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ORGANIC VEGETABLE FARMING

Position: Organic farming
Farm: Rooted Oak Farm
Location: North Augusta (1 hour South of Ottawa), Ontario

Duration: May 10th - October 8th, 2021
Housing: Not available

About Us

Rooted Oak Farm is an organic vegetable and cut flower farm located in North Augusta, Ontario. We grow on 12 acres with three acres in production, serving a 100 member summer CSA, 50 member fall CSA, and one farmer’s market. Having operated on rented land for the last four seasons, we are now entering our fifth on a recently purchased farm. There will be tasks that are specific to the start up of a new farm such as greenhouse building, fencing, operating with limited infrastructure, etc. that will be unique to this season.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will work alongside the two owners of Rooted Oak having a heavy hand in all aspects of operating a market farm. Candidates can expect a seasonal flow of tasks, greenhouse work and transplanting in the spring, weeding and more transplanting in the early summer, and harvesting, wash/packing in the late summer, bulk harvesting and farm clean-up in the fall.

We operate mostly at a hand scale with the help of machinery when possible. Candidates must be comfortable working in all weather conditions (come prepared with weather-appropriate gear), amenable to repetitive tasks, and able to lift up to 50lbs.

The ideal candidate is hard-working, physically fit, interested in market farming, and has some farming, landscaping, tree planting, or outdoor work experience.

Tasks:

  • Communication: active listening, asking questions and clear communication.
  • Greenhouse: soil block making, seeding, watering, moving trays
  • Fieldwork and Planting: Spreading amendments and compost, hand transplanting, setting up irrigation, -laying row cover, putting down sandbags
  • Weed Management: Use of hoes, wheel hoes, Tilmor two wheeled tractor and occlusion methods
  • Harvest: Proper harvest of vegetables taking care for post-harvest handling and quality control
  • Market/ CSA pickups: Optional
  • Miscellaneous: there are all kinds of odd jobs on a vegetable farm! Cutting grass, weed whacking, -washing bins, etc.


Key Qualifications:

  • Reliable with a positive attitude
  • Hardworking with the ability to work quickly and efficiently
  • A keen eye for detail
  • Comfortable working in all weather conditions and around machinery
  • Ability to use basic hand tools
  • Willingness to learn and ask questions
  • Comfortable working in a team or alone
  • A valid drivers license

Job Details:

Start/ end date: May 3rd – October 8th
Schedule: 35 hours per week. Start/ end time will be dependant on the candidate’s preference as well as the season (i.e. earlier in the summer to avoid extreme heat)
Wage: $15/ hour
Must have reliable transportation to and from work

Work Perks:

  • A weekly CSA basket from July 8th - October 7th
  • Access to free seconds produce and flowers
  • Three paid sick days

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to Nikki at info@rootedoak.ca

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Apr 13 2021    ID: 59459