Category: Farmer Opportunities

Grazing Manager Position in Louisa, Virginia

Dragonfly Farms
3230 Ellisville Dr.
Louisa, VA 23093
bruce@dragonflyfarms.com

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
804.512.9944

 

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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:

https://www.pecva.org/about/jobs-internships/1353-community-farm-manager

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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: www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and are reviewed as soon as complete. For more information please e-mail jessa@alleghenymountainschool.org 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 virginiagoldorchard@gmail.com 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.

Contact: pikpenny@verizon.net

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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 davidcearley@hotmail.com.  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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AMI Village Manager and Lead Gardener

Passionate about changing our food system? Join the Allegheny Mountain Institute leadership team! We seek a sustainable farming-savvy Village and Garden Manager for the 2017 season to serve as mentor for our Phase I Farm Fellows and manage our campus gardens located on a beautiful historic homestead in the mountains of Virginia.

The AMI Village Manager & Lead Gardener (VG) leads garden planning and activities on the farm while serving as residential advisor, mentor, and cohort manager. The VG assists and reports directly to the Education Director and will work closely with her on farm planning and management, as well as curriculum development and instruction. The ideal candidate will have at least three seasons of experience working on a vegetable farm, one season of market garden management, experience living in intentional community, and be comfortable mentoring and teaching peers.

This is a seasonal position, managing the day to day operations of the Gardens, Village Campus, Kitchen and Fellowship schedule, at our Highland County Campus. Work hours may fluctuate and are dependent on the time of year and organizational needs. Education of the broader community is a key component of the Allegheny Mountain Institute, and a competitive applicant will have an interest in this area. All of our work is rooted in organic, regenerative agricultural practices, so the AMI Village Manager & Lead Gardener should have a deep philosophical and operational agreement with such methods.

This is a non-exempt, 40 hours per week, part time, seasonal position, available as soon as possible and extending through to November 30, 2017.

TO APPLY: For a complete job description and to apply online, please visit www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org and click on “Join Our Team”. For more information, email jessa@alleghenymountainschool.org.

Allegheny Mountain Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, disability, political affiliation, or marital status.  AMI is an equal opportunity employer.

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AMI Urban Farm Manager (Staunton, VA)

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) seeks an Urban Farm Manager to oversee the operations of a 3-acre farm site at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Staunton, VA. The 3-acre site consists of a 1-acre vegetable farm, educational gardens, outdoor classroom and kitchen, orchard, and diverse native habitat plantings. AMI manages and operates the Urban Farm at VSDB, which provides students of all ages a place to learn, play, and grow outdoors. The farm hosts community work days, teacher trainings, as well as workshops for our surrounding communities. The incumbent will plan and carry out the continued development of the farm site based on the goals of the project, and work closely with the VSDB horticulture teaching staff to carry out garden-based education curriculum at the farm. The Urban Farm Manager is responsible for the organic, sustainable management of all operational aspects of farm production including: plant propagation, cultivation, succession planting, pest and nutrient management, harvesting, processing, distribution, quality and quantity control for all vegetative plantings, both perennial and annual.

Those interested may visit AMI’s website at http://www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org/ to view the complete Urban Farm Manager position description, download the AMI application form, and follow instructions to apply. 

When applying, please email a single compiled .pdf file that includes a cover letter, resume, AMI Application Form, and at least 3 professional references to: EDSearch@alleghenymountainschool.org.

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is a 501(c) 3 educational nonprofit organization that cultivates healthy communities through food and education.

Allegheny Mountain Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, disability, political affiliation, or marital status. AMI is an equal opportunity employer. 

 

Allegheny Mountain Institute
Growing Food, Building Community
www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org
Office: 540-886-0160

 

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Farmer Incubator Program at Bottle Tree Farm LLC (Waverly, VA)

Bottle Tree Farm LLC, an 18+ acre farm on the edge of Waverly Virginia, 23890, is looking to assist young and beginning farmers to establish their own business growing and selling seasonal produce and related agricultural products. My wife and I are in search of a few (2-4+) qualified candidates to participate in our Farmer Incubator Program.

The two of us make use of only a small fraction of the farm and have always wanted to further opportunities for young and beginning farmers. To that end, we are willing to share our investment in land, equipment and other resources with a small number of prospects that have either classroom and/or field experience and who are looking to start their own agricultural related business.

We are looking for sustainable farmers willing to invest in the soil and land. Growing seasonal produce crops for direct to consumer marketing is likely the best use of this land. Livestock and fowl are logical extensions to add to the rotation of crops, for those willing to take on this responsibility.

Our Farm is conveniently located on US460 within 50-60 miles of 3 major metropolitan centers; 1) Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell; 2) Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and 3) Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton. Great marketing opportunities and potential exist for those willing to hustle.

There is a cottage on the farm and other affordable housing available nearby. Currently (2017) cottage is occupied. If interested, please send letter of introduction to: info@bottletreefarm.com

Include summary of experience and resources you have and the type of business you are hoping to establish as well as any initial questions that you may have. Please include your current working business plan.

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Farm Manager for Project GROWS (Augusta County, VA)

About Project GROWS
Project GROWS (PG) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational farm with a mission to improve the overall health of children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, Virginia. We connect children to nutritious food through 1) hands-on, garden-based education and 2) access to healthy local food. Project GROWS cultivates 4 acres of mixed vegetables and perennial fruit on our 10-acre farm in the rolling hills of Augusta County, Virginia where we grow 50,000 pounds of food each year. Half of our produce is donated or used in educational programs, and the remaining half is sold to CSA members, at farmer’s markets, and wholesale to restaurants. Project GROWS manages a 25-member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and two local farmer’s markets (North Augusta and Waynesboro farmer’s markets). In addition, PG partners with the Boys & Girls Club and Staunton Health Department to provide a “mobile” farmer’s market serving low-income families. We partner with 22 local organizations annually to serve 4,200+ youth with gardening, nutrition, and cooking education.
JOB DESCRIPTION
Project GROWS is looking for an exceptional candidate to fill the role of farm manager. The farm manager will oversee and run all day-to-day farm operations. An interest and enthusiasm for garden-based education is a highly important aspect of this position. The farm manager works with the Project GROWS’ team to facilitate educational tasks on the farm as well as manage volunteers and oversee all sales and donations. The farm manager will possess strong experience and knowledge of ecological, year-round vegetable production, experience managing a team of workers, a demonstrated aptitude to engage and cultivate new relationships within our community, and a strong, self-motivated work ethic.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee all vegetable and fruit production (50,000 pounds annually) on the 4-acre farm, with attention to nutrient management and organic practices. Production is year-round and includes a heated greenhouse, hoop house, and field production
  • Provide weekly supervision and scheduling activities for 1 to 6+ workers including a part-time farm assistant, workers from the Office on Youth, seasonal interns and staff, and volunteer and service groups
  • Oversee farm maintenance including facilities, machinery (BCS walk-behind tractor & attachments, riding tractor, farm truck, hand-tools), and cropping systems
  • Develop and monitor irrigation systems and hand-water as needed, including creating and managing a watering schedule for greenhouse, hoop house, and production fields
  • Coordinate basic plumbing, electrical, and construction work as needed
  • Work with Executive Director to create annual production and sales goals, develop system of record keeping and management, and an annual farm budget
  • Oversee 18-week CSA and mobile farmer’s market (June through September) including customer communication (weekly newsletter providing recipes and cooking tips)
  • Assist PG staff in managing farmer’s market as needed, including 1 to 2 Saturdays per month for the Waynesboro Farmer’s Market (as part of staff rotation) May through September
  • General clean-up of garden beds, paths, and disposal of trash
  • Assist Education Coordinator with hands-on garden based education including providing the EC with weekly list of potential farm tasks that match with educational goals
  • Assist in leading farm tours and occasional workshops, as well as speak at conferences
  • Other general tasks as requested by Executive Director

The ideal candidate will be willing to make a long-term commitment and possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Ability to work well with variety of customers and community members, including youth from diverse backgrounds
  • A minimum of 2 years farm/greenhouse management experience or 5 years farm work experience
  • Detail-oriented with considerable attention to order, cleanliness, and an ongoing commitment to improving systems
  • Experience with machinery and power equipment including BCS walk-behind tractor with attachments, riding tractor, drip irrigation, and hand tools
  • Knowledge of the principles of soil biology, no-till crop production, permaculture, growing perennials, using cover crops, utilizing living mulches, incorporating stale/false seed beds, composting, soil testing, and/or other ecological/organic growing methods is a plus.
  • Building/construction experience is a plus
  • Experience and desire to work with and teach apprentices and youth on a daily basis.
  • A track record of success working in a cooperative team environment requiring a high level of planning, communication, and documentation
  • A desire to produce food of the highest nutritional, culinary, and ecological quality
  • A desire to continue to learn and grow as a person and farmer. Continuous personal development is encouraged and supported at Project GROWS
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all types of weather, under potentially strenuous conditions
  • Ability to juggle multiple relationships, projects, and responsibilities
  • Email communication (timely and proper etiquette), knowledge of Google Drive, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint a plus

Other Requirements:

  • Cell phone communication
  • Frequent computer and internet access
  • Reliable transportation
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Criminal background checks will be required for final applicants

TIME REQUIREMENTS

Approximately 40 hours/week, with some seasonal fluctuation. Some evenings and weekends are required during the growing season and for special events.
COMPENSATION

This is a salaried position that may range from $30,000 to $33,000 commensurate with experience. Annual evaluation of sales and production goals will determine salary increase over time. Benefits include: a produce farm share and 3 accrued weeks of paid time off annually, preferably taken during the winter (the week between December 24 and January 1st, plus two additional weeks).

TO APPLY

Please send a resume, cover letter, and 2 farming-related references to Jenna Clarke, Executive Director, at jenna@projectgrows.org

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