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ORGANIC FARMING

Positions: Superstar Farmers and Vendors
Farm: Earth Apple Organic Farm
Location: Langley-Abbotsford, Greater Vancouver BC


Position 1: Farmhand

Commitment & Compensation: F/T (Mon-Fri & possibly occasional Saturday) $13.85/hr ($14.60/hr beginning June 1, 2020)

Accommodations available for rent.

Contract: April 1 to October 31, 2020

Location: Earth Apple Farm at Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-op, Abbotsford, BC

Application Deadline: February 29, 2020

Summary of position:

We are looking for someone to work with us on everything from harvesting, washing and packing fruit and veg, planting, weeding, bed prep, berry picking, tomato pruning and everything outside and in between! We move at a quick pace and get the job done as a crew, although there is some independent work at times too. Looking to get your hands dirty? Want to put that systems thinking into play? Enjoy a good hard days work? Wanna geek out over fruit and veg? Inquire within!

Requirements for the Farmhand/Harvester include:

  • A deep interest in learning and gaining more experience in small-scale organic vegetable farming.
  • The ideal candidate has experience in fieldwork and/or outdoor labour. Ideally you have worked on another farm for at least one season.
  • S/he should be able to lift up to 40 lbs and be comfortable using and/or learning to use a variety of tools and farm equipment.
  • Many tasks are repetitive, physically demanding and require attention to using core strength and an awareness of ergonomics to avoid injury and maintain good health.
  • An ability to be flexible, move quickly, work independently and also with a team is super important, as well as an attention to detail.
  • Able to accommodate early mornings and occasionally long days and ready and willing to work rain or shine!

Position 2: Field Apprenticeship

Commitment & Compensation: F/T (Mon-Fri & occasional Saturday optional) Starts at $13.85/hr and increases to $14.60/hr beginning June 1, 2020. Accommodations available for rent.

Contract: April 1 to October 31, 2020

Location: Earth Apple Farm at Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-op, Abbotsford, BC

Application Deadline: February 29, 2020

Summary of position:

Earth Apple Organic Farm is seeking a Lead Farm hand Apprentice. This is a fantastic opportunity for folks that enjoy working hard outdoors, are detail oriented, a systems thinker and want to learn abut and gain more experience in the field of small-scale organic agriculture. This position includes a high level of on-going training and is in conjunction with our apprenticeship program. Ideally you have at least one year experience apprenticing previously/ relatable outdoor field experience/ farmhand experience and you aspire to increase your knowledge and hands-on experience towards a career in agriculture. This opening is pending a successful grant from the government of Canada which requires that applicants are currently unemployed, under 30 years of age and we specifically encourage women to apply.

Field apprenticeship position responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Works with the Owners, Business Partners, and other farmhands to ensure crop plan implementation and schedule is followed
  • Tasks include bed prep, mulching, laying irrigation, seeding, transplanting, weeding, fertilizing, and general field maintenance
  • Field tool maintenance and inventory
  • Tools include possible use of tractor & implements, rototiller, weed trimmer, hand tools, flame weeder
  • Maintains a high pace, whilst ensuring quality work
  • Works with crew on group tasks such as harvesting, cleaning, market prep, barn cleaning etc.
  • Has a positive can-do attitude, open and effective communication, enjoys problem-solving and has high endurance and will be able to manage all the challenges inherent in outdoor, physically & mentally demanding, all weather work
  • Has a working understanding of excel spreadsheets and sufficient in basic computer software programs
  • Attend regular weekly crew check ins/meetings providing feedback and suggestions for the week(s) ahead
  • Occasionally may include other general farm maintenance activities and possibly working the farmers markets in Vancouver

Position 3: Farmers Market Vendors (2 positions)

Commitment & Compensation: P/T (Saturday) Starts at $13.85/hr and increases to $14.60/hr beginning June 1, 2020.

Contract: May 2- October 21, 2020

Location: Riley Park Farmers Market and Trout Lake Farmers Market, Vancouver, BC

Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

Summary of position:

Earth Apple Organic Farm is seeking two Market Helpers. This is a fantastic opportunity for folks that enjoy harvesting fruit and veg, love talking about food preparation, have an eye for quality and standardization, efficiencies and systems thinking and want to learn about and gain more experience in product and marketing aspects of small-scale mixed farming. Ideally you have sales and cash handling experience, and know your fruit and vegetables well! Experience driving a large truck also an asset, but not required.

Market Helper position responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with the Earth Apple Organic Farmers hustling produce!
  • Set-up/ Take-down: Displaying high quality products and following display/set-up protocols, diligently tracking inventory and keeping supplies and market materials organized
  • Truck Loading/Unloading: Unloading and packing delivery truck and in rare instances driving market truck (a Hino Cube Van with 14’ box) and drives to markets
  • Big Muscles: Heavy lifting and repetitive motions
  • Sales: Talking to market customers about our products, our farm, recipes and food storage tips, leading volunteers in set-up, sales, sampling, and following food safe handling protocols
  • Cash Handling: A proficient, basic level of math for addition, subtraction and counting of cash. Use of Square Register on tablet

To apply:

To apply for any of these positions, please send your resume by email and a one-page cover letter clearly stating which position you are interested in applying for and why you want to work at Earth Apple Organic Farm, as well as your suitability for the position based on your education, experience, skills and qualifications. Please pdf your submission into one document (example: farmer_Jane.pdf) We will also require 2-3 character and work experience references.

earthapplefarm@gmail.com

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 30 2020    ID: 55869