FARM JOB: NELSON, BC – Mystic Valley Farm, Lead Farm Hand

Posted by JoHana Harcourt on December 04, 2023

Mystic Valley Farm in Nelson, BC is seeking a Lead Farm Hand/Farm Supervisor!

ABOUT MYSTIC VALLEY FARM

Our vision is to grow natural, nutrient-dense food, in a sustainable way, closely in tune with the natural rhythms of the world around it, while building the entire ecosystem of the Farm in a holistic way. We want to support and educate the local community in the importance of local small-scale agriculture and work together to help create abundance for all.

We use the classic Market Garden farm model, growing a diverse range of vegetables and herbs. We don’t own a tractor or heavy machinery and do everything on a human scale. If needed we’ll rent a BCS from another local farm to build new plots.

Mystic Valley Farm is located just outside Slocan Park, in the stunningly beautiful Slocan Valley.

We sell at Farmers’ Markets, have a few restaurant accounts, and an Online Store. Next year, 2024, we will be adding a 20 share CSA to our offerings.

Our growing practices are Organic/Beyond Organic (Not Certified). We don’t spray any kind of herbicide or pesticide, organically certified or not. We believe by feeding our soil and plants with organic matter through Cover Cropping & natural, organic certified amendments, we will have strong, healthy, nutrient dense produce to provide to Nelson and the surrounding areas.

DESIRED QUALITIES

The position will give the applicant an overview of all the aspects of running a small Organic Market Garden. You will be the only employee and will be working closely with the owner/farmer. If you love spending your days outside during these beautiful Canadian Summers, working closely with plants & nature and have dreams of owning and running your own farm one day, or even just being an amazing farm employee, this job might be for you. We are hoping to find an employee that would like to come back year after year, growing and expanding as the farm does.

Qualities should include:

  • Prior experience working on and organic farm but this is not required.
  • Physically fit, able to bend, squat, kneel for long periods of time, lift items up to 20kg
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic while working long, physical days, in everything nature has to throw at us, sun, wind, rain etc.
  • Attention to detail & quality

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Garden Work: Seeding, transplanting, weeding, pruning, trellising, either by hand or using tools and other small equipment.
  • Harvest & Wash/Pack: Harvesting produce efficiently, safely and consistently, washing and packaging items, cleaning and sanitizing all things related.
    Helping with infrastructure builds/repairs

JOB DETAILS

Term: This position will start on the 1st of May, 2024 and run till the 1st of November, 2024

Hours per week:  40 hrs/week, 5 x 8 hours days (Saturday & Sunday’s off)
8am – 5pm (1 hour unpaid break).

Wage: For the first 3 months we’ll pay just above the current minimum wage, with pay of $17/hour. After this learning/probational period is over we’ll bump the pay up to $20/hour. Perks will include a free CSA share box per week (valued at $600) and discounts on ‘A Grade’ produce and heavy discounts on ‘B Grade’ produce. Also lunch time swims in the river is a pretty great perk on hot Summer days.

TO APPLY

Interested? Please send resume and cover letter to contact@mysticvalleyfarm.ca

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

LEARN MORE ABOUT MYSTIC VALLEY FARM

Website: www.mysticvalleyfarm.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mysticvalleyfarmbc/
Instagram: @mysticvalleyfarmbc

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