We are seeking passionate and hard-working individuals to take full and part-time roles working our 2-acre organic vegetable gardens and greenhouse in 2020!
About us: Root Radical Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) is a successful organic farm growing a diversity of vegetables. Entering our 14th season, we sell our vegetables through the CSA model to about 250 households in Kingston and on Howe Island. We are known for our high-quality great-tasting vegetables, our friendly, organized and accommodating customer service, and the environmental education opportunities offered to our community.
In the garden, most work is done by hand or with human-powered tools. We use tractors for moving compost and soil mix, preparing the gardens for planting, and for other heavy lifting. We use drip irrigation and season extension techniques in our fields. We also produce tomatoes, cucumbers, greens and transplants in our 2300 sq. ft. greenhouse.
On harvest days (twice a week), 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. In the shoulder seasons we work on infrastructure projects, garden preparation, and clean up.
Root Radical CSA is located on Howe Island between Kingston and Gananoque. The CSA garden is about 2 acres on Doublejay Farm, an organic grass-fed beef farm. Doublejay Farm is about 400 acres, including hayfields, 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: http://rootradicalrows.com/
Wage: Starting at $14 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. Full and part time positions available.
Duration of Employment and hours of work: Depending on the position and the weather the commitment starts in between mid-March to June and ends in September, October or November. Student applicants must be willing to commit to working from early May to Friday, September 4, 2019. The full-time staff must be available to work about 7 to 8 hours a day, 5 days per week during our busy season (early May to mid/late September). Depending on the weather, the number of work hours can be reduced in spring and fall (March to early May and late September to November). Please see the note below about weather dependant work.
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.
Equity Hiring: We acknowledge that not everyone starts from the same place because of systemic advantages and barriers. We acknowledge this and encourage applications from people who typically face barriers to working in the agricultural sector.
Perks: Farming is hard work, but working at Root Radical CSA also has benefits including…
To apply please email your resume and cover letter to:
Or post your resume and cover letter to:
Emily Dowling, 3 Lower Side Rd., RR#4, Gananoque, ON, K7G 2V6
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Feb 27 2020 ID: 55394