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Farmer/farm manager wanted

St. Croix Valley Community Farm Seeks Gardener/Farmers, Interns and investors for a new co-operative venture

Philadelphia Community Farm is based on 400 acres of farmland, woods, and prairie bordering the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, less than one hour's drive from Minneapolis/St. Paul, 4.5 hours from Madison, WI and 7 hours from Chicago.

Our community is growing and evolving, and we are seeking families, or single people (including short and long-term interns and students) who would like to be part of the next generation at Philadelphia Community Farm. We are especially seeking experienced farmer/gardeners to take on responsibility for our 100 member CSA and continue development of our biodynamic farm organism. We expect a 1, 2 or 3-year transition period in which the current farmers would pass on CSA operations, depending on the skill, experience, and commitment of the new farmers. We are exploring new economic forms of co-operative ownership and participation.

Our Folk School programs provide place-based learning opportunities and Waldorf-based experiential education programs with public school, Waldorf and home-schooled children; farm and nature camps with urban youth and children with special learning needs; ecological restoration education for teachers, students and community stewards; and transitional programs for young adults. Our cooperative log retreat house provides a place for families, individuals and groups to join life at the farm. 1000 children and adults visit each year. More than 100 young adults have participated as co-workers, interns or AmeriCorps volunteers. Many have gone on to create new initiatives. With our neighbors we have developed a community land trust protecting more than 1500 acres of prairie, woodland, wetland and farmland. We invite you to join us!

Please contact Rick Hall or Verna Kragnes, Philadelphia Community Farm, Box 668, Osceola, WI 54020; (715) 294-4048 pcomfarm@centurytel.net http:/www.philadelphiafarm.com