Contact informationFarm Address:
7416 Valmont Rd
Boulder, Colorado, 80301
Primary Contact: Anne Cure
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Cure Organic farm is a women-owned, certified organic, commercial, diversified family farm, growing over 100 varieties of vegetables, herbs, berries, and specialty cut flowers on public and private land. We rotationally graze a flock of laying hens, laying ducks and heritage pigs. We have produce, meat and eggs available for sale 50 weeks of the year. Our main markets include the Boulder County Farmers Markets, our Community Supported Agriculture program, Boulder, Lafayette and Denver restaurants, and our farm stand. 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: April
Internship Ends: November
Number of Internship Available: 5
Application Deadline: March 30
Minimum Length of Stay: 7 months
Our Farm Crew Interns are responsible for all daily farm operations. Interns will learn to use the tractors and equipment, greenhouse management, field cultivation, irrigation systems, harvesting, post-harvest handling, distribution, record keeping, farmer’s market sales, and animal care. The majority of work requires the physical capability to contribute daily in a rigorous, fast paced agricultural setting; creating an incredibly rewarding, yet demanding work environment and life experience.
Crew members are responsible for all daily farm operations. Field work includes:
Green house and field seeding, transplanting, hand weeding, setting up irrigation, trellising, harvesting, washing and packing produce
Planting and harvesting flowers and making bouquets for CSA and Farmers Market
Opportunities for mechanical cultivation, and field prep is available for candidates with experience
General animal care including feeding, watering, collecting eggs, and moving portable fences
Farm Stand, Farmers Market sales and CSA distribution
. Weekly Schedule Details
Farm work varies based on the season, but below is an outline of a typical weekly schedule:
Daily Start: In March and April our work day begins at 8:00 am, but by May our start time is 6:00 am.
Breaks: We have 15 minute break mid-morning and take lunch around noon.
Daily End: We’re usually finished by 5:00 pm with the exception of the week days we’re at the evening farm stand or CSA distribution. In the peak of the season Friday harvests run long and we may not finish up until after 6:00 pm.
While we all work together as a team, some of our farm crew works Monday–Friday while some work Tuesday–Saturday. Our schedule will rotate throughout the season.
Each day begins with animal chores and finishes up with watering the green houses, animal chores, cleaning the wash station and putting all equipment away.
Monday: Focus on flowers and field work. Harvest flowers for CSA. Seeding, transplanting, setting up irrigation, weeding, mechanical cultivating, bed and field prep. Cooler inventory.
Tuesday: Focus on harvest and packing. Harvest for CSA distribution, restaurant orders, farmers market and farm store. Boulder restaurant deliveries go out Tuesday afternoons.
Wednesday: Finish harvesting for CSA distribution. Cut flowers and make bouquets for market/CSA. Deliver Denver restaurant orders. CSA distribution.
Thursday: Cut flowers and make bouquets for weekend CSA and farmers markets. Field work including weeding, seeding, transplanting, trellising.
Friday: Harvest for weekend farmers market, CSA distribution, restaurants and farm store. Wash and pack all produce.
Saturday: CSA Distribution. Boulder Farmers Market. Load trucks, drive to markets, set up stand, sell at market. Markets finish at 2:00 pm and we’re usually back at the farm and finished for the day by 4:30–5:00 pm.
Educational Opportunities: Yes. This is a hands on educational experience best suited to folks interested in pursuing a future in small farming. Interns learn all aspects of running a successful small farm, including greenhouse management, crop planning, seating and transplanting, primary and secondary tillage, field cultivation, animal care, harvest and post harvest handling, distribution and marketing, and Farm Stand management.
Skills Desired: We are looking for positive, reliable, responsible, and hardworking individuals who have a great sense of humor and are able to follow directions and communicate well with others. Attention to detail is critical and a passion for growing food essential. (If you are not a morning person, a farm job probably isn’t a good fit for you as we start each day early.) You must also be a team player, punctual, and be able to work in all weather conditions. Be prepared for rain, hail, snow, intense sun, wind, cold and heat each day in the field. Previous farm or landscape experience is required, and it is essential that candidates are committed to the farming lifestyle and all that it demands. Must be in good physical condition and able to lift 50 pounds (squash and potatoes are heavy!). A valid driver's license, clean driving record and reliable transportation to and from the farm are required. The farm is a non-smoking, drug free environment.
Meals: No, but all food we produce is available to interns.
Stipend: Yes. This is ann hourly position starting at $12.50/hr
Preferred method of Contact: Email