Thirty-five year established certified organic crop and livestock farm seeks seasonal/part-time farm help. The position is open immediately.
We operate 175 certified organic acres in Buckeystown, near Frederick, MD. Using modern farm equipment, we raise grass-fed Angus beef, pastured chickens and turkeys, and free range eggs. We produce field corn, heritage popcorn and Indian corn, food grade soybeans, barley, and various organic seeds, such as barley, open pollinated corn, and soybeans. We grow and sell various types of hays and baleage, and we maintain different types of pastures. While we grew only vegetables when we started farming, we are primarily a livestock, grain, hay and seed operation now.
Our faming system is grass-based and regenerative. We have an 8-12 year crop rotation, and we use multi-species intensive managed grazing to move our animals across our organic pastures. We use both summer and winter cover crops. We plant multiple species together whenever possible, and we plant new crops directly 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 end user, whether that is a consumer or another organic farm. We process our own poultry on the farm, produce organic seed for small seed companies and other organic farms, grind our grains into poultry feeds for our use and for sale, and stone grind our cornmeals.
The desired applicant would have some, not all, of the following qualifications:
Interest in organic/sustainable/regenerative farming and local/regional food systems
Prior farm/outdoor work experience
Experience operating farm tractors and equipment, and riding mowers
Experience in one or more of the following production systems:
Row crops and small grains
Beef or Dairy
Mechanical ability to do simple maintenance/repairs
Ability to weld
Relevant educational background (agricultural, environmental, life sciences, etc)
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 mowers, tractors and farm equipment, care and feeding of livestock, and collecting eggs and processing poultry.