Farm Manager

Location: Port Austin, MI
Deadline: December 31, 2016

Farm Manager Position

About Bird Creek Farms

Bird Creek Farms is a 39acre certified organic farm located in Port Austin, Michigan, within a mile from Lake Huron. About 2 acres of the space, including a heated greenhouse and an unheated hoophouse, are dedicated to annual vegetable crops and fruit. The remainder of the space is used as pasture space for poultry, or used to grow organic alfalfa. The farm is owned by the Steigerwald family and has been in operation since 2013. Bird Creek Farms is managed using regenerative principles, including crop rotation, composting, cover cropping, and rotating chicken pasture with planting space. The farm is a productive entity which primarily produces food for the onfarm restaurant, The Taproom at Bird Creek Farms. www.birdcreekfarms.com.

Position Summary

The farm manager is responsible for working with the farm owner to sustain the planting and harvesting plan for a small vegetable and herb garden, a raspberry and strawberry planting, a half acre of heirloom garlic, and pastured laying hens and broiler chickens. The farm manager is encouraged to use his or her creativity and knowledge to keep Bird Creek a productive and beautiful farm, which welcomes the local community and visitors with open arms.

Job Responsibilities

● Plan, grow, harvest, store, and sell produce, meat and eggs
● Order necessary seed, feed, supplies, etc.
● Keep records to maintain organic certification
● Attend regular meetings with land/business owner to track progress
● Track farm sales and expenses
● Work with Taproom chef to bring farmgrown food to table
● Make deliveries of farm goods and own sales effort at Farmer’s Markets.
● Maintain vehicles and farm equipment
● Keep the farm and tools tidy

Qualifications and Experience

  • 2+ years agricultural experience, experience with poultry and mixed vegetables preferred
  • Willingness to learn and seek needed council
  • Comfortable lifting 50 pounds
  • Knowledge in use of 65 HP JD tractor and desire to learn BCS 853 WalkBehind Tractor
  • Experience and enthusiasm for sustainable or organic agriculture
  • Knowledge and understanding of harvesting and storing techniques for perishable crops
  • Selfmotivated individual who is committed to the leading the farm to success
  • Detail oriented approach to work, including communication and weekly reports for production, sales and expenses.
  • Ability to set your own schedule in order to get the job done
  • Flexibility with needs of the land/business owner

We offer:

● Compensation based on experience
● Subsidized housing within walking distance to farm
● A share of farm products
● The opportunity to grow as a farm manager and to be a part of a collaborative team with the Taproom at Bird Creek Farms

Please send a cover letter and your resume to Scott Steigerwald at scott@birdcreekfarms.com  if interested. We look forward to hearing from you!