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ORGANIC VEGETABLE FARMING

Position: Assistant Farm Worker
Organization: YMCA of Greater Toronto/Cedar Glen 
Location:
 Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre, near Schomberg, GTA, Ontario

Starting Rate: $14.82/hour
Dates: April 26 – Oct 15, 2021

YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre is a year round operation, opened 7 days a week, which delivers outdoor education programs to school groups, youth and adult retreats, a day camp and an overnight camp focused on leadership development during the summer months.  The centre also operates a 4 acres organic vegetable farm with a Harvest Share program, Farm Camps, and an onsite farm stand.

Reporting to the Farm Team Leader, the Assistant Farm Worker assists the Farm Team in planning and carrying out the day to day operations of the organic vegetable farm with the key objective to maximize productivity while utilizing organic farming practices. The position also provides support when needed in delivering the highest quality farm education programs to outdoor education and summer camp participants in alignment with the overall mission, vision and values of the YMCA.

Responsibilities

Assists with carrying out the daily operations needed on the farm (i.e. planting, weeding, harvesting, washing and bunching), as identified by Farm Team Leader or Farm Workers, according to organic practices.

Leads a crew of helpers (interns, volunteers, visitors) in an efficient and supportive manner. Supports farm operations and education on a regular basis based on needs of the farm.

Proactively supports all farm team members. Positively participate in group meeting and coaching sessions throughout the duration of the contract.

Ensures that the daily operation of the farm as set by the team is carried out and recorded (i.e. tilling, planting, irrigating, weeding, harvesting, washing and to market, cleaning farm spaces and supplies) according to organic practices provided by Ecocert.

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Formal or informal training in organic agriculture, horticulture, gardening, landscaping, or a related field
  • Minimum 1 full season of practical skill application on an organic small-scale farm
  • Minimum 1 full season working with children in an outdoor setting
  • Able to routinely perform hard repetitive physical labour on a regular basis
  • Shows leadership in carrying out assigned farm tasks
  • Ability to build successful relationships with people working on the farm
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Must have valid driver’s license for Harvest Share deliveries
  • Flexibility to work days, evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Must have a personal arrangement to commute to the farm. YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre is not accessible by public transit
  • Standard first aid and CPR

To apply:

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 26 2021    ID: 59242