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Last Post 17 Jan 2013 11:17 AM by Emily Horton. 0 Replies.
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Emily Horton

17 Jan 2013 11:17 AM  
New Leaf Farm and Old Crow Ranch are currently seeking and interviewing potential fulltime farm hand/ JP positions for the 2013 growing season. We are a pair of farms located in Durham, Maine. My Name is Steve Sinisi and I manage New Leaf Farm and own and operate Old Crow Ranch.
New Leaf Farm is a Certified Organic Vegetable Operation consisting of 8 tilled acres, 2-3 in vegetable production and the rest in cover or forage crops. We also have 5 greenhouses that are also in a rotation system. We are wholesale and focus on restaurants and health food stores between Freeport and Portland. We have a full scale composting program on farm.
Old Crow Ranch is a pasture/grass based live stock operation, raising Beef Cattle, Swine and Poultry. 2013 herds will consist of 25-30 cattle, 60 hogs and 200-300 chickens. Our pigs are fed organically and the cattle are grazed on a rotation system on the two farms pasture and hay fields. The poultry are fed organically and raised in mobile chicken coops and electric netting. We sell to two butcher shops, a few restaurants as well as direct to consumers via a modified CSA model.
New Leaf Farm sits on top of the hill close to Run around Pond with views of Bradbury Mountain and farm fields below. Consisting of 110 acres of fields and mixed wood lot. There is often a sea breeze in the summer with great sunsets. We have a traditional farm house with attached Barn as well as a metal storage barn, workshop, and solar propagation house.
Old Crow Ranch is 70 acres of rolling fields and plantation Pine. 65 acres of the farm are in an agricultural easement. The other 5 acres is where the farm stead is located, back on the edge of the woods with our house and small barn. We have 40 acres in open field for pasture and hay.
We are looking for a person with at least 1 year experience on a farm but would prefer more, a common understanding of farm systems, exposure to equipment and hand tools, and a passion for agricultural knowledge. A willingness to work hard and go the extra mile, a quick learner is a plus. And lastly someone willing and able to be part of keeping the day to day operations going in the absence of management.
Pay and or Stipend really do depend on the person’s commitment and level of experience. For example if you were able to drive a tractor that would increase your work load and would reflect in our agreement. Or if you were able to stay for the whole season we could work out a year end contract.
Person would be responsible for many aspects of the farms and there is room for growth depending on interests and willingness. For instance running a crew while Steve is mowing hay for the afternoon, taking charge of seeding in the solar house, feeding of livestock, helping in cultivation, as well as being responsible for harvesting and maintaining specific crops. Level of responsibility will be figured out as the season go on.
Housing is not a problem and there are actually choices in this department. There are rustic yurts located at New Leaf and Camper located at Old Crow. There are bathroom/ laundry facilities. During the season there are also many harvest day leftovers and some small grains are available. Proteins could be part of the deal as well.
There are many opportunities, far too many to put in this miner description. We are extremely diversified and strive to be as sustainable as we can be.
If interested please call Steve at 207-837-8625. You can e-mail steve.sinisi@gmail.com there will first be a phone conversation and then we could plan a farm visit and tour.
Thank you for your time,
Steven Sinisi.

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