Farm Employment Opportunity – Resident Farmer

The Grain Place Farm is a privately held corporation and is a 280 acre pioneering organic farm that has been in the same family since 1953. Ownership is being transitioned from family members to the Grain Place Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit private operating educational and scientific foundation. The farm is also home to Grain Place Foods a separate corporation that processes and packages organic grains and grain products. As members of the family retire and the foundation assumes majority ownership of the farm, we are searching for a farmer to take over operation of the farm.

Challenges and Opportunities …
. . .To operate and develop the farm on behalf of the family and foundation consistent with the philosophy and systems currently practiced (rotation plans, field layouts, etc.) and the vision and purpose of the foundation to advance management of life forms in symbiotic relationships for the production of food, feed, and fiber through operations in cooperation with the local ecology and by providing educational programs.

. . .To have or develop proficiency in performing a variety of tasks required to manage farm
operations in harmony with nature including but not limited to:
• Acquiring, developing, maintaining, and using farm equipment
• Accomplishing appropriate field practices
• Making decisions and practicing irrigation and water management
• Maintaining livestock/animal husbandry practices for animal welfare
• Managing work schedule to complete tasks in a timely fashion in harmony with nature while maintaining personal health
• Maintaining records on farm and for USDA Organic and other certifications

. . . To play a vital role in developing a new generation of organic and sustainable farmers
• Dedicating time to learning about organic farming systems with a strong adherence to the established Grain Place’s direction over the last four decades
• Mentoring others through internships and other programs developed in conjunction with Grain Place Foundation
• Involving others in field studies including maintaining appropriate data
• Writing timely reports and participating in publication of results
• Participating in seminars with other organizations and hosting visitors

. . . To help develop innovative/non-conventional ideas and practices with a willingness to
learn from failures as well as successes, a process requiring flexibility, adaptability, and
capacity to document activities and results using available technology (pc, tablets, etc.)

. . .To live in the farm housing provided with the opportunity to utilize some of the available
resources to develop your own family business consistent with the vision and purpose of the Grain Place

Desirable Qualifications
• Physical ability and willingness to work long hours, any time of day or day of week
• Farm experience
• Experience with equipment repair, welding, and/or fabrication
• Excellent written and verbal skills
• B.S. or M.S. in practical agriculture and/or science
• Competency in use of electronic media, data bases, spreadsheets, word processing
• Long term interest in entrepreneurship and rural development

The Resident Farmer is accountable to the directors of the Grain Place including presentation of an annual report to the annual meeting of the board; the farmer works under the direct supervision of the President of The Grain Place, Inc.

Terms of Employment
• Must reside on the farm.
• Five year expected obligation – dependent upon satisfactory annual review as well as more periodic informal feedback and reviews; evaluation is a continuous process.
• Signed agreement to follow and support the mission statements of the farm and foundation.

• Cash salary in the range of $3,000 per month (depended upon qualifications)
• House and basic utilities provided (tax free, but valued at $1,000/mo. plus utilities)
• Health Insurance provided at 80% premium coverage for employee only, with ability to add dependents to plan at 100% employee cost.
• Internet stipend of up to $75/month
• Portion of farm produced food as applicable for the family
• Paid leave of two weeks per year after the first year of employment, increased to three weeks after three years of employment.
Send letter of application/inquiry and resume’ to:

David Vetter
1908 N. Highway 14
Marquette, NE 68854
(402) 631-1900