Position: Farm Hand/Intern
Organization: Summer Soul Farm
Location: Hornby Island, BC
Housing: on-site private accommodation (see below)
Summer Soul Farm is located on idyllic Hornby Island where artists and free thinkers have long made their home. The island is renowned for its natural beauty. “Hawaiian” white sand beaches, awesome mountain biking, music festivals (well, maybe not this year) and a sweet, hippie counterculture draw people to this little gem of an island in the Salish Sea.
Summer Soul is a small-scale ecological farming enterprise. The property is 10 acres total with 3 acres cleared for cultivation. We are growing about 30 different vegetable crops using sustainable methodology such as: low-tillage and appropriate technology; biologically intensive use of space; tremendous care given to the soil and micro-organisms therein; and all the other standard organic practices like cover cropping, rotation, non-GMO seeds, no toxic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. We more or less follow the gospel according to JM Fortier (The Market Gardener). Although not yet certified organic, we intend to be asap. Our produce is sold at our roadside stand, at a twice weekly farmers market (Wed + Sat) and through a farm share/CSA.
Term: April 1 – September 30, 2021
As a farm hand, you are involved in virtually all farm tasks throughout the entire growing season. You will learn all of our methods including: field and bed preparation, nursery and direct seeding, greenhouse management, weed and pest management, harvest and packing, sales and marketing. Some minor construction, installations and painting are expected this season.
We intend to create an open, fun and healthy work environment. We want to attract like-minded people who share our passion for sustainable agriculture and ecological design. The work is definitely physically demanding (yes, you must be fit and preferably injury free), but it is also highly creative and deeply rewarding.
The daily and weekly schedule fluctuates throughout the season, but will generally be 6 days/week, 6 – 7 hours/day. With lots of flexibility for additional days off and a week off mid-season if desired.
Experience and Qualifications:
You have a positive, upbeat personality; an energetic, focused approach to the workplace; and stellar interpersonal skills – you are friendly, gracious and helpful. You take verbal, written and practical instructions easily, first mastering a task and then maximizing efficiency. You are a team player, balanced with the ability to work independently and in a self-directed manner. You enjoy physical, meditative work with a soft breeze on your face and a birdsong soundtrack in the background. In a perfect world you come replete with farming experience and/or education, but frankly an interest in sustainable agriculture, love for the outdoors and a desire to have a truly positive impact on the environment and our community is of much greater value.
Pay is $1,000/month + end of season bonus and includes on-site private accommodation and heaps of organic veggies.
How To Apply:
If interested, please have a peruse of our website and if you are not familiar with Hornby Island, do some research (http://www.hornbyisland.com). Email your resume and letter of intent, and feel free to call if you have any questions. Couples and/or two friends who want to have this experience together and don’t mind living in close quarters are welcome to apply.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Jan 13 2021 ID: 58307