At Harmony Valley Farm, LLC we are passionate about producing organic food and strive to produce the best organic vegetables, beef and pork possible. We believe in the benefits of organic food and are seeking a like minded individual to join our team.
We are a company that works closely together every day in a casual atmosphere and seek an individual that is willing to join our team. The challenge is high and the learning curve is steep, but the food is excellent and the customer satisfaction is rewarding.
Responsibilities include/but not limited to:
We are looking for an individual with 2-5 years of vegetable farming experience to be part of our farm production 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 passionate about cooking with high quality, certified organic, seasonal ingredients to be our farm chef for the 2014 season.
In our summer farm chef position, your primary role will be to prepare lunch daily, Monday-Friday for our crew (30-40 people) and a light dinner for farm residents (3 - 4 people) two nights per week. 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.
The person who will thrive in this position will have a strong base of culinary skills. 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 also serve as a culinary resource to our large CSA membership. Your involvement with our CSA program will include weekly contributions to our newsletters, which may include vegetable features, recipes and occasionally culinary focused main articles. You will also participate in our two annual on farm events.
Additional responsibilities and opportunities will be based on the Chef's skills, experience, interests and the needs of the farm. These may include food preservation projects, maintaining a culinary herb garden, and working at our farmer's market stand occasionally.
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. Single-occupancy, on-farm housing is available for the farm chef.. Lunch (Monday - Friday) & dinner two nights per week are included as well as access to vegetables from the farm.
Twin Cities Delivery Helper - Now Hiring
First things first, this position is not just unloading boxes when and where you are told. Our delivery driver and helpers have the very important task of finishing Harmony Valley Farm's commitment to great customer service. Without the help of our great team working together to deliver our produce, our customers will not have a good experience. If we grow the best vegetables in the world (and we're told we do) and the boxes are not counted correctly, or the paperwork is not in the correct spot, or the boxes were delivered to the wrong site, then we have members that are expecting those scrumptious veggies and they can't get them. Every step in the process, from ordering seeds to delivering the packaged boxes, is extremely important and can make or break our farm.
We are looking for people (you don't have to be a CSA member to help out) that may be interested in helping with deliveries in the Twin Cities area on Thursdays. Now, I know what you are thinking, why would I want to work at a job for 1 day a week. Who wouldn't want to work only one day a week! It is one full day of work starting with you meeting our truck driver at Co-op Partners (746 Vandalia St.) at 8 AM. Your part is usually done before 3 PM; however there may be days when things are running late, therefore being available all day would be great.
You and our driver, along with one other helper will be responsible for our final step in our members having a great CSA experience. If you can load boxes on a 2 wheel dolly and move that stack of boxes carefully down the truck ramp and into the delivery site and stack them neatly, you should consider this opportunity. Don't misunderstand me, it is not just throwing boxes on a cart and stacking them, it is very important to stack the boxes straight so they do not crush the box contents or the reusable boxes at each site in the same place, each week. There is also paperwork (checklists, newsletters) that needs to be set up at each site the same way, each time. If we keep things consistent, then our members will have an easier time each week when they pick up their shares.
We also have fruit, cheese, coffee, and meat boxes to be delivered on the corresponding weeks. Did I mention that is it extremely important that you accurately count these boxes at each site so the right number of the right share gets delivered to the right delivery site? No worries, our driver will help you out and show you what needs to be done. Remember, deliveries are on Thursdays from May through January.
I know this all sounds great and you are thinking you would love to volunteer for the position, however we will even pay you to help us, $120 + a $10 per diem for each delivery. You will also receive a vegetable box each delivery you help out with. So now that I peeked your interest about this great opportunity to be a part the Harmony Valley Farm extended family, send your resume to this
email address or mail it via regular mail.
Packing Shed Lead - Now Hiring
We are looking for an individual with excellent communication and organizational skills to work in our packing shed. General responsibilities include developing daily work plans and overseeing wash/pack operations to ensure proper packing and maintaining quality standards. You will also help to enforce and implement sanitation practices, help to maintain general orderliness of the packing shed area as well as storage areas, coolers, greenhouses and other work areas. Other responsibilities will include preparing 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 when necessary, and load and unload products and supplies on/off of trucks.
In this position, you will work with our current packing shed coordinators and management to plan and coordinate the flow of production to complete washing and packing of produce for distribution to our CSA, wholesale accounts and farmer's market. 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, pacing shed work plans are coordinated with other areas of the farm, and packing shed operations and facilities are maintained.
With respects to our specific markets, your responsibilities will include the following: