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ORGANIC FARMING

Positions: Farm Crew - Multiple Positions Available
Farm: Three Forks Farms

Location: Manitoulin Island, Ontario
Housing: on-farm accommodation available for two positions and will be negotiated based on experience

Do you want to work outside on Manitoulin Island growing amazing organic food? 

Do you love to listen to music, work hard and have fun? 

Current Jobs Available for 2024: 

  • Crew Lead – Full Time (1)
  • Full Time Farm Staff (3)
  • Part Time Pack House Assistant (1)

Three Forks Farms is an organic vegetable, seed and chicken farm located on Manitoulin Island. We have been growing in the Northeastern for 9 years, to both direct to retail and wholesale markets. In 2024 we will be doing 2 off-farm markets, operating our Farm Store and our weekly food box program of 150+ members. All production is in adherence with the organic standards as Three Forks Farms is certified by Eco-Cert Canada.

We are seeking staff to join us for the 2024 season who are looking to work hard, expand their knowledge of organic food production, and work with the team to produce high-quality, safe organic foods in a timely and efficient manner.

Three Forks Farms is an equal-opportunity employer. We believe that all people should have equal access to opportunities, food and community. All applicants will be evaluated equally without bias towards race, gender, ability or sexual orientation.

Testimonials from past staff:

“Peggy and Eric go above and beyond to make sure the crew has a great experience. They’re super receptive to feedback and are flexible to accommodate any specific interests, learning goals or side-hustles you have. I had so much fun, learned a ton and would absolutely return again!” 
“My time at Three Forks gave me the gift of a foundational knowledge in agriculture. During my season I became familiar with the farming process and gained intimacy with the land and the food we grew. Eric and Peggy are great employers and their trust in us gave me confidence in my abilities. Plus, the work environment fosters teamwork and playfulness is incorporated into every day.” 
“I had an awesome season working at three forks farms and Eric and Peggy have a wonderful and welcoming energy. I felt free to celebrate successes and to learn from mistakes. It was a special experience to see my hard work in such a real sense; in the growing of plants. I have great memories of the crew eating lunch and having coffee together every afternoon. “ 

 


(1) Farm Staff

3 positions

Working alongside the owners, the farm staff are engaged in all activities on the farm from planting, weeding, harvesting, processing and maintenance. All staff have a combination of physical labour both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions. A great opportunity to learn all aspects of a diversified organic farming operation.

Farm Staff Qualifications:

  • physically fit and strong and enjoy manual labour
  • an ability to work in groups with a positive team attitude, AND also able to spend hours alone on a project (ex: weeding, planting)
  • able to work under pressure and on tight timelines, in physically demanding conditions
  • understand hustle and able to maintain pace of work
  • have an interest in agriculture as a career
  • comfortable with doing repetitive tasks
  • have good communication skills
  • positive attitude, self motivated, flexible, and respond well to feedback
  • able to work some weekends
  • enjoy music, the outdoors and making life’s moments fun while being productive

Optional additional assets:

  • A valid driver’s license
  • Bi-lingual (Oral French and English)
  • Experience working on a vegetable farm

Salary: $17.50-19.50/ hr depending on experience plus access to lots of fresh delicious food

Terms of Employment
Beginning April 29th, common work days are Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week with more hours earned based on performance if desired. Contract term will be until Nov 1st 2024.

Additional Information
On farm accommodation available for 2 positions and will be negotiated based on experience.

Deadline for Applications: ASAP

Please send resume and cover letter to eat(at)threeforksfarms.com
Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.

We will only be contacting those that have been selected for an interview. Apply any time. We will start interviewing at the end of January (so early applications are welcome) and aim to have completed the hiring by February 14th or once the ideal candidate is selected. If this posting is still up then all positions have not been filled. 


(2) Crew Lead 

Summary of Role and Responsibilities: 
The Employee will be responsible for working with fellow employees to ensure that daily tasks are completed according to expectations while ensuring staff work in a safe and respected manner. These tasks will include:

  • Supporting staff to complete daily work outlined in morning meetings in a timely and efficient manner
  • Work with management to plan work in a positive and efficient manner
  • Support CSA operations, including some administrative duties
  • Supporting seed operations including some administrative duties
  • Providing guidance to staff on planting and harvesting standards
  • Make sure staff have the appropriate tools for each task, and that tools are returned at the end of each day.
  • Ensure that all appropriate records are completed after each task
  • Communicate with the owners about successes and challenges of the work, including brainstorming solutions to improve production, workflow, efficiency, profitability and staff satisfaction.
  • Work with the team to create a safe and fun work environment that treats all people with dignity and respect.
  • To follow all workplace and provincial safety protocols

Qualifications:

  • Min 2 years experience working on a vegetable farm
  • physically fit and strong and enjoy manual labour
  • an ability to work in groups with a positive team attitude, AND also able to spend hours alone on a project (ex: weeding, planting)
  • able to work under pressure and on tight timelines, in physically demanding conditions
  • understand hustle and able to maintain pace of work
  • have a genuine interest in agriculture as a career
  • comfortable with doing repetitive tasks
  • have good communication skills
  • positive attitude, self motivated, flexible, and respond well to feedback
  • able to work some weekends
  • enjoy music, the outdoors and making life’s moments fun while being productive 

Optional additional assets:

  • A valid driver’s license
  • Bi-lingual (Oral French and English)

Terms of Employment
Beginning April 15th, common work days are Monday to Friday. The employee is responsible for one weekend of farm chores per month, on a pre-arranged schedule. Contract term will be to December 20th/2024 with the potential of year round employment

Compensation
Between $19-22/hr depending on experience

Additional Information
Employee is responsible for own housing

Please send resume and cover letter to eat(at)threeforksfarms.com
Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.

We will only be contacting those that have been selected for an interview. Apply any time. We will start interviewing at the end of January (so early applications are welcome) and aim to have completed the hiring by February 14th or once the ideal candidate is selected.If this posting is still up then all positions have not been filled. 



(3) Pack House Assistant 

Part-time Position

Working with various members of the team, the Assistant will be responsible for washing, sorting, packing and organizing vegetables harvested on the farm. The Assistant will work with other staff to pack orders and prepare food for markets. The position includes cleaning of the pack house and record keeping.

7-14 hours to start

Pack House Qualifications:

  • physically fit and strong and enjoy manual labour
  • an ability to work in groups with a positive team attitude, AND also able to spend hours alone on a project (ex: weeding, planting)
  • able to work under pressure and on tight timelines, in physically demanding conditions
  • understand hustle and able to maintain pace of work
  • have a genuine interest in agriculture as a career
  • comfortable with doing repetitive tasks
  • have good communication skills
  • positive attitude, self motivated, flexible, and respond well to feedback
  • able to problem solve and create individualized efficiencies as you work
  • able to work some weekends
  • enjoy music, the outdoors and making life’s moments fun while being productive

Optional additional assets:

  • experience working in grocery or restaurant
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Experience working on an organic or ecological farm
  • Bi-lingual (Oral French and English)

Salary: $19/ hr depending on experience plus access to lots of fresh delicious food

Terms of Employment
Beginning June 1st, . Contract term will be until Nov 1st 2024 with potential for long term.

Additional Information
Employee responsible for own housing

Deadline for Applications: ASAP

Please send resume and cover letter to eat(at)threeforksfarms.com
Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.

We will only be contacting those that have been selected for an interview. Apply any time. We will start interviewing at the end of January (so early applications are welcome) and aim to have completed the hiring by February 14th or once the ideal candidate is selected.I f this posting is still up then all positions have not been filled. 


 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 10 2024    ID: 69905