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Salt & Harrow Farm, Lead Farm Hand

Full-time, Seasonal

Position: Lead Farm Hand
Type: April 15, 2019 for a six month period; possibility for year round employment 
Housing: please indicate if you need on-farm accommodation
Farm: Salt & Harrow Farm
Location: French Creek, Vancouver Island, BC

Salt & Harrow Farm is a 37-acre, certified organic farm, located in French Creek on Vancouver Island between the towns of Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Ten acres are devoted to vegetable production, producing over 50 varieties of vegetables, legumes, fruits, and herbs. We sell our produce at eight farmers markets, to restaurants, our Salt & Harrow Storehouse, and through a full-choice membership program.

We have a diverse farming operation, which requires a wide range of skills: greenhouse seedling production, field planting, weeding and harvesting, produce deliveries, building and repairing infrastructure. We work in a rural community. Be prepared for physically demanding work in a fast paced, rewarding environment.


The Lead Farm Hand will work under the direction of the Farm Mnager supervising the farm crew in all farm operations.

  • Day to day farm staff and apprentice management
  • Participation in staff and apprentice training
  • Maintenance of quality standards in both field work and post harvest
  • Directing field operations; cultivation, irrigation, transplanting and harvest
  • Maintaining daily journal entries
  • Use of farm software for record keeping and staff management
  • Crop/input/harvest and organic production record keeping
  • Basic tool and equipment maintenance
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work environment
  • Management of post harvest operations and order/market fullfillment
  • Farmers market lead or support
  • Maintance of soil fertility and preparation
  • Direction of plant propagation
  • Management of direct seeding and transplanting for scheduled harvests
  • Irrigation system maintenance, and management of crop specifc irrigation
  • Pest and disease management
  • Participation in maintenance of farm equipment and facilities


  • Three years market farming experience.We will consider someone with less exerience with previous supervisory experience in a related industry.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • High attention to detail with abiltiy to work inside structured processes
  • Ability to work with a team and idependantly
  • Willingingness to work variable hours including weekends
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Ability to lift 50lbs repeatedly for long durations
  • Class 5 Drivers lincense
  • Knowledge of basic tools, machinery operation/ maintenance
  • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills
  • Ability to learn and work with farm programs and software
  • Sense of humor


Position begins April 15, 2019 for a six month period. This is a full-time position, approx. 40-50 hrs/week, Monday through Friday, with some room for flexibility if help is needed at the farmers markets or with weekend chores. There is a possibility for year round employment after six months. The position pays $16/hr. with 4% vacation pay and access to farm vegetables. Please indicate if you need on farm accomodation.

To Apply

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 14 2018    ID: 49726