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Bluebird Farm is a diversified vegetable and livestock farm located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and in its 11th year of production. Marie and William believe that food should be grown with biological methods that improve the health of the land, plants, and animals while sustaining the farmers that grow your food. Our greatest passion is to grow delicious food for you and your family while caring for the land.

Bluebird Farm raises vibrant vegetables, farm meats, and eggs using techniques that improve the health of our land and contribute to a diverse farm ecosystem. Our meat animals are fed certified organic grains. We are dedicated to building living soils to ensure the quality of our vegetables and animals. We are proud to provide all of our customers with high-quality, ethical food while contributing to a healthy environment and our community.

We raise about 4 acres of ecological, organic vegetables and rotational grass-based livestock fed certified organic grains on about 50 acres. We incorporate cover crops, vegetable rotation, and integrated on-farm livestock fertility in our methods. Tomato, cucumber, and greens production in several season extension high tunnels. Multi-species livestock systems with small sheep flock, a large pastured layer flock in wagon coop, 60 hogs, 8 sows with 16 litters of piglets/year, 12 pastured beef, and a livestock guardian dog. William and Marie work full time on the farm.

Purchase our farm's food at local farmers markets or through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

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Purchase our farm's food at local farmers markets or through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

About purchasing from Bluebird Farm...

“The combination of excellent customer service and grand organic produce make Blue Bird Farm a 5 star!”

- Caroline Duncan, customer

We're looking for a team member to join our returning farm crew members for the 2020 season. Click here or email us for full description and application for Vegetable Apprenticeship and Assistant Grower. Below are summary versions of the positions.

VEGETABLE APPRENTICESHIP: 5 days/week, rotating weekend schedule. Your focus will be learning and working in our vegetable gardens on projects and harvesting beautiful vegetables with our team of 6 people. Learn by doing and growing. We explain and explore our agricultural practices, techniques, and business decisions as we work, with a focus on performing tasks efficiently in the field. Most of your time is with the farmers in a small crew growing vegetables; transplanting seedlings, cultivating (weeding) with hand tools, record keeping, insect and disease recognition, following soil fertility plan, harvesting, washing harvested vegetables, and packing vegetables. Assisting at market on a monthly basis. We do expect you to learn basics of animal care and chores and observe animal health very carefully when assisting with occasional larger animal projects.

ASSISTANT GROWER: 5 days/week, rotating weekend schedule. Interest and aptitude in record keeping, crew leadership/communication, vegetable wash/pack/CSA, field/hoophouse scouting + growing, veggie calendar, livestock management, assisting at market on a monthly basis and potentially leading/running our main market 1x/month.

We encourage apprentices and assistant growers to return for a second season if our farm proves to be a good match. We have winter work as a winter farm manager caring for the farm and attending winter farmers markets with winter housing in a heated, insulated cabin.

Compensation offered...

Educational Opportunities: Learn by doing- work with farmers William and Marie growing beautiful vegetables, we'll share theory and experiences of farming for a living. Receive copies and training with our planting calendar, fertility charts, soil tests, and garden notebook- 10 years of compiled knowledge. Learn basics of farm animal care and health. Develop observational skills- read the land, seasons, plants, insects, and animals. We are open to discussing the farm's finances, business management, and we provide assistance with self directed business plans or production research projects. We love books and share our farm library. We encourage participation in CRAFT farm tours throughout the season. Workshop and conference opportunity in the fall.

Meals: On your own with farm food. All you need in vegetables. Dozen eggs and 2 pounds ground sausage/beef weekly. $475 in meat, $200 in eggs, and over $550 in vegetable value over 7 month season.

Housing: Personal camper with 10x20 porch+deck for evening sitting by creek in shady pine forest. Full mini kitchen in individual camper with hot water (shower and sinks) and electricity. shared WiFi. Laundry at the farm house.

Stipend: Stipend, housing, and practical education with experienced farmers. 2 days a week off.

VEGETABLE APPRENTICESHIP: $600-750 month ($150/week) starting stipend. Merit increase to $800 month ($200/week) with room to grow.

ASSISTANT GROWER: $800-$1000 month ($200/week) starting stipend. Merit increase to $1000-1250 month ($250/week) with room to grow.

Our farm is an active member in the CRAFT network.

What we’re looking for...

We are looking for inquisitive, communicative, positive individuals that enjoy working hard with a great small farm crew in all sorts of weather.

VEGETABLE APPRENTICESHIP: Outdoor work or recreation experience is preferred, but farm experience is not necessary. Must be an efficient, steady, hardworking individual. Able to follow directions and communicate with farmers and crew members.

ASSISTANT GROWER: Effective communication, record keeping, planning, problem solving, and organization skills. Two full seasons on a working farm or 1 full season on a working farm and completion of a agricultural education program. Must have experience harvesting vegetables efficiently. Aptitude tending to livestock health and management or ready to learn about livestock.

Our location...

We are 7 miles outside Morganton. A nice small town with some good restaurants and excellent breweries. Our favorite activities are to enjoy the surrounding natural areas hiking, biking, kayaking, and horse riding. We are just 20 minutes to access to Lake James State Park and South Mountain State Park. Also nearby is extensive hiking in Pisgah National forest-places of note Linville Gorge and Wilson Creek. Morganton has a great greenway along the the Catawba river. The river also provides easy tubing and boating opportunities.

To inquire about employment opportunities, please contact William Lyons by email or visit our website for further information.

About working for Bluebird Farm...

“Working on Bluebird Farm was incredibly valuable to my farming career. William and Marie each have their individual strengths as farmers making them a great team to learn from. Their willingness to answer questions and share their experiences helped me grow as a farmer. There are several systems and practices I learned while at Bluebird, that I have adapted to my current farming operation. If you are serious about learning the ins and outs of vegetable and livestock production, Bluebird Farm has a lot to offer.

- Melissa Wickham, former apprentice

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About purchasing from Bluebird Farm...

“The combination of excellent customer service and grand organic produce make Blue Bird Farm a 5 star!”

- Caroline Duncan, customer

About working for Bluebird Farm...

“Working on Bluebird Farm was incredibly valuable to my farming career. William and Marie each have their individual strengths as farmers making them a great team to learn from. Their willingness to answer questions and share their experiences helped me grow as a farmer. There are several systems and practices I learned while at Bluebird, that I have adapted to my current farming operation. If you are serious about learning the ins and outs of vegetable and livestock production, Bluebird Farm has a lot to offer.

- Melissa Wickham, former apprentice


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