Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Are you looking for an exciting workplace, an opportunity to stimulate your mind and exercise your body? The Cornucopia is at the forefront of the naturally grown market garden renaissance in Northwest Iowa and Southeast South Dakota. Our diversified vegetable farm offers the chance for motivated individuals to be involved in all parts of its vegetable growing operation from growing to marketing and be a part of developing a sustainable agriculture in the Upper Midwest.

We hire our largest work crews from June through August, but we are always interested in talking to qualified individuals who may be available earlier and later in the season as well.  Extra workers are needed outside the main season for big planting jobs like onions and potatoes on Saturdays in early April and May as well as late harvest in the fall.

When it comes to farm work, we live by the motto “Eat Well, Get Dirty, Have Fun.” The Cornucopia enjoys a diverse workforce with respect and a positive attitude. We believe that good work, done mindfully and well, has the ability to transform ourselves and our world.

Local farms change the food system by becoming robust businesses and consistently providing large amounts of high quality organically grown food to their customers, with whom they build strong, professional relationships. We are looking for employees who embody this attitude.

We are looking for individuals who are hardworking (able to lift 40 pounds), good communicators, reliable and punctual.  These individuals should have reliable transportation, be able to drive and be ready to work when they arrive each day.  Work will involve planting, cultivating, harvesting and various related tasks.  In addition, they should be willing to receive feedback on performance and be able and willing to make adjustments to their work based on this feedback.

If this is the type of work that interests you, we encourage you to find out more about our farm by going to our website or by checking out our Facebook page.


To apply for a position at The Cornucopia, send an email to with the following information:

  • Your contact information
  • Letter of interest
  • Resumé and/or past work experience
  • The names, relationship, and contact information for three references
  • The dates you are available to start and an end date, if any

We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding work at our farm via email.

THANK YOU – We look forward to hearing from you!

John and Janna Wesselius

Fall Share Delivery #5

Fall Share Delivery #5

In the morning it feels like spring the last two days, but then by late afternoon when we are really rolling, the students come out to work, and boom it is dark. Then you know it’s almost all over!

12189002_10153677289658698_1272076879020052266_nThis time SIOUX CITY we would like to meet at the market location BUT at 4 to 6 pm. We did this last year too in November because the market season is over, we have no other reason to be there during the day time. IF you can not pick up your box between 4 and 6 pm tomorrow please contact John 712-490-8218 and we can work something out. Hopefully most folks can swing by on their way home.

Sioux Center we will be at the regular spot and for the regular time, I will bring some extra carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash for passersby or your friends that don’t participate in our CSA yet!

Spencer, Barb is coming to the farm at 1:30 Wednesday so I anticipate that your shares will be at the salon by 3 pm. I am sure she will let everyone know via Facebook.

The share this week has some of the following;

  • sweet potatoes
  • carola potatoes
  • red radishes
  • spinach
  • brussel sprouts
  • butterhead lettuce
  • red kale
  • turnips
  • thyme
  • carrots
  • garlic
  • spaghetti squash
  • small onions
  • green pepper

Next time will be November 18.

I began work on building a new high tunnel yesterday to increase our early and late season capacity. It is a small one. It fits between the greenhouse (heated for starting plants) and the old hog house. It is important to me to get the ground posts in before frost. Once they are in, the ground can freeze up, and we can continue framing. We will likely not put film or plastic on until a warm day in the spring. I’d like a 70 degree day for finishing it so it’s snug.

We have a large amount of sweet potatoes and carrots available. We have some potatoes, squash and cabbage too for storage. We are out of pork cuts and chicken ’til spring.

Thank you very much.

John and Janna

Fall Share #4

Fall Share #4

This week we are selling Ham from Berkshire pigs sliced, 5# hams slices are 1/2 inch thick, we have a limited number, its first come first served, great for Thanksgiving or Christmas. $30 each.

Beginning this week we also have boxes of Carola potatoes, a potato in your box this week that stores very well. We have boxes 30, 40 or 50 pounds. $1.25 a pound. These were grown from organic seed potatoes, no fungicide etc. We also have boxes of sweet potatoes to go the same way.

Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables.  I wish the cooks here prepared cooked carrots more often! We have carrots, and will have carrots. Look for boxes of carrots towards Thanksgiving, I have dug carrots on Thanksgiving day regularly so I stay out of the kitchen, and out of the way.

This weeks lettuce was grown outdoors, with the dry windy weather the open lettuces make great receptacles for tree seeds. please clean carefully!

The dirty black sphere in your box is a radish, wash, eat with caution. It is a called NeroTondo.

The rest of the list:

  • butternut squash
  • daikon radish
  • garlic
  • leek
  • sweet potato
  • carola potato
  • brussel  sprouts
  • beets
  • jalapenos
  • green peppers
  • lettuce
  • carrots
  • cauliflower

Janna will be in Sioux City, John In Sioux Center till 12ish.


Fall Share #3

Fall Share #3

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a busy week! I created work for myself late last week by not watching where I was driving and took out a water hydrant! I needed to replace it to use water to wash vegetables in the packing shed so I rented a mini excavator and dug a hole next to the destroyed hydrant, put in a new hydrant and water runs again. Took a bit of time but it was actually kind of fun to run the Mini X as the rental guys call it. My wife didn’t think much of this unnecessary work or expense though!

The weather actually seems warm. Butternut squash seems to need a threat of cold to turn the right color, I’m still waiting, not a good thing because there’s 1000s laying there so with 4 market Saturdays left there is too many. This week we did harvest a nice kaboucha squash for you.

Here is the list, if anything is new to you please ask one of us about it.

  • Carola potatoes
  • carrots
  • beets
  • scarlet turnip
  • lettuce
  • garlic
  • peppers
  • celeriac
  • choi
  • chard
  • kale
  • tomatoes
  • red cabbage
  • kaboucha squash
  • delicata squash

Janna will be in Sioux City, John will be in Sioux Center, and will have boxes in Orange City by 3, Spencer your boxes should also be at the salon by 3!

Thank you!

Fall delivery #2

Fall delivery #2

In the box:

  • Arugula
  • Salad Mix
  • Salad turnip
  • Peppers, those red ones are our daughters favorites, we call them lipsticks, people ask if they are hot, they are sweet.
  • Beans
  • Carrots
  • Sweet Potato
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Leek
  • Cauliflower

Fall is on the calendar, it feels a little warm but that means you may have peppers, tomatoes and eggplant one more time. It also makes headlines as our society considers climate change. Weather has a big impact on local food production. In winter meetings conversations about varieties lead to what will warmer temperatures have on plant life, insect pressure, more rain or less rain are common.

Our new student employees are into a routine and its very helpful.

OC people your boxes are at the drop off spot.
Sioux City, Janna will be at the market tomorrow.
Spencer folks your boxes will at the Salon by 3 thanks to Ann.
Sioux Center John will be at the “Sioux Center” market 8:00 – 1:00.

Thank You!

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