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ORGANIC FARMING

Position: Market Gardeners
Organization: Ferme Pleine Lune

Location: Bristol, Quebec (west of Ottawa-Gatineau)
Housing: On farm housing available at additional cost (see below)

Ferme Pleine Lune is a certified organic, mixed vegetable operation located 1 hour west of Ottawa,. Ontario. We provide a 80 member summer CSA program, one farmers market, a 65 member winter CSA and wholesale accounts. We are heading into our 5th season, and we need help!

We are looking for a few employees for the 2021 season to work full time from May to November. For the right candidates this contract can continue in spring 2022.

Job Description:

Working under the guidance of the Farm Operations Manager and alongside the Field Manager, staff will be engaged in all aspects of farming operations. Tasks will change with the seasons. Expect a lot of greenhouse and seedling maintenance in early spring, followed by field prep, planting and weeding, and once summer kicks in A LOT of harvesting, washing, packing, and delivering. Autumn is full of our bulk harvests for winter CSA, as well as field clean up and finishing up all the projects that summer swept to the side.

Much of the work we do here is done by hand, with the assistance of some machinery. We work in all kinds of weather, and so applicants must be prepared to work in varied conditions (with their own rain/mud/sun/snow gear). Candidates must be physically fit and able to perform heavy and/or repetitive tasks. This type of work is very physically demanding, at times repetitive and requires early rising.

The ideal candidate is a hard worker with some farming or tree planting experience. They should have a keen interest in growing vegetables and an ability to perform a wide range of tasks in an efficient and organized manner.

We try to have a good time in our work, so a sense of humor and friendliness is an asset!

Tasks:

  • General: following guidebooks, keeping clear records, attentive listening and retention of details, asking questions and clear communication.
  • Potting House; mixing soil, filling trays, planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, watering and fertilizing.
  • Field Prep and Planting; Spreading amendments, hand transplanting, transplanting on mechanical planter, setting up and running irrigation systems, laying row cover, assisting in laying mulch, setting up low tunnels and caterpillar tunnels.
  • Weed Control: Continual weed control using hand tools, hoes, wheel hoes, walk behind tractor and other stale seed and control methods.
  • Harvest: picking, washing and packing vegetables for our CSA and market, maintaining quality control and proper storage
  • Machinery Operation: Tractor and implement usage (based on experience, comfort and ability). Staff are never expected to carry out tasks or work in conditions in which they feel unsafe.
  • Deliveries: Packing and driving delivery van, setting up market-style CSA booth, assisting CSA members and answering client questions, booth tear down
  • Market: Set up of market stall alongside farmer Jon, working cash, assisting clients, replenishing display, tracking sales and tear down.
  • Other: Small building projects, greenhouse upkeep, fixing things, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work quickly, efficiently and tidily
  • Ability to take direction, learn quickly and ask for clarity when needed.
  • Good physical condition, ability to partake in repetitive tasks and in varied weather
  • Comfort working with power tools, hand tools and around machinery.
  • Works well in a team and alone
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • A positive attitude and desire to learn
  • A valid driver’s license.

Job Details

  • Start/End Date: May 3rd to November 30th, 2021 (with possibility of continuing spring 2022)
  • Work Schedule: 40 to 45 hours per week, possibly including a rotating market shift.
  • Wage: $15.00/hour
  • On farm housing available at additional cost or staff can bring there own movable home

Our employees also receive:

  • A Regular Summer CSA share plus any ‘seconds’ quality produce
  • Daily Staff lunch, and coffee break
  • One week paid vacation (in lieu of stat holidays)
  • 5 paid sick/personal days
  • Garden space for personal projects
  • Option to work-trade in early winter

Housing & Transportation

We are located 10 minutes from Shawville, QC, 30 minutes from Aylmer, QC, 40 minutes from Wakefield, QC, and 1 hour from downtown Ottawa. Candidates must be able to provide their own transportation to and from the farm. We are adding staff housing this year at a cost of $500.00/month. If you have mobile housing, you are welcome to set up on farm and use basic facilities (shower, laundry) at a cost of $150.00/month. Please specify if you require housing OR to set up mobile housing.

To Apply

Send your cover letter and resumé in PDF format to Randi at fermepleinelune@gmail.com

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 7 2021    ID: 58246