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Farm Manager [VA]


The Copper Cricket Farm is an established 100 member + CSA located on the Chesapeake Bay on the Delmarva Peninsula about 20 miles from the southern tip.

The operation manages about 10 acres with approximately 2.0 acres in vegetable production and 7.5 in pasture and mulch hay.  The owners are in their mid-50's and are seeking a new farm manager beginning February of 2016 (or earlier).

While some of your first season will be dedicated to learning the farm's methods and business models, you will quickly play a key role in growing the business and improving farm returns. Candidates should have worked on several farms orin a variety of farming roles and are now eager to run their own farm operation.  Our expectation is that the farm manager will be responsible for all day to day production of farm products.  This will include planting, weeding, mulching, harvesting, and packing. The farm manager will also be a key person recruiting and managing farm staff.  They will be exposed to all elements of running a small sustainable farm including, but not limited to, bookkeeping, rotational planning, plant selection, marketing and customer care, greenhouse management, quality harvesting, safe food handling, and equipment operations.

Ideal candidates would have a commitment to the craft of farming, at least one year in a leadership position, a strong work ethic, an open mind, organized work habits, a positive attitude, and a passion for excellence.  An ability to work collaboratively asa team player is a must.  Candidates should be capable of lifting 50 pound bales of hay and bags of feed.  They should also have a valid drivers license and be open to driving a stick shift.

Like all farm positions, this farm manager position will entail hard work and long hours in season, and a commitment to our farm's success. That said, we love our meals, fresh baked bread, and especially playing on the Chesapeake bay.  We love long siestas on hot summer days. We like our farm to be a relaxed and fun place, and a successful business too.

Our farm's growing principles center on a mixture of permaculture techniques and “beyond” organic practices – or, as we phrase it, “biologically managed and sustainably grown”. We use largely no-till practices without plasticulture, lots of hand labor, and a focus on creating a healthy ecosystem on our farm with a minimum of off farm inputs.

Our community is rural and quaint with a mixture of very poor residents, wealthy landowners, and relatively prosperous retirees attracted by the waterfront and country living. Our county has some of the highest obesity rates and greatest persistent poverty in Virginia.  Needless to say, we have huge and varied opportunities to improve the diet and quality of food for our community.

This is a paid position with a monthly stipend offered of $1000/month and a 1/3 share of farm profitability paid at year end. Couples may apply together and their compensation would be adjusted appropriately.  Housing provided is a 24 foot yurt (Blue Ridge yurts completed December 2014) with kitchen, full bath, air conditioning, heat, and wi-fi.  Access to the range of farm products will provide most of your food needs. We expect many of our meals will be shared together. Position is available as of February 1, 2015 and will run through the end of the year at which time we will work together on whether there are logical next steps for developing your interest in our farm further.

An on-farm all day visit will be requested for final candidates.

To apply, e-mail copper.cricket.farm@gmail.com.  Application should include a statement or short essay of why you think you are a great candidate for this position and explain your interest in farming. Also include a resume detailing your experience and education, and contact info.

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