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Aurora Farms is Hiring ($DOE)--Friday Harbor

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Posted on: 05/31/2017 8:54 am

Aurora Farms is a 31-acre polyculture farm in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island WA, in the stunning Salish Sea and Pacific Northwest. Using many time-tested methods including organic, biodynamic, intensive pasture management and rotational grazing, we raise Katahdin Sheep, Boer Goats, Berkshire Pigs, Waygu Beef and pastured poultry for both eggs and meat. We are growing a wide selection of produce and cut flowers for farmers market, local chefs, and our on-site farm store. The farm offers educational hands-on farm-stays, farm-to-table dinners, and hosts other educational workshops and events. We closely hold the ART in both earth and agriculture in all our work.

We are now seeking 1-2+ people to work closely with the farm owner/manager to develop further the current multiple enterprises and income streams. The ideal candidate(s) will have some or more farm/ing experience with both vegetable crops and livestock. Must have excellent communication skills, be current and able to contribute to our social media + computer needs, interested in photography/promotion, be willing to learn and take direction, record-keeping skills, ability to lift 50+ pounds, and a willingness to work long hours in all kinds of weather. Tractor and carpentry experience preferred, or desire to learn and apply. This position requires a capacity to take initiative and work independently while also taking direction and maintaining accountability to the farm owner/manager who brings over 40 years of experience to this venture committed to training farmers to farm in a changing world and climate.

Primary responsibilities will be to continue developing a profitable year-round vegetable and cut flower enterprise on 3 acres of permanent raised beds including a 120 x 20 greenhouse. This includes developing tight succession-based crop plans and sowing schedules, setting up and overseeing irrigation, weeding, pest and disease management, harvest and post-harvest handling. Also responsible for continuing to develop market outlets for produce and meat. Established markets include CSA, farmers market, local restaurants, on-site farm store, farmer-chef events, and farm-stay meals. In addition to the garden work, responsibilities will also include shared livestock responsibilities as well as general farm work, including pasture and fence maintenance, small construction projects, landscape and building maintenance, and over-all farm beauty.

On-site housing is provided in addition to salary based on experience/learning balance. This is an incredible opportunity for an individual, individuals, couple or other to partner in a beautiful, productive farm. Owner has other partner farming operations, and is nearing semi-retirement and seeking a long-term arrangement/s.

Please send resume/experience pertinent to this offer, past recent references, and contact (phone and email) information. Send to farm@aurorafarms.org. Please include a short essay on why this offering struck a chord in you, and why Joel S. and Wendell B. would be proud of you to be committed to farming as your future, today, in new models that honor old traditions, yet innovate for todays needs.