Philo Ridge Farm is a beautiful, productive, diversified farm at the forefront of innovation and conversation around our food system. Our practices are founded in regenerative agriculture to facilitate soil revitalization and repair the ecosystem of Vermont’s Champlain Valley. We aspire to support the food, farmers, and the incredible bounty of the region.
The 400-acre property is used for a mixture of activities and operations including: fruit, vegetable and flower production; a diversified livestock and haying operation; and a growing food service and hospitality program. We are in our fourth year of production at the farm, and beginning our second calendar year of operating an on-farm market, production kitchen, event space and processing facility located in the Farm Commons Barn.
The Farm Commons Barn is our primary point of connection with our community and guests, providing an outlet for all that we grow and raise on our farm. We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual yet welcoming counter-service style. Alongside seated farm meals, our retail Market includes prepared and value-added foods, a coffee program, in-house butcher shop, and fresh farm produce year round. Additionally, we are securing our 1st Class Liquor License and developing a beer and wine program to compliment our existing foodservice offerings. Beyond our farm products, the Market sells a selection of grocery and specialty housewares that highlight and support Vermont’s artisans. In combination with our adjacent terrace, outdoor event space, and restored historic farmhouse, the Farm Commons Barn hosts educational workshops, meetings, fundraisers, and events that further the conversation around food while providing fun and engaging activities for our community.
We believe in treating our employees, animals, and the soil with respect and care, and we strive to foster a supportive and flexible work environment. We encourage the open exchange of ideas amongst our staff, as we want each member of our team to be able to contribute to the growth and direction of Philo Ridge. All of our employees embody the spirit of sharing, growing together and learning.
Philo Ridge Farm is looking for a General Manager (GM) to be the creative, hands on, entrepreneurial driver of our diverse and innovative farm. The GM will provide inspirational leadership and oversight of team development, as well as thoughtful financial management of the business. They will be a key ambassador of our core values, company mission and the Philo Ridge Farm story.
The GM is responsible for all business operations, leadership development, internal communication, community engagement and marketing, HR and administration. They are supported by the Philo Ridge Farm Asset Manager, the business partner Bio-Logical Capital, and the Philo Ridge Farm Board, which includes farm owners Diana McCargo and Peter Swift, who live adjacent to the property. This is a multi-faceted role, with many diverse responsibilities, requiring patience and resilience, solid business acumen, entrepreneurialism, and a good sense of humor.
Managing Philo Ridge Farm requires an expert generalist, both curious and humble, who shares our passion for land conservation, growing produce and raising animals. As a calm, clearheaded leader, the GM must switch context often from long-term strategy to granular operating details – and see the connection between the two. Multitasking will be critical in this position; a typical day might include jumping in to help out with morning livestock chores, checking the previous day’s cash handling, approving vendor invoices, reviewing the daily market menu with the Chef, leading a farm tour, planning infrastructure for next year’s Market Garden program, and interviewing a new dishwasher.
Between the Board members and the Bio-Logical Capital team, and the various department managers and their line staff, there are many different languages spoken (i.e. business, agriculture and hospitality industry terms) across the scope of the business, and a broad range of professional communication skills to navigate. The GM must move fluidly from language to language and group to group, translating between team members and ensuring that the content being presented is always aligned with the intended audience. In this role, the General Manager is a facilitator, an active listener, a clear communicator, a mentor, coach, mediator, and source of positive inspiration for the entire team at Philo Ridge Farm.
Strong candidates will be equally comfortable updating Excel spreadsheets as they are hosing off their muck boots.
Candidates should send a cover letter illustrating experience, resume, available start date, contact information, and reference contact information to email@example.com. Qualified candidates will be contacted directly. No phone calls please.