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Livestock Farm Manager (FT, year

DOWN TO EARTH MARKETS | Posted 18-11-2021

Albany (Environment and Agriculture)

About Us: Abundance Acres Farm is a 185-acre diversified livestock farm in upstate New York founded by Pam and Chris in 2014. Formerly an Amish dairy and crop farm, the property now feeds a variety of pasture-loving animals: chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, pigs, calves, and beeves. From the dense woods, lumber and firewood are harvested and maple trees are tapped for syrup. Products (pasture-raised eggs and meats and cultivated mushrooms) are sold primarily direct to consumer at farmers markets in New York City. Our mission is to provide our foodshed with “Simply Good Food” – well-raised, delicious food that they can feel good about eating and serving to their families.

Now in our fourth year of exponential growth in sales and production, we need more help than ever before to keep production moving forward, ensure that our animals live their best possible “-ness” (à la Joel Salatin), and allow the farmer-owners to step back and take a deep breath now and then. In 2021, we doubled poultry production for the second year in a row to try to meet customer demand, which means that we ordered about 10,000 chicks, 1,200 ducklings, and 300 turkey poults to raise over the grass season (from March to around Halloween). Similarly, we bought in more piglets (in addition to our farm-raised Red Wattles and crosses) and veal calves than ever before. Infrastructure and support staff also must grow to fit.

[Seasonal and year-round, full-time and part-time positions are available. See our other listings, here or on Facebook.]

Job description: What kinds of things does a Livestock Farm Manager do? Feed, water, move, and clean livestock (rabbits, chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, pigs, calves, and beeves); build and maintain infrastructure (e.g., fences, shelters, outbuildings); implement and maintain various land projects (e.g., hay and reseed pastures, mow or move fence lines, reclaim scrubland, expand the sugarbush); manage daily “surprises” to avoid crises; train or direct seasonal or part-time workers; and prepare and pack product for weekly farmers markets.

Requirements / Deal Breakers:

  • Must have experience with farming, livestock, and hand tools to hit the ground running.
  • Must be hardworking, level-headed, mechanically inclined, observant, willing to learn how we do things, and able to follow instruction but make independent decisions when necessary.
  • Must be able to move 50-lb feed bags, communicate with owners and staff, and understand the incredible responsibility of caring for someone else’s investment.
  • Must work weekends. (Time off will be during the week.)
  • Must live locally and have reliable transportation; on-site housing may be arranged. Land may be available for an individual project (like a kitchen garden).

Compensation: $600/week salary (less rent, if applicable)

Application instructions: Please respond ASAP, because we need you now! Please respond ASAP, because we need you now! Email a résumé or a list of the experience and skills that show why you are a great fit for this job to Make sure you tell us the best way to contact you and when we can meet.

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