Dreaming of warmer weather and being out in the garden? Mark your calendars for our annual plant sale fundraiser, Plantapalooza, on Saturday, May 16th, 2020. Prepare to explore a huge variety of annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, sun and shade plants, heirloom tomatoes, and new this year, specialty hot peppers.
The first 1,000 attendees receive a free 4-pack of tomatoes!
Every year Community Harvest Project relies on the generous donations from community grantors and local corporations to keep our programs up and running. 2019 was no different. Our grants supported every aspect of CHP’s work from operational support to specific programs and equipment so that we could carry out our mission of farming for hunger relief. Thank you to our generous grantors and corporate partners, listed below, who allow us to continue fulfilling our mission. In 2019, their support allowed CHP to host over 7,500 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds that helped us harvest and donate 417,644 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables through 16 local community partners serving 60,000 individuals and families across central Massachusetts.
Agnes M. Lindsay Trust
Bemis Associates INC
Bridging Peace Fund Of Tides Foundation
The CarMax Foundation
Clif Bar Family Foundation
DCU for Kids
Doe Family Foundation
Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
The Fletcher Foundation
Fred Harris Daniels Foundation
Frederick E. Weber Charities Corporation
George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation
Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Grimes and Company INC
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
Homefield Credit Union
The J. Irving and Jane L. England Charitable Trust
Nypro – A Jabil Company
People’s United Bank
Robert Half International
Schwartz Charitable Foundation
Stoddard Charitable Trust
TJX Foundation, Inc.
United Way Of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
Community Harvest Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit farm that engages volunteers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables to provide to those experiencing hunger. Through our volunteer farming programs and community partnerships, we bring thousands of community members together each year to improve access to healthy foods for individuals and families across Worcester County.
We are currently seeking an Orchard Assistant to work under the direction of our Orchard Manager at our Harvard site, the Prospect Hill Community Orchard. This 75-acre property includes approximately 27 acres of apples, an acre of peaches, and an acre of asparagus. The vast majority of our apples are grown for donation and harvest from late August to late October, with a small portion sold to select partners.
The right candidate will have experience in orchard and/or other agricultural work, will be self-motivated, have a friendly personality, and enjoy working with individuals of all ages and abilities. See below for more information.
The Orchard Assistant is responsible for assisting the Orchard Manager by executing all agriculture operations at the Prospect Hill Orchard site and by creating a positive volunteer experience for all visitors.
This is a full-time, year-round position. The typical work week is 40 hours with occasional additional hours with prior notice.
Duties and responsibilities
Assist in all orchard operations, including:
Execute daily agricultural duties :
Execute harvest duties
Processing and packing
Assist with distribution partners
Execute skilled/restricted farm activities after necessary training
Spraying fungicides, insecticides, PGRs, herbicides and plant nutrients.
Assist in all volunteer operations:
Work with Team Leaders to plan volunteer sessions
Oversee and work with volunteer groups
Work with farm interns
Provide a positive volunteer experience
Compensation: $15 per hour
Time Off: 20 days of paid time off / 5 days of paid sick time / paid holidays
Employer-sponsored health insurance with 50% of coverage paid by CHP
Employer-sponsored 401k plan (no match)
2 years of agricultural experience, preferably in an orchard setting
1 year of tractor experience
Knowledge of IPM and a Pesticide Applicator License a plus (If you do not have a PAL, training will be provided)
Ability to lift 50 pounds
Ability to work in all types of weather including rain and snow