Orchard Manager ++
(full time & permanent)
All For One One For All (AOOA) is a 14 acre non-profit regenerative silvopasture farm, farm stand, education center and soon restaurant and small scale distillery in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley. The name of the farm is inspired by the famous proclamation in Alexandre Dumas’ Three Musketeers, which captures the heart of the project: to stand up for what is right and enrich our local communities, together. Through responsible farming practices, community workshops, a bountiful and biodiverse harvest, and delicious goods, AOOA aims to promote a rich local food culture, build a connected and more resilient community, and do its part to contribute to a healthier planet.
We are seeking an enthusiastic, collaborative, skilled farmer to join the AOOA team as our Silvopasture/Orchard manager. The ideal candidate has at least 10 years of orchard experience, is motivated, reliable and an excellent communicator; has a deep passion for a diverse orchard which enhances habitat for beneficial wildlife; the ability to develop efficient workflows; implement clear and transparent operational procedures; and is committed and excited about building a stellar farm and work environment.
The Silvopasture/Orchard Manager is a full-time (35-50 hours) position with hourly pay commensurate with experience starting at $25/hour. Benefits include 401k, health insurance, PTO and sick days according to NYS standards, and farm goods discount. Some weekend work is needed occasionally during the summer and flexibility is required depending on the weather and workload.
Crops include apples, pears, plums, peaches, cherries/bush cherries/nanking cherries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, chestnuts, hazelnuts (inoculated with truffle fungus), aronia, elderberries, persimmons, pawpaws, mulberries, hardy kiwi, currants/gooseberries, beach plums, asparagus, horseradish, and rhubarb. Plus incidental crops like black locust flowers, rugosa rose hips, sumac pods, etc. There is potential to develop a small walnut syrup setup. A broad understanding of applied horticulture is required! It is a lot to keep track of. There are spreadsheets. Not everything is fruiting yet; 2023 will be the fourth growing season. We aim for holistic orchard health, primarily using good monitoring, neem, Bt, Surround, and focusing on soil health. We have copper and Pyganic too, but haven’t needed to spray them yet. The orchard is widely-spaced to allow for sheep to graze between the rows (but they don’t ever have direct access to the fruit trees!). We have blocks of small shrubby trees planted for the sheep in between the orchard rows, managed in cooperation with the Livestock Manager.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Please send a resume and letter of interest explaining your fit for the position to
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