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Position: Market Garden Assistant/Internship (paid)
Type: summer job / summer student position
Farm: Knuckle Down Farm
Location: Quinte West  / near Belleville & Trenton, Ontario
Housing: no separate on-farm housing available however there is some flexibility to be discussed with the right candidate

About Knuckle Down Farm

Knuckle Down Farm is a small Organic Market Garden and CSA farm near the towns of Stirling and Frankford, Ontario. The one acre garden is planted intensively and most work is done using hand tools with a little help from a walk-behind BCS tractor. We attend a Farmers’ Market in Toronto as well as running a 40 member CSA in both Toronto and on the Farm.

The farm is about an hour from Kingston or Peterborough, 30 mins from Bellville, 20 mins from Trenton.

Job Description

Knuckle Down Farm is expecting a baby in the spring so we will need some extra help! Work alongside the farmer during the season with tasks such as weeding, bed prep, transplanting, seeding, harvesting, market and CSA preparations and any other jobs that arise around the farm. This is the perfect position for someone who is considering vegetable farming as a career but would like a little more experience before striking out on their own. That said, no prior experience is necessary.

Desired Attributes

Ideally, we’re looking for an employee who has some previous experience with organic farming, but candidates with a eagerness to learn and enthusiasm will also be considered.

Because this is a small operation (most days it will only be the two of us), willingness to complete tasks even when left to work alone is crucial. A good work ethic, reliability, enjoyment of hard physical work in all kinds of weather, as well as an eye for detail are also important.


This position dependent on Canada Summer Jobs funding so applicants must meet the funding criteria:

To be eligible, students must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment

  • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment

  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter outlining your interest and experience to Jenny Cook at:

Wages: $15/hour, 30 hours/week. This would likely be a four day week, with weekends off.

Benefits: Food from the farm

Duration: May to September (precise dates dependent on funding)

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FoodWork ID: 44385       Date posted to Mar 15 2018