Smithereen Farm will be entering our 5th growing season in 2022. We are a diverse agroecological farm, certified organic by MOFGA, located in remote Washington County Maine, right on Cobscook Bay. We produce certified organic value added products, host educational workshops, run a farm store and commercial kitchen, and run 3 camp grounds. We are busy and diverse : farmed and wild algae, oysters, shiitake and other farmed mushrooms, big gardens, wild blueberries, bog cranberries, raspberries, u pick strawberries, currants, aronia, elderberries, quince, mature and young orchards, wild harvested herbs for tea including sweet bay, sweet fern, solidago, yarrow, st. johns wort, rose petals, red raspberry tips. Greenhorns is a national organization based out of Pembroke, Maine where we are establishing an agrarian campus. We publish The New Farmer's Almanac, produce the EARTHLIFE digital magazine, webisodes, and podcasts, and make digital guidebooks for beginning farmers.
Smithereen farm is located in the larger campus of Greenhorns, which was founded in 2008. Greenhorns is a non-profit working to promote, recruit and support the next generation of farmers through grassroots media production. Our role is to explore the context in which new farmers face the world, through publications, films, media, and events - and by promoting the important work being done by so many organizations, alliances, trusts and individuals regionally and around the world.
We currently host a cluster of enterprises on the farm and would like to intensify our vegetable, flower and herb production for the coming season. We are looking for a partner to take on oversight of crop planning, greenhouse, and gardens, working with the existing team and perhaps a few more seasonal workers, to co-develop a plan for the coming season as we expand once again into our new commercial kitchen space and farm store. We are looking for someone with really solid experience in market gardening who is also okay with being a teacher of seasonal workers, visitors and newcomers to agriculture.
The open farm land is about 40 acres, with 4 acres that we have developed so far into fruit orchards, perennials, soft fruit, strawberries and vegetable gardens. We also have 6 acres of cranberries and 12 acres of blueberries down the road. We have 2 LPAs for farmed algae, oysters, shiitake mushrooms, and of course the apple harvest for cider vinegar, and herbal creams, glycerites and teas.We are certified organic by MOFGA, and by Real Organic project. We have existing markets for our value added products, and a new farm store in the works in dowtntown Pembroke.
We are 2 hours from the Ellsworth/ Bar Harbor farmers market, half an hour from the Lubec farmers market.We can offer you housing a nice house by the Pennamaquan river, which is about 5 minute drive from the home farm, includes barns and some grazing, as well as access to our educational campus and library of 8,000 books. We are open to couples/families applying and are also open to structuring the partnership in a way that the veggies are ‘ your own business’ or if you come with sheep/ poultry operation, etc. We are open for creative cooperative conversations, starting immediately.
We suggest coming for a visit to see the scene and figure out what configuration makes sense. We already have 3 full time farm team mates signed on for the 2022 season.
this position is : hourly, varies DOE, $20.00 - $20.00
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