Green & Gold CSA - Seeking Farm Manager / Potential Partner - Sudbury, VT

Posted on November 16, 2021Last updated 1 week ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

Horton Road, Sudbury, Vermont

Total number of acres available with this property:

54.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

10.0

Acres of pasture:

18.0

Acres of forested land:

26.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

Significant acreage in wetlands (unusable, will be conserved) on Lake Hortonia.
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

Drilled well

Water sources details

Drilled well, ~15 gal/minute reliably.

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

Small, two-story packshed that currently houses an 8x8 walk-in cooler, water source, and storage. CSA pickup is held there as well during the season. We have two caterpillar tunnels that are planned to go up in spring 2022. We would also like to build an additional pole barn for more storage, and expand the packshed to include a wash deck.

Farmer housing

None available

Farmer housing details

We are planning to build a house on the farm in 2022, and currently live in an affordable, two-bedroom apartment just across the road from the farm. We are hoping to have extra housing in our house and/or work something out with our current landlords to make their apartment available when we vacate.

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

John Deere 790 (30 HP tractor). Moldboard plow, backhoe, rototiller, brush hog implements all available for use.
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Other

Other tenure arrangement

Looking for an assistant manager and potential business partner - See full description below!
Additional Information

Description

I attempted to do this right as COVID started when we didn’t have any infrastructure, so here I go again...Green & Gold CSA is looking for an assistant manager and potential business partner! The business is a woman-run, organic, no-till market garden in Sudbury, VT, operating a 40-member CSA, attending one (sometimes two) farmers’ markets, and selling a small quantity of wholesale produce. One acre is under cultivation, with lots of room to expand. 

Long story short: after five years of working on other farms and three years of running my own farm, I know that farming in community is what I want to do. We own 54 acres of land, including 18 acres of pasture and 25 in forest. Many different enterprises are possible, and I am specifically looking for a reliable assistant market gardener that I can depend upon - ideally starting as an employee and transitioning to a full-fledged business partner. I am also interested in folks who would want to remain an employee with the annual vegetables while operating their own enterprise (livestock, fruit, medicinal herbs, bees) on our land, with deeply discounted rent. I am primarily looking for someone to help with field work and some customer-facing work (CSA pickup and markets), as I am comfortable taking charge of the boring office/back-end farm work. 

We do not have housing available yet, but are planning to build a house in 2022 on the farm, and we rent an apartment right across the road (which would potentially become available after we vacate next year). A tiny house on wheels would also be an ideal setup, as our deed stipulates only one dwelling on our land right now. 

Because this is an undertaking that would drastically affect our lives (hopefully positively), I plan on taking time to get to know and work with potential candidates, possibly over a couple of years. Someone who has had farm management experience, or who has operated their own agricultural business previously, would be ideal. The farm is not yet “complete”, so you would have a direct hand in influencing infrastructure builds and determining production methods going into the future. You would need to be committed to working with me for the long haul, know your work style, and be willing to constantly put effort into conflict resolution and open communication. A positive attitude and willingness to communicate are probably the most important traits that I value, and truly knowing yourself and what you bring to the table is imperative. I'm aiming for a radical change to the small, family farm: which has proved a difficult and unsustainable model. To me, the support offered by having co-farmer(s) is undeniable - it can allow the ability to take a weekend off during June with my husband, and to share the stresses and successes of such a consuming and rewarding career. 

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