Cure Organic Farm is a commercial family farm located six miles east of Boulder, Colorado. We grow 100 different varieties of certified organic vegetables, herbs and flowers on 15 acres. All of the crops we grow are distributed within 50 miles of the farm through a CSA program, to local restaurants, farmers markets and our farm store on site. The farm is also home to several honey bee hives, a flock of hens and ducks, and heritage Berkshire and Mangalitsa pigs.
Harvest Crew Leader
Cure Organic Farm is a growing family farm that is currently looking to hire a Harvest Crew Leader beginning February 2018. This position is responsible for leading and overseeing daily harvest and distribution schedule of the farm. This includes working daily with the farm crew consisting of full & part-time employees, and volunteers. Animal management, produce distribution, field work, farmers’ market sales, and other responsibilities are detailed below.
Successful Harvest Crew Leader applicants will be committed to commercial organic vegetable production and have a minimum of two years previous farm experience. Previous experience must include a minimum of two full seasons of field work on a farm with cultivating, harvesting, and post-harvest handling experience. The successful applicant will have the physical ability to work daily with hands, wrists and back, and ability to lift 50 pounds regularly. Applicants should expect to work in all weather conditions including, rain, snow, and daily summer heat of 90-100 degrees. Qualified candidates are positive, emotionally mature, strong role models and leaders. You need to be flexible and organized, and able to work well with a diverse group of people. This position will begin in February and continue through December and could grow into a year round, salaried position for the right person. This is a full time position; 5 days a week, Tuesday-Saturday, 40-65 hrs/wk. Compensation for the 2018 season is $12/hr and includes weekly produce.
- Lead farm crew with daily harvests and post-harvest washing and packing in the packing shed.
- Weekly record keeping around crop availability and harvest yields.
- Manage farm crew; set pace, keep momentum in the fields, and oversee all workers so that jobs are done correctly and thoroughly.
- Lead and assist in managing volunteers in the field.
- Lead all FSMA record keeping as it relates to employee hygiene, health, harvest, packing and distribution.
- Assist in set-up and use of irrigation in fields, greenhouses, and hardening off area.
- Assist and lead distribution of all produce. This includes CSA distribution, Farmers’ Market sales, farm store, and wholesale account deliveries.
- Assist Field Crew Leader and farm crew with seeding, transplanting, weeding and harvesting throughout season.
Typical weekly schedule on the farm includes:
- Monday- greenhouse and/or field work including: seeding, weeding, transplanting, and trellising. Cooler inventory
- Tuesday- harvest for restaurants, 250 member CSA, farm store, and Boulder Farmers’ Market. Deliver restaurant orders.
- Wednesday- finish harvesting for CSA, pack CSA boxes, attend Boulder Farmers’ Market and distribute CSA on the farm. Wednesday is by far the longest day on the farm as CSA distribution and farmers’ market finish around 9pm.
- Thursday- field work including weeding and transplanting. Thursdays are Volunteer Day. Harvest Crew Leader and the Field Crew leader are responsible for welcoming volunteers into the field and leading them and the rest of the farm crew through the morning.
- Friday- harvest for restaurants, farm store, and Saturday Boulder and Denver Farmers’ Markets. Deliver restaurant orders.
- Saturday- load box truck, set-up stand, and sell produce at the Boulder/Denver Farmers’ Markets.
- Assist in overseeing and maintaining greenhouse production, including seeding, fertilization, irrigation, pest management, and record keeping.
- Assist in managing and oversee plants in hardening off area and record keeping of transplanting dates.
- Scheduled work rotations with chickens and pigs.
- Assist in moving chickens and pigs to pastures for grazing.
- Assist with daily animal chores as needed.
- Ability to analyze and solve problems efficiently as they arise.
- Awareness of your surroundings- complete jobs and follow through is critical.
- Flexibility and ability to work constructively and with positivity.
- Emotional intelligence
- Excellent organization, ability to multi-task and good record keeping skills.
- Excellent communication with co-workers and the larger community.
- Ability to efficiently lead a group varying in age, physical ability and knowledge to accomplish daily goals.
- Strong initiative, ability to work alone and well in a group setting.
- Must be a leader who is proficient in managing co-workers effectively to create a positive work environment.
- Great communication skills are a must.
- Must have a positive personality and sense of humor, and enjoy the blessings of working on a growing family farm.
- Must be someone who looks to create solutions when situations arise.
- Must be able to fill-in for shifts in case of crew illness or emergency.
- Must be able to ensure team maintains clean and organized facilities.
- Minimum of two years previous farm experience.
- Physical strength, problem solver, good health, and team player with positive “can-do” attitude.
- Physical and emotional maturity to meet the uncertain job demands as well as represent the farm as a whole.
- Valid drivers’ license.
- Experience driving box trucks and manual transmission vehicles.
- Various tractor and equipment experience and proficiency in attaching 3 pts/PTO equipment.
- Committed to growing with our expanding farm.
- Willingness to learn and work within existing systems infrastructures.
- In person interview and farm visit is required.
Please send cover letter, resume, and completed Harvest Crew Leader Application, to the farm by email. Qualified applicants will be notified directly to schedule an on-site interview at the farm. We will begin the interview process in December. The start date is flexible with opportunities beginning as early as February 2018. Position will be filled no later than March 2018.
Email cover letter, resume, and completed application to Anne Cure at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvest Crew Leader Application:
1. Why are you interested in Cure Organic Farm and this position?
2. What previous experience are you bringing to this position?
3. What are your personal goals related to agriculture?
4. What experience do you have working with animals?
5. What makes you a good leader? Share more about your management style and give an example of a previous experience.
6. What are some areas of farming you are excited to learn more about and gain more experience with?
7. Please share more about yourself (hobbies, pastimes, travels, etc.).