Elkstone Farm is a permaculture-inspired farm in the mountains of northwest Colorado near Steamboat Springs. Its owners were inspired to start the farm by the agricultural heritage of the valley and the desire to improve the health of the land. The farm embraces organic principles to maximize productivity and support the health of its farmers and its crops. Throughout the year we host culinary and educational events which are open to the community. We also teach cooking lessons and create a line of value-added products from the farm’s produce. Our produce and products can be found at our farm stand during the summer, and at local stores throughout the year. Find us on Instagram @elkstonefarm.
OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY: The assistant growers are the backbone of our farm operation and support us in growing annual vegetables, maintaining and harvesting orchards, keeping bees, harvesting herbs and helping maintain a four-season permaculture greenhouse. They assist the lead grower and farm managers in all areas of vegetable production and permaculture projects on the farm.
QUALIFICATIONS: To be an assistant grower, you must have a deep love for the outdoors and growing food, and a willingness to learn and to work hard. If you have had past farm experience, that's very helpful, but you will receive mentorship in vegetable and fruit growing even if you are a beginner . The Assistant Grower will have received a full course of COVID-19 vaccination.
Must be able to comfortably lift 50 pounds, take direction well, work well on a team and cultivate a positive work environment.
PERSONAL TRAITS: We have had an awesome sense of community on our farm while maintaining a strong work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile to produce incredible food. We want someone who shares a sense of both community and a strong work ethic.
We are committed to a healthy workplace and this precludes smoking on the farm. This position will involve working full days outdoors, so being comfortable in various weather conditions is important. Self-direction and ownership of work are crucial. Not all jobs are fun in the sun, weeding and lifting heavy things are part of the job.
REPORTS TO: Farm Managers and Principal Grower.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Employment at-will. Season runs May 1 through September/October.
Please use the form below to inquire about this position and/or upload your resume.