time off.

  • Mileage Reimbursement for use of your personal vehicle on garden routes.

  • Opportunity for seasonal bonuses, based on performance.

  • Our office/headquarters has an on-site vegetable garden for staff use.

Interested? Email a brief letter of interest and resume to: [email protected]


Garden Installation Crew:

Who we are:

Love & Carrots is DC’s foremost urban farming and edible landscaping company. We design, install and maintain organic urban farms, vegetable gardens, and native landscapes across DC, MD, and VA. Through our garden care & coaching program we provide expert garden maintenance, guidance, and education in almost 150 gardens every year, helping connect people to their food and inspiring local food production and farming inside the beltway. Since our inception in 2011 we've installed over 500 gardens and our clients include residents, local restaurants, and community organizations throughout the DMV.

The Job:

The Installation Crew is responsible for building all Love & Carrots’ new vegetable gardens and perennial landscapes. As a member of the Installation Crew, you will work with a team to transform yards into productive and beautiful vegetable gardens. We also install stone pathways and patios, lighting, fences, pergolas, and arbors.

Tasks Include:

  • Building raised bed garden boxes

    • Cutting wood

    • Using power tools

  • Installing raised beds and full gardens

    • Loading trucks

    • Hauling mulch/soil/filling wheelbarrows

    • Digging trenches/holes

    • Installing drip irrigation

    • Planting vegetables/trees/shrubs

    • Building fences

    • Building trellises

    • General landscape labor (excluding lawncare)

  • Driving large trucks

Necessary Qualifications:

  • The ability to lift, dig, haul and generally work hard. The work is very physical and is completed in varying weather conditions (extreme summer heat, rain, wind, cold)

  • A valid driver's license and working personal vehicle required.

  • Experience with carpentry (basic knowledge of power tools, woodworking)

  • The ability to work as part of a close knit team while following directions. Also, to work independently, take initiative, and lead as necessary.

  • Attention to detail and organization.

Preferred Experience (not required, but strongly favored):

  • Construction/Building

  • Landscaping

  • Construction

  • Advanced Carpentry

  • Masonry

  • Manual labor

  • Gardening/farming

  • An affinity for veggies, soil, urban farming, and local food is preferred but not required.

Compensation:

  • Paid hourly based on experience ($14-$17/hr).

  • Benefits include health insurance, and paid time off.

  • Opportunity for seasonal bonuses, based on performance.

  • Our office/headquarters has an on-site vegetable garden for staff use.

 

Interested? Email a brief letter of interest and resume to: [email protected]

 


Seasonal Apprentice:

*This position is unpaid

We are seeking Apprentices to join our Team for a hands-on learning experience in all things Urban Farming!  
Apprentices will learn the entire process of propagating and cultivating vegetables, from germinating seeds, to planting, to harvest. Apprentices will work alongside our Installation Crew building and planting new gardens, with our Urban Farmers teaching folks how to grow food and at our home-base harvesting, planting, fertigating and more!

Apprentices will be trained to carry out tasks that include:

  • Soil mix preparation

  • Preparing soil for planting using hand tools.

  • Direct seeding and transplanting with greenhouse seedlings.

  • Cultivation; thinning, weeding, pruning, mulching.

  • Identifying and treating for pests and disease.

  • Caring for newly planted fruit trees and berry bushes.

  • Principles of compost both small and large scale.

  • Companion planting.

  • Seed saving, herb drying.

Experience:

  • No agricultural or gardening experience is required, although it is welcomed.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • An affinity for veggies, soil, local food, getting dirty, and working hard.
  • An ability to work independently, taking initiative and the ability to function as part of a team, leading and following direction as necessary.
  • A mode of transportation – Our Farm is located in Oxon Hill, MD
  • The ability to lift 50 lbs. or so; the job is definitely physically demanding as is all agricultural work, so please consider this.

Specifics:

  • 3 days/week between March-November. Schedule and start/end date are flexible.
  • This position is unpaid, seasonal, part-time.
  • We welcome you to take home veggies from our Farm as the season allows.
  • College credit if applicable.

Interested?  Email your resume and a brief Letter of Interest to: garden@loveandcarrots.com