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URBAN & ORGANIC FARMING

Position: TFN Farm Project Coordinator
Organization: Earthwise Society
Location: Delta, Lower Mainland, BC

Earthwise Society is assisting Tsawwassen First Nations in initiating the start-up of a small-scale Community Farm. Once established, the Community Farm will address year-round food security and provide fresh, sustainably grown produce for 50-100 families. The project aims to build skills and enhance knowledge about food production. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced farmer to work as an independent contractor and lead first year project implementation from ground-breaking to first plantings.

Duties and responsibilities:

Under the direction of Earthwise Society’s Project Manager, the Farm Project Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Bringing approximately one acre of land into production as a community farm
  • Setting up required infrastructure including irrigation, drainage, and fencing
  • Identifying equipment requirements
  • Preparing field for cultivation, including clearing, leveling, plowing, discing, tilling or other methods as determined by site conditions
  • Setting up composting systems
  • Evaluating soil management requirements, implementing programs to support site fertility, including cover cropping
  • Evaluating requirements for year-round crop production, install high tunnels or hoop houses, set up small greenhouse for seed starting
  • Establishing facilities for post-harvest handling of crops, including washing stations and crop storage
  • Implementing Phase 1 crop plans if applicable
  • Engaging and training TFN Members to participate in farming and harvesting tasks; build skills, identify potential farm staff for Phase 2
  • Setting up systems for tool and equipment storage and maintenance, keep farm and storage areas organized
  • Maintaining records of on-site activities; prepare quarterly report for management team

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education in agriculture, horticulture, or environmental field, and
  • At least three years’ experience in crop production including
  • Experience with farm start up procedures
  • Knowledge of soil, composting and organic farming practices
  • Be self-motivated, flexible, and work well independently and as part of a team
  • Be physically fit and enjoy working outside in all kinds of weather
  • Proven ability in working effectively with volunteers and/or co-workers
  • Good communication skills, experience with community outreach or working with volunteers an asset

Terms: Being paid as an independent contractor, the Farm Project Coordinator will work from 25 to 40 hours per week from June through December 15, 2021.

To Apply:

If interested please submit a cover letter and resume to: info@earthwisesociety.bc.ca

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 2 2021    ID: 60105