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Internship Position - Orange Cat Community Farm

S1280B Cherry Ln Lyndon Station, WI 53944 Laura Mortimore (608) 963-4234 orangecatcommunityfarm@gmail.com http://www.orangecatcommunityfarm.com If interested in employment: please email a resume and cover letter describing why you are interested in working at Orange Cat Community Farm to orangecatcommunityfarm@gmail.com 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 organically produced vegetables, including hoophouse production. The produce is marketed through a 150 member main season CSA as well as spring and storage CSA shares and a farmers’ market in Baraboo. Interns work closely with the farmer, Laura, who has a degree in horticulture and 5 years of experience working on three different vegetable CSA farms around the country. There is a lot to learn here about starting your own market farm, producing high quality vegetables, and creating a positive CSA experience for members. If interested in the crew leader position, please visit the website for more information. Internship Starts: April 17th, 2017 Internship Ends: October 27th, 2017 Number of Interns: 2 Application Deadline: February 1st, 2017 or until position is filled Skills Desired: The farm is looking for interns with positive attitudes, adaptability, efficient work ethics, ability to do physical labor and excitement to learn about growing vegetables. Previous farming experience is very desirable, but not necessary.  You need to be sincerely interested in being a part of everything that happens here. You need to be comfortable working alone and in a crew. You will be working in all weather conditions. Pay: $200 per week with 3 paid days off; there will be a review after 8 weeks Food: A CSA share and a few other farm products such as pork and canned and frozen vegetables are provided.  There is also a $50/month grocery stipend. Meals are on your own or can be prepared communally with other employees. Housing: Private bedroom with shared intern bathroom and living room in a shared house. The kitchen is shared with the farmer. There is a huge deck on the house for everyone’s use. Internship Details: Hours of expected work are 7:55am- 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. An hourly wage is paid for time working the market. The farm has several worker shares that help out weekly and 1 crew leader.  At any given time there are usually 3-5 people working on a crew. Although the daily regiment will change, in a season expect to be involved with the following: greenhouse transplant production, transplanting and direct seeding, weeding, irrigation, harvest, post-harvest handling, hoophouse vegetable production, selling at a farmers’ market, driving delivery routes, and the ins and outs of running a CSA with happy members. Valid driver’s license is required. There is opportunity to learn about canning and freezing produce, and spinning and knitting yarn if you are interested. 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!  

Crew Leader Position - Orange Cat Community Farm

S1280B Cherry Ln Lyndon Station, WI 53944 Laura Mortimore (608) 963-4234 orangecatcommunityfarm@gmail.com http://www.orangecatcommunityfarm.com 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 3rd, 2017 Position Ends: October 27th, 2017 Application Deadline: February 1st, 2017 or until position is filled Skills Desired: 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. Pay: Starts at $9/hr with two reviews during the season. Benefits: A spring and main season CSA share is provided.  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. Position Details: Hours of expected work are 7:55am- 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 one crew leader.  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!

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