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Position: Farm Hand(s) for Manna Farm
Type: full-time paid, plus free on-farm accom. (in a camper, see below)
Organization: MANNA FARM
Location: Cowichan Valley, near Duncan BC, on Vancouver Island

About Manna Farm

Manna Farm is located in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, providing a year round, full diet, free choice CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) program. We currently produce organic vegetables, fruit, seeds, grains, beans, eggs, poultry, and Big Leaf maple syrup. We hope to include organic mushrooms, pork, and grass-fed beef and dairy in the near future. We believe each component of our farm contributes to each other and aim for a closed circle operation. We grow for our CSA members, two local Farmers’ Markets and for select local grocers and restaurants.

Owned and operated by a young family: Elia who graduated from the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems in 2015 with a Bachelor Degree in Plant and Soil Science, her partner, Mark, who works off farm, and their young daughter, Aela. We live off the main farm, residing about 20 minutes away where our sugar bush is located. We lease 20 acres in central Duncan, which is where we grow our crops, raise our animals, and spend most of our time. We are looking for four dedicated, reliable full time farm hands to join our small team and commit to the 2019 season.

Job Description: General Farm Hand

  • Full-time April – end of November, with potential for part-time work December-March
  • 40 hours/wk
  • A variety of farm tasks including tractor work, weeding, harvesting, seeding, chicken chores, CSA and market prep, etc. with the opportunity to specialize in the area of work you desire/enjoy.
  • Minimum wage

What you can expect:

  • Heavy lifting (50lbs)
  • Work in all kinds of weather including rain, heat, cold, etc.
  • Tedious work (threshing sunflowers or weeding for 8 straight hours – we do avoid this as much as possible but sometimes such things are necessary)
  • Access to lots of fresh veg!

Requirements:

  • Physically fit
  • Outstanding work ethic and good attitude
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Ability to work with a team and independently
  • Fast-learner and fast-paced worker

Housing Options

We have two campers on the farm available to farmhands. Each can sleep two if you're open to rooming, otherwise if you prefer to live alone that is an option too. This is rugged living with no running water or power. We do have power available for charging phones, etc but it does not reach the campers for heat, lights or other. We have plenty of water but again it does not reach the campers so we instead provide water jugs to residents. Each camper has its own composting toilet. We ask those who live on-site to partake in weekend chores (chicken chores and irrigation) otherwise no rent involved.

How to Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to:
wearemannafarm@gmail.com

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 24 2018    ID: 49883