Philo Ridge Farm is a certified organic 400-acre farm located just south of Burlington, Vermont. We are a diversified farm in our fourth year of production, grazing 200 of our 400 acres, and growing two acres of organic produce and perennial fruits alongside two year round greenhouses. Our livestock program includes 80 head of heritage Belted Galloway cattle, 30 breeding ewes and over 65 lambs, 250 laying hens, and 3,500 pastured chickens per year. Our farming practices build soil health, produce a variety of nutrient-rich foods, reduce the use of fossil fuels, and support the local agricultural community. We produce our own organic compost and hay on the farm, and evaluate changes in soil health, crop and pasture productivity, water quality, carbon sequestration, and wildlife in partnership with the University of Vermont.
In the summer of 2018, we opened the Farm Commons Barn, a 6,000 square foot commercial kitchen and market for selling products grown and processed at Philo Ridge Farm. The market serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual counter-service style, as well as a curated grocery selection showcasing our meats, fresh produce and other products from local farms and producers. The commercial kitchen and processing facility operate a production cycle continuously throughout the year, handling the value-added food processing and butchering of our farm-raised animals. We have a year round staff of 30, growing to 50 in the summer season.
The farm and the Farm Commons Barn allow us to welcome the public, to host events, and create value-added goods throughout the entire year. Through the COVID-19 health crisis, we have shifted our service style quickly to provide curbside pickup for prepared meals and groceries for over 350 families per week. This process has deepened our commitment to creating a robust local food ecosystem, increased our partnership with other small local farms, and allowed us to become a food aggregator for our community. Moving beyond COVID-19, we intend to expand this model while re-launching events, education, and sit-down food service.
Together with the farm owners, Bio-Logical Capital manages the business, aiming to create a new diversified model for small scale farmers, one that will allow both the land and the farmer to prosper. In addition to production, we are carefully measuring and monitoring our practices so that we can share our story and data with others who are interested in understanding and supporting regenerative agriculture. For more information, visit www.philoridgefarm.com and www.biologicalcapital.com.
Philo Ridge Farm is looking for an outstanding and inspiring leader to be its Managing Director. This position will be the top senior leadership position on the farm and will oversee all teams and areas of the farm. This person will be an enthusiastic, entrepreneurial, creative, and hands-on leader of all parts of our diverse and innovative farm—from the land-based agriculture teams to our market and events space to our food service and hospitality team to our produce and meat processing facility. The Managing Director must share Philo Ridge’s passion for land conservation, growing produce, and raising animals. The successful candidate for the Managing Director position will provide operational excellence through inspiring leadership and hospitality, team development, and willingness to roll up their sleeves and participate in the hands-on work of the farm when needed, all while providing experienced financial and operational management of the business. Strong candidates will be equally comfortable managing Excel spreadsheets as they are hosing off their muck boots and creating a welcoming atmosphere of hospitality at the Farm Commons Barn.
This is a multi-faceted role with many diverse responsibilities, requiring a strong business acumen, an entrepreneurial spirit, a good sense of humor, and a long-range focus on continuous improvement and successful delivery of the farm’s goals. As a calm and clear-headed leader, the Managing Director will switch contexts often from long-term strategy to granular operating details. The Managing Director will oversee all business operations, leadership development, internal communication, outward-facing marketing, human resources, and administration. In addition, this person will be the key ambassador of Philo Ridge Farm’s core values, mission, and story to the local community as well as to the broader food and agriculture community. In this role, the Managing Director will be a facilitator, an active listener, a clear communicator, a mentor, a coach, a mediator, and a source of positive inspiration for the entire team at Philo Ridge Farm—someone who can motivate and hold staff members accountable.
The Managing Director will report to the Chief Operating Officer of Bio-Logical Capital, will work at Philo Ridge Farm, and will need to live locally.
There are many fantastic benefits to a career at Philo Ridge Farm. We believe in treating our employees, animals, and land with the respect and care. We offer a competitive salary with comprehensive benefits. At Philo Ridge Farm we enjoy working in a team-based environment and value our mission, our guests and our constituents.
If you want to make a difference every day and be at the forefront of creating a new diversified model for small-scale farmers in the Northeast, one that allows both the land and the farmer to prosper and provides guests with a delicious taste of our labor and commitment, please submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Managing Director” in the subject line.
A background check and computer literacy test are part of the recruiting process for final candidates.
Qualified candidates will be contacted by phone or email.
Philo Ridge Farm is an Equal Opportunity Employer.