FARM CREW POSITION
General overview: Farm crew members need to have an interest in the local food movement, enjoy a hard worked day with others and respect the great outdoors. You don’t necessarily have to want to become a farmer yourself…but you do need to have a passion for what we are doing. You will be involved in many aspects of the farm and will be expected to do them to your fullest ability with a good attitude.
March – April: Overall farm preparation tasks as needed. Seeding and tending to seedlings in the germination house, prepping the field, setting up irrigation and laying plastic mulch and straw. Early transplanting in the field begins. Crew members may be asked to be involved with member events. Hours may be lighter during this time.
May – June: CSA harvest begins, lots of weeding, transplanting and seeding in the field continues. Seeding for Fall CSA and seeding all of the late fall and winter crops will begin in the germination house etc. Trellising the tomatoes. CSA deliveries will begin. More weeding! Farm Crew members may be asked to deliver to CSA/Market locations andinteract with customers. Wholesale deliveries. Crew members may be asked to be involved with member events.
July – August: Summer harvests continue – some of the heaviest of the season. July marks some big transplanting pushes for Fall CSA and still the seeding, weeding, bed preparation etc. continues for summer. Bulk harvest for end of Summer and Fall begin with storage onions and potatoes. Crew members may be asked to be involved with member events.
September – October: Summer & Fall harvests continue as well as lighter planting pushes, garlic planting. Bulk harvest for end of Summer and Fall continues with winter squash, potatoes, carrots, other root crops, and storage cabbage, etc. Major field cleanup will begin at this time. Our Summer CSA will run through September. The Fall share will go through October with possible season extenders if produce is available. Hours may be lighter during this time.
Requirements: Farm crew should be able to work outside in all sorts of weather (hot, cold, rain etc). Applicants must provide their own farm gear. Items like a good pair of gloves, work boots, rubber boots, a hat and rain gear are suggested. Farm work requires continuous work with your hands, heavy lifting repeatedly (all applicants must be able to lift 50 lbs. repeatedly) and kneeling and squatting for long periods of time. Those with week backs or past injuries should strongly consider this before applying.
◦ Must be able to work well with others as well as to work well independently.
◦ Previous gardening or vegetable farm experience preferred but not required.
◦ Good observation skills and a strong attention to detail
◦ Must be reliable and on time.
◦ Must be able to receive critique and feedback.
◦ Must be physically capable to perform all farm tasks in all weather.
◦ Have a valid drivers license and access to a reliable vehicle.
◦ Must be able to interact with CSA members and the public in a polite and respectful manner.
Schedule: We are looking for 1-2 dedicated individuals who are interested in committing for a full season on the farm. Hours will begin in March and run through November. We are looking for individuals with 15-20 available hours per week. (If you are interested in the working at the farm but can not commit to these hours please contact us so we can discuss options.)
Work days are Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm or 7:00am-3:00pm depending on daylight hours and workload. Based on delivery schedules hours may be adjusted so the Farm Crew can make member deliveries or work the Farmer’s Market. At times we may require crew members to work shorter or longer hours depending on weather and/or work load and may be asked to work weekend days. Crew will need to provide their own lunches, access to fresh vegetables is always an option.
Compensation: Based on experience and hours available. Vegetables also available.
How to Apply: Please send an email with your resume, cover letter and 3 references to email@example.com.
For those applicants who are contacted, there will be a working interview as part of the application process. There will be a 2 week (paid) working trial period to make sure the applicant is a good fit for the farm and farm is a good fit for the applicant.
VOLUNTEER FOR CSA MEMBERSHIP POSITION
General overview: Volunteer crew members will be involved in many aspects of the farm and will be expected to do them to their fullest ability with a good attitude. General farm tasks such as weeding, seeding, transplanting, harvesting, cleaning and packing vegetables may be handled weekly. Farm work requires continuous work with your hands, repeated heavy lifting and kneeling and squatting for long periods of time. Those with week backs or past injuries should strongly consider this before applying. *For those who are unable to meet the physical requirements of this position, but would still like to be a Volunteer crew member please contact us. We may be able to make an arrangement for work to be done at the Farmer’s Market or a Weekly Pickup location etc.
Schedule: We are looking for dedicated individuals who are interested in committing for a full season on the farm. Hours will begin in April/May and run through September/October. We are looking for individuals who are able to commit to 10 hours per week on a regularly scheduled day(s). Work days are Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm or 7:00am-3:00pm depending on daylight hours and workload, etc. Farmer’s Market location is Iowa City and it is every Wednesday from 5:00-7:00pm. May be able to substitute for a weekend day as needed by Farm Management.
Volunteers will need to provide their own lunches, access to fresh vegetables is always an option.
How to Apply: Please send an email with 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those applicants who are contacted, there will be a working interview as part of the application process.
Drop-In VOLUNTEER opportunities
If you are a Bountiful Harvest Farm member or member of the surrounding community and are looking to volunteer some time here and there to a small organic practicing vegetable farm…Well, you have found the place!
As a very busy vegetable farm production we are open to those looking to come experience the farm, be outdoors, and put in a good hard days work. All we ask is that you send an email with possible days and times that you are available at least a week before hand.
Have a team, group, class of energetic kiddos? Have a group of friends, co-workers, church members, exercise groups? Just you and/or your family members? Please send us an email to setup a trip to the farm to volunteer your time. And, THANK YOU in advance!