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ORGANIC FARMING

Position: Field Hand
Farm: Shuswap Organics Inc

Location: Grindrod, North Okanagan, BC
Housing: On-farm accom may be available in a camper trailer (see below)

About Shuswap Organics:

Shuswap Organics grows six acres of certified organic mixed vegetables on a sixteen acre farm on the banks of the Shuswap River in Grindrod, BC. Grindrod is about 15 minutes away from the town of Enderby, 20min from Salmon Arm, and 40min from Vernon. You can find a shady spot by the river to eat your lunch or have a quick dip to cool off at the end of the day. We grow and sell fresh crops (like greens, herbs, beets, carrots, cucumbers, and summer squash) from May to October, and storage crops (potatoes, carrots, cabbage, etc) from October through March.

We use a combination of tractors and person powered tools; our goal is to work lightly on the land and reduce tillage, but also reduce the impact on our bodies. For example, we’ll use basket weeders on a tractor to prepare and manage early weeds in the carrots, but we will also be in there with a wheel hoe and hand weeding at least once in the season.

We have a mix of sales channels, but sell most of our produce to chefs, independent grocery stores, and to our home delivery business - Nature Delivered.

We are certified organic, and believe in growing healthy fresh food for our community that also supports the health of our animals and the environment.

We strive to make every work day as efficient as possible. We’d rather work a full and effective 8 hour day with the afternoon/evenings off, versus a scattered day working 10+ hours. We expect our employees to show up on time and be ready to go. We foster a work environment that thrives on building leadership – we want our employees to learn, and build confidence and independence in the skills and tasks at hand.

FIELD HAND DESIRED QUALITIES:

We are looking for three Field Hands to join our team for the 2024 season (and potentially beyond!). Our ideal candidate is hard working, likes to learn new things, self-motivated, positive, flexible, and solutions oriented. Whether you have agricultural experience or not, show us why you’re passionate about small scale agriculture and how your skills align with what we’re looking for.

  • Experience in vegetable farming (and ideally organic methods) an asset, but not required
  • Strong observation skills an asset
  • Understands the importance of a well-made and consistent kale or carrot bunch.
  • Good time management, record keeping, and organizational skills
  • Hard working
  • Strong and clear communicator, and confidence to ask questions when tasks or expectations are unclear
  • Be able to work in all weather conditions, and must be able to lift 40lbs repeatedly
  • Detail oriented

JOB TASKS

  • Planting preparation in the field, cultivation, seeding, transplanting
  • Weeding – by hand, or with experience in a cultivating tractor or PowerOx
  • Harvesting – by hand, greens harvester, undercutting, and tractor based root harvester
  • Post harvest: washing and packing vegetables, preparing for deliveries

JOB DETAILS

Term: Early to mid May start date, and finish at the end of October.

If you’re interested in year round work, please let us know as we have winter employment available in the pack house. The nature of winter work is less varied, but it is still a vital part of strengthening the small scale food system!

If you’re only available for part of the season, feel free to contact us to see if we have a shorter term position available - minimum is usually two months.

Hours per week: 40 hours per week, 5 days a week, Monday to Friday. There is the option to work additional hours during peak season July-September, but it is not an expectation. Workdays start at 5:30-7AM depending on time of season and weather (ex. early spring and late fall we start later in the morning, during a heat wave we start as early as possible).

Wage: We offer $18/hour to start with no experience (negotiable if you are coming with agricultural experience).

On Farm, accommodation may be available in a camper trailer. It has electricity, a cook stove, small fridge, running water, toilet and shower, no leaks, and is in good shape. The hot water heater and the furnace do not work. Or if you like to camp, there are lots of great spots to pitch a tent.

TO APPLY

Please submit your resume (maximum 2 pages), at least 2 professional references, and a 1 page (MAXIMUM) letter of interest answering the following questions:

  • Why do you want to farm?

  • Explain how you know that you can/like to work in all weather conditions and physically demanding work environments.

  • What do you need to thrive in your work environment?

  • What would you bring to our team?

  • Please mention you saw this posting at FoodWork.

Email to emily.jubenvill@gmail.com by March 15, 2024.

While we thank all those who apply, only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. ONLY applications from Canadian residents (or people with a valid work visa will be considered).


 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 31 2024    ID: 70062