Harvest Crew Lead – Cure Organic Farm
Last Updated On: February 17th, 2023 at 08:45AM MST
Contact informationFarm Address:
7416 Valmont Road
Boulder, Colorado, 80301
Primary Contact: Anne Cure
Internship informationGeneral 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 rotationally graze a flock of laying hens, and laying ducks. We have produce, 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. 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: Dec
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: March 1, 2023 (but the sooner the better!)
Minimum Length of Stay: 8 months, year round possibility
Harvest Crew 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 Crew 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: Mid-March through Nov. 30th
Pay: $17/hr with a weekly produce share
Schedule: See below for details
Status: Full Time: 5 days a week, Tuesday–Saturday (40–55 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 % days a week. Schedule can vary, M-F or Tues- Sat, depending on applicants interests and availability.
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
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
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
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
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
Stipend: This position is paid hourly. Rate starts at $17/hr.
Preferred method of Contact: email