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Highwater Farm - Assistant Grower

Mountain Roots Healthy Futures Program
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The Assistant Grower will report directly to the Farm Manager to assist in all areas of field production and help ensure the farm is operating efficiently. Responsibilities include preparation for and management of on-farm CSA distribution and wholesale orders, managing volunteers on the farm, and training/leading youth program participants in field work and farm tasks. This position requires participation and leadership in all aspects of vegetable production and land management on 5 acres. Daily tasks include but are not limited to: seeding; greenhouse management; cultivation and bed prep; transplanting; irrigation; weed and pest management; harvesting, washing and marketing crops.

Service Activities

• Stay informed of crop production schedules, log data and capture field notes
• Assist Farm Manager in preparation and management of CSA and wholesale accounts
• Ensure youth crew workers, and volunteers are trained and motivated to accomplish scheduled work
• Work alongside crew members to achieve efficient and successful crop production
• Share animal chores, including feeding and watering laying hens, collecting and cleaning eggs, and rotating
chicken pasture
• Assist with pest and disease scouting; implement Integrated Pest Management tactics
• Regularly work with drip and overhead irrigation systems
• Manage produce processing, distribution and delivery
• Lead select workshops focused on building introductory knowledge of agriculture and food systems
• Share social media management and provide community with storytelling about the farm and produce sales

Community Need Addressed

The Assistant Grower position at Highwater Farm addresses a critical unmet need within the community by contributing to the local food system's sustainability and resilience. Silt, Colorado, and surrounding areas lack consistent access to fresh, locally grown produce, leading to food insecurity and limited exposure to sustainable farming practices. The Assistant Grower will play a pivotal role in increasing the availability of healthy, locally sourced food by actively participating in all aspects of field production and vegetable cultivation on the 5-acre farm. Through the management of on-farm CSA distribution, wholesale orders, and engagement with volunteers and youth program participants, the Assistant Grower will enhance community access to nutritious food while also educating and empowering individuals, particularly youth, about sustainable agricultural practices. This service will address the pressing need for a more robust and accessible local food supply, fostering community health and resilience in Silt and the broader region.

Position Outcomes

The Assistant Grower position at Highwater Farm seeks to bring about meaningful changes in the community. Through increased production and distribution of fresh, locally grown produce, the service aims to enhance food accessibility. The engagement of youth in farm activities and educational programs is expected to foster a new generation with knowledge of sustainable agriculture. This service further endeavors to contribute to community health by providing nutritious options and promoting healthy eating practices. By ensuring the efficient operation of the farm, the Assistant Grower intends to yield measurable improvements in crop productivity and distribution processes. Additionally, the service aims to raise community awareness and engagement in sustainable farming practices, as evidenced by increased attendance at workshops and community events. Overall, the position envisions a more resilient and health-conscious community through its efforts at Highwater Farm.


Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Stipend

Housing Stipend

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility
Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Environment
  • Length of Service 9 Months
  • Education Requirements GED
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Social Enterprise (nonprofit)
  • Weekly Training Hours 4

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