Positions: Field Lead & Market Lead (2 positions)
Employer: Wild Flight Farm
Location: North Okanagan, BC
Accommodation: Housing available for rent.
Wild Flight Farm is a 24-acre certified organic mixed vegetable farm in Mara, BC that has grown into a successful business over the past 30 years. This firmly-established family farm has a strong following at year-round farmer’s markets in the communities of Salmon Arm and Revelstoke. Produce is also shipped weekly to organic home delivery services in Kelowna.
Over the years the farm has developed to include 13 high tunnels and a large heated house for seedling production. We grow all our own transplants and the tunnels allow for significant season extension, allowing us to reach early spring markets with fresh greens and root crops. Later in spring, the high tunnels are home to heat-loving crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. We have also developed a large packing/storage facility which allows our employees to work comfortably and efficiently while enabling appropriate storage conditions for a wide diversity of crops.
The rural location in the North Okanagan/Shuswap is within a 30-minute drive of the communities of Salmon Arm, Enderby and Sicamous. The farm borders the Shuswap River in a region known for diverse outdoor recreation opportunities from paddling, mtn. biking, hiking, climbing, and much more.
There are two main seasons at Wild Flight, with some overlap. We generally employ a crew of 12 full-time employees through the growing season (May to October) and 5 full-time employees to carry the farm through the winter market season. Our mission is to efficiently produce high-quality, organic vegetables and culinary herbs for local markets while providing living wages and career advancement opportunities for 12 employees.
We are seeking a Field Lead who will be responsible for organizing and carrying out day-to-day vegetable field work in consultation with the Farm Manager. The work includes bed preparation for seeding/planting, mechanical cultivation, and directing up to 10 employees to plant, weed, irrigate, and harvest all field-grown vegetable crops. Other tasks include collaboration with farm co-leads overseeing other sectors to create a daily work plan to allot help and resources to the most urgent tasks. Familiarity with operating a range of equipment from 80 hp tractors and tillage implements to smaller cultivating tractors is a necessary skill.
This is a full-time, year-round position with winter work shifting to washing and packing vegetables for markets in the winter. This position is suited to someone with relevant experience and education in market vegetable production who wants to settle into the role for 2+ years. We are seeking a candidate who is dedicated to organic methods and looking for an opportunity to hone their knowledge, leadership, and teamwork skills in a collaborative and production-oriented environment.
What we are looking for:
If you feel you may be a good fit for this role and check some of these boxes but not all please don't hesitate to apply. Above all we are looking for an enthusiatisc individual with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.
What you get:
We are looking for someone with demonstrated farmer's marketing experience to take on the role of running our 2 weekly markets in Salmon Arm and Rvelstoke. This role is responsible for monitoring the packing process and quality of produce heading to market. The position will also include coordinating farm e-newsletter and social media communication in consultation with the Farm Manager. Additional tasks would include assisting with vegetable planting, weeding, and harvest as required.
Since market days tend to be long and one market is on Saturday, the work schedule would be 4 days/week from Wednesday to Saturday. The position is year-round with the winter hours shifting somewhat to match different market schedules.
This position is suited to someone with experience in organic vegetable growing, with great customer service skills, and an appreciation for the farmers' market atmosphere.
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What you get:
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Apply by: March 30th, 2024
Start date: April 1st, 2024
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Feb 2 2024 ID: 70145