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Culinary Gardner at Culinary Institute of America - 4323

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Culinary Gardner
Culinary Institute of America
2555 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574
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Job Description: 

The Culinary Gardener is responsible for all aspects of The CIA Student Farm at Charles Krug winery including greenhouse propagation, bed prep, irrigation, cultivation, harvest, and maintenance of the grounds. The Culinary Gardener supports educational programming related to the farm, specifically the 12-week Farm to Table (F2T) program. The Culinary Gardener is responsible for the annual department budget, containing costs and maximizing revenues from the seasonal crops grown.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Develops crop plans involving input from F2T faculty in EDU.
Purchases seeds, propagates seedlings in greenhouse.
Prepares beds for planting including BCS mowing and tilling.
Transplants seedlings and direct seeds (Jang, Earthway) all crops.
Sets-up and repairs micro-drip and overhead irrigation. Irrigates as needed.
Cultivates crops: BCS tilling, wheel hoeing, hula hoeing, and hand weeding.
Receives orders, harvests, weighs, labels and delivers farm product to various CIA outlets.
Office work: checks email daily; accounts for internal (Eatec) and external (invoice) sales.
Maintains clean and tidy work environments in the greenhouse, pack shed, tool shed, and farm office.
Oversees and ensures accurate and timely production.
Works with Culinary Gardener at Greystone as necessary.
Maintains aesthetic standards including weed-free wood mulch paths, labeled rows, ornamental plantings.
Conducts tours for students, CIA Boot Camp attendees, and the general public when necessary.
Provides educational support to CIA Farm to Table Program students.
Interacts with inquiring CIA Chefs and purchasing regarding availability and farm product.
Monitors inventories, and maintains working condition of tools and supplies.
Adheres to CIA dress code and hygiene standards.
Displays exemplary professional demeanor at all times.
Any and all other duties as assigned.


Effective written and verbal communication with team members.
Ability to prioritize tasks.
Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
Professional interaction with other team members at all times.
Ability to work independently and efficiently.


Ability to frequently lift and carry 30 lbs. and occasionally lift and carry 50 lbs. with assistance.
Ability to stand for extended periods of time.
Ability to bend over, crouch, and kneel regularly.
Must be able to work overtime on nights and weekends based on business needs.
Must be able to work at both CIA locations (Copia in Napa and Greystone in St. Helena) based on business needs.
Must possess own transportation in order to travel between the two locations when necessary.
Ability to work outdoors in extreme temperatures, hot and cold for extended periods of time.

Education & Experience: 

High school diploma.
2 years experience on vegetable farms.
Valid Drivers’ License.


3+ years of experience working on farms.
Experience working 2 wheel tractors (BCS equipment).
Experience working on student farms.
Experience as an educator.
Associates or bachelor’s degree.
Master Gardener Certification.
CIA graduate.
Familiarity with principles of organic food production.

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