Premier Farm-to-Table Restaurant Group Seeking Farm Manager

Are you the person we’ve been looking for?

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Gibbet Hill Farm is a leader in the farm-to-table movement in Massachusetts.  As the largest farm in Massachusetts that is also part of a restaurant group, it is a working example of how sustainable, local produce has a critical and viable place in our restaurants.  100% of its produce and meat is delivered internally to supply the restaurants and catering business that make up Webber Restaurant Group.

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We are seeking an energetic, organized, personable Farm Manager to oversee and run Gibbet Hill Farm.  Because of the unique nature of the position, the ideal candidate will have a passion for food as well as farming.  The Farm Manager participates in and directs the crew in all aspects of growing at Gibbet Hill Farm, including but not limited to:

  • Creating the crop plan with input from the chefs at the Webber Restaurant Group
  • Participating in community events, including farm to table dinners, farm tours, youth education, and other farm events
  • Hiring, training, and managing the entire farm staff
  • Overseeing livestock chores and monitoring of the health of the herd
  • Managing pests and disease in a sustainable fashion
  • Directing harvesting and restaurant deliveries
  • Communicating consistently with chefs and the other managers

In 2016, farm staff consisted of the Farm Manager, an Assistant Farm Manager, two seasonal interns, and occasional part-time work from interested restaurant staff.  2017 staffing levels are expected to remain constant, pending input from the new Farm Manager.

The farm currently consists of two acres of fully-irrigated fields used for fruits and vegetables, one acre of grazing pasture for lambs, a 30’ x 72’ heated greenhouse, three hoophouses, and a storage barn.  Equipment includes John Deere 5425 tillage tractor with front loader as well as Cub cultivating tractor.  There are an additional 250 acres of land in Groton that the farm has access to for future expansion potential.   Since 2014 we have farmed using only organic practices.

Salary is competitive, and based on previous experience.  Performance-based bonus is available.   3-5 years farm management work is required, with at least 2 years of tractor experience.  Send inquiries to jed@webberrestaurantgroup.com

Gibbet Hill Farm is Hiring!

Gibbet Hill Farm is hiring a full-time farm assistant for the first week of August – mid October.

Qualified applicants will have had some farm experience but we are willing to train the right, enthusiastic person.  Farm assistants work 40 hrs/week, Tuesdays – Saturdays.  You will be involved in harvesting, weeding, planting, deliveries and livestock chores.  No housing available.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Molly at molly@gibbethill.com.  Qualified applicants will be invited for a working interview at the farm.

 

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Gibbet Hill Farm is a small, diversified farm located in picturesque Groton, MA. The farm is part of the Webber Restaurant Group, which is an independent, family-owned restaurant group that is committed to furthering the local food movement. The farm is dedicated solely to supplying produce and meat to the 5 chefs within the restaurant group.  Two of the venues (Gibbet Hill Grill and The Barn at Gibbet Hill) are located on the farm and customers are highly encouraged to hike the walking trails and visit with the farmers and livestock. The other venues are located in Harvard (Fruitlands Museum Café), Hingham (Scarlet Oak Tavern) and Burlington, MA (Fireside Catering and The Bancroft). In combination with the onsite restaurants, 3 farm-to-table dinners are hosted each season and new this year, we will be hosting an annual fall farm festival.

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We farm a mix of annual and perennial fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, and raise a small herd of lamb on our main site (~3 acres). We lease an additional acre on The Groton School’s property in town, where we raise more annual vegetables. In exchange for the land, we provide produce to the school’s cafeteria and host several volunteer days with the students throughout the growing season. We also tend to a small garden at the Hingham site. Our goal is to eventually become a four season farm and expand our winter hoop house growing. We donate excess produce to Loaves and Fishes when possible and sponsor an annual Walk for Hunger to help benefit local food pantries.

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We are now taking applications for an Assistant Manager and 2 Farm Assistants to work side-by-side with the farm manager at the forefront of the farm-to-restaurant movement in New England. Gibbet Hill Farm is a small farm with a big heart and is part of an amazing larger family in the restaurant world. The farm manager here has a lot of enthusiasm and energy and is looking for a team that is just as enthusiastic and loves to farm no matter what the conditions. We are looking for individuals who are energetic, friendly, and passionate about a career in sustainable agriculture. Individuals must be excited for the physically demanding schedule, tasks, and pace of the farm season. Although we are small, we have a lot going on, so being able to multitask and to see the big picture are key. Ideally, you are someone who loves working hard towards a great goal, has an awesome positive attitude and works well both in a team and independently. All motivated applicants who are seriously considering a career in farming and the local food movement are welcome to apply.

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Farm Assistant

Description:

The Farm Assistant works with the Farm Manager and Assistant Manager on all aspects of field and greenhouse work at both the farm and the satellite field at the Groton School; including field preparation, seeding, planting, weeding, and harvesting. Tractor work is available for qualified persons. Farm Assistants also make restaurant deliveries and perform the livestock chores. Farm Assistants tend to the small garden at the Hingham site. Apprentices will also help lead any volunteer or student groups that come to work on the farm. The Farm Manager firmly believes in learning through doing and aims to provide an intensive working and learning experience. Applicants that are willing to take full advantage of a New England growing season will be very successful at this job.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Field Work
  • Restaurant Deliveries
  • Livestock Chores
  • Instructing volunteers
  • Greeting and directing visitors to the farm and surrounding trails
  • Acting as a liaison between the farm and customers (chefs) and the general public (attending Farm Dinners, CRAFT meetings, and other community events, working with Groton School)
  • Small construction projects

Qualifications:

  • Farm experience is not a must but is highly encouraged.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must like working in the outdoors, in all weather conditions; hot, cold, rain, wind, high humidity, buggy, etc.
  • Punctuality and having good time management skills are key.
  • Must be good at making observations, following instructions and asking questions.
  • Must be a cooperative, supportive team player and also be able to work independently.
  • Self-motivated, time and detail oriented, and the ability to be organized are key.
  • Must be comfortable working at a face pace and being flexible about changing up tasks depending on weather and other uncontrollable factors.
  • Must have a desire to learn sustainable farming practices and to help grow the continued success of the farm.
  • A good sense of humor and patience go along way while working on a farm.
  • You must be able to lift 50 lbs repeatedly.
  • Must be able to work with tools such as harvest knives, hoes, shovels and weed whackers.
  • Must be able to bend repeatedly, stand for long periods of time, work on their knees and complete repetitive work with their hands such as hand weeding and harvesting berries.
  • Livestock can act in unpredictable ways; must be comfortable working with animals.
  • Qualified Farm Assistants may also be expected to be trained on tractors.

Hours and Compensation:

Farm Assistants are employed from mid-April until the end of October. The hours worked/week will fluctuate with the growing season, ranging from 30-45 hours/week, 5 days a week. A maximum of 5 unpaid vacation days are available to be taken all at once or spread out through the season. The position pays $11/hr plus (overtime is paid for any hours over 40). Produce from the farm and a free staff meal is served everyday in the restaurant at 3pm, which is available for you to have as a take-home meal. Discounts are available at all the restaurants. Free admittance to the farm-to-table dinners is provided. Farm Assistants will be highly encouraged to attend the biweekly emassCRAFT meetings to further their learning experience. Housing may be available.

Applying

Interested persons should email a resume and cover letter to Farm Manager, Molly DellaRoman at molly@gibbethill.com.

 

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Farm to Fork Specials at Webber Restaurant Group

Our farm is yielding hundreds of pounds of produce for our chefs each week!  The chefs are getting creative, and guests are enjoying the delicious creations.

With our farm only a few steps away from the restaurant, Gibbet Hill Grill is changing their menu frequently this year to keep up with the demands of the harvests.

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Each Thursday the Grill launches Farm-to-Fork specials available through Sunday (or until they sell out.)   This month we are swimming in tomatoes and eggplant.  Chef Tom and his team rise to the challenge, creating sumptuous dishes utilizing these abundant ingredients.  Here are only a couple of examples of their creativity:

Stuffed Quail with fried eggplant, mint vinaigrette!

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Heirloom Tomato and Cucumer Salad with roasted eggplant goat cheese and pepper vinaigrette!

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Head down to the south shore, and you’ll see Chef Stephen at Scarlet Oak Tavern use his weekly delivery in imaginative ways as well.

Here are fried Ipswich clams, tartar sauce paired with baby lettuces and sweet peppers from the farm!

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Grilled eggplant and fennel salad with fresh ricotta, balsamic, and purple basil!

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Chef Mario and his culinary cohorts at The Bancroft are inspired each week as well.  A field of shishito peppers are grown especially for The Bancroft (featured on some of our steaks), and when there are extra, the chefs feature them inventively in salad, side, and entree specials.

Fried shishito peppers with crystal sea salt and chimichurri (made with Gibbet Hill Farm herbs and garlic)!

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Heirloom tomato salad with fried mozzarella and Gibbet Hill Farm greens.

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Fireside Catering joins in on the farm-to-fork fun too.  Chef Ethan finds innovative ways to use Gibbet Hill produce on event menus each week.

 

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Fireside Catering also takes any excess of produce and herbs, canning and preserving them for use throughout the year!

As the seasons change, so do the harvests.  Stop by one of our restaurants, or book an event with our catering company, and ask what’s fresh today!