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ECOLOGICAL FARMING

Position: Ecological vegetable production and tree nursery
Organization: Persephone Market Garden

Location: Grey Bruce, near Owen Sound, Ontario
Housing: accommodation available on-farm (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 to 1.5 acres and we transitioned to 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, inspired by Akiva Silver. 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. Theseare paid positions, with full coverage under EI, CPP and WSIB.

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 and limited, rural internet. $500/month per bedroom.

Qualifications

  • Passion for ecological agriculture, good food, and community building.
  • Awareness of and curiosity for what is happening around you.
  • Ability to work physically, on repetitive tasks, with a passion for efficiency and quality.
  • Attention to detail and awareness of the bigger picture.
  • Ability to work well in a team and independently.
  • Passion for continuous learning.
  • A positive, solutions-seeking attitude

Job Details

  • Start/End Date: April/May to late October/November
  • Wage: $16/hour starting wage
  • Other: 1 week unpaid vacation during the season, plentiful vegetables, mentorship

To Apply

Send an email with Subject "Employment 2022" to Kristine at kristine@persephonedays.ca and include a resume, along with a cover letter that answers the following questions:

  • When are you available?
  • 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?
  • 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: Jan 14 2022    ID: 62429