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A call for help!

From: Keith M.
Sent on: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 1:30 PM
Hi All-

I hope you're well and enjoying this well-watered summer!

We're in need of some short-term and long term help here at Willow Crossing Farm and Prospect Rock Permaculture, and wanted to reach out to the permaculture community!  Please share this with qualified friends and networks of skilled folks.

For the short term- we have a variety of work for the next few weeks suitable for people with skills in nurseryorchard, and forest garden management and/ or organic herb andvegetable production; and with a variety of farm infrastructure- particularly folks with some skill or experience in the trades (carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electricity, etc.).  Pay is dependent on experience and there may be some learning opportunities for folks just wanting to get some experience and flesh out their portfolios with some great projects.

For the long term- we are looking to have some folks on board in management or partnership positions with a variety of our endeavors for the 2014 growing season, with some orientation, meeting, and planning/ strategizing to happen this summer.

Nursery:  The nursery at Willow Crossing Farm now reaches 100s of species and 1000s of plants.  We are looking for a Nursery Manager who is exceptionally well-versed in 'permaculture plants': tree crops, fruits, nuts, berries, vines, N-fixers, perennial medicinal herbs, and more.  Preference is for someone with certification in permaculture design, experience in production and/ or retail nursery work, and gifted in grafting and propagation.  Experience with irrigation systems, polycultures, working farms and production orchards a plus.

Vegetable Production:  We seeking a partner, profit-sharing employee, or manager with experience in market-scale diversified organic vegetable production.  We have the tools and infrastructure- Rich alluvial soil managed organically for over 20 years; 5800 square ft. under rolling greenhouse specifically designed for winter salad production; low tunnels; tools and equipment; food processing kitchen; etc.)- the ideal candidate(s) have production experience, know their markets, and are willing to work within the context of a super-diverse permaculture research and education facility.  We are open to exploring the possibilities of a variety of business plans/ models, including farm dinners and added-value processing.  Preference given to permaculture certified farmers looking for land on which to grow a business they will be committed to long-term.

Natural Builders:  we do a variety of farm infrastructure design/ build both on and off site, and are looking to partner with folks with hard skills in carpentry, finish, plumbing and electricity, earthworks and excavation, natural insulation, paints, and plasters.  The ideal candidates have experience as builders and are looking to expand their portfolios with ecologically regenerative integrated and community food security centered buildings.  Past projects include meaderies, farm kitchens, foodbank facilities, attached greenhouses, multi-purpose barns, 'tiny houses', living roofs, wastewater wetlands, etc.  This would be contract based, not full time work.  Accepting portfolios and conducting on-site interviews.

Media Specialists:  We are looking to team with video, photo, and animation artists for a variety of educational content.  We are looking to team with social media/ outreach/ and web design/ digital management specialists.  Please send a portfolio of your work.  Strong preference for PDC graduates.

Yoga Instructor:  Seeking a permaculture-inspired yoga instructor for weekly classes in our studio/ classroom.

Prospect Rock Permaculture is Vermont's oldest permaculture design and education institution.  
Design: We design landscapes, buildings, and farms to cultivate social and ecological health and respond to the confluent crises of the 21st century with resilience, abundance, and ecological regeneration.  We consult with forward-thinking landowners, community organizations, extension agents, schools, towns, farmers, homesteaders, watershed organizations, land trusts, and others to interpret ecological context and make human-managed ecosystems more connected, beautiful, and productive. We specialize in working farms, and our portfolio includes some of the the most successful and innovative farms contributing to the resurging agricultural economy in Vermont and beyond.

Education: We've created ecological design education programs for the University of Vermont, Sterling College, the Yestermorrow Design Build School, Paul Smiths College, and worked with the State of Vermont in developing permaculture education for public schools. 

For Ecological Culture: We've implemented permaculture projects throughout North and South America, in Europe, New Zealand, and West Africa- working with farms, towns, schools, indigenous peoples, squats, activists, and in solidarity with exploited populations. 

Willow Crossing Farm is an experimental and educational organic family farm. It is entirely built on sweat equity- completely debt and trust-fund free.  We grow a diversity of nuts, fruit trees, vines, berries, vegetables, medicinal and culinary herbs and teas, sell nursery plants, produce eggs and honey, and host a variety of educational programs.  We research, innovate, experiment, evaluate, demonstrate, and educate about new crops, techniques, and value-added products that have the potential to be both profitable and ‘ecologically regenerative’.  Our mission embody permaculture design in its application to an economically viable farm enterprise and homestead with systems that are integrated and patterned in to increase ecological health while meeting human needs.

Thanks!
Keith 
 

Keith Morris 
Prospect Rock Permaculture 
Design and Education for Ecological Culture
P.O. Box 426  
Jeffersonville, VT 05464 
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