Sharondale Mushroom Farm

Farm Production Assistant

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Posted On: Thursday, 9th August 2018
Category: General Labor
Location: Keswick, Virginia
P.O. Box, 375 Keswick, Virginia 22947
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:


Sharondale Mushroom Farm grows the highest quality certified-organic mushrooms and mushroom spawn. We sell specialty mushrooms to grocers and restaurants, and have an expanding web-based spawn business. Sharondale is a leader in developing regionally and seasonally adapted mushroom spawn and the processes for their cultivation. We research and promote the utilization of fungi for small farm diversification and resilience. 

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Position Description:

The Farm Production Assistant at Sharondale Farm is a part-time, entry-level position working with the farm team in all aspects of organic mushroom production from substrate preparation to sales.

We seek an individual who can manage his or her time and tasks to completion, and is interested in supporting, promoting, and developing local food. Starting wage is $10/hour with consideration commensurate with ability and work experience. Current position is 30-40 hours per week.

We will train the production assistant in many aspects of mushroom production including:

  • Substrate preparation
  • Inoculation techniques
  • Proper sanitation techniques
  • Harvesting and post-harvest handling
  • Food safety protocols and recordkeeping
  • Retail marketing and sales




Minimum qualifications for this position:

  • Must be able to initiate and complete tasks, maintain tools and equipment, keep records
  • Interest in food, farming, mycology, biology, ecology, general science, etc
  • Able to learn chemical and food safety protocols
  • Understand and use good personal hygiene
  • Reliable transportation to and from the farm
  • Artistic, resourceful, and outgoing personality a plus
  • Previous farm experience also a plus, but not required





To Apply:

If interested, please email Mark Jones: with a letter of interest and a brief work history.

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