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Job Opening - Culinary Gardener

Updated: Dec 4, 2019

COMPANY DESCRIPTION Founded in 1888, and revived in 2012, W.D. Dickinson: Farm, House, Mercantile is an heirloom fruit, vegetable and herb farm, historic event venue and modern-day general store. We are firmly rooted in providing real food, historic methods, and authentic experiences for those who crave reconnecting in our modern world.

Our flagship property in National City hosts a 1/3-acre market garden on a ¾ acre historic property (W.D.D. Farm).

We also have a newly planted 2-acre orchard in Chula Vista and planned food forest in Julian. Positional growth to manage and maintain these properties is available.

JOB DESCRIPTION The W.D.D. Farm grows heirloom, seasonally appropriate crops using organic and sustainable techniques. Emphasis is placed on utilization of all portions of the plant and the plant’s life-cycle.

The Farm supplies fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs to the Mercantile and House for the benefit of customers and members. The Farm and edible landscaping of the grounds serve an important role in teaching visitors about area history and horticulture.


Part-Time at W.D. Farm with opportunity for growth into Full-time with management and maintenance of our other properties.

Monday – Wednesday 0800-1700 (with 1-hour unpaid lunch break)

2nd Saturday of the Month 1300-1700

The Farm is closed on Federal holidays and for 2 weeks each the Summer and each Winter.

Farm & Edible Landscaping

  • Perform all regular farm and garden tasks including harvest, planting, weeding, bed preparation, and general maintenance.

  • Perform daily maintenance of seasonal vegetable crops; seasonal maintenance of orchards and food forest.

  • Plant, manage and maintain the farm using organic and sustainable growing methods

  • Focus on soil building, crop rotation and integrated pest management strategies.

  • Become familiar with different crop varieties and harvest standards.

  • Maintain and improve garden infrastructure: arbors, fencing, drip irrigation, long rows and raised beds.

  • Maintain perennial plantings.

  • Remove weeds and invasives around Property.

Administration and Maintenance

  • Monitor and report on conditions of crops, equipment, and overall appearance of garden

  • Enter all crop and activities into electronic record-keeping system daily.

  • Maintain and track all tools and infrastructure.

  • Perform general upkeep of tools.

  • Work with Farm Manager to crop-plan on a seasonal basis.

  • Create harvest schedule on weekly basis.

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently, but not in a vacuum.

  • Be punctual.

  • Have excellent attention to detail.

  • Interact and communicate well with all staff.

  • At least two year of experience growing produce in a commercial garden or farm.

  • Understanding of crop planning principles.

  • Speak fluent English, have a driver's license and be able to lift and carry at least 50lbs.

  • Ability to operate light machinery (drill, trimmers, etc.).

  • Be able to perform physically demanding tasks in all weather conditions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience growing on the California Coast, in estate horticulture, culinary gardening or market gardening.

  • Experience with organic and sustainable growing methods.

  • Experience soil management principles.

Mandatory requirements

  • Drug test (after accepted offer)

  • Background screening (after accepted offer)

  • First aid training (upon hire)

  • W.D.D ethos, standard operating procedures, systems training (within first week)


  • Jan 10, 2020


  • this position is hourly, varies based on direct farming experience, $14.00 - $17.00


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