Do you enjoy fast-paced, outdoor labour? Want to work hard in the vegetable fields and to have time to pursue other projects and interests? Four Beat Farm is looking for a part-time farm worker for 2019 with opportunities for growth.
ABOUT FOUR BEAT FARM
Four Beat Farm is a certified organic, mixed vegetable operation in the Pemberton Meadows in Lilwat Territory. We operate on 15 acres of leased land close to the town of Pemberton with endless opportunities for hiking, biking, and exploring the mountains. We are entering our fourth season and are looking for motivated, hardworking individuals to grow for our 75+ CSA members in the Sea to Sky and our local farmers market.
We have roughly 3.5 acres in vegetable production with an equal amount in cover crop and the remainder in pasture for our pair of draft horses who provide much of the power in the day-to-day workings of the farm. We employ biodynamic practices and grow primarily summer and fall storage crops using bio-extensive methods that lend themselves well to horse drawn cultivation and our lighter tillage implements along with borrowing heavier equipment when needed.
Pemberton has a short and intense growing season with hot summer days and lots of mud, rain, bugs, and cold in the spring and fall. Farming here requires a real appreciation for good food, being outdoors in all kinds of weather, moving quickly to making the most of the summer months, and celebrating the seasonal nature of farming.
For more information about Four Beat Farm, visit their website at fourbeatfarm.ca
We are looking for a person who:
- Is smart, strong, kind, and takes pride in hard work
- Has a minimum of 1 year experience in farming or another type of outdoor, physical work (tree planting, guiding, trailbuilding, etc.)
- Will take direction and pay attention to detail
- Enjoys working independently
- Is physically fit; able to bend over for long periods of time; able to lift up to 50lb
- Will balance speed and quality to meet (and exceed) our production standards
- Is reliable and values excellent communication skills
- Is comfortable around and respectful of large animals
- Experience with horses is an asset
- Experience vegetable farming is an asset
- Valid drivers license is an asset
- Must be eligible to work in Canada
- The farm is 12km from town so reliable transportation in the form of a personal vehicle or a healthy appetite for bicycling is a must
As a member of our 2019 farm crew, you will be involved in all aspects of the farm including: planting, seeding, weeding, irrigating, harvesting, washing, and packing over 40 different types of vegetables. You may be asked to help with CSA pick ups and markets, assist with handling horse drawn machinery, and occasionally fill in for weekend chore rotation.
We are a small farm and often take a “divide and conquer” approach so, once trained and comfortable with a task, you will regularly be expected to work by yourself in the field and wash station, as well as alongside the lead farmer and a crew of 1-4 workers and volunteers for bigger projects. If you find it hard to stay upbeat and on-task when working solo then this is not the right place for you.
We expect you to work 3-4 days/week (15-30 hours) from May until the end of October. You must be available on Tuesdays, be willing to start as early as 6am on summer harvest days, and be reliable and stick to a schedule that we will work out together.
This position is intended to have enough flexibility for you to have time to explore the area, find supplementary work, or, if you want to take on a self-directed project at the farm outside of the vegetable field (ie bees, herbs, flowers, etc.) or learn more about horse-powered farming methods outside of your regular work hours, we are open to discussing this possibility.
Compensation: This is a paid position with an hourly wage dependent on experience (starting $14/hour). Access to extra vegetables, the space and support to have a personal project on the farm (bees, flowers, chickens, etc.), an end of season bonus, and opportunities to grow with the farm in future seasons are all possible.
Accommodation: We do not currently have accommodation set up at the farm for employees, but we are open to making this available for the right candidate.
If you are interested in applying, please have a look at the farm website at www.fourbeatfarm.ca and on social media.
Send your resume along with a genuine letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Naomi at 8456 Pemberton Meadows Road, Pemberton, BC, V0N 2L2
Deadline: March 10th. Applications will be reviewed as they are received so we suggest applying early as the position may be filled before then.
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