Are you an experienced farmer? Trained in or open to biodynamic principles? With the vision to steward a small-scale dairy/meat operation in a community setting?
Plowshare Farm is an attempt to be responsive to the social, human, spiritual and ecological challenges of our times. At Plowshare, people with a wide range of capabilities – including people with special needs – live and work side by side to build an inclusive and sustainable community. As an Anthroposophically-based lifesharing community, we are innovators creating a model of social and ecological renewal.
Our animals are an integral part of the Plowshare community. We are very small scale with a small cattle herd including 2-3 milkers, a small herd of sheep, layer chickens, about 150 meat birds per year and a horse. This could grow to include livestock such as goats and work horses if there is a commitment to carry it forward. We aim to create as much hands-on work as possible for community members while preserving balanced rhythms.
We seek a knowledgeable and experienced farmer, who is open to biodynamic principles, to help sustain and carry forward our general animal husbandry, meat and dairy production. We are looking for someone with the experience to steward pasture care, grazing rotation, fencing, haying, maintenance of farm equipment, herd health oversight and care, record keeping, breeding, and all other aspects of animal husbandry.
This person must be a good communicator who enjoys the educational aspect of training in new volunteers, helping members of the farm crew build their skills, and introducing visiting school groups to the hands-on realities of farming (up to 3 weeks per year).
At Plowshare, we live in extended family households that include people with developmental challenges, yearlong service volunteers, coworkers, and often children. We have room for an individual, couple or family to join us. Plowshare is a great place to raise children.
Plowshare Farm seeks to meet living needs so that energy may be freed for vocations. To that end, Plowshare Farm provides for housing costs, most food, health care including a Health Saving Account contribution for expenses not covered by the insurance, a retirement plan, a ‘cash benefit’ income, and a contribution toward Waldorf education for coworker children. Coworkers have 6 weeks annual vacation and two free days per week. Plowshare also supports completion of Biodynamic and/or Social Therapeutic trainings.
Plowshare Farm is nestled in the woods of southern New Hampshire where there are thriving Waldorf Schools, adult education opportunities, an active Anthroposophical Society, and a beautiful natural environment. We are an hour and a half northwest of Boston.
To start a conversation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (603) 547-2547.