We are seeking a passionate and hard-working leader to join our team working in our 2-acre organic vegetable gardens and greenhouse!
About us: Root Radical Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) is a successful organic farm growing a diversity of vegetables. Entering our 14th season, we sell our vegetables through the CSA model to about 250 households in Kingston and on Howe Island. We are known for our high-quality and great-tasting vegetables, our friendly, organized, and accommodating customer service, and the environmental education opportunities offered to our community.
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.
On harvest days (twice a week), the main tasks include harvesting, washing, and packing vegetables. The rest of the week we do seeding, greenhouse management, making soil mix, planting, hoeing, and hand weeding. In the shoulder seasons we work on infrastructure projects, garden preparation, and clean up.
Root Radical CSA is located on Howe Island between Kingston and Gananoque. The CSA garden is about 2 acres on Doublejay Farm, an organic grass-fed beef farm. Doublejay Farm is about 400 acres, including 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: http://rootradicalrows.com/
The Team Leader Role: This role is for someone with 3+ growing seasons of experience working on organic or ecological vegetable farms. We are seeking someone with a commitment to making a career in organic or ecological vegetable farming and who is looking for farm to commit to working on for several growing seasons.
The successful candidate will work collaboratively with Emily to manage the production of a diverse mix of vegetables for the CSA, while also working on the production crew and being a leader and role model for the rest of the crew.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Wage: $18 per hour. (This works out to approximately $22,000 for the whole season and the successful candidate may be eligible for E.I. in the off-season.)
Hours of Work: 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.
Weather: On harvest days, we work rain or shine. However, our other work (planting, weeding, etc.) can be weather-dependent. 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.
Job Sharing: To facilitate applications from our current and past part-time and student workers we welcome job sharing proposals. Please submit your application as a package with your co-applicant and please include in your cover letter a proposal for how you would share the responsibilities of the position.
Equity Hiring: We acknowledge that not everyone starts from the same place because of systemic advantages and barriers. We acknowledge this and encourage 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…
To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or post your resume and cover letter to: Emily Dowling, 3 Lower Side Rd., RR#4, Gananoque, ON, K7G 2V6
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Dec 18 2019 ID: 55393