JOB: Organic Grower & Educator, Earthwise Organic Farm, Delta, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 05, 2016

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Reporting to the Executive Director, the Organic Grower/Educator is responsible for implementing farm operational plans, delivering educational programs, engaging community participation, and working as part of a team toward the success of our programs.

Farm Operations

  • As part of a team, provide leadership on the implementation of farm operations, including propagation, soil preparation, compost management, planting, harvesting, and storage of crops
  • Ensure that plantings are healthy, free of weeds, and the site is attractive to visitors;
  • Train and supervise farm staff and volunteers in day to day operations
  • Assist in keeping records related to farm operations, ensuring that organic standards are maintained
  • As part of a team, assist with crop and budget planning
  • Ensure that equipment is well maintained and that necessary tools and supplies are available when needed

Education and Outreach

  • Act as resource for staff, allotments, volunteers and public on organic growing
  • Deliver workshops and educational programs for children and adults
  • Assist in planning and participate in special events at Earthwise
  • Represent Earthwise at farmers markets and events in the community
  • Ensure that farm and garden visitors are greeted and welcomed to Earthwise
  • Collect data to assist in program evaluation
  • Assist in communicating to the public regarding Earthwise programs and events
  • Coordinate farm and garden volunteers, implement training and engagement programs

Retail and Sales

  • Oversee retail sales and sales displays at the Farm Store and Nursery
  • Identify new off site markets for Earthwise produce and handle off site sales
  • Promote and implement Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA)

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Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be committed to organic growing and motivated to share their passion, knowledge and experience with others. A good communicator, you work well with others and enjoy collaborating in a team environment to meet organizational goals. You are goal oriented, adaptable, and enjoy new challenges. In addition, you are able to satisfy most of the following criteria:

  • Commitment to and understanding of organic growing practices
  • Completion of post secondary program in agriculture, horticulture or similar training, and
  • Minimum one year recent work experience in the organic farming industry; or
  • Equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Experience with building and construction techniques, horticultural tools and machinery
  • Experience supervising others in outdoor work
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in retail sales and public speaking an asset.

This is a full time position, 35 hours per week, from March 1, 2016 until November 30, 2016. The position may be extended or renewed based upon continued availability of funding and a positive performance review. Weekend work will be required.

Please send resumes to: farm@earthwisesociety.bc.ca before Feb. 15, 2016.

About Earthwise: The not-for-profit Earthwise Society operates the Earthwise Farm as a
social enterprise where profits from produce sales are used to support our
education and social programs. The Earthwise Farm is part of a community
based agricultural movement that is revolutionizing our food system. The
two acre certified organic farm models small scale agriculture for urban
edge communities, and works to re-establish personal connections with the
land where our food is grown. Through our volunteer and education programs
we are cultivating a new generation of farmers and thoughtful citizens.
great harvest

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