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ORGANIC FARMING JOBS

Various positions: Experienced farmhands, packers, vendors & admin
Farm: Earth Apple Organic Farm
Location: Abbotsford, BC


1. Farmhand: Harvester/ Field worker
Commitment & Compensation: F/T (Mon-Fri & occasional Saturday optional) $15.20/hr+ (depending on previous farm experience)
Accommodations available for rent.
Contract: March/April 1 to October 31, 2021
Location: Earth Apple Farm at Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-op, Abbotsford, BC
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

Summary of position:

We are looking for folks to aid us with everything from harvesting, washing and packing fruit and veg, planting, weeding, bed prep, berry picking, tomato pruning and everything outside and in between! We move at a quick pace and get the job done as a crew, although there is some independent work at times too. Looking to get your hands dirty? Want to put that systems thinking into play? Enjoy a good hard days work? Wanna geek out over fruit and veg? Inquire within!

Position Duties, qualities & responsibilities may include, but not limited to the following:

  • One to two years experience in farm labour. We will consider new farmers looking to get into the field of farming if candidate shows a deep interest in learning and have the equivalent amount of experience in related field work.
  • S/he should be able to lift up to 40 lbs and be comfortable using and/or learning to use a variety of tools and farm equipment.
  • Many tasks are repetitive, physically demanding and require a positive attitude and attention to using core strength and an awareness of ergonomics to avoid injury and maintain good health.
  • An ability to be flexible, move quickly, work independently and also with a team is super important, as well as an attention to detail.
  • A positive, can-do attitude, ability to follow detailed instructions, committed, responsible and diligent.
  • Has open and effective communication, enjoys problem-solving and all the challenges inherent in outdoor, all weather work.
  • Bed prep, mulching, laying irrigation, seeding, transplanting, weeding, fertilizing, and general field maintenance.
  • Harvesting, harvesting, harvesting!
  • Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning!
  • Regular laying hen duties (feeding, cleaning barn, collecting, washing & packing eggs).
  • Field tool maintenance and inventory.
  • Can keep a good pace, whilst ensuring quality work.
  • Occasionally may include other general farm maintenance activities and possibly working the farmers markets in Vancouver.

2. Prep & Packer: Produce cleaning, prep & packing
Commitment & Compensation: P/T $15.20/hr (Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays every week)
Contract: May 2- October 30, 2021
Location: Earth Apple Farm at Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-op, Abbotsford, BC
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Summary of position:

Half the work we do on the farm is preparing our harvested fruit and vegetables for market! Cleaning, bunching, bagging, weighing, counting/inventory, loading and unloading are some of the tasks in getting the yummy-muddy field produce ready for our CSA Harvest Box program or Farmers Markets. If you are looking for part-time work and enjoy working with organic produce, have an appreciation for quality, shiny clean, beautiful veg, don't mind working on your feet all day and don't mind bringing home some of the best tasting organic fruit and veg than you should consider this position!

Position Duties, qualities & responsibilities may include, but not limited to the following:

  • Unloading produce harvested from field out of field truck
  • Cleaning an assortment of vegetables from salad greens to carrots/ potatoes, onions and about 20 more different types of produce
  • Use of pressure washer
  • Sorting and packing produce according to quality standards and inventory requirements
  • Collecting, washing, sorting and packing eggs
  • Packing produce for specific locations, labeling and loading
  • Cleaning and maintaining the washing station and keeping track of packing product inventory
  • Counting, counting, counting! and basic mathematics.
  • Has a postive attitude, enjoys working with others, can follow detailed instructions and can work at a steady pace
  • Many tasks are repetitive, physically demanding (lots of lifting) and require attention to using core strength and an awareness of ergonomics to avoid injury and maintain good health

3. Farmers Market Vendors
Commitment & Compensation: P/T (Saturday) $15.20/hr
Contract: May 1- October 23, 2021
Location: Riley Park Farmers Market or Trout Lake Farmers Market, Vancouver, BC
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

Summary of position:

Earth Apple Organic Farm is seeking 2 Market Helpers. This is a fantastic opportunity for folks that enjoy harvesting fruit and veg, love talking about food preparation, have an eye for quality and standardization and efficiencies and want to learn about and gain more experience in product and marketing aspects of small-scale mixed farming. Ideally you have sales and cash handling experience, and know your fruit and vegetables well! Experience driving a large truck also an asset, but not required.

Duties, qualities & responsibilities may include, but not limited to the following:

  • Working with the Earth Apple Organic Farmers hustling produce!
  • Set-up/ Take-down: Displaying high quality products and following display/set-up protocols, diligently tracking inventory and keeping supplies and market materials organized
  • Truck Loading/Unloading: Unloading and packing delivery truck and in rare instances driving market truck (a Hino Cube Van with 14’ box) and drives to markets
  • Big Muscles: Heavy lifting and repetitive motions
  • Sales: Talking to market customers about our products, our farm, recipes and food storage tips, leading volunteers in set-up, sales, sampling, and following food safe handling protocols
  • Cash Handling: A proficient, basic level of math for addition, subtraction and counting of cash. Use of Square Register on tablet

4. Administrative Assistant and CSA Packers Needed!

We are also hiring with our partner farm Close to Home Organics for our shared CSA program at Glen Valley Organic Farm.


To Apply:

Check out the link below to learn more about these postings:

https://earthapplefarm.com/employment/

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 5 2021    ID: 58575