Seeking a Farmer in Residence – March to November 2016
The farmer in residence will assist the manager in all farm operations at Shalom Farm – a 6-acre nonprofit community farm project in rural Goochland County, Virginia. In addition to food production, the farm offers an outdoor learning experience for thousands of volunteers and visitors each year. The farmer in residence will also lead visitors and volunteers in farm tours and work. The scope of the residency may broaden to include engagement in food access and food entrepreneurship programs in low-income neighborhoods of Richmond. The farmer in residence’s involvement in off-farm food access activities will be determined by his/her interest and the needs of the organization.
The farmer in residence must have a strong desire to learn and a willingness to work hard. Farming or gardening experience is strongly preferred. The farmer in residence must be prepared for strenuous labor under potentially extreme weather conditions.
They will work with the farmer in residence to develop a curriculum to further his/her education in sustainable agriculture, food security issues, and nutrition. Educational opportunities on the farm include seed propagation, transplanting, composting, soil amending and care, harvesting, egg production and more.
A driver’s license and vehicle for commuting to the city for programming and distributing produce is preferred but not required.
Shalom Farms: The mission of Shalom Farms is to work with communities in Richmond to ensure that all have access to healthy food and the support to lead healthy lives.
Their approach is two-fold – 1) meet immediate need by making fresh produce available at low or no cost to people with limited food access, and 2) work for long-term transformation of the food system and provide educational opportunities in diet, health, and agriculture.
They are currently growing produce on 6 acres in rural Goochland County (about 30 miles west of Richmond) on Camp Westview on the James, a Methodist camp and retreat center. Over 90 percent of our produce is distributed through our their programs andpartners including after-school programs, cooking classes, food pantries, meal programs, youth-run farm stands, a Prescription Produce Program, and a Healthy Corner Store Initiative.
They grow approximately twenty basic vegetable and fruit crops, all chosen for their widespread appeal and accessibility in the communities we serve. They also cultivate a small blackberry and raspberry orchard and maintain a small-scale egg operation with 30 chickens.
While not certified organic, they use organic methods, emphasizing soil care through composting, mulching, cover cropping and other practices that enhance microbial life. They do not use any synthetic fertilizers, fungicides, or pesticides.
Farmer Residency dates: March to end of November 2016 Hours per week: 40
Compensation: Modest living stipend, housing, and farm produce provided
Location: Goochland, Virginia, 23063, United States
To apply for this position, please send cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references to Missy Botha at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until January 1, 2016.