Co-workers at Abode Farm
We are hiring Co-workers for 2017!
Abode Farm is a cooperatively run 8-acre horse-powered farm in New Lebanon, NY. We produce vegetables, herbs, and flowers for our summer and winter CSA, wholesale accounts, schools, and farmers markets. Our farm is located on historic Mount Lebanon, once home to the native Mohicans, and later the Shakers, both of whom continue to inspire the work we do today. Mount Lebanon is a diverse ecological site, boasting wetlands, ponds, streams, woodlands, and meadows. We strive to honor this diversity in our growing practices, by creating a holistic farm system that builds soil, protects wildlife, and produces healthy crops.
Practices— Our bio-extensive farm system focuses on diversity, cover cropping, composts, mineral amendments, and careful crop rotation. We do not use any synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides on our farm. We rely on our Belgian draft horses as our primary source of power on our farm, which helps us stay light on the land, and sensitive to the biological rhythms we work with.
Community— The farm is a dynamic educational and community space. We share our land with The Abode of the Message—a Sufi spiritual community, and Flying Deer Nature Center. It’s a busy place and there are always events going on. At the farm, we host many performances, workshops, potlucks, artists’ visits, and educational programs throughout the season. Community outreach and food access are extremely important to us. We are looking for someone who has an interest in community organizing, food justice, and education in addition to holistic agriculture.
-Seeking – 2 Full-time farm co-workers
-Schedule – Tuesday-Friday 7:30-5pm, weekend chores 2x month
-Spring and Fall hours 8:30am-5pm
-Co-workers will be involved in all aspects of our farm. We maintain 8-acres of vegetable and cover crop fields, 6-acres of pasture and multiple outlets for our produce. Our main focus is growing and distributing food for our 100+ member on-farm summer CSA and 80-member winter CSA. Tasks will include greenhouse management, seedling care, seeding, planting, fieldwork tasks, harvesting, occasional tractor work, and exposure to horse powered farming, draft horse care, rotational grazing, and grooming/harnessing. Co-workers will also be involved in farm planning, educational programs/workshops, community organizing, farm events, and more.
-Our ideal applicant is collaborative, reliable, inquisitive, grounded, enthusiastic, and self-directed. Please bring a good sense of humor, attention to detail, sharp critical thinking skills, and passion! Potential co-workers must work and communicate well in group settings and be capable of working independently. Previous farm experience and/or educational experience is a plus!
Please send your resume and a letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org, Thanks!