Position: Ecological vegetable production and agroforestry
Organization: Persephone Market Garden
Location: Park Head, Ontario (between Owen Sound & Sauble Beach), Ontario
Housing: optional on-site housing, see below
Persephone Market Garden is at home on 100 acres of forest, swamp, and meadows, between Owen Sound and Sauble Beach, on the traditional territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.
We focus on regenerative principles, community building, and well-designed systems.
Kristine is the primary farmer, supported by Thorsten and our children Oskar, Marilla and Frieda. We started market gardening in 2009, our production has grown from 0.75 acres to 1.5 acres and we transitioned to organic, no-till methods in 2019. The vegetables are complemented by a small flock of sheep and chickens, as well as some fruit production (home use for now). We are in the midst of starting a tree nursery. Produce is marketed through a local Community Shared Agriculture program, with a delivery season of 20 weeks (June – October), Eat Local Grey Bruce Cooperative (online farmers market), and direct to restaurants.
Staff are involved in all practical aspects of the farm, especially seeding, planting, trellising, mulching, weeding, harvesting (and more harvesting), washing and packing produce.
Hours: Generally Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm with 1 hour off for lunch and a 1/2 hour break in the morning. Weekends and statutory holidays are off. We adapt our work day to the weather, with earlier starts during the summer.
We have two positions available for the 2022 season. These are paid positions, with full coverage under EI, CPP and WSIB.
Affordable and pleasant accommodation is available on-farm, in our walk-out basement apartment. It includes a separate entrance, living/dining area, kitchen and washroom. Access to laundry facilities. $500/month per bedroom.
Send an email with Subject "Employment 2022" to Kristine at email@example.com and include a resume, along with a cover letter that answers the following questions:
When are you available? Do you have any prior commitments that would bar you from working any days during the season?
Are you looking for on-farm accommodation?
What do you do to stay mentally and physically fit?
What type of experience do you have with manual labour?
What are your primary goals for this position? Why are you interested in working in a market garden? Are you interested in a small scale operation that works primarily and intentionally with hand tools (no tractors!)?
Are you interested in living and working on a farm that includes a 3, 7 and 10 year old?
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: May 2 2022 ID: 64239