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Garden/Farm Manager - Gettysburg, PA

Garden/Farm Manager wanted at White Rose Farm for the 2011 season

About the farm: White Rose Farm, a 132 acre farm retreat close to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, seeks a garden/farm manager to assume primary responsibility for the production of a 2-acre market garden serving a 32-member CSA and several farmer’s markets. The farm’s overall vision is to create a place of beauty, bounty and balance, a place of retreat and renewal for those in the local and regional area.

About the Position: The Manager will work with the owner to implement this overall vision at the farm and in the garden. The manager will focus on the 2-acre market garden. He or she will manage and lead the planting, cultivating, tending, harvesting, packaging and storing of produce. Manager will oversee the making and spraying of compost teas and compost. Manager will supervise apprentices and volunteers on a day-to-day basis and oversee the running and maintaining of farm equipment, including a tractor, using good safety practices. The manager will assume some responsibility for training apprentices and for offering educational programs to the public. He or she may also oversee the care of a small free-range hog production, a pastured poultry operation and the care of small flocks of laying hens, ducks, Guinea hens and turkeys.

Compensation: The garden manager will work an average of 40 hours per week and have one week off during the season (from April through November). The manager will have a small base salary. On farm housing with a private bedroom and shared bath will be provided, as well as food from the garden. Manager will receive bonuses for completing the season and for increasing sales from the garden. Potential exists for position to grow into a longer-term arrangement.

Desired Qualifications:

Must want to farm and have the ability to work independently

Must show good judgment related to how to organize farm work and workers

Must enjoy working cooperatively with others

Must have the will and ability to work long hours and to perform physical, out door jobs in all weather (hot, cold, humid, rainy.) when necessary

Must have at least two years of agricultural experience, with a preference for vegetable production and biodynamic experience.

Tractor experience a plus.

White Rose Farm is a participating mentor farm in the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program.

What makes our farm unique and gives it character:

White Rose Farm is a 132-acre farm located in a rural agricultural district in northwest Carroll County, Maryland about 60 miles from Baltimore and Washington. It is close to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in rolling countryside, with a view of the Catoctin Mountains.

The farm uses biodynamic practices to raise the best food we can imagine. We also offer the farm as a place of retreat: a place where people can be fed by the beauty, bounty and balance of the farm. The farm is more than food: it is a feast for the senses; a place to connect with the rhythms of the earth, the universe and each other. In the gardens, vegetables, flowers, herbs and fruit are interplanted with an eye for color and texture.

We cultivate about 2 acres as a market garden; range hogs over another 2 acres and maintain a hay field of six acres. We raise a wide variety of herbs, vegetables, flowers and fruit, primarily for taste and color. We also raise free-range hogs and pasture-raised roasting chickens. We keep small flocks of Guinea hens, laying hens, Indian Runner ducks and heritage breed turkeys. We lease ninety acres to our neighbor, a conventional farmer and have a woodlot for the farm’s use.

We offer five major seasonal events to honor the rhythms of the Earth: A May Day Celebration, a barn dance to open the summer, a high summer feast in early August, a Michaelmas celebration and a drum circle to honor the ancestors near All Saints Day. We hold monthly full moon celebrations to honor the feminine. We plan to hold work days on Saturday mornings. On Sunday evenings we open a farm stand and host a casual social atmosphere. In the fall, we host fire circles on Sunday evenings.

The farm is networking with others in our area to promote health and healing—of ourselves and our environment. These include relationships with an acupuncturist, a yoga instructor, various musicians, a drum teacher, the local community college and a soup kitchen and gleaning network.

Sally Voris, the owner, had been a writer, storyteller, master gardener and community organizer before coming to the farm. She completed the one-year, part-time program in biodynamic agriculture at the Pfeiffer Center in New York. She has a special gift for making biodynamic principles accessible, a feminine presence and a sensitivity and receptivity to artists of all kinds.

Contact: Sally Voris sally@whiterosefarm.com