Job: Farm Manager for Organic U-Pick Berry Farm in Michigan, 2013
GOAL: Develop U-pick organic berry farm with farm stand
PROPERTY: 18 acres of vacant land on East Holly Road (Exit 98 off of I-75) near Holly High School, Oakland County, Michigan. Gentle slope front of property to back. Has been farmed many years ago (15+ years ago). Currently, 15 acres have been cleared. The close proximity to northern Detroit suburbs, Pontiac and Flint markets and the high volume road frontage makes for an excellent location for a farm stand and U-pick business.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Looking for a property manager to direct the development and maintenance of the property. Requires knowledge of organic farming. Duties would include preparation of soil, institution of an irrigation and drainage system; supervising planting, pest control, fertilizing and pruning. Heavy work would be contracted out. Would prefer a person with an interest in solar energy and researching of state and federal grants related to organic farming.
SPECIFIC GOALS: Grow raspberries, blueberries and strawberries for a U-pick business. Smaller area of sweet cherry trees and some apple trees for personal use. Find a beekeeper interested in placing hives on the property.
COMPENSATION: The property manager would have access to acreage for their personal use. Currently, there is no housing on the property. Salary would be dependent on experience and level of expertise. Limited health care benefits available.
Contact Nancy Kursik at email@example.com