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, 40 acres hay, and honeybees. Since building relationships with the people we feed is really important to us, most of our produce is sold through our 250 member CSA (Community Shared Agriculture), supplemented by some local restaurant & retail sales. We have 2 seedling greenhouses and 1 tomato tunnel. 2 Farmall tractors are used for primary and in-row cultivation. Our team includes 4-5 full time workers. While the landscape is very rural, we are a mere 10 minute drive from the west edge of the city of Waterloo.
Requirements & Responsibilities
Field Workers 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 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. Most tasks require quality work at a quick pace, often under pressure.
- Planting, weeding, harvesting and washing/packing vegetables
- Lift and carry 40-50lb bins regularly
- pest control & irrigation
- poultry chores
- possible tractor work if appropriate
- customer service at weekly CSA distribution June-Oct
Remuneration $14-15/hr. A typical harvest season work week is ~45hr Mon-Fri, 6am-4pm with a 1 hr lunch break. Occasional evening and weekend work for chores and special events. Standard contract is mid-April to mid-November (7 months). Additional benefits: 1 wk holidays, 2 off-farm learning days for professional development, plenty of vegetables for personal consumption.
As our team is small and everyone is essential, commitment to a full season of work is required.
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 JAN 2019