We are a community-oriented, 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
You should have 2+ season's experience on a mixed vegetable farm, demonstrated team leadership experience, and efficient field skills. The ability to delegate and effectively keep track of people, time, tasks and systems is key. Working closely with the lead farmer, the Team Lead will develop responsibility for managing and inspiring the work crew in the field, including 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, 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:
- field tasks incl planting, weeding, pest control, irrigation, poultry care, harvesting, washing & packing
- daily task list management and problem-solving 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
- ensuring chore systems and task protocols are followed & maintained
- customer service at weekly CSA distribution June-Oct
Remuneration $16-18/hr, depending on experience. 40-50hr/wk Mon-Fri, typically 6am-4pm June-Oct. Occasional evening and weekend work for chores and special events. Contract is April to mid-November (7.5 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, as well as your motivations for working with us to:
INTERVIEWS BEGIN JAN 2019