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Hiring: Organic vegetable gardens & greenhouse
Farm: Root Radical CSA
Location: Howe Island, Kingston area, Ontario
Hours: Full and part time positions available
Dates: immediate, three to five month positions 

We are seeking passionate and hard-working individuals to work in our 2-acre organic vegetable gardens and greenhouse in 2022.

About us: Root Radical Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) is a successful organic farm which has grown a diversity of vegetables since 2007. We sell our vegetables through the CSA model to about 250 member households in Kingston and on Howe Island. We are known for our high-quality great-tasting vegetables, our friendly, organized and accommodating customer service, and the environmental education opportunities offered to our community.

We are about a team of about five people. In the garden, most work is done by hand or with human-powered tools. We use tractors for moving compost and soil mix, preparing the gardens for planting, and for other heavy lifting. We use drip irrigation and season-extension techniques in our fields. We also produce tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, and transplants in our 2300 sq. ft. greenhouse and caterpillar tunnel.

We harvest vegetables for two delivery days each week. The rest of the week we do seeding, greenhouse management, making soil mix, planting, hoeing, hand weeding, washing and packing vegetables. In the shoulder seasons we work on infrastructure projects, garden preparation, and garden clean up.

In the interest of protecting the most vulnerable, staying healthy and so that we can continue to deliver on our commitments to our community, we still have many protective practises in place to reduce the spread COVID-19. Root Radical CSA is located on Howe Island between Kingston and Gananoque. The CSA garden is about 2 acres on a 400-acre farm that includes hayfields, permanent pastures, gardens, riverfront and wooded areas. Root Radical CSA is a woman-led farm, and Emily Dowling is the main CSA farmer. For more information about Root Radical CSA, please browse our website: rootradicalrows.com

Requirements:

  • Be ready to dig in, get dirty, and work hard. Applicants must be committed, reliable people who will show up on time, always strive to do their best at work, and are able to work in all sorts of weather conditions.
  • The successful candidate will be trained in most aspects of operating the CSA. Physical strength, flexibility, dexterity, and endurance are required. Must be able to lift and carry heavy bins. Tasks are generally varied but staff are often assigned to specialized areas where they excel.
  • Experience in agriculture, work on organic farms, or in a related field is plus but not required. Special consideration will be given to those applicants who can demonstrate their commitment to local organic agriculture.
  • Having your own vehicle to get to work on Howe Island is preferred but carpooling may be an option. Please indicate in your application whether you have your own transportation or if you will require carpooling.

Wage: Starting at $15.00 per hour, increases to $17.75 after 90 days.

Schedule: Typically, we start work at 6:45 or 7:30 AM and finish between 3:00 and 4:30 PM depending on the day.

Lunch is unpaid and is usually a half hour in length. Whenever possible two 15-minute breaks are incorporated into our
day. Full and part time positions available.

Duration of Employment: We are hiring for positions between three and five months in duration, and starting immediately. Please indicate in your application how many months you wish you work and when you are available to begin. Ability to commit to the full duration is a requirement and an openness to coming back to work again in 2023 is a plus.

Hours of Work: Number of days per week is negotiable for applicants for part time roles. Applicants for full-time roles must be available to work about 7 to 8 hours a day, 5 days per week during our busy season (early May to mid/late September). Depending on the weather, the number of work hours may be reduced later in the fall (late September to November). Please see the note below about weather dependant work.

Weather: On harvest days, we work rain or shine. However, our other work (planting, weeding, etc.) can be weatherdependent. There may be some days when we would not work because of heavy rain that day or the day before. In exceptional weather circumstances, during our busiest times in the season, staff may be asked to work weekends to make up for days missed during the week due to inclement weather.

Equity Hiring: We acknowledge that not everyone starts from the same place because of systemic advantages and barriers. We acknowledge this and encourage and welcome applications from people who typically face barriers to working in the agricultural sector.

Perks: Farming is hard work, but working at Root Radical CSA also has benefits including… • Lots of high quality, organic vegetables to eat. Staff receive CSA shares and have access to seconds and leftovers.

  • Benefits package. Ferry passes, end of season bonuses, some reimbursements for health and dental, specialty work clothing and pre-season strength training.
  • Work-life balance. Weekend work is not required, and farm staff finish between 3:00 and 4:30 PM most days. Additionally, we are a farm that structures short breaks into our daily schedule, and we are a team that plans ahead so that days off for staff to recharge are an option.
  • Diversity of work. Working on a small acreage with a diverse set of crops means less monotony and doing a lot of different kinds of tasks throughout the week and as the seasons shift.
  • Teamwork. Being a part of a team of self-motivated, hardworking, caring people who are nice to be around. We have structured team building activities and make a point of celebrating together throughout the season.
  • Learning. Developing your farming skills and keeping the work interesting and challenging by taking on new responsibilities as you are ready.
  • Clear expectations. As part of the hiring process, an extensive document is provided explaining how to succeed at Root Radical. Throughout the season, we meet regularly as a team to share weekly work goals.
  • Outdoor work. Being out in beautiful weather (most of the time), and not sitting or standing in one spot all day long.
  • Pride in your work. Doing important work, raising great organic vegetables for local people who really appreciate good food and their farmers.
  • Challenges. Becoming stronger both physically and mentally by challenging yourself.
  • Building a better world. Contributing in a very real way to environmental and social justice. Helping a local family farm succeed.
  • Ecological connection. Learning about ecology firsthand and deepening your relationship with the land that feeds you.

To apply please email your resume and cover letter to: rootradicalcsa@gmail.com

Please send your application as soon as possible as these positions will start immediately.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 24 2022    ID: 64563