Potential opportunities include:
- 2 acres of flat, irrigable, certified organic sandy loam for row crop production (with the potential for off-site expansion) or
- orchard management
- nursery crop production
- grass-based small livestock production
- woodlot management and forest products
- maple syrup production
- organic seed production, breeding, and variety selection
- value-added processing
- winter vegetable production system in a 2150 square foot unheated, movable greenhouse.
F.I.R.. Journeypersons have a wide choice of the particular farming methods or techniques that they wish to use, provided that they comply with organic standards. Journeypersons in residence at MOFGA receive an annual stipend of $3,000 and are entitled to the proceeds from the sale of any farm products they raise or make. F.I.R. Journeypersons are expected to provide 16 hours of assistance each month with landscaping and grounds maintenance in addition to their own farming activities. The position generally lasts for 2 years, with the possibility of a mutually-agreed-upon extension.
MOFGA Farmer-in-Residence qualifications:
- A minimum of one full season of practical experience in an organic farming system and a demonstrable commitment to pursuing organic agriculture as a career, preferably in Maine
- An entrepreneurial spirit
- Strong communication skills and willingness to engage with interested visitors to MOFGA, both on a continuous, informal basis and at various special events hosted by MOFGA throughout the year. Those with a strong need for privacy are discouraged from applying
- Intellectual curiosity and a commitment to active and semi-structured learning under the supervision of MOFGA’s Educational Programs Director
- Kindness, creativity, flexibility, a strong work ethic, and a good sense of humor
To Apply: Application materials and more information can be found on the Journeyperson section of MOFGA’s website (http://mofga.org/Default.aspx?tabid=501) The application deadline is October 15, 2009.
F.I.R. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the farm before applying.
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