SEEKING TO FILL FOUR INTERNSHIP AND TWO JOB OPPORTUNITIES THIS SEASON -
PLEASE INQUIRE BY EMAIL
This Is Who We Are
Harmony Homestead Farm is a 100 acre retreat farm on a dead end gravel road in the hills of southwest Vermont. Our mission is to produce organically grown food as our part of our local community/economy and to share this beautiful property through mentorship, farm based education and agri-tourism. We are committed to living, learning and teaching sustainable living and doing our little part at making the world a better place. We grow a diverse array of vegetables with the best organic growing practices available to us. We distribute to our CSA, local farmers markets and occasionally we sell from our own mobile farm stand.
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The farm is a rustic sustainable homestead built primarily with reclaimed buildings and materials and is very much still in the making. We work with our hands and feet in the dirt yet we do have some modern day farm equipment, none-the-least of which includes a tractor, sawmill and dump truck. We have two draft horses, Queenie, a Belgian and Avalon, a black Percheron. Sharing pasture with them are Streak and Avalanche, exceptionally furry llamas this year since we allowed them to keep their coats last spring. We also have a couple of Oberhasli goats, likely a new flock of laying hens to occupy the chicken house and..... we will be whelping puppies this April. We breed AKC registered Vizsla dogs and recently tried out Grace on her first breeding experience by matching her up with Duke, a handsome dog-dude from Charlotte North Carolina. Gail is a licensed nurse and works off the farm part time. Paul is a musician and music teacher. Music and art are important threads in the fabric of our farm community.
Opportunities - This Is What’s Going On This Year
As a working homestead, we work on farm infrastructure at the same time that we operate as a living, breathing, nurturing farm. Three main agenda items will be in focus this year.
1.) Gardening- We prepare, plant, grow and harvest to fulfill our part at feeding the community through the Harmony Homestead Farm CSA and market sales. Each year there is also a focus on food preservation and value added food production from the ongoing harvest (i.e. canning, jellies, sauces etc.).
*JOB: We are seeking a qualified gardener/crew leader interested in partnering with the farm for a share of market sales.
*INTERNSHIPS: We are seeking farm/garden interns with a shared passion willing to commit to a minimum of 10 weeks on the farm. We will have up to 4 openings.
2.) Infrastructure- We continue construction on the new Farm Center building which was erected last season and awaits more interior and exterior carpentry and finishing.
*INTERNSHIPS: We have opportunities here for 2 interns interested in farm construction including working under supervision with the saw mill and most facets of construction. Must be willing to commit to a minimum of 10 weeks on the farm .
3.) School Of Life- We are accepting applications for enrollment in the School of Life. Sessions are available beginning in April.
*JOB OPPORTUNITY: We are actively seeking a qualified Program Director to administer leadership and application of the thirty day curriculum over multiple sessions.
Some Qualifying Attributes We Are Seeking
INTERNS - SOUTHERN VERMONT:
Our farm community of staff is a vital piece of our mission here at Harmony Homestead Farm. Life is for enjoyment. Work is a state of being when we are not relaxing, recreating or resting that serves a greater purpose or mission. The work is hard. The results are rewarding. The experience should be positive and memorable. We seek friendly, enthusiastic, curious, seekers who are self motivated; listeners, communicators who are clear thinking and share a passion for living a life close to nature, a passion or fascination for cultivating and growing live food from the dirt to the table. We seek people who are cooperative, who want to learn and who know how to work well with others. Most of your time here will be spent outdoors under the sun the stars and the moon. We especially enjoy playing music and encourage sharing art in all mediums. Paul is a music teacher and offers free instruction and participation to all interested staff.
Contact us by email with letter of introduction. Please include your time frame and reasons for interning. Minimum time commitment is 60 days.
GARDENER / CREW LEADER IN SOUTHERN VERMONT:
Organic Gardener to take the lead on the growing this season. Please be knowledgeable and experienced in the following; soil building & amendment, composting, bed prep & layout, growing from seed, companion planting, succession planting, irrigation and pest management, harvest & market, farm stand & CSA distribution, garden record keeping. Seeking a cooperative leadership/management personality with good group working experience who shares a passion for organic farming and working in community. Please email and attach resume if you have it or please write bio info and details of experience level. You do not have to be expert. We will work with you as an apprentice if enough experience warrants. Compensation will be a percentage of vegetable/produce sales at markets. Full season is required from April through October.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR SCHOOL OF LIFE
The School of Life is a 30 day farm based learning program for transitional age young adults seeking a guided intentional training endeavor that will load them with a skill set of primary fundamental, functional practices to start them confidently on the road to self reliance and sustainable living. Candidates for this position should be comfortable and at home with outdoor life and preferably have experience/familiarity with farm and woods work. Lesson and practicum venue is a 100 acre working farm with organic gardens, pasture and diversified forest.
We are seeking a mature motivated pleasant personality with superior leadership skills and cooperative group activity training experience. Background of outdoor leadership skills and training is ideal. A shared passion for sustainable living is highly valued. Degree in Education is preferred but not necessarily a prerequisite. Job is to learn and implement curriculum, mentor young adults, track participant progress, curriculum modification, and evaluate efficacy. Some curriculum design opportunities will be available especially in the preseason. Interested persons will be sent a course description to get a better idea of the curriculum. Temporary live-on-the-farm position from April/May through September. Please request application by email with letter of introduction.