GREAT CAPE HERBS of Brewster (Cape Cod), Ma. is seeking a professional Herbalist with a minimum of five years of consultation experience.
Great Cape is an old and well-established Herbal Apothecary and organic, medicinal herb farm in the heart of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The farm was begun in May of 1973, and the Herbal Apothecary was established on the Summer Solstice of 1991. The land is a magical 15 acres of fertile soil, various ecosystems, and perhaps the most diverse and plentiful plant, bird, and animal life in the East. We have medicinal plants, a hop yard, a vineyard, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, apple trees, 15 or so chickens, two adult goats and four doe babies just born (!), and pasture for either future animals, or for expanded gardens.
Great Cape is owned, operated and pampered by me, Stephan Brown, farmer and Village Herbalist. It is time for me to retire from business, do some traveling/writing/reading, but still carry on the work of the Plants. I wish to plan for a graceful succession, and pass the Green Torch on to the next generation of Earth Caretakers, and People caretakers.
Great Cape needs a "Plant Person" who has had business experience in running a retail shop and in making herbal products. He/She must have enthusiasm-beyond-reason, love sand between the toes (!), and face work and "challenges" with defiant laughter!
You LIKE dirt beneath your fingernails, and you garden WITHOUT gloves. You know ragweed from mugwort, and chickweed from cleavers….
You do not let others plan your day, and you do not collect a weekly pay check whether you were productive or not. You want to "make a difference" and expand this herbal business: you want to carry the voice and the healing of The Green Nations to as many people as possible.
Being the Chief Herbalist at Great Cape Herbs will entail some of the following :
--Ordering from many suppliers; simple data entry into Quickbooks; keeping track of inventory; keeping the shop clean and organized...
--Herbal Product work
Making and pressing tinctures; blending and bagging teas; making and jarring or bottling salves and oils; keeping shelves stocked; gathering and drying herbs; making herbal vinegars, honey's, elixirs, etc
--YOU are an organizer; can keep a shop clean and tidy; have a "chronic" desire to learn about medicines and good nutrition, as we are also planning to build an "integrative health center" in the very near future.
You MUST be able to communicate CLEARLY and concisely in the English language without using todays common "crutch words" such as-- "like", "ya know", "whatever", "ya know what I mean", etc.
Quite simply, I expect that you will be able to collect and organize your thoughts so that you can use words VERBALLY the way that they are used when WRITTEN !
A rewarding life of "living gratefully" , doing the work of the plants, helping others, and even making some money :)) We will talk about financial arrangements.
All herbal products made by Great Cape will be available to you at 40% off retail price.
You may have a share of fresh fruits and veggies grown or wildcrafted on the farm, as well as an allotment of fresh eggs from our 'pastured' chicks.
My original vision for Great Cape some 21 years ago, was to open small Herbal Apothecaries around New England. It is still possible with the right people and the right energy and enthusiasm. I have evolved a solid infrastructure that will allow for expansion. But it is time to pass the torch.
I am hoping to semi-retire by September and spend less time in the shop, and more time following other interests. The Great Cape Herbs business MAY become available for purchase if the Universe provides the right person or group of people. I am enthusiastic about evolving a co-operatively owned, or employee-owned business.
I feel that we have a responsibility to the community for the rare, health service that we offer, and I would like to have that tradition carried on.
Please note that my newest tenants will be opening a vegetarian restaurant and nutrition counseling business, as well as a small yoga studio.
You may send your resume, including your vision of the future and your goals, either via email, or by the post. If this opportunity is not possible for you right now, perhaps you know someone that would be 'the right herbalist' to serve the People of Cape Cod and beyond ?
We subscribe to the guiding principals of the Transition Town movement, which basically means building community resilience for the changes that are now happening worldwide, including "food and medicine security". To learn more go to www.transitionus.org or search Ted Talks for Transition Towns and or Rob Hopkins.
email@example.com; or P.O. Box 1206, Brewster, Ma. 02631