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Homestead farm for sale in Woodstock, Virginia

This 9.75-acre farm has been cared for using biodynamic practices for the past 8 years, growing a variety of vegetables in raised beds, two fenced orchard areas that include sour cherry, apple, peach and plum trees.  We have raised heritage breed dual purpose chickens and ducks, dairy goats and honey bees.  Prior owners have raised sheep.  The 2300 square foot two story house was originally built in 1822 with hand hewn log cabin construction and has been added to several times.  The kitchen and bathrooms were upgraded to fully modern in 2016, the kitchen incudes granite counters and a duel fuel range and oven.  The large bank barn was built in 1900.  A stream runs through the property.  Further information can be found on Realator.com, click on Woodstock Virginia then look for 1442 Wetzel Road.


Virginia Farm to School 2018 Survey of Producers

Please complete this survey if you are one of the primary owners or managers of a farm or ranch in Virginia. The survey asks for basic information about your farm, farm to school activities, and your unique perspectives on the farm to school program. The 2018 Farm to School survey is academic research through Virginia Tech, is confidential, and will take roughly ten minutes.

This survey will help to develop and expand the growing Virginia Farm to School Network, and help improve opportunities for farmers to market their products to schools and similar institutions. Your answers are very important in determining how Farm to School initiatives will be structured in Virginia. This survey is part of a larger USDA Farm to School Grant to evaluate and develop Farm to School opportunities within Virginia, and is sponsored by Virginia Tech, Virginia Department of Ag and Consumer Services, and the Virginia Department of Education.

Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary, and you are under no obligation to answer any question, for any reason. Your survey is completely confidential, and no identifying characteristics will be used in any way for this survey, except county name where your farm is located. Your IP address will be collected, but seen only by researchers to ensure geographic spread of survey response, which will destroyed after a period of six months. There are no known risks to participating in this study, and the benefits include developing more targeted support to help you meet your business goals for developing new and existing institutional markets for your products. This is a self-administered survey, and completion of the survey constitutes informed consent.

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Plenty! Farm Interns

Plenty! is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nourish people and community by growing and sharing food. Plenty! Farm is home to the Plenty! Fresh Food Pantry as well as the center for several food sharing programs and educational gatherings. Plenty values freshness in programs and generosity in giving and receiving. Plenty! is a welcoming and inclusive community. The farm rotates 2 acres, a 2100 sq. ft. high tunnel and a small greenhouse through mixed annual and perennial vegetable and fruit production using organic management. (For more information about Plenty!, please visit www.plentylocal.org). Floyd is a creative community in the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering abundant recreational and cultural opportunities.

Educational opportunities: Interns’ primary focus will be the farm. Interns will gain beginning-level knowledge and skills for small scale sustainable agriculture. Interns will gain experience and perspectives on other scales and approaches to agriculture through visits to area farms for gleaning and other activities. Interns will explore ideas and practices related to food access, food security and food sovereignty. They will have hands on involvement in community level strategies for diverting food waste for hunger relief, building food skills and food sovereignty. They will further explore inter-organizational approaches to building community health and well-being.

Skills desired: Interns are expected to have some knowledge of organic farming / sustainable agriculture but no prior experience is necessary. A strong interest in food production as it relates to food security, nutrition access and community building is preferable. Interns need to be friendly, have strong communication skills, be willing to interact with the public, and work with volunteers of all ages.

Internship Details: Plenty Farm provides a unique opportunity to learn hands-on fruit and vegetable production on a working (non-commercial) farm that is focused on service to the community. Most food grown on the farm goes to the food programs such as the food pantry, produce home delivery, Preschool Produce and Community Lunch. Plenty! partners closely with local farms, schools and other community organizations to further common goals in Floyd County.

The farm uses hand tools for most field work, a tractor for primary tillage and drip irrigation. The farm has one high tunnel and a small green house for season extension and propagation.

Interns should be prepared to work in all weather on a variety of tasks that follow the seasonal needs of production. Daily tasks include bed preparation, direct seeding, transplanting, weeding, cultivation, pest identification and management, harvesting, cover cropping, and mulching. Interns will work directly with the farm manager. There may be times when interns are needed to work with farm-related Plenty! Programs off-site such as school gardens. Interns that work a full season will have the opportunity to develop independent work skills.

Term: Plenty Farm! is seeking interns beginning in late April to work through the season to late November. Plenty! is seeking at least one intern for the entire season. Two additional intern positions may be broken into smaller periods to accommodate school schedules and other commitments. Certain work periods as well as some rotating evening and weekend assignments are required and will be discussed during the selection process. Plenty! is willing to work with students to tailor their intern experience to gain school credit.

Supervision and evaluation: Interns are supervised by the Farm Manager, an experienced farmer and market grower with a strong professional and service background in food access and community development. Interns develop educational plan for their internship with the Farm Manager. Interns receive ongoing feedback and participate in a formal final evaluation.

Stipend: No stipend is available. This is an unpaid internship. Interns work on the farm part-time to permit off-farm work for income.

Housing: No housing is provided, however; we can assist in locating affordable options in the community if needed. Personal transportation required for travel to and from off site local housing.

Food: Produce from the farm is available. Interns are encouraged to attend the weekly community lunch that is cooked at the farm. Interns are encouraged to use the food pantry as needed. Interns may use the kitchen facility at the farm when they are onsite as operations permit.

Application: Applicants must provide contact information for three references, a cover letter, and a resume. Interview required and a farm visit strongly encouraged. Application materials should be submitted to Rachel Theo-Maurelli, Farm Manager: emailed to plentyfarmer@swva.net or mailed to 192 Elephant Curve Rd., NW Floyd, VA 24091. You may also make phone inquires at 540-745-3898.


Assistant Farm Manager opening on a certified organic vegetable farm

Located in a scenic river valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains adjacent to Spikenard Honey Bee Sanctuary. Applicant should have an extensive working knowledge of wholesale vegetable production. Management experience required for day to day crew of 6 people. Farm has extensive equipment, facilities and irrigation systems to coordinate. Savvy with computers. Sales and marketing by others. On-farm housing possible, salary commensurate with experience.

Send cover letter and resume to Woody Crenshaw, Riverstone Organic Farm, Floyd Virginia

info@riverstoneorganicfarm.com

More info at riverstoneorganicfarm.com

 


Paradox Farm Internship

86 Moores Creek Road
Lexington, VA 24450
Contact: Mitch Wapner
Phone: [Cell] 540-460-2516 [Home] 540-463-9234
Email: mitch@paradoxfarm.org

General Description: Paradox farm is 125 acres on a dead end road, 10 miles SW of Lexington (Virginia) in a truly beautiful rural setting next to a National Forest. We are Certified Naturally Grown, with 4 acres under cultivation, (2) 30 x 96 High Tunnels, Drip Irrigation, 8 x 8 (Coolbot) Walk-in Cooler, Flock of 60-120 laying hens with roosters. We grow nutritionally dense produce for 2 Farmers Markets and a CSA, as well as direct sales to chefs and independent grocers. We work hard and play hard! Great swimming pond!!

Internship Starts: As early as March 15th   Internship Ends: As late as Nov 1st
Number of Interns: 1
App Deadline: Rolling
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months (whole season preferred)

Meals: Shared lunches provided on work days. Cooking facilities with eggs and produce from the farm available for other meals.

Skills Desired: Previous (Organic/Sustainable) growing experience preferred but not required. Most important are a good work ethic, a good attitude, humor and common sense. Must be able to lift 40 lbs. No tobacco use! Good communication and personal skills essential! Please email a resume, three references, and a letter stating motivation for your interest and how you are qualified for the above stated skills.

Educational Opportunities: Hands on learning as we teach you what we know. Educational dinner meetings every other week. Experience direct marketing through CSA, Farmers Markets, Chefs, and Independent Grocers. We are not Certified Organic (we were in 2010), but follow those practices and are Certified Naturally Grown. Potential field trips to local farms. We try to ensure interns finish the season here with the experience and knowledge appropriate for their next chosen step.

Stipend: $800/month (Full time minimum wage minus lodging and food value)

Housing: Nice 4 bedroom 2 bath farmhouse, shared with other farm worker and 1 lovable house-cat (no other animals allowed). Laundry, utilities and internet included. Awesome swimming pond!

Internship Details: Intern will be involved with all aspects of production, from seeds to sales. Weekly work of five to five and a half days and 40 – 55 hrs. Learn with/alongside our previous season’s intern as we build the farm business.


Weathertop Farm Seeking apprentices for 2018

Weathertop Farm is a small 62-acre family-owned and operated farm located in scenic Floyd County, VA.  We are located  just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and 14 miles from the town of Floyd, renowned for a thriving artist, music, and local food scene.

We are dedicated to holistic regenerative agriculture through multi-species rotational grazing and intensive management. No antibiotics or hormones are used, and all livestock eat from pasture that is free of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. Our diverse business includes raising and selling pastured chickens, eggs, pigs, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and lamb.

Weathertop Farm accepts 2-3 apprentices each year for the duration of our May – November season. We’re looking for folks interested and passionate about preserving sustainable agriculture systems within our local food-shed communities. Apprentices must be ready to work hard doing manual labor in all kinds of weather. We expect apprentices to put in approximately 40-50 hours a week on average, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the season & farm schedule. You can expect to work alongside the farmers for some tasks, and independently for others.

What we expect of you:
no previous farming experience necessary, but these are qualities we’re looking for:
-a positive attitude
-willingness to try new things
-enthusiasm & flexibility
-commitment
-personal initiative
-cooperation for working with others
-ability to follow directions
-ability to do manual labor
-ability to repeatedly handle & lift 50 lb feed sacks.
-basic carpentry or mechanical skills are a plus but not required
-good people-person, comfortable in a sales setting interacting with customers.
-no smoking, no drugs
-not being distracted by personal technology (cell phone, etc) during the workday.
-Commitment to the whole season from April through mid-Dec.
-Having your own vehicle is a plus, though not required (no public transportation available)

Our farm encompasses a diverse multi-generational community of family, friends, neighbors & visitors, from grandparents down to young children, all of whom participate with the farm at various times and in varying degrees, so patience, flexibility and understanding are a must. We care a great deal about our farm community and value diversity and equality and welcome anyone who is kind and conscientious to join our team. Couples welcome!

Work will include but is not limited to:
Daily care of animals (morning & afternoon)
Collecting & cleaning eggs
Daily portable-fence moving
Daily pasture-pen moving
Handling animal feed in 50-lb sacks on a daily basis
On-farm poultry processing (on average once-twice/week)
Occasional building projects
Deliveries
Farmers markets
On-farm sales

What you can expect from us:

To learn about the nitty-gritty details of raising animals first-hand, and what the daily work is like on a farm as well as the bigger picture of how we plan for the year and how a pasture-based system operates. You can expect a lot of time from us for conversations about farming and related issues, and ample opportunity to ask whatever questions you have.  Through this experience you can gain an understanding of the daily ups and downs and ins and outs of a farming season, and because of the diverse range of tasks we require help with (from raising animals to butchering to sales & marketing) we hope you would gain an understanding of how the diverse multi-species grazing operation of our farm is integrated into one business and functions as a whole. When possible we will do our best to cater to individual preference and teach you more about whatever interests you the most.

Housing provided:

Private 2-bedroom attic apartment with full kitchen & bath (including composting toilet), heating & wifi. Furnished with the basics.  All utilities included. To be shared by 2-3 apprentices.

Meals:

We welcome apprentices to join us for lunch daily, and sometimes for dinner, too, other meals you will be responsible for yourself.  You will have access to food that is grown on the farm.

Stipend:  $600/month.

Day(s) off:  alternating Saturdays/Sundays off, and occasional weekday afternoons. Several vacation days allowed, but must be planned around farm schedule.

Opportunities for education:
-Access to our farm books along with some recommended reading assignments.
-Opportunity to learn all about pasture rotational grazing
-Opportunity to learn poultry processing as well as marketing and sales
-Chances to visit with other farms and alternative food systems in Floyd
-Possible occasional workshops in the area
-Possibility for part-time winter work after spending one season here. This could also include a trip to a winter farming conference.
-If things go well there may be potential for full-time employment, only after you’ve spent a full season with us.

Opportunities for recreation & entertainment
-Meet other apprentices in Floyd to socialize & network with them
-The nearby town of Floyd has a thriving food, music & arts scene
-Proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway offers lots of options for hiking & camping
-Nearby Blacksburg, home of Virginia Tech, is a great college town with lots going on
-Nearby Roanoke is an up & coming city with a broad range of offerings.

Application process:
-Please read through all relevant information here as well as on our website (weathertopfarm.com) so you are familiar with our farm and what is involved in the apprenticeship.
-In addition to the written application, whenever possible, we will require an in-person visit, (which could be an overnight or weekend stay if needed).  If not possible then we require a Skype interview.
-Please contact us at info@weathertopfarm.com with any questions.

Downloard Apprentice Application in pdf

Download Apprentice Application as word document


Warehouse Manager at Seven Springs Farm in Check, VA

A leader in the organic farming supplies industry is looking for a person with a strong work ethic to complete the following tasks:

* Process Orders – Requires basic computer skills and a knowledge of shipping industry specific paperwork(Bills of Lading)
* Palletize Products for Tractor Trailer Shipments – Must be able to repeatedly lift and carry 50lb and safely operate a forklift(forklift experience required)
* Manage Receiving and Stocking of Inventory – Perform cycle counts, load and unload tractor trailers, setting of product for picking and shipping efficiency and organize daily processes

We are a small business and every person is integral on a daily basis. The traits that we want in an employee are:

* Punctuality – Be on time and complete a full work day consistently
* Motivated – Willingness to perform job duties with a positive outlook
* Safety Minded – Possess the know how to use equipment and your body in a safe manner

This position is Full-Time with benefits. Normal work schedule is M-F from 8:00am to 5:00pm with a one hour lunch break. Rotating Saturdays(8:15am to 11:30am) during Spring and Summer. Saturdays rotate between 5-6 employees.

Please attach resume, references and complete our application in your email response. Responses that do not include your resume and completed application will not be reviewed: http://www.7springsfarm.com/content/Employment-application.pdf


Riverstone Farm is Hiring a Gardener

We are seeking an experienced, energetic, motivated and detail oriented gardener to work on our production-oriented, commercial organic vegetable farm.

Riverstone farm is a certified organic, wholesale vegetable farm in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.  We are farming over 10 acres in cultivation with 2 in perennial crops and 8+ dedicated to annual vegetable production as well as over ½ acre in high-tunnels and greenhouses.  The farm property consists of over 100 acres of mixed woodlands, pasture, cropland and river bottoms.  We have small cabins available as residences for farm staff.  We are in close proximity to the Josephine Porter Institute, Spikenard Farm and are a short drive from the town of Floyd and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

We have an opening on our team for an experienced vegetable grower… someone who knows the horticultural needs of vegetable crops and can be relied upon in a professional setting to work both autonomously and as part of the team.  Duties will include; planting, cultivation, care, monitoring, weeding, watering, harvesting and handling of crops as well as record keeping and other farm responsibilities.  Experience working in high-tunnels is a plus.  Must have A+ communication and organizational skills.  Must be able to work hard and in a professional manner in a challenging and fast-paced environment.  Summer days are long and hot.  Some tasks are repetitive and tedious.  Some days are glorious.  The ideal candidate will find value in the real work that is farming and in the environment in which we live, work and farm.  This is a job for someone who has decided that their future is as a farmer.

If you are interested in this opportunity please contact daniel@riverstoneorganicfarm.com


Job opening: Greenhouse Manager

Central duty is to oversee the production of our certified organic vegetable and herb plants, from germination to final sale at garden centers and farmers markets.

Must have horticulture background.

Please send resume to: info@VegOutGardens.com

Will discuss specific job duties and salary at that time.


Alleghany Mountain School Urban Farm Intern

Reporting to the AMI Urban Farm Manager, the Urban Farm Intern will assist with the operation of a 3-acre farm site located in Staunton, VA. Duties include assisting with with vegetable production, and maintaining educational gardens and native wildlife habitat plantings. In addition, the Urban Farm intern will work closely with the horticulture teaching staff at Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) to carry out garden-based education curriculum.
TO APPLY: Please send a single compiled .pdf file including a cover letter and resume to david@alleghenymountainschool.org. No phone calls or mailed applications, please.

Planet Earth Diversified in Stanardsville VA has openings for year round work!

Details are on our employment web site link. You may also Fax, Email, or Mail Resume and Letter of Interest describing why you want the job and what your special qualifications are (FAX to 434-985-4985). More than one position is available. Applicants need reliable transportation to and from work and a commitment to completion of time sensitive harvesting for daily orders.

Learn more https://specials.planetearthdiversified.com/employment/ and see us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PlanetEarthDiversified/

BEST WAY TO APPLY is to Complete application forms at https://specials.planetearthdiversified.com/employment/ then email them or FAX them to get your application started. There is a lot of important information at that site too about the job and requirements. This is outdoor work as well as greenhouse operation – if you are allergic to the plants or are afraid of wildlife or if you have only worked in air conditioned spaces – it might not be a good fit.

Tenemos posiciones de trabajo disponibles en granja. Puede ser temporal o de planta todo el año, Es recolectando, empacando y sembrando; de Lunes a Viernes de 8:00 am a 5:00 pm. Deberan traer Su ropa de trabajo y Su almuerzo. Deben ser responsables, punctuales y concistentes. Una identificacion con foto y documentos de trabajo son necesarios. Suficiente ingles para comunicarse Es indispensable; ser bilingue mucho mejor. Se les Dara entrenamiento de acuerdo al departamento de salud y se les proporcionara la informacion en ingles y español. Interesados favor de comunicarse con Michael

We have openings for harvesting and packing and planting etc at the farm! Monday thru Friday – could be seasonal or year round with our greenhouses for the right people. Learn and be outside with the plants as well as packing quality greens and herbs in the packing room. Hours M-F 8am to 5pm bring bag lunch wear work clothes, must be reliable, on time, and consistent. Photo IDs and work documents required. Food safety training provided in English and Spanish.

8AM to 5PM with lunch break noon to 1PM standard hours, some part time, night or early morning and evening shifts available for specific skill oriented jobs.


Primera LX900 Color Label Printer and Label Rewinder/Spooler

 

We’ll include 4 rolls of blank labels of various sizes. It’s just about brand-new, having been used three times.

It’s perfect for a company that wants to print small batches of labels in house.  After printing, you just spool them onto a roll and apply them to a jar/bottle using a label applicator (not provided).
If you’re willing to include the listing, I’m happy to write up a little promo. Full specifications can be found here, and a couple of photos follow. We’re asking $2,000 for both pieces together.
Contact: Will Gray

Organic Seed Alliance – Seed Internship Program

This is your chance to participate in addressing one of the most pressing needs in organic agriculture – and to develop a new enterprise for your farm.

Organic Seed Alliance ( https://www.seedalliance.org) is seeking to match the organic seed growers of tomorrow with the experienced growers of today.

The Seed Internship Program combines online and classroom learning, farm-based independent study, and real-world experience through a diverse network of family farms. Hosted by Organic Seed Alliance and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), the Seed Internship Program matches individuals who want to learn about seed production with experienced growers.

Learn more and apply today

Become an Intern
The Seed Internship Program matches interns with host farms that provide on-farm experience and formal training in seed production. The six-month internships offer interns:
        Online, class, and field-based education
         Independent studies on the host farm
        Experience with the organic seed trade

Become a Host
Are you experienced seed producer looking for interns? We need you to train the next generation of seed producers! Host farms receive:
        Assistance with matching the right intern for your farm
         Educational materials, webinars, and other support


 BRAVO 400 SPRAYER – $3,500


Tank Capacity: 400 Liters
Totally Rounded.
Not wetting the driver.
Low center of gravity = stability also in slope condition.
Tank content meter by large index and scale.
Optimal mixing of the spraying mixture. No sediment.
Total utilization of the tank content.
Fresh water tank with selector valve for a quick circuit flushing.
Chassis with impact-resistant belt, peripheral.
Steel keel for protection to ground.
Filling hole of tank on the left side.
Constant pressure regulator, micro adjusting.
Auto-filter: the pressure filter continuously flushed clear.
Never clogged. Never to be cleaned.
Anti-drift Propeller: Air Volume and Penetration Power adjusted in seconds.
Dosing Probe: Fast and safe. instantly sucking and mixing powders, granules and liquid chemicals.
The Air sprayers of BRAVO line are suitable for the spraying of the most various Trees Plantations: Vineyards, Orchards, Nurseries and Greenhouses, etc.

CALL BRISCOE WHITE 804-651-9469


Haygrove High Tunnels – $25,000

1 acre- 9 Bays 28’x 250’

Smart door frames

PTO Removing Tool

Standing- Buyer must disassemble and haul

CALL BRISCOE WHITE 804-651-9469


Farmer Incubator Program at Bottle Tree Farm LLC

(Waverly, VA)

Bottle Tree Farm LLC, an 18+ acre farm on the edge of Waverly Virginia, 23890, is looking to assist young and beginning farmers to establish their own business growing and selling seasonal produce and related agricultural products. My wife and I are in search of a few (2-4+) qualified candidates to participate in our Farmer Incubator Program.

The two of us make use of only a small fraction of the farm and have always wanted to further opportunities for young and beginning farmers. To that end, we are willing to share our investment in land, equipment and other resources with a small number of prospects that have either classroom and/or field experience and who are looking to start their own agricultural related business.

We are looking for sustainable farmers willing to invest in the soil and land. Growing seasonal produce crops for direct to consumer marketing is likely the best use of this land. Livestock and fowl are logical extensions to add to the  rotation of crops, for those willing to take on this responsibility.

Our Farm is conveniently located on US460 within 50-60 miles of 3 major metropolitan centers; 1) Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell; 2) Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and 3) Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton. Great marketing opportunities and potential exist for those willing to hustle.

There is a cottage on the farm and other affordable housing available nearby. Currently (2017) cottage is occupied If interested, please send letter of introduction to: info@bottletreefarm.com. Include summary of experience and resources you have and the type of business you are hoping to establish as well as any initial questions that you may have. Please include your current working business plan.

Thank you for your interest in this opportunity.
Bob Richardson
info@bottletreefarm.com
bottletreefarm.com


Riverstone Organic Farm in Floyd is seeking experienced Field Crew

Certified Organic farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains has an opening for an experienced field crew member. Applicant needs a working knowledge of commercial-scale vegetable production. People management skills a plus. Applicants will need to possess a passion for sustainable agriculture. Season one will be May through November. Full-time permanent position possible after that. On-farm lodging possible, food share, room for advancement.

Please email resume to Riverstone Organic Farm, attention Daniel Sweeney @ info@riverstoneorganicfarm.com