FARM AND GARDEN STAFF REQUIRED AT STRATHMERE:
Strathmere is looking for support staff for its fruit and vegetable farming operations and ornamental gardens. Strathmere is a country estate in Rural South Ottawa hosting weddings, conferences, events and a spa with restaurant.
Since 2004, Strathmere has been developing a fruit and vegetable farm to supply its banqueting kitchens - and now restaurant - with fresh, seasonal fruit, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and honey. Currently, there are about 2 acres of fruits, vegetables, and flowers as well as a 1500 sq ft greenhouse and 4 beehives. In addition, we have several perennial flower gardens throughout the 30 acre property. The farm and gardens are not certified organic, but are managed primarily in accordance of organic standards with an emphasis on improving soil, diversity and managing the farm as an ecosystem.
Strathmere is seeking full time staff to work in the farming/gardening operation under management of its lead growers, Colin Lundy and Eylie Mateer. There could also be opportunity to move back and forth from working in the gardens to prepping in the kitchen for those interested in participating in the full cycle from field to plate.
The work season is approximately from the middle of April to the end of October, with some flexibility depending on spring and fall weather.
Full time hours are Monday to Friday, predominantly 8am to 4pm with about 1 hour for lunch, though sometimes we start earlier and end later.
Candidates should be:
Tasks include: Seeding, bed preparation, garden building/renovating, transplanting, irrigating, weeding, mulching, pest management, harvesting, pruning, seed saving, composting, processing/packing, using and caring for tools/equipment, record keeping, among other tasks associated with fruit and vegetable farming and flower gardening. Other possible tasks include beehive management and operating a small tractor (based on interest and assessment).
In return, Strathmere's lead growers will provide:
In addition, Strathmere will provide:
To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, and contact info for two references, to:
Please put “Attn: Colin Lundy - application for gardens employment” in the subject line of your email.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Mar 11 2020 ID: 56397