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The Big Bend Community Land Trust is a young non-profit organization engaged in a fairly extreme permaculture demonstration project. We are building a public you-pick permaculture MAZE, initially structured out of hugelkulture beds, planted in a wild and mixed (very Holzer inspired) style. This will be called the "Wilderness Garden Maze", with currently three finished and growing and one unplanted large hugels already.

We have an opening for a farm manager. This position entails the selection, collection and processing of seeds to develop varieties of everything on the farm best adapted to our methods and environment, also the assesment of plants as weeds and the removal of weeds where appropriate. It includes the management of volunteers and the public in harvesting of all manner of vegetables and fruits from this farm, and the processing and preservation of such, as well as manging volunteers in other projects on the farm (we regularly have wwoofers and such coming through and the manager will need to make sure they are organized into some productivity). Additionally the position also entails the management of chickens and possibly other livestock, including rotating animals through a our developing paddock shift system and harvesting eggs and eventually chickens.

The ideal candidate for the farm manager position has a deep knowledge and experience in permaculture, and is interested working with some very large-scale and extreme permaculture techniques and approaches, such as hugelkulture, paddock shift, and extreme polyculture, among others. The manager should have a strong interest in plants and their breeding, and will be responsible for seed selection and propogation.

We also have an opening for an experienced grant-writer, who can work entirely on developing funding relationships, promotion, seeking out grants and applying for them. We have been mostly focused on our work on the ground and really need someone who knows this world to work with us.

Our initial project is still under construction and we are still developing funding sources, so as yet all positions are unpaid. However, the manager and grant-writer will be living in the house on the property (along with various volunteers), have all utilities paid and significant food costs subsidized, as well as access to all the food from the farm. Due to the volunteer nature of these positions, we expect less than full time, though a significant 25 - 30 hours / week.

We are located in a very small rural town in the southern Cascades with only one store, a school, and a post office. There is good swimming, fishing and a some nice and available hot springs.

We are looking for people who are passionate about permaculture and can really appreciate what we're trying to do and willing to work hard to help make it happen. If you are interested, please read more about us at http://bigbendclt.org and contact me at joshua@bigbendclt.org.

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I e-mailed you two days ago about the farm manager position. Did you receive my e-mail?
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