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ORGANIC FARMING

Position: Farm hand on ecological/organic farm 2019
Type: full-time, paid plus lodgings, more (see below)
Organization: Moving Meadows
Location: near Chesley, Grey Bruce, near Owen Sound, Ontario (with on-farm lodgings)

Looking for immediate start (Jan 2019) to May.

Moving Meadows is a 200 acre farm located in beautiful Grey Bruce, about 2.5 hours northwest of Toronto. As former city-dwellers, we deeply value the opportunity to live and raise our young family close to natural world and its rhythms. As stewards of this land, we welcome people to work-stay with us as we develop our vision for growing an ecologically responsible and economically viable farming operation while nurturing community both locally and beyond.

Seeking serious applicants preferably for a longer-term residential paid position assisting us with regular farm activities. In addition to operating our small farm, we manage a private food distribution service (hub) that works with other small local farms to deliver high quality products to a growing membership in Toronto and the GTA. The position would relieve us of some of the daily chores in order to free-up time for further business and infrastructure development, as well as a bit of family leisure here and again!

Responsibilities to include but not limited to:

  • Daily care of naturally raised, organically fed animals (cows, chickens) including stall cleaning, bedding, and feed
  • Regular equipment and facility cleaning
  • Assisting with property maintenance and infrastructure development
  • Seeding, transplanting, pest /weed control and harvesting organic, biodynamic inspired seasonal garden in season
  • Operating various farm equipment and tools
  • Landscaping and property maintenance

While experience is a welcome asset, we are seeking individuals with serious interest in small scale farming and who demonstrate some awareness of the rigours of the lifestyle, as well as the solitude that often accompanies country life. We seek an individual who are :

  • Honest, hard-working and reliable
  • Possesses excellent communication skills and a love of animals
  • Able to follow direction well and who work efficiently and independently
  • Physically fit and comfortable with manual labour - able to lift 50 lbs, and to bend, pull and push daily
  • Able to do outdoor work in changing, at times challenging weather conditions
  • Valid driver’s licence an asset

Successful candidate will work approximately 35 hours a week, with some flexibility regarding work times and days required. Work days are divided by morning and evening chores (4 and 2 hours respectively). Lodgings provided in a beautiful and rustic cabin. Cabin amenities include electricity, cooking area, fridge, and a large living space. Water jugs are used for cooking and cleaning as there is no running water in the cabin. Attached outhouse. Heated with a wood stove that requires regular attending. Showers and laundry can be taken in the house. Wi-fi available in the house only.

We are seeking someone to start immeditely (Jan 2019), and preferably available to work until May. We offer tiered compensation totaling $1200/month (first month $400, second month $800, third month and beyond $1200, with a $1200 bonus upon successful completion of contract). Non-Canadian residents welcome to apply but must demonstrate proof of health insurance for entire period of stay. We are unable to offer sponsorship. We welcome couples, although compensation will remain as above.

Please email us with your resume, contact info, and why you would make a good fit for the position.

Miro and Kate Malish
miro@movingmeadows.com

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 31 2018    ID: 49997