FARM JOB: Cawston, BC – Honest Food Farm, Farm help

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 16, 2021

Honest Food Farm

Honest Food Farm in Cawston, BC is seeking farm help for the 2021 season!

ABOUT Honest Food Farm

We are a small, diverse, organic farm nestled in the semi desert Similkameen Valley. Our little town, Cawston, is known to be the organic capitol of Canada. We have been farming with our family for 23 years. Our roots take us back to one of the pioneering families in the organic movement in BC, Zebroff’s Organic Farm, growing organically since 1973. Our emphasis is growing using traditional and nature inspired principles, the fundimental elements of the grass root organic movement.
We produce a wide variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers which we primarily market fresh (farmstand, CSA, farmers markets, and various retail outlets in BC and Alberta).

We believe strongly in producing food in ways that focus on leaving as small an environmental footprint as possible. We also question industrial food production practices that have led us away from diverse, traditional farming and local food production. We feel it is important that our society, increasingly disconnected from its food sources, becomes more aware of these sources, and more respectful of those involved in food production, both the farmers and those working with them. We value good quality, natural food and strive to produce it every step of the way. At the end of the day, we enjoy sitting around the table with good food and drink with friends. We look forward to you joining our farm family.

DESIRED QUALITIES

Not everybody is cut out for farm work. Farm jobs are physically and mentally challenging, but also extremely rewarding. Workers need to face these challenges under all weather conditions, and the dust, pollen, mud, insects, etc. that exist at various times, so self-discipline when facing discomfort is necessary. We are looking for dedicated team players with adaptable and flexible attitudes towards working with others. Although these positive personal connections are vital, independence and accepting responsibility are also key. We are always seeking to connect with local workers for our farm, but unfortunately this has not always been possible. Workers from abroad have been a crucial component of our farm for many years now, and this is likely to continue (although some uncertainty at this time). This has been a positive fit for our family and farm, and also a welcome cultural experience for all team members. We believe in determination and hard work during and after work hours. Sports are an important part of leisure time at our farm and other recreational activities (hiking, swimming, bike riding) are readily available in our area.

JOB TASKS

Tasks will often vary throughout the day, and definitely throughout the season.
Work with fruit, vegatables and flowers will happen daily.
Likely tasks:
seeding, transplanting, field prep, planting, hand weeding, hoeing, irrigation and trellising, orchard maintenance, weedeating, thinning, vegetable and fruit harvesting, washing and cleaning produce, packing and sorting, shipping, CSA prep and packing, flower harvesting, flower bunching and possibly arranging, fruit and vegetable processing, field cleanup, work area cleanup and organization, record keeping, direct sales at farm store and farmers markets.

JOB DETAILS

Term: Jobs will be available starting April until end of October.
Ideally, we would like to hire for the whole season full time.
We are very flexible though, and can look at other possible time frames.
There is also a possibility for a more permanent full time job for the right person. (This has been an ongoing goal, and we have been fortunate to have had many worthy past employees. At this time, with significant new projects and our changing family dynamic, we are very motivated to find someone to fill a more integral role on our farm.)

Hours per week: Typical work weeks are at least 40 hours/week with
peak summer periods seeing somewhat longer days.
Peak summer periods also require earlier starting times which allow to avoid the hottest periods of the day for harvesting work.

Wage: The wage we can pay will vary depending on experience and living situation (on-farm vs. off-farm), but recent increases to the minimum wage have helped make farm jobs more attractive. We feel that on-farm accommodation offers a significant benefit to working on a farm and adjust pay accordingly.
Monthly salary arrangements are also an option that can be considered.
Please contact us and we will be happy to discuss the options with you.

TO APPLY

Please send a resume and cover letter to honestfoodzebroff@gmail.com. Please provide pertinent personal details (ie. with regards to the qualities that we seek) in addition to past work and education experience. Please be as transparent as possible in your description of yourself and your goals, as we greatly appreciate that and promise to do the same.

When applying, please mention you saw this posting at youngagrarians.org

LEARN MORE ABOUT Honest Food Farm

Website: www.honestfoodfarm.com
Facebook: Honest Food Farm
Instagram: @honest_food_farm

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