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Position: Community Farmer
Organization: Lakeside HOPE House
Location: Guelph, Ontario

Lakeside HOPE House

Lakeside HOPE House provides tangible, compassionate assistance and care to those in the Guelph community through immediate relief and ongoing support. Our goal is to foster a greater level of independence by delivering front-line services and support that allow our community members to maintain their dignity and choice. This is accomplished through a diverse range of programs and services including a choice-based, bucks-based Food, a Clothing Market, HOPE Stylin’ Haircuts, a community Edu-Kitchen, the Guelph Community Backpack Project, a daily Café, HOPE for the Holidays, therapeutic and horticultural skill development gardening workshops and other programs supporting all Guelph residents (including children) living in poverty

Job Description

  • The Community Farmer will provide overall leadership to the management of two farm parcels of land. All fresh food produce will be delivered to HOPE House or distributed through HOPE in Motion to other food security agencies within Guelph.
  • The primary parcel is an 8.6-acre parcel known as the North Field located on the St. Ignatius Jesuit Centre. In 2019, HOPE House grew vegetables on one quarter of an acre of this land and worked with the Julien Project on an additional 4,000 square foot plot. The Julien Project delivered horticultural therapy workshops to our vulnerable populations. At this site the Community Farmer developed the crop plan, work plan, provided labour and supervised volunteers and the Farm Associate with growing, harvesting and distributing of quality organic vegetables.
  • The second parcel is a 1-acre parcel located at Lakeside Church that has a dedicated group of 6-8 Lakeside Church volunteers who complete the planting, weeding, harvesting and food distribution to HOPE House. At this site, the Community Farmer is responsible for providing expertise and advice to the volunteers on how to best manage this parcel.
  • The participant will work with individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds including marginalized groups. This hands-on role will provide a good picture of what working with families living in poverty looks like and offers a great learning opportunity while also filling an essential role in the Guelph community.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage two community gardens
  • Work with and set pace for the Farm Associate and volunteers at North Field
  • Encourage and support volunteers and program participants in garden maintenance tasks (prepping beds, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and post-harvest field clean up)
  • Plant, transplant, weed, harvest and clean produce according to Organic and Food Safety protocols
  • Provide a welcoming space for participants to build self-confidence, wellness and personal skills
  • Work within a set budget


  • Be of legal working age and eligible to work in Canada
  • Have a valid G driver’s license

Competencies and Skills Required

  • Knowledge and experience in gardening, ecological farming or other field work
  • Knowledge and experience in working with basic farm tools
  • Exceptional organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and well with others
  • Ability to work within a budget
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and show sensitivity to vulnerable populations and marginalized groups
  • Works well outside in all weather, at a good pace
  • Solid basic math and relational skills
  • Commitment to Health & Safety, operating as a cohesive team and building community
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs, load and unload supplies into vehicles
  • Working knowledge of poverty (i.e. generational, situational, working poor)
  • Provision of a vulnerable sector police check

Working Conditions

  • Compensation: $18/hr
  • Contract position averaging 20 hours per week (includes some weekends)
  • Start date: May 4th 2020
  • End date: October 16th 2020
  • This position reports to the Immediate Relief Manager

Direct Reports

  1. Supervises the Farm Associate
  2. Some volunteer supervision

HOPE House is an equal opportunities employer, committed to employment equity. HOPE House values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.

Resumes will be accepted until Friday March 6th, 2020 at 4 pm

Please send to: 
Attn: Gillian Cornell

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 12 2020    ID: 56036