*Position filled for 2017*
Fertile Ground is a small, organic vegetable farm operating on a beautiful 100 acre property near Waterloo, ON. Our mixed production includes 10 acres of garden (with 4 in vegetable production annually), pastured laying hens & ducks, 40 acres hay, and honeybees. We partner with a mixed livestock producer to provide pastured meats to our customers as well. Since building relationships with the people we feed is really important to us, most of our produce is sold through our 250 member CSA, supplemented by some local restaurant & retail sales. We have 2 seedling greenhouses and 1 tomato high tunnel. Although we do a lot of hand work, we have 2 Farmall tractors that we use for primary and in-row cultivation. Our team includes the lead farmer (Angie Koch), Field Manager, and a mixed crew of staff, interns and volunteers. Some live on site, some commute. While the landscape is very rural, we are a mere 10 minute drive from the west edge of the city of Waterloo.
Requirements & Responsibilities
To be considered for our Field Manager position, you must have at least 1 (and preferably more) full season's experience on an ecological vegetable farm, demonstrated team management experience, and efficient field skills. The ability to delegate and to effectively keep track of people, time, tasks and systems is key. Working closely with the lead farmer, the Field Manager will develop responsibility for managing and inspiring the work crew in the field: leading harvests, problem-solving, doing quality control, and generally ensuring that harvest, post-production handling, poultry care, and maintenance systems are maintained. Must have quick hands, positive attitude, a cool head, and ability to see tasks through from start to finish. Tractor experience and skill with tools & equipment are valuable assets. Expect the work to be physically and mentally demanding, with long hours outdoors in all weather. Responsibilities will include:
- taking part in all aspects of farm work including planting, weeding, pest control, infrastructure management, poultry chores, harvesting, distribution and marketing
- daily task list management, in collaboration with head farmer
- providing direction, motivation and quality control for our work crew - delegating tasks and supervising completion
- facilitating a positive and efficient work environment
- supporting the lead farmer in task prioritization and problem-solving
- ensuring all chore systems and task protocols are followed & maintained
- hosting our on-farm CSA pick-up Friday evenings June-Oct
Remuneration $2300-$3000/mth, depending on experience. A typical harvest season work week is 50hr Mon-Fri, 6am-4pm with a 1 hr lunch break. Some evening and weekend work is expected on rotation for chores (poultry, greenhouses, irrigation etc). Contract is April – November 15 (7.5 months) with 1 wk holidays included. Lunches included, along with plenty of eggs & vegetables for use in personal cooking. Room available for rent in the farmhouse - priority will be given to candidates interested in living on site.
Please send resume and cover letter outlining your relevant work and farming experiences, as well as your motivations for working with us to:
Interviews start week of Dec 12th.