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SUSTAINABLE MARKET GARDENING / FARMING

Position: Microgreen & Greenhouse Operations Manager
Farm: Heart City Farm
Location: Ottawa, Ontario

About Our Farm:

Heart City Farm is a market garden farm owned and operated by Madeleine Maltby and Matthew Mason-Phillips. The farm is situated in Ottawa's beautiful greenbelt and is just a 10 minute drive from downtown. As we head into our fifth season growing vegetables and flowers on this land, we are looking to grow our farm team! We currently sell our produce at two farmers' markets, and to local retailers and restaurants as well as operate a year-round indoor microgreen facility.

About The Position:

Heart City Farm is currently looking for someone to train as a manager for our microgreen and greenhouse propagation operations. Throughout the early winter months you will work alongside Madeleine and Matthew to immerse yourself in all aspects of our microgreen production. There will also be opportunities to help with market prep and at the farmer’s market if interested. By late winter, training for spring seedling production will begin and by spring of 2024 the aim is for the applicant to be able to manage and oversee all aspects of microgreen production with help from 1-2 seasonal staff.

Please read the following criteria below to see if you would be a good fit for our team!

Start Date:

January 2024 (specific start date to be determined), starting part-time and working up to full-time by late winter/early spring 2024

Duties & Responsibilities:

Microgreen Operations: tasks include seeding microgreens on a weekly basis, watering microgreens and grow room maintenance, harvesting microgreens on a weekly basis, packing and organizing microgreen orders, compiling microgreen seed & soil inventory for ordering, keeping work stations tidy and clean, performing other related duties as required.

Greenhouse Operations: tasks include following 2024 seeding schedule and seeding vegetables and flowers according to crop plan, potting up seedlings, watering maintenance, general greenhouse maintenance, performing other related duties as required.

Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of farming experience and greenhouse propagation is an asset
  • Prior experience with microgreens is an asset
  • Management experience is an asset
  • Full Driver’s License is an asset
  • Able to follow instructions carefully and accurately
  • Maintains attention to detail while keeping a steady pace of work
  • Self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Positive attitude, sense of humour and a keen interest in growing microgreens & sustainable vegetable farming
  • Willingness to perform physically demanding, repetitive and strenuous tasks
  • Able to lift 50lbs on a regular basis
  • Comfortable working indoors in a warehouse & greenhouse setting as well as outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Comfortable working alone and with a team
  • Applicants must have reliable transportation to and from the farm (map)

Position Details:

  • Work Hours: Winter 2024 – approx. 20hrs/week, Spring/Summer 2024 – approx. 35-40hrs/week
  • 7am-5pm, start & finish times may be adjusted depending on time of season. Applicant must be able to work on Thursdays specifically.
  • This is aimed to be a long-term position.
  • Wage: $18/hr to start with wage review after 3-month probation period. Successful applicants will receive a complementary vegetable share.
  • 2 paid sick days/year
  • $200 work wear reimbursement/year

How to Apply?

Everyone is welcome to apply!

Please your send resume and cover letter to Madeleine and Matthew at: heartcityjobs@gmail.com

Please indicate you saw this posting at FoodWork.

Thank you for applying!


 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Nov 22 2023    ID: 69508