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Windy Acres Farm in Orlinda, TN (45 min. north of Nashville) is a cooperative effort of several families committed to stewarding the land and animals in their care. In 1986, Alfred and Carney Farris established Windy Acres Farm as part of the solution to the ever-growing crises of topsoil degradation and water pollution, integrating organic practices in all that they do, including:

  • Crop rotations
  • Cover cropping
  • Eliminating synthetic pesticides and herbicides
  • Non-GMO seeds and open pollinated seeds
  • Enhancing biological soil life
  • Reintroducing cattle and sheep in grain crop rotations
  • Cultivating healthy, grass-fed and pasture-raised beef, pork, and poultry 

For more information about Windy Acres Farm and its operations, please see the following:

Farming the Commons:

Windy Acres is in the process of becoming a part of the Middle Tennessee Agrarian Commons, a bioregional non-profit land trust co-founded by Windy Acres Farm, Agrarian Commons, and Agrarian Trust for the purpose of holding, preserving, and giving farmers equitable access to farmland via 99 year ground leases, Agrarian Commons is committed to an equitable transition of, and equitable access to farmland especially by those historically disenfranchised from secure land access in the Middle Tennessee bioregion.

BUSINESS/JOB OPPORTUNITIES

The Farris family is looking to expand Windy Acres Farm and initiate the intergenerational transition of their farmland with the following: 

  • One independent farm enterprise to collaborate with the farms and families on the land.
  • One full-time employee to help manage our grain, livestock, and poultry operations.
  • One full-time intern to help with rotational grazing, harvesting & milling, and farmers’ markets.

This is an amazing opportunity to work on a certified organic grain farm with a pastured chicken, pork and grass-fed beef operation. We are a welcoming community of several families all living and working on the farm. 

For job descriptions and application instructions, please see below.

NEXT GENERATION FARMER OPPORTUNITIES

Independent Collaborative Farm Enterprise

Windy Acres Farm is looking for a farm enterprise to complement its busy, Certified Organic grain farm with grass-fed beef, pork, and pastured poultry operations. There is farmer housing opportunity, and ample sheds, barn space, water and irrigation, miles of hi-tensile fencing, and solar power available.

Candidate Requirements:

-Demonstrated experience operating a farm enterprise and collaborating with community and farmers to realize economic, social, and environmental goals.

-Demonstrated commitment to ecological farming practices, social justice, and the Agrarian Trust and Middle Tennessee Agrarian Commons goals of de-commodifying land and protecting affordable and equitable farmland access.

Ideal candidates will also have:

– Experience in welding, tractor, farm equipment, and/or mechanical experience

– Experience working cattle, raising pigs, and pasturing poultry

– Solid understanding of organic and sustainable farming principles 

-Diverse production backgrounds that may include: dairy, orchards, agroforestry, small ruminants, high tunnel production, and/or more.

-Familiarity with Middle Tennessee, which may include markets, growing season, communities, etc.

How to Apply: 

Please send a resume and short cover letter to Sam Harvey, freerangefarmtn@gmail.com, showing why you are interested in this opportunity and a basic business proposal.

Full-Time Employee 

Windy Acres Farm is looking for a full-time employee to help manage a busy, Certified Organic grain farm with grass-fed beef, pork, and pastured poultry operations. 

Pay: $2000/month, plus housing

Candidate Requirements:

– Must be self-motivated, have an excellent work ethic, and problem solving ability

-Driver’s license and good driving record

– Two years farming experience

– Some previous experience operating a tractor

-Ability to lift 50lbs

Ideal candidates will also have:

– Experience as a diesel mechanic and/or service/maintenance of farm equipment 

– Experience in welding, tractor, and mechanical experience

– Experience working cattle

– Solid understanding of organic and sustainable farming principles 

How to Apply: 

Please send a resume and short cover letter to Sam Harvey, freerangefarmtn@gmail.com, showing why you are interested in and qualified for this position.

Full-Time Intern

Windy Acres Farm is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated, and hardworking intern. The intern will work closely with the farmers in managing rotational grazing of livestock and poultry, and learn about harvesting and milling organic grain for livestock and human consumption. The intern will attend weekly Farmers’ Markets and must be comfortable loading meat and driving a van.

Dates of Internship:

Pay: $1200/month stipend plus small room with kitchenette and bathroom

Candidate Requirements:

-Must have a driver’s license and good driving record

-Must be able to lift 50 lbs

-Must be comfortable attending Farmers Markets, interacting with customers and being an enthusiastic ambassador for the farm. 

-Must be flexible and have a good attitude

Ideal candidates will also have:

-Social media and marketing experience

How to Apply:

Please send an updated resume and short cover letter to Sam Harvey, freerangefarmtn@gmail.com, showing why you are interested in and qualified for this position. 

Multiple Job Opportunities at Windy Acres Farm (TN)

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