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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Valery at 646-379-9327 if you’re interested in learning more.