Farmer Manager Wanted
Watershed Farm has been a mixed vegetable and herb farm for 7 years (formerly NSOGA certified organic) and is located 12 km from Bridgewater, N.S. on a drumlin hilltop with a sweeping view. The successful applicant will assume farming responsibilities for this upcoming growing season starting in March 2010 and will be looking to establish a long-term relationship with Watershed Farm. The structure of the relationship, to be determined in part by the experience of the applicant, would be set out in an agreement with Pollination Project and would include a mechanism for a sweat-equity participation in a portion of the property and a long term lease for the use of the arable land. Applicants should already have solid hands-on experience in organic farming and be able to work with and instruct WWOOFers and/or apprentices. Interest and experience in Biodynamic and Permaculture methods would be a wonderful addition. Practical knowledge of the use of farm tools including tractors and mowers would be required. As well, applicants will have an interest in and willingness to work with and appreciate the benefits of the educational aspects of Pollination Project.
The farm includes 250 acres of woods (Forest Stewardship Council certified) as well as a river and lake. Of the eighteen cleared acres on the hilltop, approximately 4 acres have been cultivated in the past for market gardening. There is a chicken house, small orchard, two large root cellars and a large greenhouse. The remainder of the cleared area is in pasture, with two irrigation ponds and a lower meadow. The farm has a wind generator, solar panels and an inter-tie with NS Power. Accommodation is available in a modest cabin.
Pollination Project, a social enterprise, has just completed its first season presenting workshops, seminars and events in Arts, Ecology, Health and Society. There are plans to expand the facility and the number of programs offered each year.
Watershed Farm is situated in an area where the demand for organic produce outstrips
the supply. There are a number of vibrant farmer's markets in the area and considerable interest in a CSA operation. In addition, there will be the opportunity of feeding the workshop participants for events held on the farm itself.
For more information: Camelia Frieberg (902) 624-1979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.