Tim Southwell

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ABC acres, llc


ABC acres, a Permaculture Farmstead in Hamilton, Montana, is currently reviewing applicants interested in joining our team August / September 2018.  

Those interested for consideration are asked to submit all correspondence via email to tim@abcacres.com .  We will be reviewing all submittals, with planned follow-up correspondence via email and scheduled conference calls.  Those that demonstrate a skillset inline with the position will be invited to the farm to meet the land owners and current staff, while gaining a better grasp for the magnitude of this rare and exciting opportunity.

Job Title:

Farm Manager
(with focus on Livestock management, Pasture health, and Educational outreach)


Salaried Position
Vacation & Personal Days
On-Farm Residency

Job Duties & Tasks:

Livestock Care and Management
Knowledge of Cattle husbandry ideal
Irrigation Scheduling, Maintenance and Management
Greenhouse & Hoop House Maintenance and Management
Planting Project Design, Installation, Maintenance and Management
Existing Planting Project Maintenance and Management
Poultry Butchering and Processing
Tractor, Excavator, ATV, and Lawn Equipment Maintenance and Operation
Farm Supplies and Materials Tracking and Restocking
Social Media Maintenance & Updates(Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Website)
ABC acres Youtube Channel Maintenance and Updates
Physically Be Able To:
Bend, Dig and Lift Regularly
Use of Shovels, Hoes and Mattocks
Lift Weight in Excess of 65 Lbs (Hay Bales, Feed Bags, Logs, Implements, etc)
Oversee demands of the farm personally while also collaborating with other ABC personnel
Handle percentage of evening, weekend and holiday farm duties.
Be on call 24/7, 365, outside of scheduled vacation/personal days
Facilitate educational development while focusing on creating, developing, marketing, scheduling, hosting & instructing, and handling the overall execution of educational events to promote awareness of Permaculture principles along with promoting ABC acres’ services and offerings.  Examples of these are weekly videos, timely blog articles, periodic farm tours, as well as possible children’s summer farm school program, and other programs / offerings to be defined.

Job Expectations:

In consideration for this position, as Farm Manager you will hold the land owners' goals & strategies for the property’s(ies’) long term growth & development in the highest regards.  The land owners will expect the Farm Manager to use his/her love, respect & understanding of the land in conjunction with Permaculture Principals to enhance all aspects of the day to day farm duties, as well as long term project goals.  The Farm Manager will work alongside the land owner to best understand their vision and goals for the farm… both as a personal and for-profit farmstead.  Utilizing both Permaculture Design Principles and Holistic Farm Management practices, you will offer insight and expertise into the creation, critique and implementation of varying designs… designs ranging from edible food production, livestock rearing and harvesting, and overall healthy management practices.  Efforts will focus on building both creative & productive Permaculture landscapes while providing educational opportunities for both local community & Farm Stay’s guests to develop awareness of ABC acres’ operation, services and overall Permaculture principles with regards to Regenerative Agricultural practices.    As a Farm Employee, you will be expected to uphold yourself in a professional manner when partaking in any / all farm related activities both on and off the farm.

Intrinsic Values:

Much of the day to day on farm demands can be learned in relative short order, knowing that experience in any one of the above mentioned duties and responsibilities is an asset.  The Farm Manager MUST possess a set of characteristics and personality traits that set him/her apart from the rest.  In your submitted correspondence, please look to elaborating on your strengths and weaknesses, as well as your unique individual characteristics, that will set the foundation for your success as ABC acre’s Farm Manager.  Be sure to include information on any accreditations, certifications, personal hobbies & interests, so that we can have a clear and detailed understanding for who you are, and what you bring to the table.


Thanks for taking the time to consider this opportunity, and good luck on your future endeavors.

Tim & Sarah Southwell
Owner / Operator
ABC acres
7 months ago
To welcome in the New Year, ABC acres, a Permaculture Farmstead in SW Montana, is currently seeking a new Farm Manager to commence employment February 2017.  Over the last four plus years, we have developed our 80 acre farm into a mix of perennial, livestock influenced systems highlighting many Permaculture principles... Food Forest to Fedges, Chinampas to Hugel Beds, and Crater Gardens to Paddock rotation systems, and much much more.  We are asking interested individuals to follow this link for further details with instructions to submit introductory information for consideration.


May 2017 be the best year yet!


Tim Southwell
ABC acres, llc
2 years ago
This week we look at our rotational grazing plan involving goats, pigs and chickens... same ground, thrice the use!

2 years ago
Using what is old, to bring you something new!

2 years ago
Nice design... with that undulating terrain your design hits the spot. We are on flatter ground, which allows for a larger, heavier coop to be one-man handled.

Check it out:

2 years ago

Sent the pm per your request. Have fun in Texas... great place and people.

The Crater Garden keep getting more immense as the weeks pass. More to come!
2 years ago
Here is our latest Mobile Chicken Coop unveiling...


2 years ago
OK, so if you watched the previous video Part I, now fast forward 9 months to Part VI. Know that we have continued work this past winter and will be releasing that video update in the coming month.

Keep up the Good Fight!
2 years ago

Here is a the first intro video on the Crater Garden install. This takes place in August 2014, but believe it or not, we are presently continuing the project (18 months later!). I have videos of the process, and will post an updated version each day or so, until we are to present day. You can also see all we are doing over at Youtube: ABC acres

I have a good friend in Nacadoches, TX, so let me know if I can put you in contact once you make your way there in June... should be a great course!

All the best,
2 years ago

I like the frame-work for your design. Most citrus can't get below 24-26F for survival. Those 'black' tanks would be a great start. I might also throw in some rock mulch if possible.?. Once you finalize and start the process, keep us advised.
2 years ago