You are here

Request for Applications: Bio-Cultural Conservation Farm in Northern Virginia

The Oak Spring Garden Foundation (OSGF) is seeking applications from individuals wishing to help envisage and implement the creation of an Appalachian-focused “bio-cultural conservation farm” on up to three acres of the Rokeby Property of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation. 

Interested candidates should be expert in: i) growing a wide range of fruits and vegetables; ii) saving seed and propagating heirloom and heritage varieties of a wide range of plant species; and, iii) taking the lead on the planning, management, and implementation of an Appalachian-focused farm with biological and cultural significance. 

The Rokeby Property is located in rural Upperville, Virginia along the north-eastern fringe of the upper/central region of Appalachia, which has been recognized as having the highest documented levels of agro-biodiversity in the U.S., Canada, and northern Mexico. The available parcel includes a ca. ¾-acre walled garden, additional open land that could be fenced if needed, unheated greenhouses, and basic farm equipment. Both the walled garden and the open land have good soil health, having been managed for decades for floriculture and agriculture on the historic estate of Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon.

Please view the full Request for Applications and direct any questions and final applications to Marguerite Harden, OSGF Program Officer, programs@osgf.org. Applications are due by midnight on December 2, 2018.