Washington State: Shipki Farm seeks Farm Manager

1 May

Positions Start: Immediately
Positions End: TBD
Number of Managers: 1-2
Number of Interns:
App Deadline: Ongoing
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months


We are an Eastern European inspired mini-farm, using French and Biointensive methods to grow the best Pacific Northwest and European varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruits. We offer 15 CSA shares per season, and have other clients and marketing strategies as well. We are located just outside of Clinton, on beautiful Whidbey Island. Growing good food nourishes the body, soul, heart and mind of everyone, keeping us in harmony with Mother Earth! We like it!

We are seeking an energetic and inspired person – or a couple – to help in all aspects of farm management and planning for future development. 

This position is available to those interested in pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture. You will learn the in’s and out’s of operating a successful business. Eligible candidates must be able multitask and be dynamic as the season changes. You will have a sounding board and guidance by a seasoned grower and access to a extensive library of agricultural literature.

Whidbey Island is a relatively rural island with a growing local food economy. You will have the opportunity to participate in a lively community of growers of all ages through organizations like Transition Whidbey, South Whidbey Tilth, Whidbey Island Farm Tour, and the Bioneers.

Meals: Abundant, organic produce, eggs, fresh baked bread, and farm goodies. We often share the cooking and eat like kings and queens!

Skills Desired: CLEAR, POSITIVE INTENTIONS TOWARD SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES. Ready to co-create a unique and abundant situation. Self motivated, with strong work ethic, community oriented, good sense of humor, easy going, love of outdoors, creative, gets excited about helping things grow, appreciates simple living. Some experience on small organic farms required, as is some familiarity with marketing, and ability to simultaneously manage a diverse set of challenges. The ideal candidate would also know about setting irrigation and have some small building & maintenance skills. Managers will work closely with the owner, and the intern (typically 1 – 2 per season) to supervise daily farm activity, and would be housed and fed on the farm.

The Farm Manager’s responsibilities would include:

Daily farm activities (working beds/crops, tending the chickens and rabbits, irrigation, etc)
– Planning start-of-season operations (bed layout, seed starts, etc)
– CSA share sales bookkeeping and marketing: local flyers, local print media ads, online outlets, etc
– Updating and maintaining Shipki website content and blog: www.shipkifarms.com
– New intern recruiting as necessary
– Organizing occasional community building activities (communal meals, outings, etc)

In addition to these responsibilities, there are several long term outreach and development projects that the Farm Manager will assist in implementing.

These may include:
– Exploring collaborative projects with neighbor CSA farms
– Contacting and meeting with local restaurants and grocers
– Representing Shipki Farms at ‘Slow Food’ or Transition Whidbey meetings
– Directing the installation of new water irrigation systems
– Researching and implementing rain water collection methods
– Further developing greenhouse and chicken coop structures
– Improving produce harvesting and washing methods (wash basins, tables, spinners)
– Researching and implementing new cash crop initiatives (mushrooms, berries, etc)

Educational Opportunities: You will gain hands on experience of how to grow good food from seed to table. Gain knowledge of crop planning, harvest schedule, water and pest management, and chicken keeping! There will also be opportunities to attend local workshops, exchanges with other CSA farms and Sustainable Community organizations, as well as access to our local Center for World Language & Cultural Exchange. In addition, there is opportunity to learn about seed collection, food preservation & processing and harmonious living.

Stipend: Compensation will be based on a one-year contract, with an initial review after 3 months. Compensation includes room and board, as well as a stipend commensurate with experience and time commitment.

Housing: We offer housing in a charming, independent cottage (loft bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom) along with abundant, high quality organic food. Lovely pastoral environment within easy walk to beach and lake.

Preferred method Of Contact: Contact Josette by email – info@shipkifarm.com

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