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Tumbling Shoals Farm is a diverse Certified Organic vegetable/small fruit operation in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. We have dabbled in livestock but are not currently raising any. The entire farm is only 15 acres, including our house and the employee village, and we grow some 50 different things on just shy of 3 acres of tilled ground. We began production on this land in 2008 with just an acre in production and 1 full time person. Now we employ 7 full time seasonal people including ourselves, most of whom live on the farm and eat their fill of farm produce. Our employees are paid an hourly wage, which is our strongest "soap box" value. We believe that we cannot call our farm sustainable if it relies on the backs of free labor. We value sustainability in all things, including the happiness of us and our employees, so while we must work as efficiently as possible (financial sustainability), we try to have a good time with the work. After all, we make our entire living on this farm, so we had better enjoy what we do!

You can find our products at the Watauga County Farmers' Market, Downtown Hickory Farmers Market, Our CSA (with drops in Lenoir, Hickory, and Wilkesboro areas), Highland Avenue Restaurant (Hickory, NC), Cafe Rule (Hickory, NC), Flying Pepper Vodka, Westglow Spa (Blowing Rock, NC), and various other restaurants whose chefs/owners shop at the farmers' market.

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You can find our products at the Watauga County Farmers' Market, Downtown Hickory Farmers Market, Our CSA (with drops in Lenoir, Hickory, and Wilkesboro areas), Highland Avenue Restaurant (Hickory, NC), Cafe Rule (Hickory, NC), Flying Pepper Vodka, Westglow Spa (Blowing Rock, NC), and various other restaurants whose chefs/owners shop at the farmers' market.

About purchasing from Tumbling Shoals Farm...

“Outstanding farmers and people. They are sincere, honest, and hard-working. We are glad to recommend Tumbling Shoals to you. We have been buying produce from them since they started in Boone. We have always been impressed by the vegetables we buy there and their expertise and friendliness. Further, we enjoyed meeting and interacting with the young apprentices that they have with them each growing season. These young folks learn hard work and high quality, both skills that will help them in their future if they work in organic farming... or any line of work. We have no reservations what-so-ever in recommending Tumbling Shoals to you or any person interested in learning about organic farming. And, of course, anyone interested in fine organic produce!”

- Jeremy, customer

“We have been CSA members with Tumbling Shoals Farm for 6 years and love their vegetables. We love Jason and Shiloh. They are very gifted farmers. They are great teachers, great listeners and deeply care about what they do. The strawberry jam I make with their organic strawberries is excellent. They even had some hard-to-find espelette peppers with which I made pepper jelly. You can’t go wrong with seeking out their vegetables at the market.”

- Susan, CSA member

“Produce is picked at optimal size & freshness, delivered clean and ready to eat.”

- Sally, customer

Our work schedule…

We are hiring five positions for Spring 2017. We're looking for two or three good team players to begin in late March/early April and continue through the end of October. We need all hands on deck by April, but we are flexible with the end dates. The first two positions run through the end of October, two more through the end of September, and one through the end of our main season CSA - usually the first or second week of September.

We work 8 to 4:30 Monday through Friday until employees begin attending farmers' markets in May. Then, if you attend farmers' market, you will work Mon-Sat and then Tuesday-Friday in order to maintain a proper weekend for everyone (which is important for mental health). Currently, one employee attends the Sat Watauga market with Jason, but that may change as we are considering expanding our market presence. If we do so, likely two employees will handle the Watauga market by themselves while we attend other markets.

We sit down every Friday and have a beer with everyone at the end of the workweek, but this is not required. We often coordinate group dinners and sometimes "outings", none of which are required, but which can be nice to facilitate team building and have a bit of fun. We don't require or even expect folks to participate in social activities, but we do require and expect people to be good team players. This is a small and sometimes intense working environment and we need to be a well-gelled team in order to make it work.

Compensation offered...

Currently, we are hiring first year employees at $9/hour. We give merit-based raises throughout the season. We are in the middle of our planning season, so that beginning wage is being looked at and may change. Lodging is included including electricity in private cabins, electricity, propane, and water in shared kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities. Employees can harvest and eat anything from the farm at any time, though we encourage them to consider peak harvest windows for any kind of canning or freezing activities.

Our location...

Tumbling Shoals Farm is very rural and can feel isolated. We are in the foothills with access (within driving distance) of lots of hiking trails, the Blue Ridge Parkway, rivers (the Tumbling Shoals Creek feeds the Reddies River), and beautiful Appalachia. The nearest town doesn't have much going on except a Bojangles and a grocery store and a Redbox. The next nearest town, Wilkesboro, has a Walmart, a few grocery stores (with no bulk foods), two movie theaters, a couple of bars, one farm-to-table restaurant, two coffee shops, and a bunch of chain restaurants. Boone, home of Appalachian State, is a 45 minute drive and has plenty of college town things like coffee shops, bars, good restaurants, live music, etc.

There are no special requirements to work on Tumbling Shoals Farm. The absolute most important aspect of an employee here is being a good team player. This is a physical labor position in the elements, so some experience with a job outside of any sort, especially in southern climates, is a bonus and will be favored. We recommend that you have your own transportation, as the farm can feel pretty isolated at times, but this is not required. Of course, physical fitness is important. We are not often lifting heavy things, but we keep moving all day long so physical endurance helps us enjoy the work. We hope you have an open mind, a quick smile, and a good sense of humor as those things make teamwork more enjoyable. Also, some retail experience is helpful if you are interested in going to farmers' market.

To inquire about employment opportunities, please contact us by phone (during the day or evening) or by email between December and March or visit our website for further information.

This farm has reported that they are no longer hiring for the 2017 growing season. Please check back winter 2017 for next years' opportunities.

About working for Tumbling Shoals Farm...

If you want to start your own farm working with Shiloh and Jason is a great opportunity to learn from some experts. They provide housing and hourly wage which is amazing for farm work... you don't see that often. They explain things clearly and are happy to answer any questions. I never thought I'd describe any small family farm as stream-lined but somehow they pull it off... must be German or something. You work hard and learn a lot. The location is beautiful, somewhat remote but not dull. Boone is 45 minutes away and Asheville is 2 hours. Lots of awesome hiking. Jason and Shiloh have great experience in vegetable sales and it is interesting to hear how they've evolved, adapted and grown over the years. Don't miss this opportunity.

- Lizzie, former hourly employee

“I had a great experience working at Tumbling Shoals Farm. I went there to learn how to grow organic produce, and left there confidently and with a solid grasp on how to grow and market organic produce. Pay attention to the "why" behind each and every task. It's important to know the reason by why specific tasks need to be done in a specific way. When you understand the "why," you will be able to execute tasks more confidently and efficiently.”

- Cory, former hourly employee and owner of New Life Farm

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About purchasing from Tumbling Shoals Farm...

“Outstanding farmers and people. They are sincere, honest, and hard-working. We are glad to recommend Tumbling Shoals to you. We have been buying produce from them since they started in Boone. We have always been impressed by the vegetables we buy there and their expertise and friendliness. Further, we enjoyed meeting and interacting with the young apprentices that they have with them each growing season. These young folks learn hard work and high quality, both skills that will help them in their future if they work in organic farming... or any line of work. We have no reservations what-so-ever in recommending Tumbling Shoals to you or any person interested in learning about organic farming. And, of course, anyone interested in fine organic produce!”

- Jeremy, customer

“We have been CSA members with Tumbling Shoals Farm for 6 years and love their vegetables. We love Jason and Shiloh. They are very gifted farmers. They are great teachers, great listeners and deeply care about what they do. The strawberry jam I make with their organic strawberries is excellent. They even had some hard-to-find espelette peppers with which I made pepper jelly. You can’t go wrong with seeking out their vegetables at the market.”

- Jeremy, customer

“Produce is picked at optimal size & freshness, delivered clean and ready to eat.”

- Sally, customer

About working for Tumbling Shoals Farm...

If you want to start your own farm working with Shiloh and Jason is a great opportunity to learn from some experts. They provide housing and hourly wage which is amazing for farm work... you don't see that often. They explain things clearly and are happy to answer any questions. I never thought I'd describe any small family farm as stream-lined but somehow they pull it off... must be German or something. You work hard and learn a lot. The location is beautiful, somewhat remote but not dull. Boone is 45 minutes away and Asheville is 2 hours. Lots of awesome hiking. Jason and Shiloh have great experience in vegetable sales and it is interesting to hear how they've evolved, adapted and grown over the years. Don't miss this opportunity.

- Lizzie, former hourly employee

“I had a great experience working at Tumbling Shoals Farm. I went there to learn how to grow organic produce, and left there confidently and with a solid grasp on how to grow and market organic produce. Pay attention to the "why" behind each and every task. It's important to know the reason by why specific tasks need to be done in a specific way. When you understand the "why," you will be able to execute tasks more confidently and efficiently.”

- Cory, former hourly employee and owner of New Life Farm


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