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Position: Market Garden Assistant
Type: paid seasonal position, April-October
Organization: Art Farm Produce
Location: Warkworth, Trent Hills, Ontario (between Peterborough, Cobourg, Trenton, Belleville)


Art Farm Produce has been growing certified organic vegetables from 1998 to 2017. In 2018 we will continue to use only organically approved practices. Our property is 28 acres with approximately 2 acres under cultivation with some shrub and tree fruit. There are 30 laying hens and in summer we raise 100 free-range meat chickens. Crop rotation and cover crops are used. We have a drip irrigation system which pumps water from our spring-fed pond. (this pond, by the way, provides a very refreshing swim after hours of garden work!). Cut flowers are an important part of the Art Farm production.

Job Description

The Market Garden Assistant will report to and take direction and guidance from the farm owner who is actively involved in the day-to-day farm operations.

This is a seasonal, PAID position starting mid April to the end of October. The hours are Tuesday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm.

Minimum wage of $14 per hour. Benefits include workers compensation in case of injury.

The position will be offered to someone who loves farm work, including fine detailed seeding and weeding, and who is also a good communicator, easy to work with and wants to learn from an experienced organic farmer. Previous experience working on an organic farm is an asset though we will also consider those applicants who are currently attending sustainable agriculture programs, students who require a co-op placement, and those who have completed previous farm internships.

The list below is a good example of some of our daily tasks:

  • Seedling production
  • Cultivation, weeding
  • Transplanting
  • Harvesting
  • Pest management
  • Preparing produce for markets

This position requires the candidate to be or to have a:

  • Love of learning and challenging themselves
  • Physically fit
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Strong work ethic with high standards
  • Enthusiastic and upbeat
  • Able to work both independently and with other employees
  • Willing to work in all weather conditions
  • Some basic familiarity with machinery such as weed-trimmers and roto-tillers.
  • Well organised with good time-management skills

How to Apply:

If this position is for you please send me a Cover Letter explaining your goals and your ability to commit to this work period. Please forward a full Résumé along with personal and work References to:, subject: "Market garden assistant"

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FoodWork ID: 43693       Date posted to Jan 18 2018