Job Type: Full-time employee
Start date: March 2021
Walnut Hill Farm is a diversified family farm raising pastured, heritage pigs, organic flowers, and non-gmo grains in the Mettowee Valley in southern Vermont. Through humane, regenerative agriculture and sustainable, innovative business practices, we are working to transform a former Vermont dairy farm into a modern sustainable farm.
We market our products through GrowNYC Greenmarkets, local farmers markets, and local and regional wholesale accounts. For more information about our farm, please visit walnuthillfarmvt.com<http://walnuthillfarmvt.com>.
Position Description: Assistant Farm Manager
We are seeking a skilled, hardworking, trustworthy full-time employee to work with us on multiple aspects of our farm operation, including production, logistics, and marketing. This person will work closely with the farm manager to carry out the essential work of the farm, and must be able to work BOTH collaboratively, in a family work environment that at times includes children, interns, and/or guests AND and independently to complete tasks in a timely manner.
Working both with the farm manager and independently to:
* Care for our herd of pigs, including farrowing and piglet care; breeding animal care; daily feeding, watering and cleaning; moving animals, and pasture maintenance
* Build new fencing and maintain existing pasture fencing
* Prepare fields for flower, grain, and cover crops
* Assist with production logistics, including transporting products to and from processors
Represent the farm by selling products at one seasonal farmers market per week and in wholesale product deliveries to local stores
*Excellent work ethic and attitude required- must love working with both animals and plants and be prepared to work hard
*Experience with animals and calm handling required – experience with pigs a plus. Please be aware of Animal Welfare Approved standards for pigs, as we use these as a guide for our animal husbandry.
Experience operating farm machinery, including a tractor and skid steer
Significant interest in farming – undergraduate agriculture or related major preferred
· Excellent character references required
Ability to lift 50 pounds from the ground repeatedly required
*Compensation: We offer a very competitive hourly wage, depending on experience. Housing is not provided, but we may be able to assist you in finding local housing.
Jill Perry Balzano
Walnut Hill Farm
3449 VT 133
Pawlet VT 05761
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