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Farm Help Needed, Gretna, VA

Farm help needed.

Longtime producer of livestock, produce and agritainment. Needs year round help and  seasonal workers. Farm has good housing, work and opportunities.

Contact for an interview.
Aubrey J. Nuckols
White Fall Farm
Gretna, Virginia 24557

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Grazing Manager Position in Louisa, Virginia

Dragonfly Farms
3230 Ellisville Dr.
Louisa, VA 23093

Dragonfly Farms grazes cattle and sheep using regenerative practices producing and direct marketing grassfed beef and lamb. We have been in business since 2007 and have recently bought a new farm that needs a lot of work. We are grazing 160-200 head of cattle, 30 ewes and 45 lambs. We have been leasing 400 acres of pasture and will consolidate farmland as we get our new farm going. We also have a horse boarding business. Katherine is an equine veterinarian.

Position Open- Grazing Manager and Farm Assistant

Timeframe- position open now and working through December. Long term employment is a possibility.

General Job Description- Move cattle and sheep herds often, sometimes twice a day, sometimes every other day, using a MIG style grazing plan. Observe cattle, and assist with calving or any health problems. Manage and maintain pastures and fences. Clear fences when necessary. After those duties are done, help with farm construction (building fences, installing water lines, etc.)

Skills that will be used (and taught as needed)- observing livestock and pastures, setting up temporary fencing, tagging calves, mowing and weedeating, building fences

Requirements- good attitude, willingness to learn, strength to pick up 50lbs., must be able to work alone some

Compensation- pay to be determined based on quality of work, housing is a possibility, great food to eat

Please email a resume or a description of your experience and your availability.

For more information, please contact:
Bruce Johnson
Dragonfly Farms


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Coalition Meets in Petersburg, VA

On July 25, 2018, the Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition partners and friends gathered again at the Virginia State University Randolph Farm in Petersburg, VA. This year’s meeting included a farmer panel and breakout sessions addressing critical issues facing beginning farmers and ranchers across the state.

The gathering began with a welcome from the Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition and the Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach Program (VSU SFOP) teams. The VSU SFOP team is about to complete their first year of the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program grant and was very excited to share their first year’s progress.

Following the introductions, a group of seven mentor and mentee farmers who are involved in the VSU programming joined us for a panel discussion on the mentoring experiences. The farmers were asked to describe their farm businesses; tell us how mentoring (either as a mentor or mentee) has helped them grow and succeed; and share stories that are meaningful to them from their time as mentors and mentees. Farmers on the panel included Albert McGhee, Herbert Brown, Mark Chandler, Natasha Hatton, Phil Rudd, and Thomas and Anita Roberson.

After the farmer panel, Jim Hankins, executive director of the Fauquier Education Farm in Warrenton, VA shared some highlights from the farm’s past year, including how over 60,000 lbs of food was grown and distributed in 2017! Allyssa Mark also spoke about the program evaluations that have been completed so far in 2018.

After lunch, participants split into several breakout sessions to discuss various topics relevant to beginning farmers across the state. These groups included women in agriculture; farm safety, health, and wellness; land access; access to markets; and veteran farmers. These groups had already been formed and meeting via phone conference, so we were excited to be able to come together in person, as well as bring in new, interested individuals. These teams ended their time together with action plans to guide their work moving forward, and they will be meeting by phone again soon.

This year’s gathering ended with a tour of the Randolph Farm. Participants rode in a tented trailer to visit the farm’s fields and greenhouses

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Job Listing for Vegetable Farm

Job Description

MMG is looking for seasonal labor on our diversified vegetable farm. We are a small family farm with limited staff, so potential candidates must be flexible, hard-working and willing to work well with a very small team. Candidate will be trained in various tasks and will be expected to learn quickly and accomplish many tasks solo. Preferred candidates will have a self-driving interest in small-scale farming.  Position could begin as early as April 1.


  • 20-40 hours a week outside (in full-sun or rain). The primary responsibilities will be planting, weeding, harvesting, and pack-out for farmers market and CSA sales. Worker will use hand tools and tractors regularly, and must be able to operate a vehicle.


  • Strong work ethic and interest in horticulture and food!
  • Conscientious, energetic and hardworking
  • Physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, and able to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Work cooperatively with the farm owners and other field workers
  • Must have familiarity with a wide variety of produce, a desire to learn and expand knowledge
  • Strong communication and excellent people skills required
  • Must have ability to work independently, be self-motivated, a critical thinker/problem solver

Hourly pay based on experience.

Send resume with brief description of yourself and interests to:

See our website for more information

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Piedmont Environmental Council hiring a Community Farm Manager (Virginia)

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is a Warrenton, Virginia based 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that has proudly promoted and protected the natural resources, rural economy, history and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972. PEC empowers residents to protect what makes the Piedmont a wonderful place, and works with citizens to conserve land, protect air and water quality, celebrate historic resources, build smart transportation networks, promote sustainable energy choices, restore wildlife habitat and improve people’s access to nature.

The Roundabout Meadows Community Farm will be located on a 141-acre PEC-owned property at Gilbert’s Corner in Loudoun County. This farm manager will work both on the ground at the farm and develop community relationships throughout the Loudoun County community.

PEC is seeking to hire a community farm manager to establish and manage PEC’s Roundabout Meadows Community Farm to grow produce for local food pantries. The vision for the Roundabout Meadows Community Farm is as a site for gathering, teaching, learning, producing and contributing to the health of the community.

Highly visible through its productivity, use of a volunteer workforce, and engagement with the community, the farm will promote the importance of land stewardship, access to fresh foods and community involvement. Through the farm manager’s coordination, volunteers will actively participate in local agriculture; local residents will have access to farm tours, educational workshops, and community gardens; and families in need throughout Loudoun County will benefit from increased access to fresh, healthy, locally produced fruits and vegetables.

For complete job description and how to apply, please read full posting here:

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AMI Fellowship

Applications Available for Farm and Food Education Fellowship

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is seeking applicants for its Fellowship program. Now in its seventh year, the 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows spend six months in immersive training on our mountain farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with non-profit partner organizations (Phase II). AMI is an educational non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education based in Staunton, VA.

Phase I – Farm Study (April 22-October 31, 2018)

  • Explore local food system leadership opportunities and participate in school gardens, farmers markets, and other community events.
  • Study regenerative farming, nutrition and wellness, permaculture design, and community development through expert guest instructors, field trips, and educational sessions.
  • Gain hands-on experience in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, small animal husbandry, beekeeping, homesteading skills and more on our mountain farm in Highland County, VA.
  • Stay in handcrafted cabins, study in wifi-equipped common spaces, and share farm-fresh meals supplemented with whole food staples.
  • Receive $1,000 upon successful completion.

Phase II – Service Work (January 2- December 31, 2019)

  • Work with AMI and Partner Organizations to help build healthy communities through food and education in Highland and Augusta Counties, Virginia.
  • Contribute to projects such as: growing food and increasing food access, teaching nutrition and cooking, creating infrastructure for local food systems, and developing school gardens and site-based curriculum.
  • Build leadership skills through monthly professional development sessions and continuing education opportunities.
  • Receive an annual salary of $18,000 (less payroll taxes, paid bi-weekly).

Applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, walk distances up and down steep hills, work outdoors for extended periods of the day, and be comfortable living and working communally as a team in a remote, mountain setting. Applicants invited to participate in the Fellowship must pass a background check.

Applications are due by February 1, 2018 and are available at: Applications are considered on a rolling basis and are reviewed as soon as complete. For more information please e-mail or call 540-886-0160.

AMI admits participants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable Federal, State and local laws.

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Full Time Operations Manager and/or Farm Lease

Opportunity – Full time operations manager and/or Farm Lease

My family has owned and operated an orchard in Natural Bridge, VA for 28 years. We have about 2,000 mature trees, specializing in Asian Pears. I’ve very proud to say that my parents grew an extremely loyal customer base over the years, and we sell out of our crop each season. Asian pears are a unique fruit, and the ones we grow here at our farm are incredibly sweet and full flavored – we sell some varieties that other farms have but also have two popular hybrids that my mother developed that we alone sell. These hybrids were also developed for their disease resistance and their general ease of growing in our area.

The farm is 29 acres, about 22 acres planted (there is quite a bit of room to plant additional crops and trees). We also have a handful of chestnut trees, apples, persimmons, raspberry and blackberry bushes, and chinese date trees (jujubes). For many years we were certified organic, but about five years ago started spraying a few times a year for fungus and insect control (3-4 times total). We sell retail here at the farm in the fall, supply direct to a few restaurants, and also process a fair amount of mail orders each year. The orchard is truly a gem – it’s been featured in multiple publications (Southern Living, Washington Post, Gourmet). We’re located just a few miles south of historic Lexington, with excellent access to I-81 to those looking to commute.

This past year my father passed away, and my mother this past year has been looking into retirement. The orchard is currently for sale, and we are looking to sell it to someone who wants to preserve it as a working farm.

In anticipation of that transition, we would like to find someone to help oversee management of our few seasonal employees as well as someone motivated and able to do hands-on work when necessary.

The opportunity is flexible and would be determined by your personal farming goals. Similarly, compensation would be dependent on your experience.

Leasing is also an option, which of course would give more freedom to run the farm as you see fit. For those interested in leasing to own, there is a sizable homestead and arboretum. In any case, we would provide all necessary farm equipment and vehicles.

Please email or call Valery at 646-379-9327 if you’re interested in learning more.

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Farmland and Produce Business for LEASE in 2018


Retiring USDA GAP certified wholesale produce grower for 35 years is offering for lease a 45 acre seaside Eastern Shore of Virginia farm with equipment. Available is an established customer base and (Spanish speaking) labor pool, packing shed with deep well, wash tanks, flake ice machine as well as 2 straight refrigerated trucks, 2x 70 hp and 1×35 hp and 1 cultivating tractors. Field trucks, a 50′ greenhouse and irrigation pond with diesel pump and underground water lines and hydrants are available. There are 4 acres of established asparagus and 6 acres of hay/pasture eligible for organic certification (of the total acres). Produce previously or currently grown on site includes squash, greens, herbs (perennial and annual), beets, turnips, asparagus, Napa, Bok Choy and chard. A rental house on 3 acres, off site, is available. The owner/manager will be able to assist with transition. Possibilities are for wholesale, retail, CSA and/or farm market business to Tidewater, Richmond, Charlottesville, Va and DC area. Requirements of lease are negotiable but ‘good faith’ money for use of equipment, insurance coverage and a small annual lease income will be expected as part of the contract. This property is appropriate for sustainable agriculture and small animal husbandry. Large animal production will not be allowed. The land is under conservation easements that must be observed. The owners live on the farm, but are separated from the operation by tree breaks. Please note that apart from the rental house none of this land is for sale.


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Part-Time Farm Hand Position Available

Looking for part time farm hand to help around Roseland farm/ vineyard. Have 4 Ac in Vines, 1/2 in Brambles, 18 in Hay and lots in need of something more. Mostly weekends 2-3 times a month. Typical work weekend would be 8-10 hours on Saturday, possibly 4-6 hours on Sunday – consisting of mowing, tilling, fence installation, building, etc. – all under supervision. Compensation starts at $10-12/hour depending on experience. Occasionally a full week project (e.g. new fence/barn). Opportunity for more hours and potential to grow into a full time position, profit sharing, and even a career with benefits depending on experience, reliability, and what we can accomplish together.  Must have own transportation and references.

Please feel free to send a resume or summary of your experience to David Cearley at  Phone is less reliable/timely as I seldom have it with me, but call or text (757) 274-8473 if you prefer, we can talk in the evenings after work.

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Mini-Grant Success Stories: Introduction to Getting Your Hands Dirty

Over the coming months, we will be sharing the success stories of our 2015-2016 VBFRC mini-grant projects. This month, we are highlighting “An Introduction to Getting Your Hands Dirty,” a mini-grant project by the Fauquier Education Farm and Virginia Cooperative Extension (Fauquier Office).

This project was brought together as a compliment to the Northern Piedmont Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program. Through five years of Beginning Farmer trainings, the most frequently requested additional training from students was an intensive how-to-farm course. Many students recognized that they lacked the basic farming skill sets to launch their new enterprises, and there had not been any entry-level courses locally available for them to acquire these skills. Thus, “An Introduction to Getting Your Hands Dirty” was born!

During April and May of 2016, 22 students attended this 6-week course. The course included classroom lectures, outdoor labs held at the Fauquier Education Farm, and farm tours. As a result of the course, a majority of students reported that their knowledge had increased a great deal. Students also reported that the course exceeded their expectations – some even wishing the course were longer so more information could be offered!

The success of the 2016 “Introduction to Getting Your Hands Dirty” mini-grant project prompted another submission for a VBFRC mini-grant by the Fauquier Education Farm and the Fauquier office of Virginia Cooperative Extension. This project was funded and has already begun! On March 29th, a free orientation was offered to introduced interested individuals to the program, and classes will begin on April 5th. We are delighted to see this project continue and look forward to hearing about this year’s successes!

If you are interested in hearing more about the “Introduction to Getting Your Hands Dirty” workshop successes, please contact Jim Hankins at

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