FARM JOB: Courtenay, BC – Kloverdalen Farm, Market Gardener Field Position

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 14, 2022

Kloverdalen Farm in Courtenay, BC is hiring for a Market Gardener Field Position!

ABOUT Kloverdalen Farm

Kloverdalen Farm is a small, diverse, family run vegetable farm. It’s located just a few kilometers north of Courtenay in the Comox Valley. We grow over 40 types of veggies as well as some berries, fruit and veggies seedlings. There is just over an acre in production including one large high tunnel.
A large barn houses our farm-stand, wash station, storage and allium curing area.
A BCS walk-behind tractor is the main piece of machinery. Most farm work is human-powered using a variety of garden carts, wheelbarrows and hand tools. We grow market-garden-style in 30″ by 100′ beds, which are succession planted throughout the season. We’re particularly fond of fall veggies and tend to focus on late-season crops as well as the summer standards. For the 2022 season there will be minimal summer sales. We will be focusing on growing crops to be sold in the fall. This is a great position for someone interested in shoulder season production and winter storage vegetables.

We are passionate about providing our community with excellent quality produce. The farm was been certified organic from 2016-2022, but has stopped certifying as of March 2022.
We implement minimal tillage techniques, with an emphasis on maintaining healthy soil biology. We strive to grow very nutritious, high quality produce, especially for the winter months.
This is a family farm, primarily female run (by Kira).
Kira has over 9 years farming experience and is happy to share her farming knowledge.
Two young boys live on the property and frequent the garden.
This is a respectful, non-discriminatory workplace.
The employee/farmer team is very small, but we involve a number of friends and volunteers on the farm.

DESIRED QUALITIES

Our Ideal employee:

  • Is enthusiastic about farming and improving their farming skills
  • Is physically fit, and comfortable with lots of bending, lifting and using small machinery
  • Has proven good work ethics and is mind-full of working efficiently
  • Has some farming experience or similar work experience (agricultural education is a plus!)
  • Is a clear communicator
  • Is able to work both in a team setting and independently
  • Basic handy-person skills are an asset
  • There is opportunity for a farm management position for 2023 for interested candidates

JOB TASKS

  • Amending garden beds, wheelbarrowing, broad-forking, raking
  • Seeding, potting-up, planting out transplants
  • Installing irrigation, row covers, landscape fabric
  • Weeding, pruning, trellising, clearing plant debris
  • Running weed-wacker, and walk-behind tractor, ride on mower
  • Cleaning harvest bins and wash station
  • Adhering to quality standards and fulfilling task lists
  • If staying on past August, there will be a shift to mainly harvesting/washing/packing/selling produce for Sept-Nov. Employee will be expected to help with farmstand and CSA sales

JOB DETAILS

Term: Mid-late April 2022 (flexible) to ideally late November. Though we will consider hiring a student until end of August.

Hours per week: 20-25 hrs/week

Wage: $17/hr plus farm produce
Onsite accommodation is a possibility. Please enquire if interested

TO APPLY

Please provide your resume and cover letter to kloverdalenfarm@gmail.com. We’d love to hear a bit about your various skill sets even if they don’t seem obviously applicable to farming.

Deadline to apply: April 10, 2022

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

LEARN MORE ABOUT Kloverdalen Farm

Website: https://www.kloverdalenfarm.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KloverdalenFarm/
Instagram: @kloverdalenfarm

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