Contact informationFarm Address:
15120 Planck Lane
Purcellville, -- , 20132
Primary Contact: Robert Schubert
Number: (202) 487-6493
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Lydia’s Fields is a 10-acre vegetable farm located in a dynamic, collaborative 400-acre farming community in Purcellville, Virginia. We cultivate multiple varieties of scrumptious heirloom tomatoes, hakurei turnips, arugula, lettuce, herbs, kale, peppers and many other vegetables, as well as figs, that thrive in our region with regenerative growing practices and market the veggies through direct and wholesale channels. Those include supplying a 50-member CSA (that we hope to increase to 120 members), selling at a weekly market in Falls Church, VA, and wholesaling to local restaurants and neighboring farms. We focus heavily on maintaining and restoring soil health and believe that fresh, tasty, healthful food comes by growing it in harmony with nature.
CRAFT Member Farm? Yes
Internship Starts: Middle of February 2022
Internship Ends: The 2022 season will end in the middle of November 2022.
Number of Internship Available: One (1)
Application Deadline: Rolling deadline
Minimum Length of Stay: 10 months, starting on February 15, 2022
FARM MANAGER, LYDIA’S FIELDS – Full-time, Seasonal (Mid February 2022– mid-November 2022)
Lydia’s Fields is seeking a seasoned, detailed-oriented, organized, and dynamic manager – a true leader – to execute all facets of daily farm operations. This thorough, thoughtful, and swift-moving manager will regularly engage in a variety of activities:
• Work closely with the farm owner on crop planning, selecting and ordering seeds and building soil health.
• Participate in the recruitment and hiring process for seasonal crew.
• Manage greenhouse operations, watering, temperature management, and supplies.
• Manage farm crew and fieldwork including bed preparation, seeding, transplanting, weeding, cultivating, and harvesting.
• Help maintain healthy soil fertility and manage pests.
• Use/apply organic (OMRI) pesticides and fertilizers.
• Work closely with the farmer/owner on marketing and bookkeeping.
• Direct fulfillment of harvest lists, ensure proper storage, and maintain produce quality.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references, one of which should come from a farm owner or manager, to Robert Schubert, Lydia’s Fields, 15120 Planck Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132, RSchubert@lydiasfields.com.
Educational Opportunities: Working at Lydia's Fields provides the opportunity to learn about neighboring flower, vegetable, fruit, and livestock farms.
Skills Desired: Required Experience • At least one year of management experience • Minimum three full seasons of organic vegetable farming experience • Experience scheduling and supervising crew • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs. • Driver’s license and clean driving record • Agility and willingness to pivot and prioritize based on weather conditions, scheduling needs, and market and sales timelines • Either: Experience operating and maintaining equipment and implements or a willingness to invest time learning how to operate and maintain equipment Preferred Experience: • At least one year of farm management experience on a farm with four or more employees • Interest in extended employment through the winter season and future years • Experience operating and maintaining equipment and implements
Meals: No, but we offer vegetables and figs from the farm.
Stipend: Salary and Benefits • $45,000 annual salary (not a stiped, but a SALARY) • One-week paid vacation • Vegetables
Housing: Yes, we provide on-farm housing (small fee and signed living agreement required) • $45,000 annual salary • One-week paid vacation • Vegetables Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references, one of which should come from a farm owner or manager, to Robert Schubert, Lydia’s Fields, 15120 Planck Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132, RSchubert@lydiasfields.com.
Preferred method of Contact: E-mail