2021 Season Employment

Honken Dahlias is a .25 acre urban dahlia farm growing in the North End of St. Paul, MN. We grow over 150 varieties of dahlias and are recognized as a premium source of cut flowers in the Twin Cities. We sell weekly at the Mill City Farmer's Market in Minneapolis from late August to early October. We also sell to wholesale customers through the Twin City Flower Exchange. Honken Dahlias also supplies dahlia tubers to flower farmers and home gardeners through an online sale each winter. We utilize organic sustainable growing methods without the use of chemicals at any stage of growing or harvest. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning about growing dahlias and being a part of a small urban farm business.

Job Details

We are hiring 1-2 crew members to be involved in the remainder of this season (August - end of November)

  • Cut flower harvest - Saturday mornings for Mill City Farmer's Market - cutting, bouquet making, set up, customer service. Tuesday mornings for Twin City Flower Exchange - cutting, bunching, counting
  • Grooming / pruning plants throughout the growing season, dead-heading spent blooms
  • Pest management (installing / removing "organza" bags on flowers
  • Bucket washing / market prep
  • Tuber diging / washing/ dividing / storing / inventory (October - end of November)

Time Commitment

Saturday harvests begin as early as 4 a.m. with assistance at market until about 10 am

Tuesday harvests begin approx 5 am with assistance needed until about 10 am

Weekday work flexible with preference for morning hours

October tuber harvest hours primary on Saturdays

Valuable Experience / Skills

  • Farm experience preferred
  • Strong attention to detail and willingness to adhere to high quality standards
  • Interest and/or skills in basic market bouquet design
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and perform physically demanding, often repetitive work (bending, kneeling, digging, lifting)
  • Ability to work independently or with a team
  • Ability to work in variable weather conditions (heat, rain, cool temps)
  • Willingness to work as early as 4 am in an urban setting harvesting dahlias with headlamp
  • Driver's license and access to reliable transportation


$14-16 per hr (depending on experience). Additional mileage reimbursement if transporting flowers in your own vehicle.


E-mail letter of interest and work history / resume to