Chester, NY: Farm Apprentices at Dig Inn Farm

Hello all,

Dig Inn Farm is hiring for the upcoming 2018 season. We are growing on 12 acres of black dirt soil in the mid/southern Hudson Valley. Please see the job description below. You can apply here at: or email [email protected] with any questions. Thanks!


Location: Chester, NY (Chester Agricultural Center)

About the role: You will assist the day-to-day operation of building Dig Inn’s farm and sustain it with our team through May – November in Chester, NY. As the Dig Inn Farm will model our definition of sustainability and be a living lab for growing for food, it’s also a place to train farmers and chefs.

Apprentices will have the opportunity to work on a second-year farm as it implements and sets up best practices in an organic farming system. This year we are planning on growing a twelve acre mix of vegetables. You will take part in all facets of the farm, from bed preparation to irrigation management, and harvest and delivery.

About the team: Our farm-team is based in the Hudson Valley at Dig Inn’s farm. Growing produce for our restaurants to reduce transit emissions, minimize food waste, and provide our chefs with vegetables fresh from the farm is the core of what we do. You will report to our Farm Manager, who is committed to impacting the future of food and building a better food system.

You will:

  • Work with the farm manager in all aspects of the farming operation, including, but not limited to, seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, and delivering

  • Operate machinery and maintain vehicle maintenance – 65 horsepower as well as BCS tractor, mowers, weed whackers, vehicle oil changes, etc

  • Prepare for and assist with any special events with the Dig Inn team

  • Manage all farm maintenance duties as they arise

You have:

  • A love for farming (experience helpful but not required) and learning more about organic practices in our farming system

  • The ability to lift at least 50 pounds at a time

  • The strength to work outside in all conditions (heat, rain, cold, snow, etc)

  • A valid driver’s license and are open to driving a non-CDL box truck and cargo van

  • Keen observation skills

  • No fear in speaking up about what you see

  • Strong communication to collaborate with a team and innate discipline to work independently through your projects

  • A passion for real, good food

Work Perks:

  • Phone reimbursement up to $50/month

  • Vegetables from the farm

  • Free Dig Inn meals at any of our locations

Compensation: $12/hour + $18/hour overtime, 40-50 hours a week depending on time of year, Monday to Friday with occasional weekends. Fresh vegetables from the farm, free meals at our Dig Inn locations!

Dig Inn is a vegetable-forward fine-fast casual restaurant group whose mission is to build community through food. With 19 locations in NYC and Boston, and more sprouting soon, we are looking to build our team and nurture the next crop of driven people who are ready to impact the future of food. The foundation of our community is based on learning and development and as we grow, opportunities harvest from within. The work we do is challenging and fast paced, serving over 15,000 lbs of vegetables per week in each of our scratch based seasonal kitchens. As cooks develop into chefs, we are building a diverse and inspiring brand along the way.