We need a person to co-manage all aspects of organic food production on our mixed vegetable and fruit farm. You will be working closely with one of the owners of the farm on a daily basis. Preferably the applicant would have 3-5 years’ experience growing vegetables according to organic practices year-around in a northern climate. We farm a large variety of vegetable crops and are looking for someone who would enjoy thinking independently and helping us continue to improve our practices. There could be opportunities to start a new crop, expand production, or make a new product. We have 3 acres under cultivation for vegetables, four greenhouses for year-around greens production, two 200 square ft heated spaces for year-around production of lettuce and microgreens, 500+ apple trees, ~ 30 plums/pears/peach trees, 70 cherry trees, raspberries, blueberries. We host two apprentices each year and hire seasonal workers in the summer for the large crops and the berries. The owners assist with all aspects of the farm. We have a thriving community-supported farm stand, a year-around farm membership program (like a flexible CSA), and we sell locally to chefs and other CSAs. This is a full-time position with accommodation, a salary, a large amount of produce from the farm, staples, and the opportunity to have personal growing space for food. More consideration will be given to someone who would be willing to consider a long-term position.
Who we are:
Laughing Apple Farm is located in a scenic and quiet spot on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. We (Brian and Mary) have been farming here for 24 years and have developed efficient organic methods for producing a diversity of food year-around on a small scale. Our farm was originally homesteaded in the 1880s and consists of about 120 acres of forest surrounding 40 acres of farmed land. We have a beautiful location – our property is on the western side of Ganges Harbour on Salt Spring Island in the Gulf Islands of BC. There are walking trails through the woods and to a beach, and a small lake where you can swim in the summer. On Salt Spring Island there is a dynamic community and our farm stand provides many opportunities to interact with interesting and like-minded people.
We grow tree fruit, berries, and veggies using organic and low-till methods. We grow crops in six greenhouses to extend the growing season as well as crops in large outside beds. We also grow hay (about 20 acres) and propagate and sell nursery plants from a large ornamental garden. In the fall we process most of our apple crop into apple juice with a commercial-scale apple press. We sell our produce primarily at our farm stand, and also to local stores and chefs. Our bees produce a few hundred pounds of honey every year.
Our goal is to make delicious, beautiful, and nutritious produce and we are continually working to improve our knowledge and methods so that we grow better food and be better stewards of our land. We think providing food for people who live nearby generates community connection and is a worthy and fulfilling occupation for a lifetime. We encourage young people to learn to farm.
Why would you want to apply for this position:
Job term: Start date is first week of January through December 31. Vacation must be taken at the end of the year. Preference for applicants who would consider a permanent position.
Hours per week: January through March and October through December the job is roughly 40 hours a week, March through June and September through October the job is roughly 50 hours per week and some weeks in June through August could be up to 60 hours a week.
Wage: Pay is negotiable based on experience in the range $17-$20 per hour, includes 2 weeks paid vacation, WCB coverage, farm produce.
Housing: Salt Spring Island has a housing shortage. We provide housing for two apprentices and shared housing is available for you at a reasonable rent. The furnished cottage is well-appointed and well maintained – it has a washer/dryer, fully equipped kitchen, WIFI, two bedrooms, one bathroom, and all utilities are included. No pets please.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Mary Laucks, firstname.lastname@example.org . Please explain in your cover letter why you feel you are uniquely qualified for this job and write something about who you are, your goals and what makes you happy. What is your 5 year plan?
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Nov 18 2021 ID: 61921