We are hiring Growers with intellectual and developmental disabilities!!!!
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an interview and tour
Have a diagnosed developmental or intellectual disability
Be of working age, or have a work permit from the Commonwealth of Virginia, if age 14 or 15
Be willing to work outside in varying weather conditions, in the dirt
Have some form of transportation to get to our farm in Bluemont, VA
We work 9am - 3pm Monday through Friday, and work one Saturday a month. We also work each week at the Wednesday Leesburg Farmers’ Market, which ends around 7:15pm. We recognize that not everyone can work full day, or five days a week. We can develop a schedule that is appropriate for the Grower’s stamina and abilities.
We try to match the job to our employees' skills and interests.
We start out by sitting down and talking to potential employees, along with their families (or the job coach or employment agency they've come with) to figure out what kinds of activities the employee might be most successful at and happiest in doing. At A Farm Less Ordinary, we want everyone to succeed. And once they have a few of those successes under their belts, we can challenge them to try new tasks that might be a bit more of a stretch.
Depending on our Growers' abilities and comfort level, we may pair them with another Grower, who can show them the ropes, or have them work with our Crew Leader or Farm Manager to master a skill until they can work more independently. We are also happy to include parents and personal Job Coaches on the farm, if employees work best with someone they already know.
Long story short? We are flexible to various work arrangements.
Yes, we pay our employees. No, our employees do not have to work full-time.
We are not a "sheltered workshop". Our employees start out a minimum wage and progress upward from there. While we wish we could pay everybody even more than that, we are, after all, a non-profit organization.
We also understand that not everyone is able to work full work days. We will work with families to establish a reasonable work day for each Grower.