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Title: Assistant Market Gardener
Farm: Rutabaga Ranch 
April 1st 2023 – Sep 1st 2023
Eligibility: age 30 & under (see below)

Location: 10842 Kirker Rd, Brinston, Ontario
Housing: room and board available

The Rutabaga Ranch is a organic vegetable farm located in Brinston, Ontario. We use organic and regenerative agriculture methods to produce high quality vegetables that are as good for the environment as they are for health and wellness. We have an on-site farm stand, participate in the the Lansdowne farmers market. We also supply some wonderful local restaurants and have a CSA program. Check out our socials and website to see if you fit the vibe of the ranch and can jive with our flock of funky chickens who make up our farm team.

Market Gardening is very straining mentally and physically. But we believe with the right team we can all lighten each others load, and have a helluva good season together

Job Description:

The successful candidates will work alongside the Rutabaga Ranch Farm team. At this time only persons who fit within the Canada Summer Jobs requirements (15 years - 30 years of age) will be considered.

Candidates can expect a seasonal flow of tasks, greenhouse work transplanting, weeding and harvesting, wash/packing, bulk harvesting as well as farm clean-up, lawn care, and working with our laying hens. Also please let us know if you are interested, or would be available for weekend markets

We operate mostly at a hand scale with the help of some limited machinery when possible. Candidates must be comfortable working in all weather conditions (come prepared with weather-appropriate gear), repetitive tasks, and able to lift up to 50lbs.

The ideal candidate is hard-working, team orientated , physically fit, interested in market gardening, has strong problem solving skills , ability to follow instruction, and likes to challenge themselves. Previous experience in farming, landscaping, tree planting, or outdoor work experience is an asset but not required.


  • Communication: active listening, asking questions and clear communication.
  • Greenhouse: soil block making, seeding, watering, moving trays
  • Fieldwork and Planting: Spreading amendments and compost, hand transplanting, setting up irrigation, -laying row cover, putting down sandbags
  • Weed Management: Use of hoes, wheel hoes, Tilmor two wheeled tractor and occlusion methods
  • Harvest: Proper harvest of vegetables taking care for post-harvest handling and quality control and lots of cleaning
  • Market/ CSA pickups: Experience in customer service is an asset.
  • Miscellaneous: farm maintenance, cleaning and caring for livestock, grass cutting, wiper snipping, washing bins, organizing tools

Key Qualifications:

Must meet the Canadian Summer Jobs Program Requirements (age 15-30 years old)

  • Reliable with a positive attitude
  • Hardworking with the ability to work quickly and efficiently
  • A keen eye for detail
  • Comfortable working in all weather conditions , rain, cold, heat (we work outside in rain suits, theres no rain days in market gardening)
  • Ability to use basic hand tools
  • Willingness to learn and ask questions
  • Good team skills
  • A valid drivers license

Job Details:

Start & end date: May 1st 2023 – September 1st 2023


  • Monday-Friday 8 hrs per day with a 1 hr unpaid lunch break
  • We work with the sun rise to avoid working in peak heat.
  • Every 2 weeks we start 15 minutes earlier
  • During peak summer months our schedule is 5:30 am- 2:30pm
  • And if available for weekend markets we can discuss a different schedule.

Wage: minimum wage, plus free produce and farm products

Work Perks:

  • Daily hot work lunch provided
  • 30$ in weekly grade A vegetables and eggs
  • Access to free B grade vegetables, plants, and other farm products.
  • Potential to extend contract until the end of summer, or the season.

TO APPLY, please head to our website and choose the "WORK WITH US" tab:


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Oct 20 2022    ID: 65929