Sun Hill Farm - 49 acres, looking for manager (with housing) - Putney, VT

Posted on November 26, 2018Last updated 2 weeks ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Private non-farming landowner

Property Location:

120 Plowden Road, Putney, Vermont

Total number of acres available with this property:

21-50

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

1-5

Acres of pasture:

6-20

Acres of forested land:

21-50

Other open and/or non-farmable land

Quality of land: Beautiful land in the hills. Land has been farmed since the late 1700'. Soil Type: Macomber-Taconic complex, 8 to 15 percent slopes, very rocky.
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

Drilled well
Shallow well or spring reservoir

Water sources details

various deep wells on the property. Water from year-round spring in the forest is piped to the animal barn.

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

Most barns and outbuildings were built in the 1970' when farmer ran a large sheep operation. Long three-sided European style post and beam barn. Farm equipment barn. 1000sq.ft high tunnel Other various outbuildings.

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

Various housing options available.

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

Tractor Kubota B2910 with brush hog.
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Other

Other tenure arrangement

2 Jobs/ Land Access Opportunity Farm Manager | Residency Manager
Additional Information

Description

2 Jobs/ Land Access Opportunity

 

Farm Manager | Residency Manager

 

Sun Hill Farm is a small diversified farm, a home and artist residency located in the south eastern hills of Vermont. We are seeking to fill two managing positions by March 1st, 2019.

 

Farm Manager and Property Caretaker

Residency Manager

 

The two managers will work together as a team to manage the farm, the home and the residency programs. These positions would be suitable for a couple or young family.

 

The Farm Manager and property caretaker -20hrs/week residential position- will be responsible for farm operations, outbuildings, grounds, and land management.

The 50 acre farmstead, under conservation easements with the Vermont Land Trust, includes 35 acres in managed woodland, 6 acres in pasture, vegetable production gardens and a 1000 sq.ft high tunnel. The current farm manager has operated an organic vegetable CSA for 10 families, raised lambs and meat birds for 20 member families. We welcome proposals for diversified farm ideas and growth within the scope of the Sun Hill Farm mission and vision.

We are looking for an individual who loves sharing his/her passion for farming and land-based education with others, be they visiting guests, farm interns, community members and neighbors. The farm is located in a small residential neighborhood and we are very sensitive to keep our good rapport with our neighbors. Over the last three years, the farm has hosted seasonal interns. The caretaking and grounds maintenance on average consumes 20 hours per work week.  Housing will be negotiated as part of the salary.

 

The Residency Manager -part-time position (15 hours/week)- will be responsible for the management of the owner’s home, visiting guests and residents of the homestead  and program facilities.

The position oversees the day-to-day functioning of the home, scheduling and hosting of guest stays and residencies, the internal functioning of the main residency/guest/owner’s farmhouse, a small guest cottage, a studio barn that serves as key function venue and a Yurt used for meditation and small facilitated groups. The manager will facilitate all the logistics of regularly hosted small groups,  and residencies. Our intention is to give visitors and residents, often coming from urban areas, the opportunity to experience a land-based lifestyle inherent on a farm, balancing work and rest while supporting their own creative pursuits.

 

To apply for either of these positions, please submit a cover letter explaining your relative experience and interests, a resume and three professional and personal references by December 15th. Salaries negotiable commensurate with related experience.  Please send to Simon Renault, Sun Hill Farm Manager: [email protected]

 

Our website: http://sunhillfarmvt.com/    Follow us on Instagram @sunhillfarm

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