FARM JOB: DUNCAN, BC – Glenora Farm, Field Hand

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 24, 2020

Glenora Farm in Duncan, BC is looking for a Field Hand for the 2020 season! 

ABOUT GLENORA FARM

The Farm:
Glenora Farm is a 97 acre mixed organic/Biodynamic farm on mostly sandy loam soils, consisting of 35 acres of pasture and hay fields, a flock of East Friesen dairy sheep, some Dexter beef cattle, chickens, rabbits, a 2 acre intensive mixed annual vegetable and perennial garden, 2 hoophouses, large compost facility, herb garden, and an onsite workshop program (weavery, beeswax candles, herb processing, forestry, cooking, woodwork etc.) which adds value to the garden produce through processing for sale as crafts, health products, and food products.

The Farm is owned and operated by the Ita Wegman Association of British Columbia for Curative Education and Social Therapy and is one of two Camphill Communities in Western Canada, where adults with Special Needs (Companions) live, work and learn together with their caregivers (Coworkers). The Farm and Gardens primarily serve the food needs of this onsite community of ~50 people. We also provide weekly garden produce to a network of supporters through our small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. Glenora Farm owns and operates a rural corner store and cafe (Glenora Store and Café) where we market our products. We round out our marketing with a summer presence at the local farmers’ market and sales to local grocery stores, restaurants, and through a local online marketing cooperative.

We have been growing for the past many years in accordance with Organic and Biodynamic standards. This year we are applying for formal organic and biodynamic certification through the Biodynamic Association of BC

The Neighbourhood:
We’re located on relatively flat land, surrounded by trees, gentle hills, and small acreages. Within walking distance (2km) is a swimming lake (Keating Lake), hiking trails, a trailhead to the Trans Canada trail for endless walking/biking, and our corner store and cafe. In 6km you’ll be in downtown Duncan with great food, entertainment, shopping, daily needs such as post office, drug stores, public library etc., and other amenities. All around Duncan are river swimming holes, beaches, trails, wineries, micro breweries, and striking natural beauty. We’re 65 Km from Victoria to the south, and 57 km to Nanaimo in the North.

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Desired Qualities

  • Prior farm/garden-related experience preferred
  • University or college degree or diploma preferred
  • Must be very physically fit and deeply enjoy hard physical work outdoors in all weather (frost, rain, wind, heat) for long hours, including extended bending and lifting heavy loads
  • Basic experience with mechanics, carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work an asset
  • Excellent oral communication skills and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to balance efficiency and thoroughness in all tasks and to maintain a fast work pace.
  • Attention to detail, cleanliness, and good aesthetic sense
  • Highly self-motivated, positive attitude, adaptable, organized
  • Ability to work calmly, prioritize tasks, and complete them under tight deadlines
  • Ability to work well alone for long periods of time and in a team
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems with sometimes limited supervision
  • Basic familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Willing and able to live respectfully and intensively with 50 other people on site including adults with special needs, and families with children.
  • Valid Drivers’ licence
  • Must submit to a Criminal Record Check
  • Tractor operation skills an asset

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Job Tasks

You will primarily work and learn alongside the Garden Manager, who brings 12 years experience in organic vegetable production. You will also work alongside the Garden Crew of about 4-8, the livestock Farmer and herb workshop team. Main duties include:

  • Field prep, amendment application, seedling care, transplanting, irrigation, weed/pest/disease/fertility management, pruning and training greenhouse crops, mulching, cover cropping, harvest, post-harvest
  • Compost turning and spreading
  • Applying Biodynamic Preparations
  • Small equipment and hand tool operation.
  • Infrastructure and tool maintenance, repair and improvements
  • Design/build projects as needed
  • Field and sales record keeping and data entry,
  • Helping support companions and volunteers in their field work
  • ”After hours” tasks such as shutting off irrigation, opening/closing facilities, frost and snow management in hoophouses , troubleshooting and monitoring garden predator activity
  • Maintaining a clean and aesthetically pleasing garden/farm appearance,
  • Staffing the market stand, delivering produce to restaurants and wholesale customers
  • Supply runs, and other farm tasks as needed

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Job Details

Term: 8 month seasonal position (April to November). Preferred start April 6, 2020. Preferred end date Nov 13, 2020. Some flexibility on start and end dates for the right candidate.

Weekly hours: 35 hours/week. Average 7 hours/day (more in summer, less in off-season), plus one hour unpaid lunch, 5 days/week, includes some “off-hours” work as needed. Early mornings required in July/August. Option to work 32 consecutive weeks or take one week unpaid vacation in October.

Wage: Minimum wage ($13.85/hour, goes up to $14.60/hour June 1) plus employer-paid contributions- EI, CPP, Worksafe BC, 4% vacation.

Accommodation: Small, private, 10 x 10 timber frame cabin onsite with gas cooktop, loft bed, auxiliary heat *or* bigger cabin with full kitchen shared with livestock farmer. In both cases, access to shared bathroom, laundry, kitchen facilities, and wifi in neighbouring houses. Either option is $200/month, including utilities. Option to bring own trailer/tiny home.

Food: You pay $230/month and share a kitchen, food staples and grocery shopping/cooking duties with our Livestock farmer. You have access to free garden produce, some farm meat and eggs for purchase, and the other houses will occasionally invite you for meals.

Other: Bring your own vehicle or rides go into town many times daily and bikes are available.

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Who Can Apply

We are a family-friendly, all abilities-friendly farm. This position is partially funded by a Youth Employment and Skills Program Agriculture and Agri-food Canada Grant. Funder stipulations require that candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • 30 years or younger when you started the internship
  • unemployed, student or underemployed
  • have not participated in any other Youth Employment and Skills Strategy program (that is, Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative and/or Career Focus Program)
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

How to Apply

Applications are welcomed until March 1, 2020. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Please send a resume and cover letter with your contact information included and confirmation that you meet the 4 funding eligibility criteria listed above to gardener@glenorafarm.org

Deadline to apply: March 1, 2020

Learn more about Glenora Farm

Website:  www.glenorafarm.org

Facebook: facebook.com/GlenoraFarm

View more farm jobs and apprenticeships here. 

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