Camphill Village Minnesota (CVM) is an eco village of around 50 people in Central Minnesota. Our mission is to create and sustain a community where people with and without disabilities live, work and care for each other in fostering social, spiritual, cultural and agricultural renewal. CVM is part of a global movement of Camphill communities that focus on curative education and social therapy, approaches to working and living with people with developmental disabilities inspired out of Anthroposophy and the teachings of Rudolf Steiner. The Biodynamic approach to agriculture, also coming out of Anthroposophy, provides the core tenets of our farming philosophy. In addition to biodynamic principles and practices, Land Workers will also learn holistic management and permaculture approaches to organically grown agriculture and land stewardship. Land Workers will also have the opportunity to collaborate and work with other local farms, including our Amish neighbors. Food is a huge component of our community and the work we do together on the land helps to sustain us all year round!
The work we do on the land changes with the seasons. Depending on the time of year, the Land Worker will have the opportunity to learn and contribute to all aspects of the land. Tasks could involve: working in the organic vegetable and herb gardens; forestry; feeding and caring for pigs, cows and chickens; milking cows by hand; and working in our orchards. All of these tasks include working with adults who have developmental disabilities in an inclusive way, using person-centered adaptive methods.
Ideally, this person would live with us in our Eco village. Every year individuals and families come to us for one year or longer and join us in sustaining our village. We are open to individuals, couples, and families joining our village in whatever form they may come.
-Housing – Provided in one of our community homes
-Meals – Organic, farm fresh meals made from scratch every day
-Stipend – $200 / month
-Vacation- 3 weeks per year with vacation spending money
-Vehicle access- Gas and insurance included
-There is a needs-based fiscal conversation upon acceptance to make sure financial dependencies are being met. --This includes a conversation about student debt payment plans.
The biodynamic approach to agriculture, also coming out of Anthroposophy, provides the core tenets of our farming philosophy. In this position, you will have the opportunity to partake in a Foundation Year of Biodynamics. In addition to biodynamic principles and practices, Land Workers will also learn holistic management and permaculture approaches to agriculture and land stewardship. They will also have the opportunity to collaborate and work with other local farms, including our Amish neighbors.
About the Farm:
CVM Farm is 525 total acres
120 acres in permanent pastures
100 acres in a legume/grass-based rotation
three acres in vegetables
a small orchard and herb garden
300 acres of forest and wetlands
Diversity of livestock and produce:
20 head grass-fed beef brood herd
30 head grass-fed yearling and finisher herd
3 head grass-fed dairy cow herd
Pasture-based four-sow farrowing herd
60 hogs finished on farm per year on pasture during growing season
70 laying hens
Broiler chickens done some years
Diverse vegetable garden grown in the field, and in greenhouses and high tunnel
Herbal ley hay making, wheat, barley, oats, peas, and buckwheat grown for grains.
Sustainable forestry - harvesting for firewood and lumber.
Permaculture silviculture conversion.
Orchard of apples, cherries, raspberries, strawberries.
-Work alongside the head farmer to care for the land and animals
-Work 5-6 days per week at varied hours
-Complete state mandated and Camphill specific training
-Lead crews of people who have a range of abilities
-Openness to learning about, creating, and spraying biodynamic preparations
-Foundation Year of Biodynamics course work (If applicable)
It is more important that this individual resonates with the values of our farm and community than that he or she has prior farming skills.We are looking for enthusiastic people with initiative that are comfortable working alongside people who have developmental disabilities.
-18 years of age or older
-High School Diploma or equivalent
-Ability to perform well in environment that requires compassion, helpfulness, patience, and resourcefulness
-Willingness to learn
-Direct care experience preferred
-Ability to lift 50 lbs required
-Willingness to work outdoors in all types of weather
-Ability to pass a background check
-Good communication skills
-Valid Driver’s License preferred
-Passion for working with people of all abilities
-CPR certification required (training provided)
-Star Services training required (training provided)