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ORGANIC FARMING

Position: Organic farm workers
Organization: Salad Days Farm
Location: Belwood, near Guelph, Ontario

We are seeking two full-time farm workers to join our team for the 2022 season!

About Salad Days Farm

We are a 7-acre market garden located in Centre Wellington, 15 minutes from Fergus/Elora, and 30 mins north of Guelph. We grow a wide variety of certified organic vegetables that are sold through a 100-member Farm Share (CSA) program, one farmers’ market, an on-site farm store, and local grocery stores.

We cultivate 1.5 acres of certified organic vegetables including 2 large hoophouses, caterpillar tunnels, and heated propagation greenhouse. Our growing practices are centered around low-till principles on an intensive raised-bed system. In other words, we do not use much machinery and rely mainly on our bodies and hand tool to grow our vegetables. Therefore, physical fitness, patience and stamina are a must.

Our focus is growing top-quality produce, so attention to detail and pride in one’s work are essential for this job. In order to keep the farm running smoothly, we put a strong emphasis on developing “lean” systems to improve the farm’s efficiency. Farming is physically demanding, and employees must be prepared to work in all weather conditions. A positive attitude and a sense of humour go a long way!

Farm Job Description:

Duration: May 3 to Oct 28 (exact dates TBD). Possibility to extend contract until Dec.

Weekly Schedule: 30-35 hours per week; Tues-Fri with occasional Mondays. Work hours are 7:30am to 4:30pm with a 1-hour lunch break.

Job Requirements:

  • Previous farming experience is an asset but is not required
  • Must possess a positive attitude and a strong interest in organic agriculture
  • Capable of physical labour in all weather conditions (including bending, squatting, kneeling and lifting up to 40lbs)
  • Willingness to complete repetitive tasks with efficiency and an attention to detail
  • Ability to follow instructions, learn new tasks quickly, and receive feedback
  • Strong communication skills and a willingness to ask questions
  • Applicants must have reliable transportation to and from the farm. We do not offer on-farm accommodations

Responsibilities:

  • Field work including compost spreading, weeding and transplanting
  • Harvesting and washing vegetables
  • Assisting with weekly packing of custom Farm Share orders
  • Bagging salad greens for large wholesale orders
  • Pruning and trellising hoophouse tomatoes and cucumbers

Compensation: $15.50-$17/hr depending on experience. A complimentary weekly share of organic vegetables is included, as well as 10% off Farm Store products.

To apply, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to info@saladdaysfarm.ca . Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 7 2022    ID: 62334