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Farmer-in-Residence at Hungry Turtle Farm

Purpose:

To produce high quality, nutrient-dense vegetables and meat, using the fields and facilities at Hungry Turtle Farm;
To research and provide insight on innovative farming techniques/strategies, such things as season-extension, animal pasturing, crop rotations, tools, tractoring and/or other;
To collaborate and build relationships amongst area organic farmers, Farm Table Restaurant, staff at Hungry Turtle Food Hub and the larger Amery community.
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Major Responsibilities:

To produce high quality, nutrient-dense vegetables and meat, using the fields and facilities at Hungry Turtle Farm.  (70%)

Create a field plan for annual plants and animal rotations (chicken and pork) at Hungry Turtle Farm that dovetails with the needs at Farm Table Restaurant and Hungry Turtle Farmer’s Coop.
Purchase seeds and supplies from reliable sources according to an approved plan and budget.
Execute season-long plan, adjusting as needed, collaborating with Hungry Turtle team and communicating progress and future availability of crops.
Maintain an orderly flow of receipts, billings and other paperwork so that a full accounting of the farm business can be completed.
Employ help as needed to execute plan, managing and training the staff in a way that promotes effectiveness, understanding and morale.

To research and provide insight on innovative farming techniques, including season-extension, animal pasturing, crop rotations, tools, tractoring and more;.  (10%)

Develop a plan that pushes the envelope in particular areas of sustainable, whole-farm production — integrating animals, crops and ecology.
Identify specific areas of emphasis, research and learning (i.e., season-extension, companion planting, specific tools, etc.) by developing a proposal and budget for areas of emphasis.
Evaluate the overall results of these efforts and communicate findings to the general public at season’s end.

To collaborate and build relationships amongst area organic farmers, Farm Table Restaurant and the entire staff at Hungry Turtle Food Hub.  (10%)

Attend regular meetings/planning sessions with Farm Table Chefs and Hungry Turtle Farmer’s Coop to coordinate production and build understanding.
Visit other area farms to understand their specialties, talents and farm culture with an eye toward possible collaboration or sharing of equipment and labor resources.
Build better understanding of farming within Hungry Turtle Food Hub and Amery Community by presenting classes or workshops.

Conditions of Satisfaction

Production of vegetables and meat at Hungry Turtle Farm is robust, wholesome and one-of-a-kind.

Products come in clean, sorted and professionally packed to the standards established by Hungry Turtle Food Hub.

3. Food Hub personnel are regularly surprised and amazed by the quality and quantity of product coming in off the farm — and receipts show revenues equaling 80% of established budget over the course of the season.

4.   Administration of enterprises, including paperwork that allows for a full accounting and maintenance of Organic Certification, is orderly, skillful and complete.

Meetings, collaborations and relationships with Food Hub personnel, staff and area farmers are positive, focussed on possibilities, and continue to grow and deepen throughout the season.

Research results and other narrative presentations of the farm work at Hungry Turtle Farm are disseminated, well-received and worthwhile resources in their own right.

Hungry Turtle Farm is a 63-acre farmstead along the Apple River in Polk County, Wisconsin, near Amery.  It is part of a resiliency/health/community initiative undertaken by Resilient Northern Habitats, a Wisconsin LLC.  The project has helped obtain and place families on small organic farms in Polk County, and built a Food Hub in Amery, comprised of a Farmer’s Coop, a 501(c)(3) Institute and Farm Table Restaurant.

Hungry Turtle Farm is the flagship farm property of RNH and is well-equipped for food production, including:  a germination greenhouse, a movable high-tunnel, a state-of-the-art packshed, an events barn, a commercial grade root cellar, a three-unit farmhouse, farming tools, tractors and equipment.  The farm is seeking organic certification for 2017 after five years of growing food and hay.  It is a beautiful property, situated along the Apple River with rolling fields, some woodlands, and a mix of annual fields and pasture.