We are looking for an individual with 2-5 years of vegetable farming experience to be part of our farm crew. You must be familiar with and/or willing to learn organic farming methods and be a flexible, cooperative team member with a positive attitude. Experience with operating tractors and implements for vegetable production is required.
We are looking to recruit an individual with an interest in working here for two or more years. In this position you will work closely with our Head Farmer, Richard. We are looking for an individual who can grow into a more advanced farming and leadership role on our farm with the potential to become a more integral part of our management team. Work will depend on your level of skill, experience, and rate of learning but may include the following:
Are you a talented, energetic, hard-working, skilled chef looking for a new culinary experience? If so, we just might have an adventure for you. We are seeking someone who is talented, creative, hard working and passionate about cooking with high quality, certified organic, seasonal ingredients to be our farm chef for the 2013 season.
In our summer farm chef position, your primary role will be to prepare lunch daily, Monday-Friday for our crew and a light dinner for farm residents (3 - 5 people). We value our crew and want to make good quality, delicious and nourishing meals available to them while utilizing vegetables and meat from our farm in a way that is cost effective. Other supplemental ingredients will be sourced from other local producers, farmer's market and a monthly wholesale order. All ingredients must be certified organic. Meals do not need to be fancy or complicated, but need to be balanced, tasty and enjoyable.
You will also serve as a culinary resource to our large CSA membership. You will contribute weekly newsletter content for vegetable features, recipes and occasional culinary focused main articles. You will also share your culinary adventures with our members with weekly postings on our blog. Thus, writing and basic computer skills are essential. Additional responsibilities include participating in our 2 weekend CSA farm events and doing food preservation as needed throughout the season.
The person who will thrive in this position has a strong base of culinary skills and real industry production experience. Additionally, you need to be able to self-direct your daily activities, manage your time and resources, prioritize tasks, and be able to meet the physical rigors of daily cooking. You will also be responsible for purchasing, maintaining food cost records and working within a given budget.
You will become immersed in seasonal cooking with exposure to over 150 vegetables grown in our beautiful, secluded valley. You will have the opportunity to learn about how vegetables are grown both through conversation as well as seeing it for yourself in the field and experimenting with products in the kitchen.
You must have previous work experience in the foodservice industry and need to provide 2-3 professional references. Writing skills and basic computer skills are essential. This is a full-time, salaried, seasonal position. On-farm housing is available. Lunch & dinner, Monday-Friday are included.Delivery Driver
We are looking for an individual with a valid CDL, a clean driving record and experience driving a tractor-trailer. This is a seasonal job doing our delivery route to Minneapolis/ St. Paul once weekly from May through January. You will leave the farm Wednesday evening, stay overnight in the Twin Cities, and complete deliveries Thursday morning before returning to the farm in the afternoon/early evening. You will be assisted on the route by 1-2 helpers.
The delivery route may include wholesale deliveries as well as all CSA deliveries. In this position you are expected to be more than just an operator for the truck. You will be representing Harmony Valley Farm to our customers and are expected to be courteous, friendly and respectful to any customers you come in contact with at the CSA delivery sites. You will also be responsible for working with the CSA delivery assistants to unload boxes and making sure the deliveries are executed with accuracy. You will be responsible for maintaining neat, orderly and organized pickup sites and executing deliveries within the given time schedule.
We are looking for an individual with excellent communication and organizational skills to work in our packing shed. In this position, you will work with our current packing shed coordinators and management to plan, coordinate and supervise the flow of production to complete washing and packing of produce for distribution to our CSA, wholesale accounts and farmer's market. You will directly supervise packing shed crew members. Your job will be to have the ''Big Picture View'' of the work that needs to be coordinated to meet deadlines, ensure product is handled properly, activities are coordinated with other areas of the farm, and packing shed operations and facilities are maintained.
General responsibilities include developing daily work plans, supervising wash/pack operations to ensure proper packing and maintain quality standards. Enforce and supervise sanitation practices, help to maintain general orderliness of the packing shed area as well as storage areas, coolers, greenhouses and other work areas. Prepare packaging needs (labels, boxes, containers, etc). Receive, label, store and inventory product being received from the field. Work with the crew to wash and pack produce as needed. Load and unload product and supplies on/off of trucks.
You will supervise packing shed crew members including delegating tasks, providing instruction, monitoring quality standards, paying attention to efficiency of tasks and making changes as needed, enforcing sanitation and procedural policies, holding crew members accountable for completion of tasks as requested. Additionally you will be responsible for transitioning crews to ensure efficient and timely completion of tasks.
You will be responsible for completing daily product inventory and monthly supplies inventories. Also responsible for ensuring preventative maintenance is being completed and that safety practices are being followed in the packing shed.
With respects to our specific markets, your responsibilities will include the following: