This is the 3rd year for The Good Food Project, a 3 acre mixed vegetable farm located in beautiful Trinidad, Colorado. 2 years ago a rancher walked into the Trinidad Community Food Coop and offered the use of his former hayfield, with water ditch irrigation, for FREE, to grow vegetables on it. It is a piece of land that was not convenient for him to harvest hay on, triangular shaped and 20 miles from his home, and he wanted to see it put to good use. We, the Coop and Earth Mountain Education Farm, scrambled to find volunteers willing to help in the endeavor. The result has been outstanding the first 2 years. Last year The Good Food Project distributed 25 CSA shares, sold at the Trinidad Community Farmer's Market, and had our first Farm to Table dinner. Almost unbelievable, this farm is the largest mixed vegetable farm in Las Animas County in the last 50 years! We know this farm can produce much more.
We are seeking a self motivated organic farm Manager with experience in working with volunteer help to take this farm to another level. It has been well received by the community, and has been maintained by many local volunteers. Last year the farm offered an 8 week Summer Youth Intern program, comprised of 8 inspired kids, ages 14-18. For the Farm to Table dinner these young people harvested the vegetables, prepared the meals and served the dinners for an amazing night we all thoroughly enjoyed. In addition to the intern program, the farm was planted and weeded by a homeschool group, kids as young as 5 years old, and resulted in the older kids teaching younger kids the right way to care for the plants. This project led to children of various ages, learning and teaching, social interaction, and fun times. Good, healthy playtime. Halfway through the season we got help from the Department of Corrections sending out people to help with the more demanding weeding and fence building. All in all, this has been a great experience for everyone involved.
So now we are in need of help. We have opportunity to expand this project to another couple acres nearby, ditch irrigated from the same Antonio Lopez Ditch, established around 1860, but we can't expand until this farm is more secure in its management. Right now we can offer a Manager $300 per week, starting the beginning of April and continuing until the end of October. Trinidad is a zone 5 growing climate. It will take a bit of orientation before starting. Housing can possibly be arranged. Last year we had a Volunteer Coordinator and a CSA Coordinator and hoping that this year will be the same or better in that respect as this project becomes more fine tuned. We will be taking applications until Friday, March 18th.
This is a great opportunity for the right person(s). Thank you.