|The farmhouse at MOFGA's Education Center, during the Common Ground Country Fair.
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) seeks applicants who are committed to organic agriculture and public outreach to be Farmers-in-Residence at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. The successful candidates will participate in MOFGA's Journeyperson Program, which gives new and aspiring organic farmers access to the land, resources and support they need to establish successful farm enterprises.
In 1995, MOFGA purchased 200 acres of land in Unity, Maine, with the vision of creating an organic farming showplace. In addition to hosting the Common Ground Country Fair every September, the land is home to MOFGA's staff offices, a number of livestock barns, an exhibition hall and the ecologically-designed Modern Farmhouse. The new journeypersons will share the farmhouse as a dwelling and headquarters for their farming activities.
The incoming journeypersons can access MOFGA’s agricultural resource base to establish and operate their own farm business. Opportunities include market gardening, row or field crop production, use of gardens around the farmhouse for educational programming, orcharding, nursery crop production, grass-based livestock husbandry, woodlot management and forest products, maple syrup production, organic seed production, crop breeding and variety selection, and value-added processing.
Journeypersons have a wide choice of farming methods or techniques they can use, provided they comply with national organic standards.
Journeypersons in residence at MOFGA receive an annual stipend of $3,000 and are entitled to the proceeds from the sale of any farm products they raise or make.
Journeypersons are expected to provide 16 hours of assistance each month with landscaping and grounds maintenance in addition to their own farming activities.
This position will last for two years, with the possibility of a mutually agreed-upon extension.
Successful applicants will have
• a minimum of two full seasons of practical experience in an organic farming system and a demonstrable commitment to pursuing organic agriculture as a career, preferably in Maine
• an entrepreneurial spirit
• strong communication skills and willingness to engage with interested visitors to MOFGA, both on a continuous, informal basis and at special events hosted by MOFGA throughout the year. Those with a strong need for privacy are discouraged from applying.
• intellectual curiosity and a commitment to active and semi-structured learning under the supervision of MOFGA’s educational programs director
• kindness, creativity, flexibility, a strong work ethic and a good sense of humor.
Applications and more information are available at www.mofga.org or by contacting Andrew Marshall, MOFGA Educational Programs Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-568-4142. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2013. Applications should be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to Farmhouse Journeyperson Position, MOFGA, P.O. Box 170, Unity, ME 04988.