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ORGANIC FARMING

Position: Harvester and Field Assistant / Farmhand
Farm: Earth Apple Organic Farm

Location: Abbotsford, Lower Mainland BC
Housing: Affordable housing on-site may be an option
Dates: May through October 2024, part-time (or full-time, see below)

Earth Apple Organic Farm is a small, mixed, organic vegetable farm business that operates at the Glen Valley Organic Farm Cooperative in North-West Abbotsford, BC. We grow over 30 different crops to supply our CSA members, restaurants, farmers market collective and some wholesale. We also have a heavy focus and specialize in our New Mountain Organic Garlic venture, to supply seed garlic for our own online store and to other seed companies. We are seeking a dynamic individual to help us harvest and assist in the smooth operations of our regular day to day farm operations.

We follow the ebbs and flows of the season and hence the hours fluctuate somewhat, but on average it's around 16+ hours/week and/or there is the option of combining this position with another part-time position in our CSA program as a packer. We harvest and prep produce every Monday and Tuesday with occasional field work in between harvresting when time permits. CSA packing is Wednesday and Thursday every week -- Learn more about the CSA packing position here.

Qualities and skills we are seeking:

  • Motivated and driven by values for healthy, organic food and sustainable agriculture
  • Previous experience working on a farm, working with produce or outdoor work an asset
  • Flexible and capable of flowing with the changes; perseveres in problem solving
  • Detail-oriented, can stay on task and great at time management
  • High endurance for repetitive work
  • Physically fit (good core strength, good knees and back) and capable of carefully lifting upwards of 40 lbs (with assistance when necessary of course
  • Great communication skills, aware of non-violent communication styles and can constructively work through conflict resolution
  • Keen awareness and interest in following and enforcing safety protocols and ensuring a safe work environment for all
  • Committed, dedicated and seeking to contribute to and participate in a small, healthy and fun farming community
  • Knowledge of food safe handling practices, however training is provided

Field and Harvest Duties:

  • Work both independently and with one other person or often a crew of people on a range of tasks relating to:
    • Harvesting, bunching, sorting, washing and inventory of vegetables
    • Trellising, pruning, weeding
  • Reporting to Lead farmhand and Owners any issues that arise around quality control, plant pest concerns, errors or any concerns
  • Field clean-up and winter preparation (removing plant material from cold frames, lifting reusable poly tarps and neatly folding/ labeling for next season, spreading cover crop seed, etc.
  • Participate in regular check ins, meetings and track your labour hours to share with payroll

Compensation: We strive to ensure we meet or supersede living wage standards in Abbotsford.

  • Position pays $20.66/hour (according to living wage standards in Abbotsford) plus vacation paid semi-monthly
  • Perks include access to a grand cornucopia of organic produce and access to a beautiful farm property to enjoy on your breaks and time off
  • Affordable housing on-site may be an option

Learn more about our farm and employment opportunities here.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to: earthapplefarm@gmail.com

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 9 2024    ID: 70238