Fat Toad Farm Seeking Goat Herd Manager

Fat Toad Farm of Brookfield Vermont, a leading producer and purveyor of artisanal, farmstead cajeta (goat’s milk caramel sauce), seeks to hire a full-time Herd Manager for its milking herd of 70 Alpine and Alpine/Saanen cross goats. This position is full-time yearround starting early 2015. This position requires knowledge of and experience with goat nutrition and health, milk production and sanitation, breeding and kidding, parasite and pasture management, record keeping and other duties. Herd manager will report to owner/farm manager.

For more information about Fat Toad Farm, visit our website www.fattoadfarm.com. To request more information contact Calley at calley@fattoadfarm.com

Accepting applications now until position is filled.


Jersey Girls Dairy is Hiring

Jersey Girls Dairy in Chester VT is seeking a highly motivated individual to take on a dual-role of Herd Manager and Value-added Production Assistant.

Jersey Girls Dairy is a diversified grass-based dairy farming enterprise with growing markets and product-lines.  Production practices are Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) certified humane, and the farm owner/operator is a cutting-edge leader of the local foods movement.  The herd consists of a 25 registered Jerseys in-milk, plus young stock that are rotationally grazed, and bull calves are raised for Rose Veal.  The farm also has a pastured poultry flock of 350 laying hens.  The on farm micro dairy bottles milk and will be producing butter and soft cheese in the near future. The farm’s milk is also sent to a local cheese maker for the production of cheese marketed under the Jersey Girls brand. Raw milk is also sold to other local cheese makers.

Job Description:
Manage and perform the daily operations of the dairy, including: milking, feeding, herd health and reproduction; feeding/raising calves, cleaning and barn maintenance and pasture management. Record-keeping and prevention management are vital characteristics for this position.  Animal health/well-being, cleanliness, nutrition, and milk quality are key elements to the principles and success of Jersey Girls Dairy.  This staff member will assist in the micro dairy with milk processing.

The ideal candidate will be a self starter, dependable and responsible. A dairy background is required as is the interest to continue with development of the farm’s markets and the Jersey Girls brand. This is a position with long term equity potential for the right candidate.  This is a great opportunity to participate in the start up of our new cheese and butter operation.

Salary is dependent on experience, housing for single person or family. The position will start as soon as possible.

Please send resume with 3 references to: jgirls@vermontel.net

Goat & Sheep Dairy Supervisor Wanted

Southern Adirondack Goat & Sheep Dairy has an immediate opening for a dairy
supervisor. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with dairy
experience. The position includes a three bedroom farmhouse and health
benefits and paid personal leave after a three month probationary period.
Wage will depend on experience but our pay scale is very competitive for
dairy work.

Responsibilities include overall herd health and well-being, milking and
breeding record keeping, inoculations, breeding program maintenance, four
weekly milking shifts and the supervision and coverage of milking shifts and
personnel as well as care of kids and lambs two days per week.. Some
knowledge of equipment and facilities maintenance is a plus.

We have approximately 350 goats, more than 60 sheep and a variety of farm
sanctuary animals. Physical fitness is required for this position with the
ability to repeatedly lift a seven gallon milk can (approx. 55 pounds) or
throw a 50-pound bale of hay.

For more information about this position please call 518/623-3372 or email
<mailto:sheilaflan@aol.com> sheilaflan@aol.com.   You can also learn more
about our farm by visiting  <http://www.nettlemeadow.com/>

Middletown Farm Seeks Dairy Farmer

MIDDLETOWN FARM – South Londonderry, VT


Overview:  The owners of Middletown Farm and the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) are looking for a highly qualified dairy farmer to utilize the farm. This is a unique opportunity made possible by the commitment of the farm’s owners, Barry and Wendy Rowland and VLT’s Farmland Access program, which connects beginning farmers with affordable farmland. Thanks to their support: the farm will be made available to a dairy farmer; the buildings, equipment and facilities will be maintained; and housing will be provided. There is the possibility of long-term farm tenure and equity building. The existing dairy herd is available until early August so please respond immediately if interested.

The goals of a successful partnership on Middletown Farm are:

  • Ensuring the farm remains a viable dairy farm into the future;
  • Ensuring the farm is well-maintained and utilized in a productive and sustainable manner;
  • Establishing a relationship with West River Creamery. The farmer sells a portion of the milk directly to the creamery and works cooperatively to ensure that high-quality milk is produced. A floor price has been established for milk sold directly to the creamery.
  • Establishing and maintaining open communication between the farmer and owners.

Tenure Description: The dairy herd will be owned by the farmer with all milk sales going directly to the farmer. The owners are willing to provide financing to a farmer for the acquisition of a herd if needed. Ideally a farmer will remain on the farm for five years or more. During that time, the farmer will have a lease on the land that is contingent on the continued use of the farm as a dairy operation. The farmer can decide to make equity-building payments which will be stored in an account until the end of the lease. Provided the farmer performs as expected under the lease, those payments will be made available to the farmer at the end of the lease. If both parties agree, the lease may be extended. There is an expectation that the farmer will work cooperatively with a dairy farm business planning consultant to ensure the long-term viability of the operation.

Property Description:  Middletown Farm is a 200+ acre farm with approximately 60 acres of open usable pasture and cropland. The tie-stall dairy barn can hold approximately 60 milk cows with additional housing for young stock. A double-6 parlor is used for milking. Additional structures include a loafing barn, equipment shed and garage. A three-bedroom house with an additional barn may be occupied by the farmer. An additional +/- 60 acres of hayland is available on neighboring parcels.

Farmer Recruitment Process:  Interested farmers are asked to submit a letter of interest and a resume, addressing the following areas:

1)      What qualifies you to manage the dairy farm at Middletown Farm?

2)      What types of investments in cattle or equipment will you require in order to get up and running at the farm?

3)      What will success look like at Middleton Farm under your management, and how long will it take to get there?

There is one open house on ­­­­­­­August 9th  from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The open house will be an opportunity for prospective farmers to walk the property, inspect the house and barns, and ask questions. Please respond to Jon Ramsay (jramsay@vlt.org) if you plan to join us at an open house. Visiting the property is strongly recommended. If you are unable to make this date but would like to visit the property, please contact us and we’ll try to arrange another time.

Please send your letter and resume to Jon Ramsay, PO Box 143 Greensboro, VT 05841 or e-mail jramsay@vlt.org. E-mail is preferable. VLT and the owners will review letters and plan to interview finalists.  We look forward to hearing from you.


Salvation Farms is Hiring!

Salvation Farms is looking for a Vermont Commodity Program Director!

In an effort to reduce food loss on farms and decrease our dependence on food from far away sources Salvation Farms has created the Vermont Commodity Program to complement farm-fresh food rescue and farm to institution efforts within the state. The program includes aggregating, cleaning, processing, and packing surplus farm-fresh foods to increase access to locally produced foods by institutions serving Vermont’s most vulnerable. A major component of this program is to engage inmates in a meaningful work experience that serves Vermont communities all while providing them with marketable skills. Much of this position’s operational activities occur within a correctional facility.

For more details click on this link:

Vermont Commodity Program Director Position 

RAFFL is Hiring an AmeriCorps VISTA Member

The AmeriCorps VISTA member will be a full team member focused on our Glean Team program. They will be directly involved in creating programming that helps lower-income individuals increase their consumption of fresh vegetables from local farms.

Key roles include: volunteer recruitment and management, fundraising, program evaluation, and public relations. They will receive support and training while working with staff on a daily basis and they will also have the ability to shape and influence our organization and its future.

RAFFL is tied to a number of statewide efforts such as the Vermont Gleaning Collective and the Farm to Plate Network. The VISTA member will be invited to participate in statewide meetings and partnership discussions.

AmeriCorps is a National Service program which offers members an opportunity to make a big difference in their life and in the lives of those around them. It’s a chance to apply skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in Vermont’s communities.

Click here for more info and to apply for the position.