Situated just 90 miles north of New York City in Millbrook’s famed hunt country, Stonewood Farm is a 15 acre agricultural property that includes a family home; native woodland, shade, perennial, and pond gardens; a small orchard; and a 1.5 acre market garden that is currently producing certified-organic vegetables, flowers and fruits for sale.
Beginning in 2020, our newly-completed “guest barn” and “cookhouse” will enable us to welcome visitors and overnight guests to the Farm to learn and share common interests related to food, gardening, health, agriculture, and the environment. With the market garden at the core of the Farm, we will host on-Farm educational activities, tours, events, and dinners.
These on-Farm activities, in turn, will enable Stonewood’s not-for-profit arm to continue and grow our charitable work. We are currently working with local schools and like-minded nonprofit organization to create learning opportunities for both young and old in our community. An additional and vital part of our mission is our outreach to those who could not otherwise afford our high quality produce. This is why we co-founded and make weekly donations to our local food pantry. Our charitable work culminates each season with a Christmas Day supper that is open to all members of our community who are in need of a place to go.
We are now recruiting for an experienced Head Gardener to work with a team that includes the property owners, our landscape architect, arborist, chefs, hospitality and event specialists, and a media consultant to create a sophisticated, intimate, on-Farm experience. As Head Gardener, you will be responsible for developing and maintaining Stonewood’s gardens and surrounding environs to ensure that they are inviting, very well maintained, and aesthetically pleasing as well as productive. Given Stonewood’s small size, this is a hands-on position that requires physical labor. You will have the opportunity to recruit seasonal support to assist you as needed. Such supporting positions can include a vegetable farmer, flower grower, and property maintenance assistant. An internship program may also be part of the mix.
Specific responsibilities include:
• Input in and implementation of garden designs and plans; constructing garden landscapes, raised beds, and other landscape elements; planting and maintaining both edible and landscape plants; crop planning, propagation, cultivation, and harvesting using organic methods; installation and maintenance of drip irrigation systems; record keeping and compliance to maintain our organic certification.
• Performing general landscape and garden maintenance, such as lawn care, weeding, and organic pest/disease management; pruning and training woody plants; pond maintenance; regular inspection and maintenance of our perimeter deer fencing; maintenance and servicing of landscape/farm equipment and tools; maintenance of gutters, downpipes, catch basins, spillways and other drainage ways.
• Supervising, educating and mentoring junior staff and interns; creating an internship program; creating workshops and learning opportunities for our visitors and guests in all aspects of sustainable living practices; working with chefs, caterers, and the property owners for our on-Farm dinners and events.
This position is designed to lead and inspire others. You will report directly to the property owners but be largely independent. You must be hardworking, an organized manager of your time, enthusiastic about our mission, and committed to being a key player in our organization. You must be articulate and a people-person who can build and foster relationships with coworkers, guests, customers, and the local community. You must be a self-starter, resourceful, energetic, detail-oriented with an eye for both quality and efficiency, very neat, and respectful of the surroundings and living space. Your work here should lead to a sense of accomplishment and pride.
Your experience should include all or most of the following:
• Demonstrable horticultural training and experience, with proven competence and interest in organic vegetable, herb, berry, and cut flower production;
• Composting systems, soil fertility management, and organic pest, disease and weed management;
• Mentoring and managing interns, seasonal workers, and hourly staff;
• Use and maintenance of all types of landscape/farm equipment and tools;
• Operation and maintenance of greenhouses and high tunnels (we have both);
• Certified organic methods and recordkeeping; and
• Installation and maintenance of drip irrigation systems.
Additional beneficial skills include:
• Raising chickens for egg production;
• Flower arranging;
• Speaking in public;
• Familiarity with Good Agricultural Practices;
• Ability to speak Spanish; and
• Experience with Microsoft Office.
The Head Gardener is a full time, year-round position that requires 40+ hours per week with some early morning, weeknight and weekend work as needed. Compensation and benefits are competitive based on experience and include generous paid vacation time. A one bedroom, on-site apartment, including utilities, can be part of the package.
Stonewood Farm is located just outside of the Village of Millbrook in New York’s pastoral Hudson Valley. The area is known as the bread basket serving New York City due to its abundance of farms, vineyards, and other culinary offerings. It is also known for its natural beauty and quiet, rural sophistication. Being less than a ninety-minute drive to a wide range of destinations – everything from New York City to the Catskill, Berkshire and Adirondack mountain ranges – the lifestyle here is both civilized and bucolic.
If you are qualified and would like to be part of our unique venture in an emerging agritourism destination, we would like to know more about you. Please send your resume, a cover letter briefly stating why you want to work at Stonewood Farm, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org