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Farm Manager

Michael Larsen
Published
May 27, 2021
Location
Free Union, Virginia
Type of farm?
Diverse (Animals/Plants)
Pay/Salary
To Be Negotiated and Qualifications / Experience Specific
Positions Available
1
Housing Available
Yes
Housing Location
On Farm
Meals Provided
No
Salary offered/Rental Fee
Negotiable and experience dependent
Tag Words
Chicken, Child-friendly, Christmas Trees, Cooking, Dogs, Draft Power Animals, Emu, Farm Tours, Flowers, Forestry, Further Processing, Hatchery, Horses, Nuts, Organic, Pastured, Permaculture, Pheasant, Sheep Dairy, Tree Farm, Vineyard

Description

Description

Tiffin Farms is a start up regenerative farm that will be operating on 88 acres in Free Union, Virginia. The new owners are interested in finding a passionate, regernative farmer to participate in the design, development, startup and on-going management of a diversified operation. Initial expectations are for activities to include a breed of heritage cattle, sheep and pigs. Future operations may include poultry and the development of small fruit orchards, berries, and a market garden.

The preferred candidate will be an individual or couple with 3-4 years experience in and commitment to regenerative agricultural practices. Appreciation for and experience with Holistic Managment as outlined by the Savory Institute is preferred. We have an ambition to obtain EOV certification in time and are partnered with a local Savory Hub for consulting and planning.

Other potential revenue that may be developed on the property will be a venue for events and cottages for farm stays. There is also interest in providing general educational events for the public to learn about regenerative agriculture. The close proximity to an urban area makes this an interesting opportunity to further knowlege of and interest in renegernative practices.

Location Specifics

The 88 acre parcel is located in a beautiful area of Free Union, Virginia. Historically, the property operated as a grazing and confined feeding operation for cattle and at one time bison. There is a pond on the property plus 3 springs and a small stream on the southern boundary line. The pastures need healing and recovery. There will be an aggressive plan to move quickly to start the regenerative process.

Position Description

In the startup period of year 1 of operations, the farm manager will partner with the owners in developing the overall layout and plan for the farm. There will be an opportunity to influence what activities are chosen and prioritization of initiation of those activities. The owners maintain final decision rights and will include the input of a farm consultant in major decision making processes. Day-to-day management of grazing operations and all aspects of animal husbandry will be the responsiblity of the farm manager. As operations increase and gather momentum, additional support will be added first through the use of interns.

The farm manager and owners will jointly develop and determine go to market strategies. There will be a chance to join in a sharing of profits as the structure of the farm and operations stabilize following startup.

Expectations

The farmer will live in close proximity to the operation. There is a possibility of creating an on-site living quarters. However, this is not guaranteed at this time.

Application Process

Email to lars1836@gmail.com

Food Provided

Produce from the operations to be determined and agreed. Initially unavailable until operations are fully underway.

Land Description

The 88 acre parcel is located in a beautiful area of Free Union, Virginia. Historically, the property operated as a grazing and confined feeding operation for cattle and at one time bison. There is a pond on the property plus 3 springs and a small stream on the southern boundary line. The pastures need healing and recovery. There will be an aggressive plan to move quickly to start the regenerative process. Approximately 8-10 acres are in hardwoods with roughly 60 acres of open pasture. Several outbuildings, some of which may be eliminated in future to open additional pasture/planting areas.

Goals/Vision for Farm

The owners have developed a passion for regenerative agriculture partly due personal health challenges. The desire is develop and operate a diverse regenerative farm with cattle, sheep, pigs and possibly poultry. Additional activities may include orchards, berries and market gardens in time. The dream includes a strong local educational component, possibly as a Savory Influencer Hub, to put regenerative practices on display. In the area many large farms have been shuttered, sold off, and placed under conservation easements. We want people to see the benefits of regenerative practices and enjoy chemical free, fruits of the land.

Located in close proximity to an urban area, the land will require other non-agricultural, yet related activities to provide revenue. Current intentions are to set up a venue for weddings and other events, build a few cottages for farm stays, and consdier other businesses such as vermicompost.

Housing provided

Not immediately available but our intent is to refurbish and offer a housing situtation.

Qualifications Required

The preferred candidate will be an individual or couple with 3-4 years experience in and commitment to regenerative agricultural practices. Specific experience with cattle, sheep and pigs necessary.

Appreciation for and experience with Holistic Managment as outlined by the Savory Institute is preferred. We have an ambition to obtain EOV certification in time and are partnered with a local Savory Hub for consulting and planning.

The candidate(s) will be good with people and enjoy meeting with the general public. Experience or enjoyment of teaching and educating would be valued.

Application Process

Email to Michael Larsen at lars1836@gmail.com

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