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ORGANIC FARMING

Position: Organic Farm Worker
Term: part-time, 2 days/week, May 6th to Nov 1st
Organization: Salad Days Farm
Location: Belwood, Ontario (near Guelph, Fergus, Orangeville)

We are a 7-acre market garden situated in Centre Wellington, 30 mins north of Guelph, 30 mins west of Orangeville and 1.5 hours from downtown Toronto. We grow a wide variety of organic vegetables that are sold through a 100-member CSA program, farmers’ market and local grocery stores.

Our growing practices follow those of Jean-Martin Fortier, i.e. we work on a permanent raised bed system using a BCS walk-behind tractor and hand tools. As we enter our fourth farming season, we are focused on creating efficient systems that will increase productivity and profits.

We cultivate approximately 1.5 acres of organic vegetables including a large hoophouse and heated propagation house. We also manage a small egg-laying operation of 100 laying hens.

Job Description:

Duration: May 6th to Nov 1st

Weekly Schedule: Must be available to work 2 days per week (16-20 hrs). Work hours are 8am to 5pm (sometimes 7am-4pm) with a 1-hour lunch break. Preferred work days are Wednesdays and Fridays.

Job Requirements:

  • Previous farming experience is an asset but is not required
  • Must possess a passion for organic agriculture
  • Capable of physical labour in all weather conditions (including bending, squatting, and kneeling for extended periods of time)
  • Willingness to complete repetitive tasks with efficiency and an attention to detail
  • Ability to follow instructions and learn new tasks quickly
  • Applicants must have reliable transportation to and from the farm

Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with weekly harvests
  • Washing and packing vegetables for CSA, farmers’ market and wholesale orders
  • Some field work including bed preparation, weeding and transplanting

Although farming is a rigorous job, we strive to make the work environment enjoyable for everyone on our team. Running Salad Days Farm is a collaborative effort, and we are always open to new ideas and innovations that will help the farm operate at maximum efficiency.

Compensation will range from $13-14/hr based on skills and previous farming experience. A weekly share of organic vegetables and free-range eggs is included.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to info@saladdaysfarm.ca . Please include what days of the week you are available to work.

If you'd like to know more about us and our farm please visit our website http://www.saladdaysfarm.ca or our Instagram @saladdaysfarm

Paula & Dave

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 17 2019    ID: 50012