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ORGANIC VEGGIE FARMING

Positions: Organic vegetable farming — fieldwork & CSA
Farm: Fertile Ground Farm
Location: St. Agatha, Kitchener-Waterloo Region, Ontario
Dates: May to Oct/mid-November
1 short season position (May-Sept) also available

Do you find food production satisfying? Enjoy working long hours outdoors? Want to feel a connection with the community that eats the food you grow?

Our Farm

Fertile Ground is an organic vegetable farm operating on a beautiful 100 acre property near Waterloo. Since building relationships with the people we feed is really important to us, most of our produce is sold through our 275 member CSA (Community Shared Agriculture), supplemented by some local restaurant & retail sales. We have wonderfully supportive & committed CSA members, and are always looking for ways to create opportunities for community interaction and involvement.

While our primary focus is our vegetable fields, we also raise pastured laying hens and our land supports 40 acres of hay and a similar acreage of woodlot, wetland and meadow habitat. Special projects for the 2019 season include further expansion of our pollinator gardens, new practices for carrot weed management, and 2 Farmer-Led Research trials (1 on equipment impact on soil structure & weed populations, 1 comparing fall lettuce varieties - you can meet Lead Farmer Angie in the featured video). Continuous learning & ongoing systems improvement are really important here. Having faciliated new farmer training courses and workshops for a number of non-profit farming organizations and hosted interns for almost a decade, Angie is committed to providing a solid educational experience alongside the day-to-day production work at our farm.

We have 2 seedling greenhouses and 1 tomato tunnel. 2 Farmall tractors are used for primary and in-row cultivation. Our team consists of 4 full time seasonal workers, with the Lead Farmer being an equal participant in harvest & field work activities. Although the landscape is very rural, we are less than a 10 minute drive from the west edge of the city of Waterloo.

Requirements & Responsibilities

Applicants should have at least 1 (and preferably more) full season's experience on a vegetable farm, efficient field skills and great stamina. Must have quick hands, positive attitude, strong observation skills and ability to see tasks through start to finish. Tractor experience and skill with tools & equipment 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. Most tasks require quality work at a quick pace, often under some pressure:

  • Planting, weeding, harvesting and washing/packing vegetables
    • Lift and carry 40-50lb bins regularly
  • pest control & irrigation
  • greenhouse and high tunnel work
  • poultry chores
  • tractor work if appropriate
  • hosting at least 1 CSA distribution weekly June-Oct

Hours & Remuneration

40-50 hr/wk Mon-Fri, typically 6am-4pm Mon-Fri June-Oct. Occasional evening and weekend work for chores and special events. Additional benefits: 1 wk holidays, 2 off-farm learning days for professional development, plenty of vegetables for personal consumption.

$14-15/hr,  7 mth contract May 1 to Oct 31 ($2600+ monthly)

1 short season position (May-Sept) may be available

As our team is small and everyone is essential, commitment to a full season of work is important.

To Apply

Send resume and letter outlining your relevant work and farming experiences, as well as your motivations for working with us to: info@fertilegroundcsa.com (Only Canadian citizens/permanent residents or those with legal Canadian work permits will be considered.)

If you have any questions before applying, feel free to email or call Angie 226-747-2552

Housing/Transportation

Please note: While we don't provide on-farm housing, St. Agatha and West Waterloo are within reasonable biking distance, and we are only 10-20 mins drive from town. (Camping on farm is an option, but there are no kitchen facilities)

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 1 2019    ID: 51474