Fertile Ground is a locally-embedded, 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 who provides pastured meat options 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. 2019 projects include experimenting with tillage reduction, further expansion of our cover crop regime, a farmer-led research trial and beneficial insect plantings. Our team includes the lead farmer (Angie Koch), Team Lead, Field Workers and some occasional volunteers. 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 Worker position, you should have at least 1 (and preferably more) full season's experience on a vegetable farm, efficient field skills and great stamina. Must have quick hands, positive attitude, strong observation skills 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. Strong back and knees are essential as the work involves plenty of lifting, bending, crouching and kneeling.
- Lift and carry 40-50lb bins regularly
- pest control, irrigation & infrastructure care
- greenhouse and high tunnel work
- poultry chores
- possible tractor work if appropriate
- customer service at CSA pick-ups
Remuneration ~$2500/mth. Peak season work week is 6am-4pm Mon-Fri with a 1 hr lunch break. Shorter hours spring & fall. Some evening and weekend work is expected on rotation for chores (poultry, greenhouses, irrigation etc). Contract is mid-April to mid-November (7 months – exact dates negotiable) with 1 week paid holidays.
Please send resume and cover letter outlining your relevant work and farming experiences (include timeframes), as well as your motivations for working with us to:
INTERVIEWS BEGIN DECEMBER 2019