Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is an agricultural and craft community striving to restore vitality to community life and the natural environment. Anthroposophy, the spiritual philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, is the wellspring of our intentional community. Adults who have developmental disabilities, and volunteers form a supportive community based on shared responsibilities and caring. We live and work together, serving in family households, craft workshops (bakery, weavery, fiber workshop, wood workshop), estate work, organic gardening and farming. The village fosters a strong cultural life of festivals, music, and art. It is located one hour west of Philadelphia.
Title: Coworker/Dairy Farmer
Description of Length of Service: The intention of this commitment is long term. The minimum stay is 1 year. After 3 successful years, one is invited to fully join the community.
Main Responsibilities: In collaboration with our strong team of biodynamic agriculturalists you will assist in the care and preservation of our raw milk dairy operation utilizing biodynamic and ecologically sound methods.
Main Duties: Oversight of a crew of 4-5 folks with disabilities and up to 4 volunteers who will support and actively engage in all aspects of running the dairy farm. Currently our entire land program is in a transition phase as we work to create an integrated biodynamic farm organism that cohesively integrates herb and vegetable gardens, an orchard, an estate, and of course the dairy farm itself. Therefore the exciting part of this position involves working together with an experienced team of landworkers to craft a new vision for the future dairy operation.
Required Skills And Knowledge: The ability to work with others, including a crew of people with special needs. A background in dairy farming and animal husbandry is essential and a commitment to biodynamic agriculture is a must. Leadership skills. Good communication and people skills.
Basic Living Needs: Room and Board, village car usage, budget to cover living and personal costs, village-funded vacation, retirement plan after 3 years, Waldorf education for children of coworkers, coverage of health care costs.
Training provided: Workshops in biodynamics and social therapy will be offered as well as training in CPR and first aid. There will often be conferences available that support the work and life of the community.