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Position: Horse-Powered Vegetable Farming - Several spots in Field Crew and seeking a Production Lead for 2021.
Farm: Four Beat Farm
Location: Pemberton, BC (see below)

Do you enjoy fast-paced, outdoor work? Want to be part of a “growing” team and have a job that is rewarding and meaningful, surrounded by plants and awesome people?

THE FARM:

Four Beat Farm is a certified organic vegetable farm in the Pemberton Meadows in Lil’wat Territory. The farm was started in 2016 and is run by Naomi with the help of two draft horses, a sassy dog, and lots of human power. The farm is all about “Quality food for everyday eating” and to provide a fulfilling life and livelihood for people growing it. We are looking for motivated, hardworking individuals to join our farm team for 2021 and beyond.

We have 3.5 acres in vegetable production with 30+ varieties, with a focus on summer and fall storage crops. Roughly ¾ of the farm is set-up in row crop style for horse-drawn mechanical cultivation, with a quarter in more intensive production for salads and fresh herbs. Our Harvest Share CSA program is at the core of what we do, and we also attend a local farmers market. We do not currently have a tractor, and instead make efficient use of hand tools and our team of draft horses.

Pemberton has a short and intense growing season with hot summer days and lots of mud, rain, bugs, and cold in the spring and fall. Farming here requires a real appreciation for good food, being outdoors in all kinds of weather, moving quickly to making the most of the summer months, and celebrating the seasonal nature of farming.

THE JOB:

All members of the farm team will be part of: planting, seeding, weeding, irrigating, harvesting, washing, and packing many types of vegetables. Farming experience is an asset but not required. Horse experience is not necessary, but a level of comfort and respect for large animals as well as dogs is important as they are part of the day-to-day operations of the farm.

Workdays are generally 7am-3:30pm with a break for lunch and a mid-morning pause for tea, Monday to Friday. We may start later in the spring/fall and earlier in the heat of summer. For 2021, there will be a core team of 3-4 people with extra hands during peak season.

We will work with your other work/play/life commitments and, in turn, we expect you to give 110% in the field.

We have several spots on our Field Crew and are also seeking a Production Lead for 2021.

Field crew ($15.50-$18/hour):

Must be comfortable being outdoors in all weather, learning new tasks, and working alongside fellow crew members, volunteers, and independently as needed. You will be expected to learn tasks, get faster (and faster), and provide feedback on how we can do better as a team. Farming can be repetitive and it can be hard. A can-do attitude and sense of humour is crucial.

Production Lead ($17-$19/hour):

You will be a key member of the field crew, and must be able to set a fast pace to keep the crew motivated on the hottest of days as well as work independently in an efficient manner. You will be responsible for helping to execute and adjust the 2021 crop plan, help keep the team on track through daily and weekly task organization, and take a leading role in salad and herb production on the farm. This position is intended for a person with a minimum of 2 years vegetable farming/market garden experience, and for the right person who wants to work hard it has the potential to become a salaried management role in future seasons.

For every member of the farm team, we emphasize that increasing efficiency and speed in daily tasks opens doors for individuals to develop your skills and knowledge in farming. Employees who show initiative have often taken on more responsibilities in specific areas of interest (i.e. seeding, organizing CSA delivery, draft horse care, social media outreach, etc.).

We are hiring for part- and full-time positions (20-40 hours/week). A full-season (May to mid-November) commitment is ideal, but we are flexible and everyone is encouraged to apply, students included.

If you are a person who:

  • Is smart, strong, kind, and takes pride in hard work
  • Will take direction and pay attention to detail
  • Enjoys working independently and in a team
  • Is physically fit; able to bend over for long periods of time; able to lift up to 50lb
  • Will balance speed and quality to meet (and exceed) our production standards
  • Is reliable
  • Is comfortable around and respectful of large animals
  • Is excited about local food and farming

Please apply!

In your application, let us know the following:

  • Experience with horses
  • Experience vegetable farming
  • Valid BC Class 5 and clean driving record
  • Availability (start/end dates and days/week)
  • Eligible to work in Canada (required)

Employees generally live in the town of Pemberton; there may be a camper on the farm available for rent. Please specify if you are interested in living on the farm and/or if you already have local housing secured.

The farm is 12km from town so reliable transportation in the form of a personal vehicle or a healthy appetite for bicycling is a must.

This is a paid position with an hourly wage dependent on experience, plus access to veggies. The space and support to have a personal project on the farm (bees, flowers, chickens, value-added canning, etc.), mentorship to learn more about running a farm or farming with draft horses, and opportunities to grow with the farm in future seasons are possible for the right candidate.

To Apply:

If you are interested in applying, please read through the farm website at http://www.fourbeatfarm.ca and on social media.

Send your resume along with a genuine letter of interest to Naomi at fourbeatfarm@gmail.com

Deadline is March 1st but we will review applications as they are received and begin interviews in late January, so we suggest applying ASAP if you are interested.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 18 2020    ID: 58130