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Position: Market Garden Field Assistant (Canada Summer Jobs Position)
Type: summer job / age 30 & under
Organization: Black Creek Community Farm / FoodShare
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Black Creek Community Farm is situated on a truly unique eight-acre property that includes pristine farmland, a heritage farmhouse and barn, and a surrounding forest that extends down into the Black Creek ravine. All of this is located within easy walking distance of eight schools and thousands of local residents in one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in Canada’s largest city.

Main Tasks:

This position provides support to the BCCF Market Garden in all areas of field, marketing and administrative work. All work will support the management of 3 acres, which includes 1 acre of certified organic vegetable production for a 75 member CSA, an on-site farm store, additional sales channels, and regular on-farm events.

Detailed Job Description (duties include, but are not limited to):

Vegetable Field Work, Distribution and Sales

  • Assist with seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, post-harvest washing and processing, and storage of vegetable crops.

  • Help maintain the working order of non-field production areas such as the tool storage, wash station, walk-in cooler, and farm store.

  • Help operate a weekly on-farm CSA pick up, including set up / take down of vegetable displays and helping CSA members, and assist with produce bagging for off-site deliveries.

  • Help operate and stock the on-site farm store on a daily basis.

Marketing and Administration

  • Help with general administrative tasks.

  • Assist with the distribution of marketing materials and community outreach.

  • Help implement market garden social events for CSA members.

Additional Duties

  • Provide occasional support to other BCCF program areas, and share site and office housekeeping responsibilities with other BCCF staff.

  • Support BCCF all-farm special events such as annual farm festival (approximately once a month).

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Food growing experience in a market garden context is preferred, but candidates with strong gardening or other horticulture related experience will be considered.

  • Strong attention to detail, ability to follow instructions, ability to multi-task.

  • Effective communication and customer service skills.

  • Good organizational and time management skills.

  • Knowledge of, and experience working with, diverse communities.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • A valid Ontario Driver’s License is an asset.

Job Requirements:

The position involves/requires:

  • Physical work outdoors in all weather conditions.

  • Manual dexterity, repetitive bending, kneeling and lifting (up to 25 lbs).

  • A large amount of standing and walking.

To be eligible for this Canada Summer Jobs position, the applicant must:

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

  • 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*; and,

  • 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.

Reports to: Assistant Farm Manager

Location(s) of Position: Black Creek Community Farm, 4929 Jane Street
Salary: $14 per hour

Start date: June 3, 2019.
End date: July 26, 2019 (8 weeks)

Hours: 30 hours a week


Please submit your cover letter and resume to . Please apply by May 22, 2019.

Please note:

BCCF is a member of FoodShare Toronto’s Supportive Partnerships Platform - staff hired for this position will be employed by FoodShare Toronto, and their work location will be Black Creek Community Farm.

FoodShare is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, disability, protected veterans status or any other legally-protected factors.

If you feel you need an accommodation because of illness or disability during the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Human Resources at your earliest convenience – You will also be briefed on FoodShare’s policies regarding accommodation and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Please note that only candidates selected to move forward in the hiring process will be contacted.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 9 2019    ID: 53436