Seeking Vegetable Farming Partner
We are looking to partner with an experienced vegetable farmer (or a couple) on our land in New Haven, VT. We've been growing on this land for 4 years and purchased the property last year. Due to health reasons and the need to free up some time to focus on other programs we are developing (ie. agEd programs, events, b&b, kombucha etc.) we're looking for someone to join in and help take the reigns with the vegetable portion of our operation.
We have incredible soil, are organic certified, have a farm stand on a well traveled road, a spot at Shelburne Farmer's market, a large mailing list/social media presence, a good CSA base and possible housing. The right candidate would be someone with at least 2 years of experience managing a vegetable farm, community-minded and ready to take our veg operation to the next level. We'd like to start working together this year on a limited schedule and then full-time for the upcoming 2017 season.
- To continue to cultivate healthy community around food and nature based wellness experiences
- To provide space, financial support and market opportunities for partnering farmer(s) to expand vegetable operation and create new farm products/projects
- To hand over day to day responsibility for vegetable production to farming partner(s) while still maintaining involved/having say in overall goals in production and quality of product going out into the market
- To maintain consistent aesthetic presentation and marketing/brand integrity.
- Increase production for veggies, not necessarily in the amount of land being cultivated, but in better yields (better pest control, weed suppression, soil quality etc.)
- Increase sales to local restaurants and key accounts (ie. summer camps)
- To continue to grow direct sale opportunities for vegetables and other farm products through B&B, farm to table events, pizza nights, retreats, kid programming etc.
- To support new farming ventures on quality soils and assisting in marketing these products (ie. herbs, livestock, cash crops)
- To keep farmers' markets and CSA going (even if with a small number of members). Note: this point is open for discussion.