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.