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Full Time Farm Position Open in Surry, VA

 

Mount Pleasant Foundation is seeking a farm worker with pasture-based livestock and/or vegetable farming experience.

We are part of a private historic plantation located in Surry County, just south across the James River from Williamsburg, VA and the historic settlement of Jamestown.  Our mission on the farm is to create a highly diverse, sustainable agriculture operation that preserves heritage livestock and showcases the rich history of this land. We raise and breed cattle, sheep, hogs, goats, and poultry and grow vegetables and perennial fruits.

Our main focus is the intersection of sustainable, ecologically based agriculture systems and historicity. Most of the farming practices that we employ are modern (2 and 4 wheeled tractors, row cover, electrified polywire grazing breaks, drip tape, wheel hoe, etc.). However, the kitchen garden site is designed to reflect the early 19th century and the livestock that we work with are heritage breeds that date to that time period as well.  Some of the breeds we work with are exceedingly rare and are listed as critically endangered by the Livestock Conservancy.

Our projects are currently in a state of expansion and we need a dedicated individual to add to our team. Given the diversity of our operations, the daily work will vary according to the skillset and interest of the applicant. Farming experience for a minimum of 2 seasons is a must. Tractor/equipment capability is a plus. Ideally an applicant will have a familiarity with at least one of the above operations.

This is a year-round position that is paid by the hour. Overtime pay (time and a half) will kick in after 40 hours in a week.  Expected pay is $12-15/hr. commensurate with experience.

Housing is not available and the applicant will be responsible for finding their own.  The property is a 30 minute commute across the river from the college town of Williamsburg, VA where housing is plentiful and affordable with lots of opportunity for shared housing.  There is some housing to be had on south side of the river which would dramatically reduce the commute but it is more expensive with little to no opportunity for shared housing.  Work schedules can be made flexible to aid with commuting.

If interested, please send a letter of interest and resume to Dea Keen at dkeen@mountpleasantplantation.com  by January 31, 2016.

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Stonecrop Farm Intern, May – October 2016

Stonecrop Farm, Giles County, VA

An intensive learning experience at a Certified Organic flower and vegetable farm. Live on site and participate in all aspects of production — from seed to sale. Learn soil building, vegetable production, record keeping, cut flower growing, bouquet making, full service wedding work, hoophouse applications, marketing, and sales.

Do you have what it takes to be a farmer? Do you want to specialize in flowers? How do you make the most out of non-traditional land? Contact us! Gwynn Hamilton and Bert Webster at Stonecrop Farm.

Job Description

Ideal Commitment: May through October 2016

An intensive learning experience on a Certified Organic flower and vegetable farm.

Live on site and participate in all aspects of seed to sale.

 

Responsibilities

Participate in all daily routines and responsibilities including:

  • Seeding, seedling care, and transplanting of all crops
  • Weeding, feeding, and tending both vegetables and flowers
  • Harvesting, washing, and packaging in preparation for market and wholesale deliveries
  • Harvesting, processing, and bouquet making for market and weekly flower share
  • Assisting with and eventually running the farmers market stand
  • Participating in the planning, harvesting, and assembly of wedding flowers plus delivery and installation
  • Assisting in soil building, fertilization, and cover cropping

 

Weekly Routine (approximately 40 hours)

Monday — flower harvest and large projects: seeding, weeding, transplanting

Tuesday — harvest and process for wholesale accounts; bouquet making

Wednesday — projects, farmers market, or time off

Thursday — flower harvest, wedding work or small projects

Friday — harvest and process for farmers market including bouquet making

Saturday — wedding installation, farmers market, or time off

Sunday — day of rest or adventure

 

We Provide

  • Housing that includes a mini-kitchen, sleeping loft, and rustic facilities
  • Weekly stipend of $100
  • Plenty of vegetables, flowers, and opportunities to barter at farmers market
  • Educational sessions based on weekly themes and intern interest
  • Access to hiking and biking trails, close proximity to the New River, and opportunities to meet other farmers

 

Get in Touch

Gwynn Hamilton and Bert Webster

540-599-0839

stonecropfarmers@gmail.com

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Wind Haven Farm & Dug In Farms Intern 2016

 

Contact – Jenny Malone @ coxjenny2@gmail.com and Carolyn Quinn @ chkqidee@gmail.com or via phone (Jenny) 804-512-6262 or (Carolyn) 804-580-1567

General description – We are two established, sustainable growers in Eastern Virginia seeking a dedicated intern to share between our wholesale and retail operations respectively. Wind Haven Farm (owner/operator Jenny Maloney) is a wholesale cut flower operation located in Syringa, Virginia. Dug In Farms (owner/operator Carolyn Quinn) is a retail produce and flower operation in White Stone, Virginia. Both farms are minutes away from the Chesapeake Bay and just over an hour from historic Williamsburg and Richmond, Virginia.

Length of Stay – 3-month minimum stay, preferred June 1 – September 30 but willing to work with a strong candidate’s schedule.

Application deadline – March 7, 2016; if you are unable to meet this deadline please send an email with the required resume and letter of intent and we will inform you if the position is still open. Application includes a resume, letter of intent and at least three references.

Housing, Meals, Stipend – Intern will be provided their own room and use of shared area in the house. It is expected that the individual will conduct themselves in a professional manner during their stay. Non-smoking, drug free house. Meals are on your own, however you are welcome to enjoy the bounty of the produce season. A $600/month stipend will be provided.

Skills desires – Position requires an individual to be physically capable of working long work days in heat, humidity and the elements with a good attitude. Candidate must be able to work in a team environment as well as independently, follow instruction and not be afraid to ask questions. Candidate must be a strong communicator, detail oriented and work efficiently. It is important that the candidate be able to take pride in a job well done. A preference will be given to those with experience in a farm setting, handling produce and/or flowers and customer service.

Requirements – Position requires transportation and a valid driver’s license. Candidates must be able to lift 50 pounds and be willing to complete all tasks of a small farm operation with enthusiasm and commitment. Candidates must be comfortable with dogs and identify any physical limitations (i.e. color blindness, previous injuries) in the application.

Educational opportunities – Our goal is to partner with a dedicated individual willing to put in the long hours required for a successful small farm operation. In return we aim to provide the chosen candidate with the tools, relationships and hands on experience necessary to critically consider whether you are interested in launching a farming business.  The position will receive hands on experience with greenhouse and cool-bot operations; planting and transplanting techniques; harvesting of various flowers and produce; conditioning and arranging flowers; biologically sound fertilization and pest management procedures; proven Zone 7 flower and produce varieties; wholesale and retail operations including pricing strategies and business models; irrigation techniques; marketing and customer relations; crop rotation and sequential planting; small flock management; beekeeping (if interested); and numerous practical tricks only gained through hands on experience with seasoned growers.

Internship details – The position will work 3-days per week at each farm. Daily tasks at Wind Haven Farm will include all aspects of seed starting, planting and harvesting flowers. Dug In Farms tasks will include harvesting, retail produce/flower stand management and small flock care.

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Plenty! Farm (Floyd, VA) is hiring 2 interns for the 2016 season

Plenty! is hiring 2 Interns for the 2016 season
Floyd, VA

Plenty! is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nourish community and preserve Floyd county traditions by encouraging neighbors to grow and share food. The Plenty! Farm is home to the Plenty!Fresh Food Bank as well as the center for several food sharing programs and educational gatherings. Plenty! values freshness in produce and programs, generosity in giving and receiving and welcomes all those in need of improved access to nutritious food.

The farm rotates 2 acres and a 2,100 sq. ft. high tunnel through mixed vegetable production using organic management. Interns are expected to have some knowledge of organic farming/sustainable agriculture but no prior experience is necessary. A strong interest in food production as it relates to food security, nutrition access and community building is preferable. Interns need to be friendly, have strong communication skills, be willing to interact with the public and work with volunteers of all ages. Plenty! is seeking 2 interns for the 2016 season. Our season runs from April through November. Please call 540-745-3898 or visit www.plentylocal.org for details and application information.

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Plenty! Farm (Floyd, VA) is hiring a Farm Manager

Plenty! Farm is hiring a Farm Manager
Floyd, VA

Plenty! is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nourish community and preserve Floyd county traditions by encouraging neighbors to grow and share food. The Plenty! Farm is home to the Plenty! Fresh Food Bank as well as the center for several food sharing programs and educational gatherings. Plenty! values freshness in produce and programs, generosity in giving and receiving and welcomes all those in need of improved access to nutritious food.

The farm rotates 2 acres and a 2,100 sq. ft. high tunnel through mixed vegetable production using organic management. Applicants must possess 2 years of farm work experience or 1 year of farm management experience. Tractor experience and good driving record required. The farm manager will work with 2 interns and interact closely with Plenty!’s Executive Director. Applicants should demonstrate a strong interest in food production as it relates to food security, nutrition access and community. Applicants need to be friendly, have strong communication skills, be willing to interact with the public and work with volunteers of all ages. The position opens Jan. 1, 2016. For details and application information please visit www.plentylocal.org or call 540-745-3898.

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