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ORGANIC FARMING

Position: Farm manager
Farm: ALM Organic Farm and Full Circle Seeds
Location: Sooke, Vancouver Island, near Victoria BC

Farm Manager Wanted:

Take over for exiting farm manager who has been at our farm for 11 years and is setting out on a new adventure in summer 2022- this will allow for about 6 months transition between farm managers. The owner is still involved with working on the farm and will be available for consultation about farming decisions. This is a 15 acre farm of which about 3 acres is under cultivation with vegetables, fruit, flowers, and seed. We sell produce through a box program, two farm markets and to restaurants. This is a full time position with salary and the possibility of living on the farm. Looking for someone with experience growing vegetables year round. Experience with seed saving would be a bonus.

About ALM Organic farm and full circle seeds

ALM Farm and Full Circle Seeds were started in the mid-90’s on a 100 year old farm 8 km west of Sooke. An adjoining timbered property was acquired in 2007. The farm has 6 greenhouses, a large barn and a new farm store with a harvest area and walk in cool room. The owner pioneered organic growing helping to start the Moss Street Market.

Over 200 apprentices have trained at this farm many going on to start their own farms. We have a small box program of about 15 people, the first box program in the area; sell at the Moss street market in Victoria, at our farm store, and to a number of local restaurants. We have a two to four apprentices living on the farm and working full time as well as several volunteers who come for full or half days throughout the week. Full Circle Seeds has over 250 varieties of seeds we grow on our farm and market through our website, at the markets and the Seedy Saturdays on the Island. The owner is involved in the farm but lives on a different property 4 km from the farm.

DESIRED QUALITIES

Applicant must:

  • have at least 1-2 years experience in diversified organic vegetable production
  • be a fast, organized, efficient, and tidy worker
  • be keen to operate farm machinery (rototiller, mower, weedeater)
  • be committed to certified organic principles
  • be an excellent communicator
  • be able to work under pressure while maintaining supportive and communicative atmosphere with co-workers
  • be able to see the whole picture while being extremely detail oriented

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Management of day to day operations of seeding, potting up, transplanting, weeding, irrigation, prepping beds, harvesting, washing and packing produce for sale
  • Selling at market every other Saturday
  • Close communication with owner
  • Management of apprentices and occasional volunteers
  • Oversee irrigation schedule and repairs;)
  • Estimating harvest amounts 1 day ahead of harvest
  • Record keeping re seeding dates, fertilizer application, manure management
  • Planning for seed crop production and harvesting
  • Tracking and ordering/picking up supplies as needed
  • Maintaining long term farm fertility and attentiveness to the big picture for the farm
  • Integrating new methods with tried and true old ones

JOB DETAILS

Term: The position starts the first week January and is full time for the year with work slowing down between November and March. For the right person this could become a permanent position with potential to take on more ownership. Hence preference given to longer term applicants:)

Hours per week: 5 days/week, Mon-Fri, approx 9-5 and every second Saturday 8-4 April through the end of October.

Wage: Pay is negotiable between $17-20/hr depending on experience and includes two weeks paid vacation, WCB coverage, and unlimited access to produce. Housing on the farm available.

TO APPLY

Please send cover letter and CV to mary@almfarms.org

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LEARN MORE ABOUT ALM Farm and full circle seeds

Website: /http://www.almfarms.org/ and /www.fullcircleseeds.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/almfarm/ and https://www.instagram.com/fullcircle_seeds/


 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Nov 4 2021    ID: 61793