Farmer

Posted: Friday, September 18, 2020
 Contract
 Small Scale
 Farming Practices
 Other
 All - Cropping
 Vegetables
 Soil Health

Position Description

Growing Heart Farm is a small vegetable farm 70 miles north of New York City. We grow organic vegetables and host our community with small farm based gatherings. This sacred land hosts a spiritual congregation which directly supports farming. Entering our 11th season of operations we have helped develop numerous young farmers and fostered multiple new businesses in our “young farmer incubation program.” 


The current operation is optimized for greens, tomatoes, and select vegetables for CSA, market and restaurants. We have had an ongoing CSA and good relationships with several markets.  The 42 acre property is within walking distance of a commuter train. We practice sustainable agriculture on a 2 acre garden supported by solar power, abundant water, and a wood heated propagation house. We have a 96x30 & 72x30 high tunnel with the groundwork laid for another 96x30 in 2021. The covered processing station has an 8x8 walk in cooler and dedicated well and the main fields and tunnels are surrounded by recently upgraded fencing, We farm with a BCS, plasticulture, and low till techniques. Learn about us on our website. 


About the Job


Looking for a farmer for the 2021 farming season!  We successfully adapted to new COVID challenges in 2020 with our most successful season to date, and will continue to adapt and evolve for 2021 forward. Our current farming team is graduating from our incubator program and they are relocating to start their own operation with family. The farm is in good shape with strong soil fertility and management.  


We understand that the world is in flux and are open to multiple approaches to small scale farming. We are close to many markets and have had a waiting list for our CSA all season. Individuals or teams with vegetable farming experience with interest in running their own operation should apply. High tunnel and greens interest are key. This is an opportunity to develop holistic small farm management skills and entrepreneurial practices with the support of an established farm name and infrastructure.

 

Requirements:

  • 3+ seasons hands on vegetable production experience
  • Organized, responsible, self-motivated/directed, and creative problem solver.
  • Love of farming and land stewardship
  • Demonstrable ability to contract, lead, and manage a small team successfully.
  • Ability to create, manage, and adapt systems.
  • Good communication skills and patience
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