Meadow Lark Farm Dinners are a celebration of Colorado's farmers and food artisans. From June through September, we set our table in fields and pastures, barns and greenhouses, around Boulder County. Our menus are inspired by the morning's harvest, and are prepared on-site in our mobile kitchen and on our wood-burning grill. We are driven by the belief that the rituals of the table hold great potential for building communities. By cooking uncomplicated food on local farms, right beside the rows of crops, we strive to draw connections among taste and place and season.
Every year, four interns to join Meadow Lark Farm Dinners for the season. Our paid internships require full-time employment. The work is physically demanding and dependent on exceptional teamwork and communication skills. Interns will be involved in all aspects of Meadow Lark Farm Dinners, as outlined below.
MLFD prepares two dinners every week. With preparations for dinner, post-dinner clean-up, and other administrative tasks, the work will consist of 40–60 hours a week, and will usually be spread out over six days. The bulk of the work falls on dinner days—work may begin as early as 8 a.m., and conclude as late as 2 a.m.. We strive to keep a regular weekly schedule, with dinners falling on Thursdays and Saturdays. However, weather and other unpredictable factors are likely to alter our schedule from time to time. Therefore, while interns will have at least one free day every week, this day-off may not always fall on the same day of the week.
Our major equipment consists of a mobile kitchen (a 24-foot school bus that has been converted into a kitchen and pantry), a wood-burning grill that has been built onto a trailer, and a pick-up truck for pulling the trailer and transporting chairs, tables and tents. All of this equipment must be maintained in excellent condition, and moved from farm to farm according to the dinner schedule.
We look for for responsible, hardworking individuals who are capable of working independently as well as with others. An interest in local food, farming, and the relationship between food, environment and community is important.
MLFD interns work closely with one another and MLFD staff throughout the season. In addition, interns interact regularly with dinner guests. For this reason, excellent communication skills are paramount.
Interns must be willing to work long hours—in excess of 16 hours on dinner days—outdoors, in a wide range of weather conditions (summer temperatures in Boulder, Colorado, are regularly between 90°F and 100°F; by fall, nighttime temperatures can dip below 40°F).
All interns must possess a valid driver’s license, and be willing and able to drive a bus (24 ft) as well as a truck with trailer. In addition, interns must be willing and able to regularly lift heavy equipment (up to 50 pounds).
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