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Pasture-Based Livestock Farm and Processing Crew (Maple Wind Farm)

Organization Maple Wind Farm
Location 1148 East Main Street
Richmond, VT 05477

Maple Wind Farm is a pasture-based livestock farm operating in Huntington, Bolton, and Richmond, Vermont. Since 1999, we’ve raised non-GMO pork, turkeys, layer and broiler chickens, and 100% grass-fed beef. Our animals are moved DAILY to new pasture as part of our management-intensive grazing system. This is what sets us apart. This practice builds soils, increases plant diversity and fertility, and reduces erosion. Animals are allowed to express their natural behavior - reducing stress and resulting in healthier, higher quality products. Our mission is to promote the health and welfare of our community by providing the highest-quality pasture-raised products through regenerating soil and water resources. We have a state of the art on-farm USDA-inspected poultry processing facility where we process our chickens and turkeys from late May to Thanksgiving. We are constantly improving and expanding our operation to stay at the forefront of innovation for small on-farm processing plants. We utilize an innovative air-chilling process, automated parting and processing lines, and make many in-house value-added products. We sell our food locally and strive to build meaningful relationships with our customers, our fellow farmers, and our community. Farm work with integrity gives meaning and importance to all that we do, even the little details. We are a team of dedicated, hard-working individuals who support, teach, and learn from each other every day. We hope you will apply to join us this coming season and take part in fulfilling our mission to our animals, our environment, and our community!

Pasture-Based Livestock Farm and Processing Crew

We’re hiring for our 2020 season! Crew members will work closely with the owners, and field operations managers in the care and movement of our turkeys, cows, pigs, broiler and layer chickens. The majority of this work will take place at our Richmond location. Daily poultry work will include am and pm chores (feeding, watering, bedding, collecting eggs, moving houses and paddocks) both in the field and in our brooders. Other field work may include building/repairing farm infrastructure and assisting with the care of cattle and hogs. Crew members will also be expected to participate in the processing unit as needed - parting and packaging, making value-added products, and processing poultry. Work week will be 40-50 hours/week.

Given the scale and speed at which our operation is changing and growing, crew members must have a positive attitude and sense of humor, be flexible, innovative, hard-working, and passionate about agriculture. Employees are expected to work quickly and efficiently while still holding a strong attention to detail. A willingness to happily take on a wide array of tasks in any weather is treasured. In return, you can expect: a respectful and exciting work environment, a wealth of learning opportunities, access to local pasture-raised meats and eggs, working outdoors, and being part of our farm family! Previous farm experience is preferred but we will gladly train the right applicants! You must be able to lift 50+ pounds and have reliable transportation to work. No housing is offered. We’re seeking those who can commit to our full season, from May to Thanksgiving, but will work with the schedule of the right candidates! There may be year-round work available. Compensation

Date Posted May 6th, 2020
Deadline June 1st, 2020
# of Positions Available 3
Categories Agriculture and culinary tourism, Food Production, Food Processing or Manufacturing, Slaughterhouse, Meat processing, Beef, Poultry, Pork
Type Full Time
Compensation Wages are competitive depending on experience, at $12-$15/hour, and includes farm food, professional development opportunities, and Worker’s Compensation Insurance - covering injuries on the job.
How to Apply To Apply: Send your resume, a letter of interest, and two references to Please answer the following questions: 1. Tell us about yourself and why you want to farm. 2. Why did you seek out Maple Wind Farm? 3. What are your skills that would be useful for us to know applicable to farm work. 4. Your availability – start and end dates. We will accept applications until positions are filled. We will require an in-person interview at our farm as part of the application process. We look forward to hearing from you! Natalie Palmer and Nick Johnson, co-managers Bruce Hennessey and Beth Whiting, owners 1148 East Main Street, Richmond, VT 05477