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Biodynamic Orchard Manager in Inclusive Eco-Village

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills

Kimberton, Pennsylvania

Job Type Full Time

Living sustainably while making a difference locally and globally is our passion! We are seeking a like-minded individual to join our community and help manage our organic, biodynamic Orchard.

Our community includes adults with developmental disabilities as well as full-time, residential volunteers who commit to living and engaging fully within our lifesharing community. We are looking for an individual who feels inspired to learn and grow with us while taking on the management of our orchard.

Position description:

The Orchard manager is responsible for oversight and maintenance of about 10 acres of fruit trees, vineyards and berry patches spread through the eastern half of our eco-village. We have:

  • Mature semi-dwarf apple and pear trees, mixed varieties
  • 3-5 year old apples, cherries, peaches and persimmons
  • ~1 acre of vineyard also including hardy kiwis and soft fruits
  • Room for growth and re-planting

We provide table fruit for the village as well as produce cider, apple and pear butters for sale through local markets.

The Orchard manager is also responsible for the crew which consists of three to five adults with disabilities and two to three volunteer helpers for four half-days per week. They will also have responsibilities in their household or elsewhere in the community.

Applicant requirements:

  • Willingness to join our lifesharing community
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Previous experience with backyard or organic orchard
  • Interest in Biodynamics; experience with BD methods is helpful
  • Willingness to learn
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Ability to perform well in an environment that requires compassion, helpfulness, patience, and resourcefulness
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must be able to pass a background check

Compensation:

  • Private room in one of our lifesharing houses
  • Room and board (utilities and WiFi included)
  • Farm-fresh meals made with organic ingredients
  • Monthly stipend for year-long volunteers
  • Assistance with medical expenses (after 3 months)
  • Assistance with student loan debt
  • Access to village vehicles, gas and insurance provided
  • Educational opportunities including conferences and workshops
  • Three weeks of vacation per year
  • Tuition at Kimberton Waldorf School for accompanying school-aged children

We welcome couples and families to apply to our community. Each adult will need to fill out their own application with references.

About Camphill Village Kimberton Hills

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is a vibrant farming and handcrafting community that includes adults with developmental disabilities. Kimberton Hills residents, living and working side by side, create a dynamic and caring community for people of all ages and varied abilities. Located on 432 acres of farm, gardens and woodlands in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Kimberton Hills is also a local center for culture and a model for sound ecological living. The mission at Kimberton Hills is to create and maintain a land-based community together with adults with special needs. Inspired by Anthroposophy, members of the community support one another to contribute to the wider society through biodynamic agriculture, handcrafts, and other ecological, social, cultural and educational endeavors.

HOW TO APPLY

How to apply:

Download an application from our website (https://www.camphillkimberton.org/resident-coworker-long) or email us at information@camphillkimberton.org to request an application. We're also happy to answer any questions that you may have first - please reach out via email or call us at (610) 935-3963.

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