Lyndon Station, Wisconsin
Crew Leader Position
Orange Cat Community Farm
S1280B Cherry Ln
Lyndon Station, WI 53944
If interested in this position: please email a resume and cover letter describing why you are interested in working at Orange Cat Community Farm.
General Description: Orange Cat Community Farm is located in Sauk County, WI near Reedsburg and Wisconsin Dells. It is 1 hour from Madison and about 20 minutes from the Baraboo Hills, where there are beautiful hiking and recreational opportunities. The farm has been in operation since 2010. It is 22 acres with 2.5 acres of certified organic vegetables, including hoophouse production. The produce is marketed through a 150 member main season CSA as well as spring and fall CSA shares and a farmers’ market in Baraboo. The farm is owned and operated by Laura Mortimore, who gained a degree in horticulture and 5 years of organic vegetable farming experience before beginning a farm of her own. Orange Cat Community Farm prides itself on producing high quality vegetables and creating a positive CSA experience for members. We are excited to add a hard-working, motivated individual to our team!
Position Starts: April 4th, 2016
Position Ends: October 28th, 2016
Application Deadline: February 1st, 2016 or until position is filled
Orange Cat Community Farm is looking for an individual with at least one season’s experience working on an organic vegetable farm to help lead crews in the greenhouse, field and packing shed. This person should have the desire and motivation to take on responsibility and provide leadership to crew members. A positive attitude, good communication skills and an understanding of efficient work methods are essential. You need to be able to do repetitive and physical labor, lifting up to 50 lbs and work in all weather conditions.
Benefits: A main season CSA share is provided. Extra spring and late fall produce will also be provided. Lunches on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are provided by the farm and prepared communally. Full time employees receive three paid days off.
Housing: There is a room for rent in the farm house, but the crew leader is more than welcome to find off-farm housing. The room at the farm includes a private bedroom with shared employee bathroom and living room. The kitchen is shared with the farmer. There is a huge deck on the house for everyone’s use.
Hours of expected work are 7:45am- 5pm, Monday through Friday with an hour lunch break. There will be times when circumstances require us to work later, but I’ll do my best to keep the schedule. Employees are required to attend the Saturday farmers’ market on a rotating basis. Because we only attend the market in the spring and fall, you will be attending about three markets.
The farm has several worker shares that help out weekly, two full time interns and two crew leaders. At any given time there are usually 3-6 people working on a crew. The crew leaders’ responsibilities include: provide direction to crew members, set an efficient work pace, maintain quality control
Although the daily regiment will change, over the season you will be involved in: greenhouse transplant production, transplanting, weeding, irrigation, harvest, post-harvest handling, hoophouse vegetable production, driving delivery routes, and the ins and outs of running a CSA with happy members.
Valid driver’s license is required.
At least one season’s experience working on an organic vegetable farm is required.
I am going to ask you to work hard. I am going to ask you to enjoy yourself. Best person for the job: someone who enjoys working hard!