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ORGANIC FARMING JOBS

Position: Organic Farm Worker
Farm: Ferme Larkspur Farm
Location: L'Ange-Gardien, near Gatineau QC & Ottawa ON
Eligibility: 30 or under

Job Details:

  • Starting date: May 3rd, 2021
  • End date: End of September - early October depending on availability
  • Hours: 35/week - Mon-Fri 8am-5pm (Thursdays 8am-12pm).
  • Wage: $15/hr

About Ferme Larkspur Farm

Ferme Larkspur Farm is an agroecological farm specializing in certified organic vegetables and cut flowers. Currently, we rent land at an incubator farm in L’Ange-Gardien QC. We market to communities in the Ottawa-Gatineau region through our 20 week CSA program and the Marché Old Chelsea. Our production area is 1.5 acres and we use no-till techniques to manage our permanent raised beds. We grow a range of summer and storage vegetables in addition to a large variety of flowers and foliage. We, Alix and Doug, are young, first-generation farmers, and a also couple. We currently operate the farm as a two-person team and we are seeking one full-time market gardener to join us for the 2021 growing season.

We are a new-ish farm, growing the business steadily since 2019. We are still learning and improving our skills as growers and small business owners, but we are open and happy to share all aspects of the farm with you and to support you in developing your skills depending on what interests you most.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Likes to be outside! You will get dirty, and work in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Willingness to perform work that is physically and mentally demanding.
  • Ability to kneel, bend, lift, and do repetitive tasks for extended periods of time.
  • Willingness to work on your own and as part of a tiny-but-mighty team.
  • A good communicator.
  • Pays attention to details and likes to be organized.
  • Looking for a dynamic work environment where they can learn new skills.
  • Is interested in organic agriculture.
  • Has access to a reliable vehicle to get to and from the farm (no housing is available)
  • 30 or under at time of hire (eligible for Canada Summer Jobs grant)

Assets

  • Bilingual
  • Has some volunteer or paid experience farming

Role & Responsibilities

You will be asked to assist the farmers in all areas of our vegetable and flower production from greenhouse propagation to final harvest and conditioning. Tasks are varied, and we try to be mindful of our bodies with jobs that are repetitive and physically difficult. We will always provide guidance and training and do a lot of jobs as a team. Some spring jobs around the farm include preparing beds, spreading compost, broadforking, transplanting, etc. As the harvest season gets going in early June we will be harvesting, processing and packing two days a week with the additional 2.5 days left for planting, weeding and bed preparation.

Some other jobs will include seeding, watering, irrigation maintenance, pruning & trellising, installing insect netting, and record keeping.

Accommodations

The farm is on rented land and there are no housing options on the site. Buckingham is a short 5 minute drive from the farm and Gatineau is around a 30 minute drive.

Job Details

Starting date: May 3rd
End date: End of September - early October depending on availability
Hours: 35/week - Mon-Fri 8am-5pm (Thursdays 8am-12pm).
Wage: $15/hr

Other details

  • Mentorship/Support: We want you to come away with a good experience, whether you choose to continue farming in the future or not! We are committed to fostering a safe, supportive, transparent, inclusive and fun work environment.
  • Sick days: We offer two paid sick days.
  • Lunches: We will provide lunches Mon-Wed, but the lunch hour is unpaid.
  • Weekly Vegetables: You are encouraged to take home veggies + flowers every week - the equivalent of a CSA basket.
  • We welcome and encourage Black, Indigenous, POC, folks from the LGBTQ2A+ community, women, and others that have faced systemic barriers in agriculture to apply and work with us!

How to Apply

Send us an email with your cover letter and resumé in a single PDF document at info@larkspurfarm.net before Feb 28. Tell us about:

  • Why you want to work on the farm
  • If you have access to a reliable vehicle
  • If you are eligible for Canada Summer Jobs funding (youth 30 or under)

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 5 2021    ID: 58581