FEATURED JOB OPENING: Partners in Staging Farm Events - Smyrna, SC

FEATURED JOB OPENING: Partners in Staging Farm Events - Smyrna, SC

Posted: 2/19/2016 - 7:24 am

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Farm Event Managers I am seeking a couple to plan and conduct events, tours, and celebrations on a farm in Smyrna, SC, about 40 miles southwest of downtown Charlotte. 

We are attempting to develop the farm as a site for family outings, parties, school tours, weddings, etc. We have conducted a few events ourselves, including Family Farm Days and an Arts and Crafts Festival, but with very limited success. We need someone with expertise and experience in the field.

We are an approved South Carolina Agritourism site and meet all requirements for events and tours. We also have a specialized insurance policy that covers us for farm events. We have employed rented tents for previous events, but we will have a large pavilion in place soon.

I am constructing several self guided tour trails. Some of our interpretive signs for the tours are already in place, and they look great. We have Kiko goats, several varieties of chickens, Khaki Campbell ducks, Berkshire pigs, 4 Great Pyrenees Livestock Guard Dogs, two miniature horses, and two turkeys. We also have an Indian mound, Indian grave, an old gold mine, a gold exploration pit, a historic railroad bed, and a free flowing spring. We have a few fruit trees and about 1,000 newly planted Christmas trees. We have land available for a corn maze, pumpkins, or pick-your-own berries or vegetables.

All of our animals are friendly and used to visitors . The farm is 92 acres, with about half wooded and about half in pasture. We have a lot of open land for events. Water and electricity are on site. .

I am looking for a hands-on partner for this venture. I will furnish the location and assume responsibility for most of the physical aspects of the partnership. I am comfortable with events taking several years before a significant return. No salary will be involved; we will share in the profits. I am comfortable with the Event Manager receiving all profits for two years to build our clientele and reputation.

Depending on the arrangement I am will to agree to continue as partners as opposed to me learning the ropes from you and then taking over. Such an agreement can be a legally binding contract or just a handshake.

A managing couple lives on the farm. They can be part of this effort, but the successful candidate will be able to determine how the projects will be done and who will be involved.

It is possible that the Event Managers could take over management of the farm. That situation, would again involve no salary, but a free house and 50/50 profit sharing. The farm is not yet profitable, but probably can be so within 12 months.

A retired couple would probably be idea for this position since the couple will have to be self supporting until the events begin producing a profit.

I am not looking for a consultant to tell me how to succeed, but rather, a hands-on partner anxious to roll up his/her sleeves and fully participate in every aspect of the project.

 

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