Position: Organic Vegetable Farm Field Workers
Type: full-time and part-time positions, summer/seasonal
Farm: Eat Local Muskoka
Location: near Fenelon Falls and Lindsay, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario (on-farm accom. available)
Are you an enthusiastic, physically strong person? Do you love good food? Do you care about the environment? Do you like working outside? If so, this is the job for you!
We are seeking 1 full time seasonal employee and 1 part time harvest crew to join us for the 2019 season.
Eat Local Muskoka is a farmers’ co-operative working with eight organic vegetable farmers in Muskoka and Kawartha Lakes. Our goal is to improve our local food system while inspiring our customers to explore the wonders of seasonal produce.
Now in our fourth year of operations, we’re looking for staff to assist with growing, harvesting and distributing for our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. Since building relationships with the people we feed is really important to us, most of our produce is sold through our CSA, supplemented by some local restaurant & retail sales. We operate our home farm on a beautiful 100 acre off-grid property near Fenelon Falls. Here we have 2 acres of intensive ‘Market Garden’ vegetable production, and ½ acre of strawberries. We have 2 seedling greenhouses and 1 high tunnel. We work with draft horses and a BCS tractor to compliment the hand tools and physical labour needed to grow high quality, organic produce.
Applicants would ideally have at least 1 full season's experience on a vegetable farm, efficient field skills and great stamina. Previous farm experience is preferred, but we will consider candidates with experience in physical work, like tree planting or landscaping.
Must have quick hands, positive attitude, strong observation skills and ability to see tasks through start to finish. Experience with market garden tools & BCS tractors are valuable assets. Expect the work to be physically and mentally demanding, with long hours outdoors in all weather. Strong back and knees are essential as the work involves plenty of lifting, bending, crouching and kneeling. Most tasks require quality work at a quick pace, often under pressure.
Planting, weeding, harvesting and washing/packing vegetables
lift and carry 40-50lb bins regularly
pest control & irrigation
greenhouse and high tunnel work
possible BCS tractor work if appropriate
CSA packing, distribution, and delivery
Hours & Remuneration
40 hr/wk Mon-Fri, typically 7am-4pm May – October. Occasional evening and weekend work for chores and special events.
Full Time Field Worker: $16-18/hr, 4-6 mth contract mid-April to Sept. or mid-Oct, depending on availability
Part Time Harvest Crew: $14-16/hr, 4.5 mth contract for 10 - 20 hours per week June to mid-Oct on Mondays, Tuesdays, and the potential for Fridays.
Extras: 1 wk holidays, 2 off-farm learning days for professional development, and plenty of vegetables for personal consumption. As this is a paid position, we do not offer official education, but on-farm learning is inevitable and we have a network of experienced farmers to learn from. You can learn about best harvest and postharvest handling practices, crop-planning, pest management, fertility and irrigation methods and more. There is an extensive library of books to learn more in the off hours if you choose!
We would like to keep employees on board from year to year, if all parties feel comfortable, our goal is to retain the same people for 2020.
Send resume and letter outlining your relevant work and farming experiences, as well as your motivations for working with us to:
(Only Canadian citizens/permanent residents or those with legal Canadian work permits will be considered.)
Please note: We are a 10-20 minute drive from Fenelon Falls and Lindsay, where there are plenty of rental options. On farm accommodation available and can be negotiated.
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Grow food - work on organic farms, market gardens...
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Mar 7 2019 ID: 51920