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Position: Farm Manager
Type: full-time, salary plus housing, more (see below)
Organization: Foxglove Farm
Location: Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Organizational Background

Foxglove Farm is a 120-acre organic farm and education center located on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada. The farm is located on one of the oldest homesteads on the island, surrounded by thousands of acres of protected forest, pastures and fields, bordering the pristine Maxwell Lake.

The farm produces berries, asparagus, melons, greens, roots, a wide range of annual Mediterranean vegetables, as well as diverse orchard fruits in small acreage intensive plantings. We also produce grains and pulses and manage a small flock of pastured laying hens.

Foxglove Farm is home to the Centre for Arts, Ecology & Agriculture. The Centre was established to demonstrate and interpret the vital connections between farming, land stewardship, food, the arts, and community well being. Public programs, classes, and events are offered throughout the summer and fall.

Foxglove Farm offers accommodations and retreats in beautifully restored cottages and in the original log home on one of the island’s finest heritage working farm properties.

Position Description

The Farm Manager will manage all farm operations, the marketing of products, and be responsible for overall property management and oversight.

Specific responsibilities

  • Day to day farm staff management
  • Directing all field operations; cultivation, irrigation, planting/transplanting, harvests, etc.
  • Increasing production through robust crop succession plantings
  • Maintaining daily journal entries
  • Creating weekly work lists
  • Crop/input/harvest record keeping
  • Basic tool and equipment maintenance and repair
  • Maintaining a clean and orderly environment
  • Management of all post harvest operations
  • Management of CSA, farmers markets, and wholesale
  • Soil fertility and preparation
  • Maintenance of a diverse selection and well-timed successions of row crop production
  • Seed selection and plant propagation
  • Direct seeding and transplanting for scheduled harvests
  • Irrigation system maintenance, and management of all irrigation
  • Tree fruit production including pruning, thinning, pest control, replanting, etc.
  • Research and development of new perennial plantings
  • Pest and disease management
  • Harvest, post harvest, and storage of crops
  • Oversight of landscape and building maintenence
  • Maintenance of all farm equipment, facilities, and supervision of repair and maintenance work

Skills and Requirements

  • Minimum 5 years full time production market farming experience
  • Strong direct marketing experience
  • Basic mechanics, carpentry, and plumbing skills
  • Good interpersonal, communicatioon, and supervisory skills
  • Knowledge of basic tools, farm machinery operation and maintenance
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Sense of humor

Compensation/Term/Schedule

The anuual term is March 1 to December 1 with a reduced and flexible winter schedule. The main season weekly schedule is Monday through Saturday. The salary is dependent on experience with a range of $3-$4,500/month, plus basic housing, internet, and select farm products for personal use.

To apply please send a resume and 3 work references to m.ableman@fieldsofplenty.com . Please put Farm Manager in the subject line of the e mil.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Sep 14 2018    ID: 48383