Grassfed Beef Herd Manager Job on 35 Year Old Organic Farm in Maryland
What They Do at Nick’s Organic Farm:
They farm 165 certified organic acres on the Baltimore-Washington DC urban fringe—in Frederick County, Maryland. Using modern farm equipment, they raise rotationally grazed grassfed angus beef, pastured chickens and turkeys, and free range eggs. They grow and sell various types of hay and baleage, and they maintain different types of pastures. They produce field corn, popcorn, and Indian corn, field and food grade soybeans, barley and various non-GMO organic seeds, such corn and soy. While they started as a produce operation, they are not currently in vegetable production.
Some interesting things that they do include research projects in conjunction with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and our 12 year crop rotation for their cattle, hay, pasture and row crops. They use both summer and winter cover crops and plant multiple species together whenever possible.
As a small farm, they must add value to their products by selling most of them directly to the end user whether that is a family or another organic farm. They process their own poultry and produce organic seed for small seed companies and for other organic farms. They grind their grains into organic poultry feed to sell to other farms and backyard flocks. They also grind and sell food grade corn meals.
They want to hire as soon as possible so they can begin training the successful applicant, with an emphasis on livestock production.
Specific duties in order of priority include:
care and feeding of beef, and maintaining fencing for rotational grazing
making hay and baleage
grinding poultry feed
operation and maintenance of tractors and equipment
planting, cultivating and harvesting of row crops
rotational grazing and processing of poultry
The desired applicant would have some of the following qualifications:
Interest in organic/sustainable farming and local/regional food systems
Two to three years of relevant farming experience, especially with beef or dairy herds
Relevant educational background (agricultural, environmental, life sciences, etc.)
Experience operating farm tractors and equipment
Experience with row crop, vegetable, hay, seed, beef, dairy or poultry production
Mechanical ability to do simple repairs
Related skills in any of these areas: carpentry, welding, plumbing, electrical, masonry, roofing,
Commercial Driver’s License
Compensation commensurate with experience and abilities. Health insurance and housing provided.
Send resume and/or letter of interest, three references (can be from school, work, or personal friends) and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org
And have a look at their website if you are interested: www.nicksorganicfarm.com