Thirty-five year established certified organic crop and livestock farm seeks full or part-time farm help. The position is open immediately.
The desired applicant would have some, not all, of the following qualifications:
Interest in organic/sustainable farming and local/regional food systems
Prior farm experience
Experience operating tractors and equipment
Experience in one or more of the following production systems:
Row crops and small grains
Beef or Dairy
Mechanical ability to do simple repairs
Ability to weld
Relevant educational background (agricultural, environmental, life sciences, etc)
We farm about 165 certified organic acres near Frederick, MD. Using modern farm equipment, we raise grassfed angus beef, pastured chickens and turkeys, and free range eggs. We grow and sell various types of hays and baleage, and we maintain different types of pastures. We produce field corn, popcorn, and Indian corn, soybeans, barley, and various organic seeds, such as barley, corn, and food grade soybeans. We also grind our grains into poultry feed for our use and for sale. While we grew only vegetables when we started farming, we are primarily a livestock, grain, hay and seed operation now.
We are a grass based farming operation. We have an 8-12 year crop rotation, and we use both summer and winter cover crops. We plant multiple species together whenever possible and we plant new species into standing crops. We use organic no-till and shallow tillage techniques. We maintain habitat along our borders for beneficials and wildlife.
As a small farm, we must add value to our products by selling most of them directly to the final user, whether that is a consumer or another organic farm. We process our own poultry on the farm and produce organic seed for small seed companies and for other organic farms.
We are looking for Farm Help to work with our current staff.
Primary Duties are to assist with livestock and crop production.
Specific duties include: operation and maintenance of tractors and farm equipment, care and feeding of livestock