30 Year Old Organic Farm Offers Jobs for 2013 Growing Season
We farm about 185 certified organic acres at two locations on the Washington DC urban fringe—one in Frederick and one in Montgomery County, Maryland. Using modern farm equipment, we raise grass-finished angus beef, pastured chickens and turkeys, and free range eggs. We grow and sell various types of hay and baleage, and we maintain different types of pastures. We produce field corn, popcorn, and Indian corn, field soybeans, edamame, barley, and various organic seeds, such as barley, corn, and soy/edamame. This year we will be getting back into vegetables with a non-profit educational vegetable garden and a for-profit market garden heavily based on high tunnel production.
Some interesting things that we do include research projects in conjunction with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and our 12 year crop rotation for our cattle, hay and row crops. We use both summer and winter cover crops and plant multiple species together whenever possible. We also keep two dairy cattle for our own use and for the livestock so you will be able to learn how to milk as well.
As a small farm, we must add value to our products by selling most of them directly to the end user whether that is a family or another organic farm. We process our own poultry and produce organic seed for small seed companies and for other organic farms to plant. We also grind our grains into poultry feeds for our use and to sell to other organic farms.
We are looking for farm help during 2013 growing season primarily to assist with livestock and crop production. Other opportunities/responsibilities may include working with our current staff to expand our diversity of production, methods, and marketing. Projects on the near term horizon include, farm scale composting, “green” energy and building projects, and expanding educational activities. Work would be split between both locations, but would be primarily at the larger Frederick County location.
To apply, DO NOT contact beginningfarmers.org; Contact: Jeff at 301-655-5135 or by e-mail at email@example.com
And have a look at their website if you are interested, http://nicksorganicfarm.com/
Specific duties include:
The desired applicant would have some of the following qualifications:
- operation and maintenance of tractors and equipment
- care and feeding of livestock
- planting, cultivating and harvesting of row crops
- processing of poultry
- Interest in organic/sustainable farming and local/regional food systems
- Two years of farming experience
- Experience operating farm tractors and equipment
- Experience with row crop, vegetable, hay, seed, beef or poultry production
- Mechanical ability to do simple repairs
- Relevant educational background (agricultural, environmental, life sciences, etc.)
Compensation commensurate with experience and abilities. Shared housing available. Transportation would be appreciated but is not required. A letter of interest and/or a resume would be helpful.