Curriculum vitae

Personal Information:
Name: Joneve Murphy
DOB: March 1st 1980
Country of Origin: United States of America
Permanent Address: 33 Butman Blvd., Readfield, Maine, 04355, USA
Website: www.farmerseekingroots.com
Contact: farmerseekingroots@gmail.com
Twitter: @farmersroots
Instagram: @farmersroots
Facebook: Farmer Seeking Roots

 

Education:
1999 to 2002 State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
B.S. Environmental and Forest Biology
~ Participated in, as well as conducted several research projects on the following topics of interest; Human Behavior, Small mammal biodiversity and population dynamics, world-wide freshwater degradation.
~ Dean’s list

Relevant Work Experience:

August 2015, Kisima Academy, Kitale, Kenya
Kisima Academy is a home and school for more than 200 orphans
~ Worked with the current farm manager to compile a list of possible future crops.
~ Researched local growing methods and sales avenues.
~ Wrote a “future farm plan” including designs and ideas to generate both financial income and food for the school.

April 2014 to present
Farmer Seeking Roots
~ Traveled to 14 countries including: Ireland, England, France, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India and Kenya.
~ Worked with and interviewed farmers in a variety of disciplines including but not limited to: insect rearing, hydroponics, aquaponics, urban growers, edible flowers, cattle, pigs, chickens and vegetables.

May 2015 to present
Organic Agriculture Consultant
~ Working with clients to start new farming enterprises and revamping established farms.
~ Writing crop plans, rotation schedules, business plans and growing guides.
~ design and build infrastructure such as irrigation or season extension buildings.

January 2011 to May 2014 The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Virginia
Farmer in Residence
The Inn at Little Washington is a double 5 star, double 5 diamond, Relais & Chateaux property located 70 miles from Washington D.C.
My responsibilities included:
~ Started, maintained and expanded a ½ acre organic market garden.
~ Grew an extensive and boutique list of gourmet vegetables, small fruit, herbs and micro greens for the exclusive use of the award winning restaurant.
~ Managed a seasonal staff, including 1 full time apprentice and volunteers.
~ Led tours and educational walks for local residents, school field trips and guests of the hotel and restaurant.
~ Collaborated with the Owner/Chef on crop choices.
~ Maintained garden to 5 star aesthetics throughout the seasons.
~ Built infrastructure including greenhouse tables and shelving, raised garden beds, deer fencing, a high tunnel and animal shelters.
~ Wrote a blog with updates from the garden. The Inn at Little Washington Farmer

January 2009 to October 2010 Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, Virginia
Farmer
Ayshire Farm is a diversified, certified organic and humane farm that raises turkeys, chickens, pigs, cows, vegetables, herbs and fruit on a 400 acre historic property.
My responsibilities included:
~ Grew an extensive crop list of vegetables for the pub and retail store associated with the farm, as well as building and maintaining accounts with several local restaurants, and attending three weekly farmer’s markets in the Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia area.
~ Managed a year round and seasonal staff.
~ Started and maintained crop rotation and growing practices contingent with organic certification and sustainable agriculture on 6 acres.
~ Built infrastructure including, but not limited to, high tunnels, deer fencing, and an irrigation system.

 

January 2008 to December 2008 Blue’s Garden, Shelburne, Vermont
Owner/Farmer
Blues Garden was a small, start-up CSA and wholesale produce market garden. The farm flooded twice after excessive rainfall in the first season and the landowner pulled support and funding for future seasons.
My responsibilities included:
~ Started and maintained an organic 5 acre farm growing vegetables and herbs for 30 families and several restaurant accounts.
~ Set up and followed through on budgets, marketing, invoicing and purchasing for the business and property.
~ Built a large greenhouse, deer fencing, animal structures, electrical line and irrigation.
~ After flooding; finished the season and fulfilled obligations with “short-season” produce.

 

March 2006 to December 2007 Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, Vermont
Market Garden Coordinator
Shelburne Farms is a non-profit educational center in Vermont that teaches children and adults about organic agriculture and environmental studies. It raises sheep and chickens, has a dairy and cheese operation, makes maple syrup; and grows vegetables, fruit and herbs.
My responsibilities included:
~ Grew approximately 200 varieties of heirloom and hybrid vegetables, flowers and herbs for the gourmet restaurant and inn on the Shelburne Farms property, a local farmers market, farm staff, field trips, and several wholesale accounts.
~ Managed a seasonal staff, including a full time garden apprentice.
~ Maintained sustainable crop rotation and agricultural practices contingent with organic certification on 6 acres, while keeping up with produce production demands.
~ Worked closely with the executive chef to achieve continuity from farm to table.
~ Led and facilitated education programs for both children and adults on various subjects revolving around organic and sustainable agriculture.
~ Over the course of two growing seasons expanded acreage, market opportunities and infrastructure including a large shed, animal shelters and 2 high tunnels.
~ Helped with lambing and making both maple syrup and cheddar cheese during the off season.

 

May 2003 to February 2006 Green Meadows Farm, South Hamilton, Massachusetts
Wholesale Manager, Assistant CSA Manager
Green Meadows is a for profit meat and vegetable CSA model organic farm located near the coast of Massachusetts and is currently over 400 members strong.
My responsibilities included:
~ Managed all produce production, marketing, sales and distribution for wholesale accounts including 8 restaurants, 3 grocery stores, and several wholesale distributors; increasing sales by approximately $36,000.
~ Assistant manager of a 200 family CSA (Community Supported Agriculture Program) that was started in 2003.
~ Used and maintained heavy equipment, including tractors equipped with both primary and secondary cultivation implements.
~ Helped to raise and take care of pigs, sheep, turkeys and chickens.
~ Led discussions on composting, organic and sustainable farming practices for both children and adults.
~ Led walks on wild foraging, mushroom and tree identification.

 

Languages:
English and some Spanish

 

Interests:
I am currently interested in studying various organic and sustainable farming methods from around the world. I plan to travel for 1 year in Europe, Asia and South America volunteering on farms and documenting my journey through video, an on-line photo journal and blog. I hope that through sharing my experiences that I can inspire others to both create and support sustainable food projects within their community.

 

* References and recommendations are available upon request.

 

* I recently ran a successful crowd funding campaign to help support this project, you can see the campaign as well as a short video at www.indiegogo.com/projects/farmer-seeking-roots

 

* My project has been featured by several blogs and news publications. Find a list of media coverage by clicking the following link: Media

 

 

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