Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment is on a mission to transform our relationship with farming and food for a healthier planet. We are a nonprofit education and research center situated on 626 acres of farmland, forest, and coast in Freeport, Maine. Our campus consists of an organic dairy program, livestock barns, diversified fruit and vegetable production, an oceanfront campground, and miles of wooded hiking trails. As a working farm located within a unique mix of ecosystems, we offer a remarkable and inspiring place for visitors of all ages to learn and play. Our yearround programs include farmer training, field trips, workshops, weekend events, and more.
This is an exciting and important time for our organization and our mission. The work we do at WNC will have regional and national significance as we continue to conduct research, train farmers, and support the efforts of regenerative farming to combat climate change.
We are seeking an individual to serve as the Organic Dairy and Livestock Manager (DLM), responsible for managing and leading our diversified farming operations and organic dairy farmer training program. The centerpiece of our farm operation is a 60-cow organic dairy and the associated pasture and hay land under management. In addition, we have a set of diversified livestock enterprises producing eggs and pork, as well as pasture raised chicken and lamb.
Organic Dairy Program & Farm Transformation
WNC is a unique place with a significant history. One of its biggest transformations came 6 years ago when we transitioned operations to focus on organic dairy production and training the next generation of farmers. Part of this transformation included becoming the first Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship farm in New England. The DGA is a two-year residential program training candidates to become organic dairy farmers.
The DLM serves as the DGA apprentice educator and mentor, aka Master Grazier. Managing the farm at WNC incorporates a host of aspects that call for skills and ability in addition to those required to effectively manage a farm. Ideal candidates will be comfortable working with and alongside a team of people and finding unique ways to enrich the experiences of apprentices while teaching the skills and knowledge necessary to run a modern, organic, pasture-based dairy and livestock farm.
Wolfe’s Neck Center recently completed a major three-year investment in its agriculture facilities that includes a new heifer barn, a diversified livestock barn and a completely new dairy facility. We are in the process of creating a world class training program that will play a role in shaping the next generation of farmers in New England and beyond. The right manager will ensure that WNC is a place that people of all ages and backgrounds come to see the best in regenerative practices at work. With the facilities and strategic plan in place, the farm at WNC is poised for the right person to come in and lead its continued growth and evolution.
Responsibilities & Duties