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Position: Organic Farm Worker
Type: full-time (July - November)
Farm: Root Radical CSA
Location: Howe Island, near Kingston & Gananoque, Ontario

We are seeking a hard-working and passionate individual to take full time role working our 2 acre organic vegetable gardens and greenhouse. This seasonal position runs from July to November 2017.

About us: Root Radical Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) is a successful small organic farm, now in our 11th year growing a diversity of vegetables. We are proud to supply vegetables through the CSA model to about 250 households in Kingston and on Howe Island. Working together in a caring, positive team, most of our work is done by hand or with human-powered tools. We use tractors for moving compost and soil mix, tilling the gardens, shaping raised beds and for other heavy lifting. We use drip irrigation and we do some seed saving. We produce tomatoes, cucumbers, greens and transplants in our 2300 sq. ft. greenhouse.

Root Radical CSA is located on Howe Island between Kingston and Gananoque. The CSA garden is about 2 acres on Doublejay Farm, an organic dairy farm. Doublejay Farm is about 400 acres, including hay fields, 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:


  • We are looking for folks who are ready to dig in, get dirty and work hard! We want to work with other committed, reliable people who will show up on time and always strive to do their best at work. Applicants must be prepared and willing to work in all sorts of weather conditions.
  • On harvest days, 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. The successful candidate will be trained in most aspects of operating the CSA. Flexibility, dexterity and endurance are required. Must be able to lift and carry heavy bins. Tasks are generally varied but staff are often assigned to particular areas where they excel.
  • Experience in agriculture, completion of an organic farm internship, or work in a related field is a strong asset. Special consideration will be given to those applicants who can demonstrate their commitment to local organic agriculture. Ability to commit to the remainder of the season is a requirement and an openness to coming back to work again in 2018 is a plus.
  • Having a G or G2 driver’s licence is a must. However, having your own transportation to the farm is negotiable for this position. Please indicate in your application whether you have your own vehicle to get to work or if you would need to carpool.

Wage: Starting at $11.40 per hour.

Schedule: 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.

Duration of Employment and hours of work: Position starts as soon as possible and run until the end of November. The successful candidate must be available to work about 7 to 8 hours a day, 5 days per week during our busy season (now until mid/late September). The number of work hours is reduced in fall (mid/late September to November). Some of our work is weather dependent so please see the note below about that.

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.

Benefits: Farming is hard work but working at Root Radical CSA also has benefits including:

  • Lots of high quality, organic vegetables to eat. Staff receive CSA shares and have access to seconds and leftovers.
  • Work-life balance. Weekend work is not required and farm staff finish between 3:30 and 4:30 PM most days. Additionally, we are a farm that structures breaks into our daily schedule and we are a team that co-ordinates and plans ahead so that days off for staff to recharge are an option.
  • Diversity of work. Working on a small acreage with a diverse set of crops means less monotony and doing a lot of different kinds of tasks throughout the week and as the seasons shift.
  • Teamwork. Being a part of a team of self-motivated, hardworking, caring people who are nice to be around. We have structured team building activities and make a point of celebrating together throughout the season.
  • Learning. Opportunity to master farming skills and to be rewarded with incremental wage increases as you develop those skills.
  • Responsibility. Keeping the work interesting and challenging by finding your niche on the farm and taking on areas of responsibility and/or working on your own side-projects. We encourage staff to take on additional responsibility when they are ready.
  • Clear expectations. As part of the hiring process, an eight-page document is provided explaining how to succeed at Root Radical. Throughout the season, we meet regularly as a team to share weekly work goals.
  • Outdoor work. Being out in beautiful weather (most of the time), and not sitting at a desk.
  • Pride in your work. Doing important work, raising great organic vegetables for local people who really appreciate good food and their farmers.
  • Challenges. Becoming stronger both physically and mentally by challenging yourself.
  • Building a better world. Contributing in a very real way to environmental and social justice. Helping a local family farm succeed.
  • Ecological connection. Learning about ecology first hand and deepening your relationship with the land that feeds you.

To apply please post your resume and cover letter to: Emily Dowling, 3 Lower Side Rd., Gananoque, ON, K7G 2V6

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FoodWork ID: 41394       Date posted to Jul 16 2017