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Would you enjoy working outdoors for the season?

Learn about organic farming?

Join a group on a mission to grow the healthiest food possible?

Come grow with us! We are seeking hardworking and passionate apple growers to join our 2021 team. 

Positions: Organic Orchard Growers (2 positions)
Farm: Paradise Fields
Location: Hamilton/near Albion Falls & Binbrook (accessible by bus & bicycle), Ontario 
Hours: Full Time
Dates: ideally until October, but we're flexible and invite summer students to apply as well. 

About us:

At Paradise Fields, we aim to grow the most nutrient-rich fruit and vegetables on the planet. We do so by fully mineralizing our soil, improving the soil microbiome, investing in state-of-the-art infrastructure, and using regenerative agriculture as a foundation of our farming practices.

Our 64-acre farm, with forests, ponds, and an environmentally sensitive area, is located in the Green Belt corridor of Hamilton. We currently farm ten acres – with 9,000 apple trees bearing 50+ varieties of apples, some pears, and a few plum and paw paw trees. Around five acres are dedicated to our vegetable production and two acres for a variety of berries, including haskaps, strawberries, raspberries, and kiwi berries. Three acres of land has been designated for a future agri-tourism and wellness centre.

Prior experience with composting, commercial farming, fruit picking, tree planting, landscaping, organic gardening or machine operation including the use of chainsaws and tractors will be considered an asset but is not necessary. All necessary training will be provided.

Orchard Grower Position:

Under the supervision of our Orchard Manager, the Orchard Growers manually plant, cultivate, and harvest fruits, use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling the soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; cleaning, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.

The Ideal Candidate will have/be:

  • Experience working in agriculture OR a keen interest in pursuing a career in agriculture
  • Ability to work in groups or independently with a positive attitude
  • Handle working under pressure and on tight timelines, in physically demanding conditions
  • Comfortable with completing repetitive tasks
  • Positive attitude, self-motivated, flexible, and response well to feedback
  • Able to problem solve and create individualized efficiencies as you work
  • Strong observation skills with keen attention to detail and quality
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Respect of yourself, others and the land we work and grow on
  • Truly enjoy working outdoors in all types of weather

Schedule: A typical shift is 8 am to 4:30 pm with allowances for longer and shorter days based on weather and workload common at any farm. We do not work Saturdays on our farm or at markets. The occasional Sunday shift will be necessary.

Term: The positions have immediate start date and ideally conclude at the end of October. But we're flexible and invite summer students to apply as well. There is a standard 2-month probationary period, however, we will sit down after 2 weeks to discuss if this is a good fit for both the manager and employee. 

Compensation: $15-16/ Hour

Housing: Accommodation is not available. The farm is part of the Greenbelt and very close to the urban boundary of Hamilton, ON. Local bus routes stop 3km from the property which translates to a 10-minute bicycle ride. In rural settings, a personal vehicle makes transport much simpler and we do consider it an asset, but not a necessity. 

How to apply:

Please forward your CV/resumé to

Please indicate you saw this posting at FoodWork.

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted

Thank you for your interest!


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 7 2021    ID: 59223