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TORONTO LOCAL FOOD

Position: Sales Rep - Farmer's Markets
Employer: Evermeadow Farm
Location: Cobourg & Toronto, Ontario (see below)

Job Type: Part Time, Hourly.
This position is eligible for Canada Summer Jobs funding for candidates under 30 years of age.  Candidates who are members of equity seeking groups are encouraged to apply.
Duration: Early May to Late October, 2022.

About Evermeadow Farm:

Evermeadow is a regenerative, pasture-based livestock farm in the rolling hills of Northumberland County. Though building our agricultural enterprise is our current focus, Evermeadow Farm is a part of a larger ecological land management project aimed a restoring ecological resilience and diversity in our farm and the surrounding region.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to operate an ecologically restorative farm that:

  1. Provides premium, nutritious, ethical, and ecologically beneficial food for our communities;
  2. Increases the biodiversity and productivity of the land we manage;
  3. Fosters land-based lifeways as alternatives to extractive and unsustainable production and consumption patterns.

We are presently building the infrastructure, market, soil fertility, and production capacity that will eventually allow us to perform large scale landscape rehabilitation.

We work with animals that contribute to our ecological vision by exercising their innate instincts, while also providing ethical and nutritious food for our community. Our hens scratch up compacted soil and spread seed and fertile manure; our sheep manage the grass, distribute nutrients, and build soil; our pigs recycle waste nutrients and disturb the soil to prepare for re-seeding pastures; and our broiler chickens bring fertility into the farm as they move daily across the landscape.

In 2022 we will be represented at three Toronto area Farmer’s Markets, building on our expansion into the Toronto market in 2021.

We also sell our products directly from our farm gate, through local direct-market REKO networks, and at local farmer’s markets.

About the job:

The role will involve enthusiastically representing Evermeadow Farm at farmer’s markets on Saturday and Sundays.

The successful candidate will be responsible for setting up the market booth, keeping track of inventory, engaging with customers, answering questions, and selling our frozen meat products.

While expected to work self-sufficiently, the candidate will be provided comprehensive training and clear guidance and will enjoy ongoing support and daily collaboration with owner-operators Josh and Janita.

Requirements:

  • Outgoing, friendly, engaging, and happy to talk to market goers about Evermeadow Farm, our mission, and our products.
  • Detail oriented, meticulous, and fastidious – the job requires quick thinking, math skills, and accurate record keeping.
  • Self-motivated and task oriented (ie: not deadline oriented) – we need someone who is proactive and able to work independetly even when the booth gets busy.
  • Confident and empowered but ALSO able to take instruction and correction – a key attribute.
  • At least 1 year working in retail sales.
  • Good writing, editing, and record keeping skills.
  • Comfortable driving vehicles including mini-vans and pick up trucks. (Driver’s License).
  • Posses some fundamental knowledge and understanding of food economy and food security/justice issues.
  • Ecologically literate – knowledge of the roles different organisms play within ecosystems.
  • Familiar with some of the conversations in the regenerative agriculture space and/or willing to pursue further learning and reading of agricultural literature.

Locations:

We will be operating booths at farmer’s markets in Toronto on Saturday and Sunday.

We will need to bring product from our farm near Cobourg each week.

This means we can consider candidates from both Toronto and Northumberland County.

If you live in Northumberland, you would drive into the city from here. If you live in Toronto, you would meet us in the city.

Hours and Schedule:

Saturdays 6/7am – 2/3pm (8-10 hours)
Sundays 7am – 2pm (8-9 hours)
Total weekly hours: 16-20.

Wages and Perks:

Starting at $17/hour. 15% discount on Evermeadow products. Monthly dinner gatherings at the farm for all Evermeadow staff.

To apply:

Send detailed CV with work and other related experience and at least 2 references to info@evermeadow.ca by February 14, 2022. A video clip or link to your social media would also be helpful where possible. Only applicants chosen for a phone/video interview will be contacted.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 14 2022    ID: 62433