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Established in 2005, Girl & Dug Farm started in an 8-acre farm as "Lucky Growers," but not before founders Brian and Agnes Choi were lovingly pushed out of their prior fresh-cut flower business by their children who wanted them to enjoy retirement. Despite Brian and Agnes' plans to retire and grow flowers for the family's retail shop, their Korean Cucumbers and Sesame Leaf would be so well-received that the 8-acre farm blossomed into 60 acres. Obsessive and driven to discover, grow, and introduce the weirdly wild produce of the world, Brian and Agnes' son Aaron succeeded them in 2009, and so came "Girl & Dug Farm," a nod to his daughters and their lovable overweight beagle Dug. 

Today, we farm a total of approximately 180 acres, employing about 100 workers. We serve our unique vegetables to restaurants and chefs nationwide, including Michelin-starred in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York. Our “Lucky Growers” brand serves nearly all Korean retail markets in the US through retail partners and distributors. 

BRANCHING OUT INTO THE FUTURE

Food feeds our bodies but we rarely consider how it nourishes our mind and soul. Food brings people together. People together create conversation. Conversation among people kindles the understanding of others' culture, and thereby the world, a bit better. This is the intersection of farming and art, where we magnify food's unique superpower to make us whole--body, mind, and soul.

Promoting food diversity, practicing responsible farming techniques, and cultivating direct, intimate partnerships with the very chefs best able to translate one-of-a-kind raw ingredients into transformative flavors are all inseparable threads of weaving the future of food and farming. 

CULTIVATING CULTURE FOR GROWTH

We believe products are only as good as the company behind them, and companies are only as good as the employees that comprise them. We believe that culture is the sum of every member’s actions that align with the words prescribing them. We don’t always get everything right so we focus on learning how to make things right. Healthy relationships are the key to community and to that end, everything we do as a company places reasonable priority on building, maintaining, and nurturing relationships, be it internally among fellow workers or externally with our customers.

 

 FIELD OPERATIONS MANAGER (FOM)

Seeking candidates for a full-time, experienced and energetic Field Operation Manager (FOM) at our San Marcos, CA farm to help manage day-to-day production schedules in order to meet/exceed our sales projections. The FOM will work with our sales team and farm crew to critically maintain and optimize plant and soil health. You will manage all aspects of crop production in addition to pre and post harvest quality control. The role of the FOM is to grow the highest quality & unique to market crops along with a culture of continuous improvement.

Approximate average weekly hours : 45-55 hours.

Annual Salary : $48,000 - $66,000 depending on initial qualification, experience, and pending training period.

GENERAL DAY-TO-DAY FARM/OPERATION DUTIES

Personnel management and helping run basic production such as:

  • Prioritize sowing, crop bed maintenance, weeding, transplanting as well as trellising and pruning.
  • Maintain optimal growing conditions by managing fertilization, environmental controls along with monitoring plant & soil health.
  • Help track plant succession, location of crops, production schedule/map and rotation cycles.
  • Build and maintain logs of seeds required per rotation, seed procurement, seed-production yield across rotation/season to aid in forecasting.
  • Identify and solve production-related bottlenecks such as reallocating resources, maintaining equipment/tools/methods, and improving infrastructure.
  • Develop and follow a rigorous IPM schedule with checklists and continuous improvement protocols.
  • Employ appropriate crop rotations with cover cropping and interplanting of insectary and beneficial buffer strips.
  • Assist R&D projects: in addition to monitoring plant health/progress as above you will assist in growing experimental crops. These responsibilities include plant breeding, selection work and manipulation of environmental factors along with techniques to improve taste, nutrition, and other desirable traits.
PRODUCTION, IRRIGATION, FERTIGATION

Irrigation, with fertigation & chemigation are key aspects to production and requires you to go focus on the following:

  • Build soil fertility by adding appropriate amendments and biological inputs along with remediating adverse conditions for optimal crop production.
  • Maintain precise moisture level for each crop’s particular needs, know about and manage environmental conditions, root health, water quality/testing.
  • Adjust irrigation, feeding and crop protectants according to all fluctuations regarding weather & seasons. 
  • Ensure all irrigation equipment is properly functioning, bring to attention any problems and/or solutions to improve the system for water handling, injecting and delivering our precious water. 
  • Continuously monitor and adjust all aspects of deploying fertilizers & chemicals into the irrigation system following each crop’s programs, schedules and cycles.

** We will provide all necessary training on various equipment, materials, vendors, crops, products, etc. and will help you become familiar with the information itself since much of it is unique to our company. Your job is primarily about organizing, maintaining, and building off of that information.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science with preference in Horticultural Production
  • 5+ years of farm experience, preferably irrigation/production responsibilities and though not required, preferably experience in greenhouse farming.
  • Technical proficiency in specific crop nutrient requirements including both mineral and organic inputs.
  • Advanced knowledge and application of Integrated Pest Management.
  • Managing teams/groups of people with emphasis on team building, accountability and roles. Delegation and follow-up skills are essential.
  • Basic computer skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office esp. Excel and Word. Google Docs and Sheets fluency is a bonus.
  • Precise, intuitive (for others to follow) organizational skills.
  • Minimum of basic conversational Spanish STRONGLY recommended.
NOTABLE QUALIFICATIONS
  • Takes initiative by proactively identifying and bringing to attention all potential problems along with recommendations and remedies.
  • Creative, resourceful problem-solving team-builder.
  • Follow through on a task from start to finish with little supervision.
  • Willingness to learn and listen, be flexible, quick to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Detail-oriented, observative.
  • Not afraid to disagree but work well with others. Finding solutions to problems instead of blaming.

This is a fast-paced job that requires tracking over a hundred different plants’ daily production/progress and simultaneously help track and report re: R&D items. Our operation is best described as a well-funded startup. You may be expected to help build a team of sub-managers and field workers that best accomplishes daily and big-picture tasks while making sure that the grounds & equipment are maintained, clean, and organized.

We want you to grow in the position and grow with the company!

  

GENERAL FARM LABOR, PACKING

Seeking candidates for a part-time or full-time experienced and energetic Farmhand/General Field Laborer at our San Marcos, CA farm for day-to-day field operation. You will help pick, wash, cool and at times pack rare and unique veggies, in addition to helping them grow their best by helping maintain optimal field conditions.

Approximate average weekly hours : 24-45 hours.

Pay : $15.00-20.00 per hour, depending on initial qualifications. 

GENERAL DAY-TO-DAY FARM DUTIES

Assist the field managers with sowing, crop bed maintenance, weeding, transplanting as well as trellising and pruning. You will be expected to wear multiple hats on the field, and depending on qualifications as well as ability to learn, be tasked with specialized duties including but not limited to:

  • Daily harvesting, pre-washing and cooling of vegetables to transport to the packing team.
  • Helping track plant succession, location of crops, production schedule/map and rotation cycles by providing info as needed to managers who log overall production.
  • Sowing seeds into the field and/or flats for transplant, and possibly assist with seed rotation/production schedule.
PRODUCTION, IRRIGATION, FERTIGATION

Depending on your qualifications, you may assist the production managers with irrigation, fertigation, and chemigation including but not limited to:

  • Help build soil fertility by adding appropriate amendments and biological inputs along with remediating adverse conditions for optimal crop production.
  • Helping maintain precise moisture level for each crop’s particular needs by reporting any issues with irrigation (water amount, irrigation system malfunction, etc.).
TRACTOR, HEAVY EQUIPMENT/MACHINERY *

* Although not a combined requirement with the above, please let us know if you have relevant experience with heavy farm equipment. Related duties may include but are not limited to:

  • General tractor work (shaping beds, ripping/tilling soil, etc.)
  • Forklift
  • Excavator
  • Dump truck (transporting large volumes of soil and green waste)
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • 2+ years of farm experience, preferably irrigation/production responsibilities and though not required, preferably experience in greenhouse farming.
  • Basic computer skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office esp. Excel and Word. Google Docs and Sheets fluency is a bonus.
  • Minimum of basic conversational Spanish recommended.
NOTABLE QUALIFICATIONS
  • Takes initiative by proactively identifying and bringing to attention all potential problems along with recommendations and remedies.
  • Creative, resourceful problem-solving mind.
  • Follow through on a task from start to finish with little supervision.
  • Willingness to learn and listen, be flexible, quick to adapt to changing circumstances.

This is a fast-paced job with tremendous opportunities for growth, no pun intended. Field work often precedes promotion to other parts of the company because of the intimate understanding of our precious crops’ behavior re: flavor, seasonal condition, sizing, etc. You’ll be part of a growing team whose jobs serve to put rare and unique produce on the plates of the best Chefs in the world.

 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Girl & Dug is always open to and welcomes those who have a passion for agriculture/farming and operations to reach out for ongoing volunteer opportunities and potential internships.

Feel free to email grow@girlndug.com

For all other inquiries related to our farm, products, or setting up restaurant or wholesale accounts, please email heretoserve@girlndug.com

Thank you for your interest and support!