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Seeking a Biodynamic Farmer - Cresset Farm, Johnstown, CO

Cresset Farm Development Initiative, Inc. a 501c3 located at 503 S. County Road 1, Johnstown, CO 80534 (www.cressetfarmdev.com) is searching for a biodynamic farmer to farm a 120 acre farm which it leases at the same address. Sixty acres are under cultivation with the remaining 60 acres consisting of hillside pasture, slough and farmstead. Four acres are devoted to vegetable production each year to provide vegetables for 150 to 200 CSA shares. The remaining cultivated ground is irrigated pasture and hay. The vegetable plot is move to new ground each year. The farm can be found on Google Earth, @ 40°23'15.61"N, 104°56'52.08"W. The SW corner of the farm touches the Big Thompson River (Google Earth, @ 40°23'15.61" N, 104°57'01.08"W). The farm consists of both upper and lower flat fields with gentle sloping hill side connecting the upper and lower fields. The farm has been farmed biodynamically for the past eleven years by Lawrence and Ursula Holmes (cressetcommunityfarm.com). This has resulted in improvements in soil fertility, crop rotation, landscaping, and extensive junk removable. Sales of raw milk shares, biodynamically grown beef, eggs, and fresh baked bread comprise products sold by the farm. However, the primary source of farm income comes from the sale of the CSA vegetable shares with sales of both summer and winter shares. The method of irrigation is primarily flood with some sprinkler system irrigation. The farmhouse, rented separately, is a two story four-bedroom house that has recently been insulated and has had recent window upgrades.

The Holmes plan to farm through 2011 and help in the transition to the new farmers. Potentially, present equipment, animals, and livestock buildings currently owned by the Holmes may be available for purchase or lease. CFDI pays a current lease rate of $10,000 a year and this is passed on entirely to the farmers in a sublease agreement.

Applicants should have farming experience and at least a basic knowledge of biodynamic farming practices and philosophy and be willing to learn how to implement and enhance such practices and philosophy. Individual farmers, farm couples or farm families will be considered. Skill and/or desire to engage in marketing the CSA shares and other farm products are requisite. Given its 501c3 status, CFDI does not support the farm with direct financial assistance but the farmers and CFDI board work together on farm related matters, consideration of capital improvements, and the fulfillment of CFDI's educational, land preservation, and community engagement mission. One farmer is automatically a member of the CFDI board. The farmers help fulfill the education mission of CFDI by participating in and directing the educational activities of youth who visit the farm and, as a result, the farmers earn some supplemental income.

Send resumes, letters of recommendation and any additional relevant documentation to:

Lee Shannon
Chair, CFDI
3326 Stuart Street
Denver, CO 80212
or email: lshannon@regis.edu

After initial screening of applicants' resumes by the board of CFDI, Profit and Loss statements and other relevant documents pertaining to the farm and CFDI will be made available.