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Position: Farm Hand
Organization: Sweet Digz Farm
Location: Steveston / southwest Richmond, Greater Vancouver BC

About Sweet Digz Farm

Sweet Digz Farm is a small-scale organic farm, located on the edge of Steveston (Richmond), BC in the fertile valley of the Fraser River. We grow vegetables, seed and herbs and distribute our bounty through our 100-person Community Supported Agriculture box (delivered throughout Richmond and Vancouver), a weekly market in Richmond, and to Gudrun Restaurant in Steveston.

Sweet Digz Farm is run by owner-farmers Kareno Hawbolt & Kimi Hendess, and our team includes a seasonal farm hand, casual labour help, and a few very dedicated volunteers who join us once a week. We aim to create a fun, educational, empowering vibe where everyone feels appreciated while also being challenged to work their butts off in the extraordinary conditions of weather, timeframes, and general highs and lows that are the daily reality of farming. We give the earth our all, and are rewarded by amazing bounty. Check out http://www.sweetdigzfarm.ca for more about us.

Farm Job Description

We are looking for a part time "farm hand" to join our team for the season, ideally 4 days/week which includes doing CSA deliveries on Thursday during our CSA. We are also open to applications for the 3 days/week farm hand component without the Thursday deliveries:

a) 3 days per week (Tues, Wed, Fri) farm hand
or
b) 4 days per week (Tues-Fri) includes Thursday CSA deliveries.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • 3-day/week farm hand:
    • assisting in all aspects of field work: field preparation, seeding, transplanting, weeding, irrigation, tool and machine operation, farm maintenance & clean up, etc.;
    • assist with weekly harvesting, washing, storage and packing of vegetables destined to our CSA and weekly market;
    • participate in farm systems such as record keeping, tool maintenance, etc.;
    • possible work on infrastructure projects if interested;
    • help the team incorporate volunteers and casual labour into the field work;
  • optional 4-day/week delivery:
    • do our weekly Thursday CSA delivery run into Vancouver using our farm vehicle (must drive standard).

What we're looking for:

Farming is an amazing and immensely rewarding career, however, it is very physically demanding and requires great dedication and commitment throughout the season. This influences the qualities we are looking for, which include:

  • interest or experience in organic farming
  • passionate about local food and sustainable agriculture
  • able to work in shifting weather conditions
  • physically fit and strong, enjoy manual labour and see the beauty in small scale DIY
  • experience (or open to learning) using machinery on the farm (weedwacker, mower, walk-behind tractor)
  • an ability to work in groups with a positive team attitude, AND also able to spend hours alone on a project (ex: weeding, planting)
  • at peace with doing repetitive tasks
  • positive attitude, self motivated, flexible, and respond well to feedback
  • able to work under stressful deadlines
  • able to problem solve and create individualized efficiencies as you work
  • able to find time in a busy daily schedule to throw the ball for River the farm dog!
  • optional: it would be an asset if you have a valid driver's license, drive standard, and want to do our Thursday CSA truck delivery (4-day/week option)

Compensation:

  • $11.50/hr plus veggies on tap for your consumption
  • End of season bonus = retroactive .50/hr

Start Date: May 1 2017

End Date: Ideally Sept 29 (Aug 31 negotiable if you are returning to school)
Hours: 9am-5pm

Application:

Email your resume and a cover letter to Kareno & Kimi:
eatlocal mask sweetdigzfarm.ca*
with subject header: "Farm Hand Application". Please tell us where you heard about the job posting, and let us know if, in the event you do not get the position, you'd like to be on-call for casual labour.

Deadline: Apply any time until Mar 15th. We will start interviewing at the beginning of March (so early applications are welcome) and aim to have completed the hiring by March 31st.

We will reply to all applicants to let you know when we have filled the position. We look forward to hearing from you!

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FoodWork ID: 38203       Date posted to FoodWork.ca: Feb 13 2017