*Farmer Position Immediately Available at Stonegate Farm in Balmville, NY*
Stonegate Farm is looking for a qualified candidate to help run our
seasonal CSA and market farm.
Stonegate is an 1850s Carpenter Gothic estate farm in New York’s Hudson
River Valley, one hour North of New York City, 10 minutes from Beacon
trains. We run a CSA and market farm that includes vegetables, orchard
fruit, cut flowers, eggs and honey. The farm is small, sustainable,
bio-intensive and integrated into a non-farm district; a model of local,
small-scale community farming that is central to the owner’s philosophy.
We are located in an historic residential neighborhood. The farm is there
to provide an alternative food source to the community, to serve as a model
of organic and sustainable food production. The farm is on three acres,
with one acre in active production. Besides vegetable production,
an historic orchard provides heirloom apples, pears, quince, plum, cherry,
as well as unusual bramble fruit such as black currant, gooseberry, and
aronia. There is an organic cut flower farm, as well as bee hives, and a
flock of deep brown and blue-egg laying Ameraucana and Cookoo Maran hens.
There is a CSA pick up on Saturdays, and sales at local farm markets.
We are a small farm, but regular work includes seed starting, watering,
pruning, fertlizing (horse manure loaded into a pick-up at a nearby horse
farm) weeding, tilling, egg gathering, planting, harvesting, mowing, bee
hive management, pest management, maintenance of fences and buildings,
feeding chickens, etc.
This is an opportunity for someone keenly interested local, organic food
production and small, sustainable farming. The owner will be present and
provide training, mentoring and oversight, but the ideal apprentice will
already have had a season or two on another farm, know the demands and
protocols of farming, and be hardworking, resourceful and reliable. The
apprentice will also be expected to help with repairs and/or construction
of farm buildings and structures, and be able to manage the broader
maintenance of the farm. If interested, the applicant can also assist on
the numerous food/lifestyle photo shoots that take place on the farm.
There is a guest house for two apprentices on the farm, as well as room in
the main house. Access to pool, sauna, outdoor shower. We are five minutes
to Metro North trains in Beacon to NYC (1hr 15min to Grand Central). A
driver’s license is a plus, and a car is available for use. Non smoking. Work
begins in March and runs through October, with possible year-round