ABOUT EMPRESS ACRES: 69 acres of joy, beauty and abundance
Empress Acres is a beautiful 69-acre farm located in the Cedar area on Vancouver Island, overlooking neighbouring farmlands and mountains.
Peter and Marlene Lewis purchased the farm in 2017 to grow a unique tree (Empress Splendor) in partnership with World Tree (http://www.worldtree.eco), combat climate change, grow a source of sustainable lumber, help preserve forests, enrich marginalized soil, draw down carbon and grow food for local consumption. 14 acres of the farm have been planted with this 'wonder tree'.
50 acres of land on the farm is marginally used. We want to change this by growing local, healthy, organic food on 7 acres of the land as a start and developing poultry farming of organic birds.
We have focused initially on growing crops for pickling e.g. cucumbers, dill and garlic, are expanding to other crops for pickling, leased 2 acres to another farmer who grows flowers, squash and tomatoes and planted Noble Firs for Christmas trees. We sold the pickling products directly to customers through orders and have a roadside farm-stand on site for selling flowers, squash and a few other vegetables.
A recent testimonial:
"French traveling woman, I work, volunteer, help out in different locations to travel slower across Canada. Empress Acres and the Lewis have been wonderful. It’s been my longest and most heart fulfilling stay so far. Everyone visiting the Lewis House and farm will agree on its peaceful, serene, grounding energy.
69 Acres of beauty and potential make me leave the place with a heavy heart.
Respect, communication and trust are undeniably their strength. Every new idea can be shared here. Marlene, Peter and Roy will listen and consider anything.
If you want to be part of a small community/family in a gorgeous welcoming home, want to apply theoretical knowledge and write another chapter in the Empress Acres book, I can only recommend this heavenly new born farm"
The successful candidate will further develop an existing 5-Year Farming Plan, will develop an annual, seasonal and weekly plan, and will carry out the plan directly as well as with the assistance of others on the farming team. This person will work under the supervision and guidance of the owners and will provide leadership and direction to others on the farming team at various times which can include, farming consultants, co-op students, and other helpers on the farm team as needed.
The successful candidate will demonstrate the competencies as described below and will be responsible for carrying out the duties consistent with these competencies.
COMPETENCIES: The successful candidate demonstrates competencies in the following areas
Planting and growth
Plant Health: Pests and Diseases
Financials and Marketing
Equipment and Tools
Physical Health and Stamina
FORMAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
A graduate in Agriculture or a related program or 3 or more years of related farm work experience.
Term: This is a full time job, 30 hours per week. The working days and hours are variable and flexible depending on the needs of the season. This position starts mid January 2022.
Wages: Pay is $23.08/hr; bonuses for meeting targets will be added after the 1st year.
Benefits: 3 weeks vacation to start; increasing to 4 weeks vacation after 3 years; housing on the farm is open for discussion.
TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and resume describing your personal suitability for this job, education and/or experience and evidence of competencies to email@example.com
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Nov 12 2021 ID: 61877