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Cheesemaking Lead Verdant Hollow Farms

  • Date Posted April 02, 2024
  • Location 11907 Garr Road, MI
  • Category Agriculture / Culinary
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description

Who We Are:

Verdant Hollow Farms is an organic farming operation restoring soils, water, and woodlands using permaculture and regenerative practices.  We celebrate the natural features of the land as a working farm with multi species livestock and an organic seasonal garden.   We also invite individuals and groups to visit the farm for exploration and education through hands-on workshops, goat hikes, tours, and a popular airbnb farm stay.  Spring of 2024 also brings the opening of our small scale state licensed farmstead goat milk creamery and farm store.

Job description

Our Ideal Candidate:

-Aligns with our overall farm vision and goals

-2+years of farmstead creamery/cheese making experience (goat dairy a plus) or a degree/certificate in a dairy related program

-Strong knowledge base of farmstead cheesemaking process (milking, pasteurization, making)

-Autonomous with a strong instinct for strict sanitary and organizational practices 

-Is a clear communicator, flexible, has a positive work attitude & seeks solutions out of problems

-Possesses a strong knowledge base, formal education, or work history in sustainable farming practices

-Can regularly lift 50+ lbs above the waist or higher

-Willing to work in all weather conditions

-Willing to be a welcoming host to visitors in the garden and farm


Primary Responsibilities:

-3-4 days of milking duties (herding goats,milking,maintaining parlor and milkhouse sanitation standards)

-1-2 days of cheesemaking duties included, but not limited to:  Farmstead milk hauling from milkhouse, milk testing, pasteurization, cheesemaking and packing.

-Maintain a high standard of sanitation in the dairy plant per MDARD and farm requirements.

-Maintain detailed records and logs of dairy plant operations, sanitation, and makes

-Troubleshoot and maintain parlor, milkhouse, and plant equipment

-Develop and grow our dairy operation to include fresh/unripened and aged cheeses, gelato, and yogurt.


What we can offer:

Full time, year round employment

10 paid days off (vacation, illness, or personal)

Healthy, positive work environment

Be part of a fun and hard working team

Opportunity for learning to grow a new farmstead creamery from the ground up

On site farm managers and engaged owner

Compensation this position is : salaried, varies DOE, $35,568.00 - $40,000.00 Application instructions Please click here to sign in and view application details.
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