Connecticut – Deep Hollow Farm hiring Farm Manager

Chester, Connecticut

Organic Farmer

Deep Hollow Farm

We are looking for a friendly and energetic farm manager with a passion for local organic farming.

Deep Hollow Farm was established in 2012 with the following mission: to restore the property at 46 Deep Hollow Rd to a productive organic farm, following sustainable and sound ecological practices.

We have been selling non-certified organic produce at the Chester Sunday Market and elsewhere since 2014. We practice mostly no till growing and crop rotation. Currently we have about one acre of fenced growing area in two nearby plots with overhead irrigation. In the 2016 season we cultivated approximately 3,000 linear feet of raised beds.

With your help, in the next years we will: build a new barn, farm stand and greenhouse; double the area under production; and become certified organic. We would like to participate in Connecticut vocational high schools’ supervised agricultural experience and employ college agricultural students.  We would also like to begin a CSA; sell regularly to restaurants; improve irrigation; and begin mushroom cultivation.

Farmer’s duties:

– Be primary grower and employee, from cover cropping, composting and new bed preparation to growing and harvest

– Maintain/operate equipment

– Manage farm: collaborate with and meet regularly with owners; collaborate on farm plan and marketing; write crop plan; coordinate seed and bulk orders; keep farm records and crop reports; administer payroll; maintain website and Facebook pages; supervise/educate other labor; oversee soil testing as necessary; prepare future growing areas; sell on site and at Chester Sunday Market and other venues

At least two seasons experience in diversified organic vegetable production required.

Other considerations: Owners provide land, equipment, seed, other inputs, workers comp, budget for labor, farm education/conference attendance etc.farmer must like dogs; and be personable with owners, colleagues, neighbors, customers and the public. Market/delivery vehicle could be provided by owners; however farmer operating their own vehicle (with reimbursement for mileage and gas) would be preferred.

Compensation: Based on experience

If interested, please send CV to Andrew Drabkin at ‘andrewdrabkin@gmail.com’

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