The Temple-Wilton Community Farm in Wilton, NH is seeking additional farm help. The history of the farm below is taken from our website at www.templewiltoncommunityfarm.org.
Applicants seeking to join us are encouraged to read the documents available on the website concerning the history and social organization of the farm. Following the history below are two separate descriptions of the farming help being sought. Please respond to the respective writers of these descriptions.
A Brief History of the Farm
The Community Farm began with a series of conversations and meetings between Trauger Groh, Lincoln Geiger and Anthony Graham in the fall of 1985. Many others in the local community became actively involved as we moved towards our first season. At that time Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) did not exist in the USA and the three farmers were in contact with a group of people in Western Massachusetts who were interested in similar concepts. As a result of all this activity two farms began their first full season in 1986. They were Indian Line Farm in Egremont, MA and Temple Wilton Community Farm in Wilton NH.
Since that time many thousands of CSA farms have come into existence, not only in this country but all over the world – the growth has occurred at an exponential rate.
Most CSA’s are seasonal and most have a fixed price for a fixed ‘share in the harvest’.
From the beginning we took a different direction. For one thing we had a herd of milking cows so we knew that our members would be coming to get milk throughout the year. Thus we decided to grow large quantities of storage vegetables in order to provide produce throughout the winter. Secondly, we decided to sever the direct relationship between the money needed to operate the farm and the produce that comes through the bounty of nature. In order to do this we asked the whole membership to meet the proposed budget by having each family pledge to contribute as much as they could manage. The farmers would then set out the produce so that members could take what they needed rather than taking a specific portion of the harvest.
This system has worked well for us since that time. Over the past ten years we have also managed to secure land and buildings – something that eluded us for the first 15 years of our existence. This has greatly strengthened the farm and provides a foundation that will enable us to move into the future.
From Alice Groh (firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-654-6316)
Our small 37 acre farm has always been in an associated relationship to the central location of the Community Farm, connected through the sharing of vegetables and dairy products, or more recently, only through the sharing of grazing land for the Community Farm dry cows and heifers. My husband Trauger Groh is now 81 years old and has long since given up active farming. We are seeking a person or couple to care for our place and re-create an active partnership with the center of the Community Farm, located 10 minutes up the road from us, through whatever the farmer(s) are capable of producing and that are in agreement with the other active farmers in the Community. We offer a beautiful, 3 year old post and beam farmhouse of 2-3 bedrooms and a newly constructed (unheated but with water connected) plastic greenhouse for your use. An outside income, either in the off season or via one partner in a couple, will probably be essential. The Garden Room in our home is the meeting place for the Anthroposophical Society in New Hampshire and hosts many study groups, meetings and festival occasions. We would hope to attract someone committed to Biodynamic principles, with an interest in its background in Anthroposophy, mostly because, with the resources that we have available here, we can be most supportive and helpful to someone with such interests. I look forward to hearing from you.
From Anthony Graham (email@example.com 603-654-5751)
The Temple Wilton Community Farm is now in it’s 28th season as a biodynamic CSA and we are looking for a vegetable grower to join our current grower for the 2014 season, with a view to taking over in the next couple of years. This would need to be someone with experience in vegetable production and with the use of biodynamic methods and preparations.
The job involves all aspects of production of about 45 different vegetables and herbs for 105 member households. We grow about six acres of produce, which includes large amounts of storage vegetables in order to see our members all the way through the winter.
We also have a dairy with about 16 milking cows and we produce milk, yogurt and a wide range of cheeses, both for our members and for the public. There are also laying hens, broilers and pigs – so we have eggs and meat available for anyone who wants to purchase them.
Whoever joins us as a vegetable grower would have to work in partnership with the dairymen and there could also be a working connection with whoever is farming at the Groh's (see above).
Remuneration, housing, etc negotiable.