The Farm at Our House seeks a Manager/Co-Owner who is willing to make a significant commitment to the production, development, marketing and sales of organically certified mixed vegetables, small fruits, pastured eggs and shiitake mushrooms on and off the farm. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to farm full time in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Manager/Co-Owner plays a critical role in working with the existing owner, who is also a full time high school teacher during the school year, to lead the farm management team and provide oversight of full time employees, college interns, Our House residents and high school volunteers in the summer. The Manager/Co-Owner must be willing and able to collaboratively oversee the entire farm operation.
The Farm at Our House is located in Brookeville, Maryland, 15 miles north of Washington, DC. We grow certified organic fruits and vegetables and produce pastured eggs on 5 acres and manage an additional 11 acres. The farm is located on 140 acres owned by Our House www.our_house.org, a residential job training center for young men ages 16-21. Our House residents have the opportunity to work on the farm, earn income, and develop job skills to prepare for adulthood. The Farm at Our House does not own the land we farm, but we do have a license to the land and 9 year collaborative relationship with Our House Inc., the landowner. We currently gross $100,000/ year, manage a 100 member 26-30 week CSA, sell at 2 local farmers markets, and to local restaurants and grocers.
Responsibilities in Partnership with Existing Owner:
- Management— supervise and lead 2 other farm management team members, 2-4 college interns, Our House trainees, and seasonal high school employees.
- Production—lead and perform field work, including supervision of staff: planting, cultivation, irrigation, harvesting, packing of crops, and care of laying hens; assist with mushroom production, equipment maintenance/repair, capital projects, and care of 8 acre field.
- Marketing—possibly represent farm at one or more weekly farmers markets or CSA pickup site; ensure delivery of produce to wholesale customers; manage produce allocation among markets, wholesale and CSA; contribute to newsletter, website, and marketing materials.
- Administration—play a lead role in budgeting, crop rotation planning, crop/variety selection, capital project planning; coordinate with Our House leadership and staff; communicate with CSA members; ensure work is documented and organic certification requirements are met.
- Business Development- Help develop a long-term business strategy, share responsibility for the farm’s continued existence and future development.
Estimated Time Allotment:
Open to negotiation, but might look like the following:
- Production and on-farm supervision: about 60% of time
- Marketing: about 20% of time
- Administration: about 20% of time
Minimum of three years of farming experience, basic tractor skills and understanding of tractor implement use and capability, seed starting and direct seeding knowledge, very good communication and organizational skills.
Experience working with at-risk young people, administrative and supervisory experience, marketing experience, small fruit expertise.
Negotiated with the co-owner on an annual basis, and based on the farm’s success.