Position details: Full time, paid Field Hand (8 weeks + possibility of extension until December 2021 pending funding approval)
Glenora Farm is a 97 acre mixed transitioning-to-organic/Biodynamic farm on mostly sandy loam soils, consisting of 35 acres of pasture and hay fields, a flock of East Friesen dairy sheep, some Dexter beef cattle, chickens, rabbits, a 2 acre intensive mixed annual vegetable and perennial garden, 2 hoophouses, large compost facility, herb garden, and an onsite workshop program (weavery, beeswax candles, herb processing, cooking, woodwork etc.) which adds value to the garden produce through processing for sale as crafts, health products, and food products.
The Farm is owned and operated by the Ita Wegman Association of British Columbia for Curative Education and Social Therapy and is one of two Camphill Communities in Western Canada, where adults with Special Needs (Companions) live, work and learn together with their caregivers (Coworkers). The Farm and Gardens primarily serve the food needs of this onsite community of ~50 people. We market our products at the local farmers’ market, though a local online farmers’ marketing cooperative (Cow-op.ca), and to various local grocery stores, restaurants and food carts.
We’re located on relatively flat land, surrounded by trees, gentle hills, and small acreages. Within walking distance (2km) is a swimming lake (Keating Lake), hiking trails, a trailhead to the Trans Canada trail for endless walking/biking, and a corner store and cafe. In 6km you’ll be in downtown Duncan with great food, entertainment, shopping, daily needs such as post office, drug stores, public library etc., and other amenities (all subject to COVID restrictions). All around Duncan are river swimming holes, beaches, trails, wineries, micro breweries, and striking natural beauty. We're 65 Km from Victoria to the south, and 57 km to Nanaimo in the North.
You will primarily work and learn alongside the Garden Manager, who brings 13 years experience in organic vegetable production. You will also work with a Garden Crew of 4-8 Coworkers and Companions, and the livestock Farmer. Main duties include:
Hours: 7 hours/day plus one hour unpaid lunch, 5 days/week, includes some “off-hours” work as needed. Early mornings required in July/August. One week unpaid vacation.
Term: 8 weeks full time (35 paid hours/week) guaranteed, with possibility of extension of full time hours until mid-December (pending funding approval). Preferred start: ASAP. Preferred end date between November 19-December 17, 2021. Some flexibility on end dates.
Wage: BC Minimum wage + $1/hour ($15.60 hour, goes up to $16.20/hour June 1) plus employer-paid contributions (EI, CPP, Worksafe BC, 4% vacation)
Private, 10’ x 10’ timber frame cabin on site with electricity, gas cooktop, bar fridge, loft bed, aux. heat. Full kitchen shared with livestock farmer in nearby house. Shared bathroom, laundry, kitchen, and wifi in nearby “Big house”. $250/month rent, incl. utilities.
Option to either buy all your own groceries or share food costs and/or cooking with our livestock farmer. You have access to free garden produce, some farm meat and eggs for purchase, and the other houses will occasionally invite you for meals.
COVID-19: We are a licensed care facility working with a vulnerable population. You must be willing and able to adhere to all health orders as mandated by the BC Health Authorities. While in the role of Field Hand, Glenora Farm will be your “bubble” and you will need to limit trips off site to fulfil essential needs until such time as restrictions are lifted. While employed by the Ita Wegman Association the Field Hand will be required to adhere to our organizational Covid Safety Plan. PPE will be available to you on site at no charge.
Other:. Bring your own vehicle or share a ride to town with another person in the Glenora farm ‘bubble’ . Bikes are available for use as well.
Who can apply: We are a family-friendly, all abilities-friendly farm. The first 8 weeks of this position is partially funded by a Canada Summer Jobs grant. Funder stipulations require that candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
How to Apply:
Applications are welcomed until 9:00am May 10, 2021. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Send a resume and cover letter and confirmation that you meet the 3 funding eligibility criteria listed above to email@example.com
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Apr 28 2021 ID: 59649