Hello, I am placing this ad looking for an farm manager position, or a farming work trade position. We are open to relocating to nearly anywhere in the States.
I have a lifetime (40 years) of farming experience, 20+ years of experience managing and actively running farms, and was born to farming. I grew up learning the right way to handle creatures, understanding their needs and interacting with them in a way that is safe for both me and the animals involved. I have run a 1000 acre farm taking it from in the red to making money consistently as well as transitioning the farm from conventional farming techniques to using a more full circle, minimal chemical use approach.
Because of an injury while starting a horse, and other life events. I have been out of farming for the past few years and I have just recently started looking into finding a new place. I am seeking a long term position that I can devote my time and knowledge to. My wife and I (and our two super friendly giant dogs) enjoy the pace and solitude of country life and she enjoys farm work (especially the babies) almost as much as I do. We are ideally looking for a work trade place that includes housing. Doesn't need to be glamorous housing, cabin or trailer would work fine.
I have raised beef and dairy cattle, meat and dairy goats, horses, pigs, and any number of farm fowl. I spent two years apprenticed to a large animal veterinarian, and treated numerous emergency situations. I am well versed in natural breeding, which is my preferred method of animal reproduction. Throughout my time in charge of the farm I have experienced every form of calving, kidding, and foaling imaginable. I also have extensive experience in foal, calf, and kid handling, assuring that you have animals that you can handle throughout their life time because they have learned to trust and respect you.
Well experienced in operating, maintaining and repairing nearly every piece of farming equipment imaginable from tractors both large and small, bobcats, backhoes, front end loaders, excavators, hay cutters (both old sickle bar and new conditioner style), and hay balers (square and round) to chainsaws, mowers, log splitters, pressure washers, trimmers, tillers and much more. I am well versed in all aspects of year round feeding for creatures including silage production, winter grazing crops, pasture maintenance and production, rotational grazing, hay production, and crop production.
I know nearly everything there is to know about growing plants, from intensive gardening, cover cropping, year round greenhouse growing, winter vegetable production using high tunnels or row covers, aquaculture and fish raising, hydroponics, fruit orchards, nut orchards and berries. I am also well educated in soil microbiology and interspecies connections. I focus on improving and expanding the usefulness of the land, and ensuring that it will continue to produce healthy animals and plants in perpetuity.
I am well versed in the organization and leading of numerous employees. I have outstanding time management skills, meticulous record keeping and exceptional financial planning. I cultivate excellent interpersonal skills, and my customer service is secondary only to animal and farm health and well being. In terms of marketing, I have participated in and organized farmers markets from scratch, including gathering the other vendors and creating the marketing to advertise. I have done much more extensive direct marketing to consumers, especially with value added products and capitalizing on holidays (such as Halloween by selling straw bales, corn shucks, gourds and pumpkins). I have started and expanded horse boarding operations, and horse/human communication training, which have often extended into long term riding instruction.
I have a vast array of knowledge and experience relating to all aspects of farming that is especially geared toward stewardship of the land and ensuring that it continues to be productive for generations to come while improving and diversifying as many aspects of the farm as possible.
If you would like to talk more please feel free to give me a call at your convenience at 614-738-2449 Or you can Purple Moosage me here.