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ORGANIC FARMING

Position: Organic Farm Manager
Farm: Three Oaks Farm
Location: Victoria, BC

Seeking crackerjack new farm manager to bring their experience and energy to one of the 3 Saanich Organics farms just outside of Victoria, BC. We have 2 certified organic acres in the beautiful Mt Newton Valley. Our systems are honed but a little dated and we could use some innovation from a person who has used newer methods. We are willing to buy new tools as needed! Owner has 20+years experience to contribute and together we can make a great team and bring the farm to new heights. For the right person this could become a long-term project with profit sharing.

All of our produce is marketed through a farmer-driven distribution business, Saanich Organics. We have a 200 member CSA, attend 2-3 Farmers Markets, and do restaurant sales. We have a seed business called Seeds of the Revolution! which supplies our farms with seed as well as packet sales on our website, for markets, shops, and Seedy Saturdays.

Three Oaks Farm has been operating at this location since 2006. We have 4 greenhouses and the rest of the 2 acres is in field crops or cover crops. We grow 30-40 different crops and emphasize succession planting, lots of emergent weed hoeing, use of landscape fabric, fertigating through driplines, and are always looking to make our methods more efficient. Salad greens, veggie starts, tomatoes, strawberries, leeks, peppers, and carrots are some of our bigger crops.

Veggie seedling sales have exploded in recent years and we attend plant sales as well as stock our farm stand in Spring and Fall. We use a tractor and spader for the bulk of our cultivating, and a rototiller for bed prep and path management. Irrigation is through a mix of drip lines and overhead watering. We work hard but have fun at it and if we’re ahead of the game we like to take an extra long lunch or go for a swim.

Our team at Three Oaks Farm and Saanich Organics is a hard-working, progressive, communicative, fun loving, inclusive, and community oriented group and we welcome more of the same:) At Three Oaks we are usually a core group of four including one other employee, one or two apprentices and possibly volunteers. Owner is committed to growing the sustainable food movement and has mentored many a farmer. Seeking someone who likes and has enthusiasm for this aspect of management!

Saanich Organics has a great reputation among our CSA subscribers, market customers and chefs for reliability and excellent quality. We are grateful to all the individuals, chefs, and small grocers in Victoria who have made purchasing local and organic a priority. We are committed to what we do and enjoy it very much and hope you do too.

Pay is negotiable depending on experience and includes 4% vacation pay, WCB coverage, and unlimited access to produce. Hours are Mon-Fri 9-5, with some flexibility.

Applicant must:

  • have at least 1-2 years experience in diversified organic vegetable production
  • be a fast, organized, efficient, and tidy worker
  • be keen to operate farm machinery (rototiller, mower, tractor)
  • be proficient in irrigation methods
  • be committed to certified organic principles
  • be an excellent communicator
  • be able to work under pressure while maintaining supportive and communicative atmosphere with co-workers
  • be able to see the whole picture while being extremely detail oriented

Responsibilities:

  • Management of day to day operations of seeding, potting up, transplanting, weeding, irrigation, prepping beds, harvesting, washing and packing produce for sale
  • Close communication with owner
  • Management of apprentices and occasional volunteers
  • Oversee irrigation schedule and repairs;)
  • Estimate harvest amounts 2 days ahead of harvest
  • Record keeping re seeding dates, fertilizer application, manure management
  • Cooperative attitude with other 2 farmers of Saanich Organics when it comes to marketing
  • Tracking and ordering/picking up supplies as needed
  • Maintaining long term farm fertility and attentiveness to the big picture for the farm
  • Integrating new methods with tried and true old ones

Interested parties please send cover letter and CV to rachel@saanichorganics.com

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 1 2021    ID: 58278