Want to feel a strong connection to the land on a regular basis? Want easier access to great food? Are you looking for a meaningful way to make a living? No matter what your background experience, farming can become a calling. We grew up in the suburbs and worked in corporations, academia, and the arts before turning to life on a farm. Now we’re entering our eighth season as full-time farmers. Every day brings its own unique problems and solutions; there's always something new to learn. Come join our team and discover what real food tastes like and what real work feels like. You might just find that you're a farmer at heart.
Round Right Farm raises vegetables and meats following organic practices. We attend weekly farmer's markets, have a 250 member CSA and sell to restaurants. We are also innovating new concepts in local food sales. For example, through our online CSA, our members have the option of choosing exactly what goes in their box (share) each week. We are located near the tri-state intersection of MD, WV and PA, 10 miles NW of Oakland, MD.
The farm is situated in an area with diverse surroundings. It borders the Cranesville Swamp Nature Preserve where we sometimes have the pleasure of watching bears from our fields. The farm is located in a rural farming community surrounded by state forests that offer great hiking as well as rock climbing and paddling. 10 miles SE is the thriving small town of Oakland which offers all the amenities of a modern American small town including a great farmer's market. 10 miles NE is Deep Creek Lake. The lake is a popular tourist destination both summer and winter and affords an opportunity to meet a variety of people from our larger region. We are also less than an hour's drive to Morgantown, WV (where most of our produce goes), which is a growing city with a voracious appetite for local organic food. It is also home to WVU and a good place to see music shows and eat at world-class restaurants. Another area of interest less than an hour away is Thomas/Davis WV. These two side-by-side mountain towns offer great food and nightlife and are surrounded by a plethora of natural beauty.
Round Right Farm is currently looking to hire a Greenhouse Manager, and Farm Hands for the 2014 season. Please scroll down for info on these openings.
Both apprentice positions have been filled for the 2014 season. If you are interested in the 2015 season, please send in an application.
Apprenticeship Length: We are seeking full-season apprentices who begin in March and continue through November. We ask our apprentices to sign a commitment contract once they have completed the first 6 weeks of the apprenticeship.
Educational Opportunities: We believe the world needs more farmers, so our goal is to prepare you as best we can to start your own farm or market garden. The apprenticeship will introduce you to and prepare you for the practical realities of professional organic farming. You will get a thorough understanding of our approach which will serve as a spring-board to an overall understanding of the dynamics and issues of contemporary ecologically oriented farming.
It is important for apprentices to understand that this is not a typical school, but a place where you primarily learn by doing. Hands-on learning is supplemented by our bi-weekly lecture & discussion series, so there is an opportunity to learn and ask questions in a classroom setting. Apprentices also enjoy access to our extensive library of farming related books. Farming covers a wide set of skills and disciplines. Being curious, engaged & full of questions is a must for a successful exchange of knowledge. We also require that you develop an attitude of humility towards the demands of daily farm life. To put it another way, you must be willing to yoke your life to the farm's for a season.
Some of the many things that apprentices can learn about include: bio-intensive vegetable production, animal husbandry, season planning, garden planning, rotational grazing, soil fertility, greenhouse and high tunnel production, crop rotations, cover crop management, equipment care/repair and operation, harvest and post-harvest handling, delivery to market, farmer's market stand management and CSA relationship building.
Skills Desired: Being inspired to farm; the stamina to keep up with the rigorous physical demands of farming; ability to prioritize activities and work efficiently with an eye to the overall needs of the farm; the ability to receive constructive criticism as a part of your everyday learning experience without taking it personally; persistence in the face of difficulty or adversity.
Stipend: $200 paid bi-weekly
Housing: Camp-like experience in our off-grid cabin with composting toilet, wood heat and propane gas stove/oven.
Meals: Food is included; We'll provide basic staples for you to prepare your own breakfasts and other meals. On work days, we will prepare lunch and some dinners (depending on work schedule). For your days off, basic staples and unlimited veggies are available for your use.
Work Hours: 45 - 50 hrs/wk. Apprentices work 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, and are also required to farm-sit one weekend a month. We strive for an 8 hour day and are usually successful, but we will work as many as 12 when pressing situations arise. Flexibility and understanding of the farm's needs are a must. Farming is not a 9-5 job.
Apprentice applicants can download an application by clicking here. Please fill it out and send it to email@example.com.
This is a seasonal, part-time position that begins in March and continues through the beginning of September. It all starts with a seed, so our success is largely dependent on you. We’re looking for someone with an attention to detail who will take pride in their contribution to a bountiful harvest.
A schedule of greenhouse planting will be provided at the beginning of the season, and training will be provided on the different types of planting that we do. Hours vary between 10-24 hours per week. The number of trays that get seeded is typically 20-40 per week. The greenhouse manager has the option to do this seeding alone or hire an assistant to make sure all trays are correctly completed on schedule. The pay is $1.25/tray seeded, and over the course of the season about 1600 trays get seeded. This equals approximately $2000 over the course of the season for seeding, plus a $100 bonus is paid each month that the seeding schedule is completed accurately and on time.
This is a seasonal position. We have hours available from early March to mid November. At the tail ends of the seasons, hours average about 20 per week. At the height of the season, we work 40 hours per week.
Farm Hands' tasks are varied with the seasons but primarily include harvest and transplanting as well as cultural practices in the field (i.e. putting on row cover, mulching, tying up peas, etc.). As you develop an understanding of our farming systems, tasks can also include seeding in the greenhouse, irrigation/hoophouse management, running the wash/packing station, produce delivery and market sales. We are looking for intelligent, hard-working candidates who are eager to take on responsibility and learn how to best serve the farm's needs. The ability to learn quickly and show great attention to detail is also desired. A variety of housing arrangements can be found in Oakland for $400-500/month (less with a roommate) or closer to the farm for potentially cheaper.
Pay starts at $8/hr. Please contact Steve or Sunshine Vortigern at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-789-5887 if interested.