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Hiring: Organic veggie market gardening / farming
Hours: Full and part time positions available
Farm: Root Radical CSA. Also hiring: Team Lead.
Location: Howe Island, Kingston area, Ontario (own vehicle or carpooling may be an option)
We are seeking passionate and hard-working individuals to work our 3-acre organic vegetable gardens and greenhouse in 2023.
Full and part-time positions available.
Root Radical Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) is a successful organic farm which has grown a wide variety of vegetables since 2007. We sell our vegetables through the CSA model to about 250 member households in Kingston and on Howe Island. We are known for our high-quality great-tasting vegetables, our friendly, organized and accommodating customer service, and the environmental education opportunities offered to our community.
We are about a team of about five people. In the garden, most work is done by hand or with human-powered tools. We use tractors for moving compost and soil mix, preparing the gardens for planting, and for other heavy lifting. We use drip irrigation and season-extension techniques in our fields. We also produce tomatoes, sweet peppers, cucumbers, greens, and transplants in our 2300 sq. ft. greenhouse and caterpillar tunnel.
We harvest vegetables for two delivery days each week. The rest of the week we do seeding, greenhouse management, making soil mix, planting, hoeing, hand weeding, washing and packing vegetables. In the shoulder seasons we work on infrastructure projects, garden preparation, and garden clean up.
Root Radical CSA is located on Howe Island between Kingston and Gananoque. The CSA uses 3 acres on our 84-acre farm that includes hayfields, permanent pastures, gardens and wooded areas. Root Radical CSA is a woman-led farm, and Emily Dowling is the main CSA farmer. For more information about Root Radical CSA, please browse our website: http://rootradicalrows.com/
Wage: Starting at $15.50 per hour. Increases incrementally every 160 hours. $19.05 after 480 hours or approximately 60 workdays.
Schedule: Typically, we start work at 6:45 or 7:30 AM and finish between 3:00 and 4:30 PM depending on the day. Lunch is unpaid and is usually a half hour in length. There are also two 15-minute paid breaks. Full and part-time positions available.
Duration of Employment: We are hiring for start dates in May, June and July. These seasonal roles are between 2 and 5.5 months in duration and will wrap up between the end of August to mid November. Please indicate in your application how many months you wish you work and when you are available to begin. Ability to commit to the full duration on acceptance is a requirement, and an openness to coming back to work again in 2023 is a plus.
Hours of Work: Number of days per week is negotiable for applicants for part time roles. Applicants for full-time roles must be available to work about 7 to 8 hours a day, 5 days per week during our busy season (early May to mid/late September). Depending on the weather, the number of work hours may be reduced later in the fall (late September to November). Please see the note below about weather-dependent work.
Weather: On harvest days, we work rain or shine. However, our other work (planting, weeding, etc.) can be weather-dependent. There may be some days when we would not work because of heavy rain that day or the day before. In exceptional weather circumstances, during our busiest times in the season, staff may be asked to work weekends to make up for days missed during the week due to inclement weather.
Equity Hiring: We acknowledge that not everyone starts from the same place because of systemic advantages and barriers. We acknowledge this and encourage and welcome applications from people who typically face barriers to working in the agricultural sector.
Perks: Farming is hard work, but working at Root Radical CSA also has benefits including…
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Feb 1 2023 ID: 66341