Harvest Lead – Cure Organic Farm

Contact information
Farm Address:
7416 Valmont Road
Boulder, Colorado, 80301

Primary Contact: Anne Cure
Primary Phone:
    Number: 3035178035
    Email: annecure@cureorganicfarm.com

Website: https://www.cureorganicfarm.com

Internship information
General Farm Description: Cure Organic farm is a woman-owned, commercial, diversified family farm, growing over 100 varieties of organic vegetables, herbs, berries, and specialty cut flowers on public and private land. We have vegetables, meat and eggs available for sale 50 weeks of the year. Our main markets include our Community Supported Agriculture program, Boulder County and Denver restaurants, and our farm stand located oin the farm We host tours and field trips to teach groups about agroecology, organic food production and sustainable systems on the farm. Our staff is a team of aspiring new farmers enrolled in our internship program, which offers in the field, hands on training, as well as an introduction to farm business management. Anne Cure started the farm in 2005.

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: March
Internship Ends: November
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: February 1
Minimum Length of Stay: 8 months, year round possibility

Internship Details:

Harvest Leader
This position is responsible for leading and overseeing the daily harvest and distribution schedule of the farm. This includes working daily with the farm crew consisting of full and part-time employees, and volunteers. Chicken flock management, post-harvest, field work, farm stand and CSA distribution, and other responsibilities are detailed below.

Successful Harvest Leader applicants will love working in collaborative team setting and be committed to commercial organic vegetable production. A minimum of one-year previous full time farm experience is required. Previous experience must include planting, weeding, irrigating, harvesting and post-harvest handling.

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.

Season: March through November

Pay: $18/hr with a weekly produce

Schedule: See below for details

Status: Full Time: 5 days a week, Monday-Friday (40 hrs/wk)

Typical weekly schedule on the farm includes:

Monday: Greenhouse, cooler inventory, and/or field work including seeding, weeding, transplanting, and trellising
Tuesday: Harvest for 500 member CSA, farm stand, and restaurants (incl. order delivery)
Wednesday: Finish harvesting for CSA, and distribute CSA on-site
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 farm stand, weekend CSA, and for restaurants (incl. order delivery)
Saturday: CSA distribution. Farm Stand sales.

Harvest Crew Leader works 5 days a week, M-F.

Daily responsibilities include:

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 distribution of all produce, including CSA distribution, farm store, and wholesale account deliveries

Assist Field Crew Leader and farm crew with seeding, transplanting, weeding, and harvesting throughout season

Greenhouse Responsibilities:

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

Animal Responsibilities:​

Assist with daily animal chores as needed

Personal Requirements:

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

Team Management:

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

Educational Opportunities: Daily in the field crop planning, csa crop tracking, wholesale sales through QuickBooks, mechanical cultivation, plastic culture, greenhouse plantings and post-harvest handling.

Skills Desired: Qualifications Minimum one year of previous full time 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

Meals: no

Stipend: This position is paid hourly. Rate starts at $18/hr.

Housing: no

Preferred method of Contact: email