We raise pastured chickens, turkeys, eggs, pork, and beef--very much inspired and modeled after Joel Salatin's PolyfaceFarm. 100% grassfed beef. Everything on fresh pasture. No drugs, chemicals, or GMO feeds, etc. We process all our own poultry. We raise around 12,000 chickens, 2100 laying hens, 150 pigs, 700 turkeys, and graze around 60 head of cattle. Additionally, we have made Whiffletree a hub of excellently-raised, locally-raised, Weston Price-friendly products beyond what we raise by sourcing from our friends (lamb, organic veggies, raw honey, raw milk, etc.)! We sell to local restaurants, from our Farm Store, in collaboration with other farms, and through our northern Virginia to Charlottesville buying clubs.
We work hard. 55 hours/week is normal. 6:00am-5:30pm Monday through Saturday with 45 minute breaks for breakfast and lunch, and one weekday off. Just minimal chores on Sunday (usually 2-3 hours in the winter, 6-7 in the summer). On rare occasions, we have to work late as need arises.
The work mostly entails moving, feeding, and watering the animals, cleaning eggs, processing chickens (every Wednesday May to October) building and maintaining infrastructure, making deliveries, helping customers in the Farm Store, record keeping, and getting resources (feed, bedding, etc.)--though you would have to be willing to do anything. You will become well versed in the pertinent farm practices of raising all our animals.
Additionally, 2 hours a week we will stop outside labor in order for me to teach lessons on running the farm business (marketing, record keeping, customer service, sourcing, bookkeeping, etc.) and delegate those tasks for your experience. The goal would be for you to leave knowing the farm and business model. It would set you up well to start your own business.