Contact informationFarm Address:
3565 Ballards Mill Rd
Free Union, Virginia , 22940
Primary Contact: Erica
Secondary Contact: Joel
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Free Union Grass Farm is a diversified livestock farm operating on approximately 250 acres of pasture and woods near Charlottesville, Virginia. We raise beef, chicken, pork, duck, eggs, and holiday geese and direct market everything we produce at our farm stand, 2 weekly farmers markets, and to restaurants and gourmet food purveyors in Charlottesville, Richmond, and Staunton.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 4/1/2020
Internship Ends: 12/1/2020
Number of Internship Available: 1-2
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: Full season
We are interviewing candidates for the 2020 season beginning April and ending December 1. This position includes on-farm housing, monthly stipend, plus meat, eggs, and veggies from the farm. All farmhands assist with morning/afternoon livestock chores, poultry processing, farmer’s markets, product delivery, egg boxing, vegetable gardening (for personal use), farm upkeep, occasional dog care, and other relevant projects as they arise. But this coming season, we are specifically interested in hiring a detail-oriented, strategic thinker to help us keep inventory organized and keep farm tools and equipment in order. A keen eye for aesthetics, an interest in marketing, and design skills are a bonus.
Our crew consists of a couple/few full-time farmers who all live on the farm and one part-time farm owner who lives nearby, plus extra part-time helpers on processing days. A strong sense of community is something all of our farmhands have enjoyed. We highly recommend you peruse our website, www.freeuniongrassfarm.com, for specifics on what we do, how we do it, and to make sure we are the right farm fit for you. Also check out our Instagram accounts, @freegrassfarmer and @shefarmsinfreeunion, for a look at daily life on the farm. Please send us an email with a little about yourself and why you’d be an excellent addition to our team, and we’ll go from there. Thanks!
Educational Opportunities: We teach strong competency in daily care of rotation of cattle, broiler chickens, laying hens, ducks, pigs, and geese. Farmhands are involved with all of our daily operations on the farm, extending into sales and marketing of the products we raise here. We teach the full scope of skills required to bring a sustainably raised product to market and sell it for a profit. No one on our farm works in just one area - we believe knowing how to do everything will leave you better equipped to start an operation of your own one day, should that be your interest.
Skills Desired: No experience required but successful applicants must be forward-thinking, positive, observant, and enjoy working with animals. We will give priority to resourceful problem solvers with strong organizational skills and an eye for aesthetics. Required: -Valid driver's license and your own vehicle (we live 25 minutes from town) -Ability to commit to the full 2020 season -Sturdy work shoes and waterproof boots -Ability to work long hours with some very early mornings -Ability to lift 50lbs -Ability to work in all weather conditions -At least 21 years of age -Must have a smart phone - we communicate regularly using the Slack app and use our phones as Square registers at markets. We (over)compensate for data usage. Preferred: -Omnivores -Dog lovers (we have 3) -Some knowledge of sustainable, regenerative agriculture -Some familiarity with meat cuts / cooking methods -Some sales experience -Design skills -Project management skills
Meals: Lunch provided on processing days and occasional shared dinners with farm crew.
Stipend: Monthly stipend plus meat, eggs, and veggies.
Housing: On-farm housing in studio apartment with private entrance, with WiFi, laundry, greenhouse, and utilities included.
Preferred method of Contact: Email