FARM JOB: Qualicum Beach, BC – Quindrey Farm, Farm Manager

Posted by Michalina Hunter on July 06, 2022

Quindrey Farm in Qualicum Beach, BC is seeking a Farm Manager!

ABOUT Quindrey Farm

We are a small scale farm that has fruit trees, vegetable and flower beds, a forest with paths and an agro-tourism program.

We have 10 creekfront acres but only about 1-2 acres are used for growing. We have 4 campsites and one cabin where people can stay and experience farm life -even if it’s as simple as feeding a chicken.

We have a newly established orchard (2-3 yrs old) and a variety of small vegetable and flower beds. We have run CSA boxes in the past and would love to do it again for 2023.

We also have a very basic farm stand that we could expand upon if a good farm plan was in place. We grow a variety of crops and typically use landscaping fabric to control weeds. We tarp the beds over winter to reduce weed growth and we weed the beds by hand. We do have a small 25hp tractor that we use for everything else on the farm.
We sell eggs from our 50 chickens.

Bring your work ethic, your dreams and ideas! We love our farm being productive with a sense of community on the land. Our lives have gotten so busy that we are struggling to keep up with the farm and its many requirements. We have two children and we both run full-time businesses while we tend to the farm in our “spare” time. We have tons of dreams for the property but find ourselves short on time to get it all done.

Our ideal situation is that we find someone who will manage the property and all of its many facets: Food growing, animal care, woodland maintenance, agro-tourism, etc. We wouldn’t expect someone to do it all on their own since we do love being involved, but the overall management and care needs to be in the hands of someone who loves to work but also has some experience. Someone who dreams of a somewhat self-sustainable lifestyle and all of the things involved with it is what we need.

We are not certified organic but we follow all of the growing practices. We have our permaculture certificate from Geoff Lawton. We believe that nurturing the soil is paramount so we spend a lot of time composting and building up soil health.

We are interested in worm composting and bokashi but do not do them yet –we would love to have someone start it on our farm.

DESIRED QUALITIES

  • We are looking for someone with some basic experience or education with growing.
  • Previous experience is an asset.
  • Someone who is a self-starter, can take direction but also see jobs that need to be done and do them without being asked.
  • We do not allow smoking on our property. We have two children, so you must like children (you will never be required to care for them!)
  • Someone who doesn’t shy away from hard work, who dreams of running a self-sufficient farm and who is personable –interacting with campers and getting along with people in general. Someone who likes to be friendly but also knows when to stop talking and respect other peoples’ time.
  • We are the type of people who would bring in our neighbour’s trash cans for them just because we can. Are you that type of person? Read on.

JOB TASKS

We are looking for someone to help with all aspects of our farm, not just growing! Of course we have the crops that will require crop planning, seed ordering, planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, crop rotation, etc. But also the job will cover the entire property: animal care (cleaning coop, washing eggs, etc) mowing, clearing brush, chopping wood, maintaining paths, checking in campers, keeping the property tidy, fencing, and many more projects that are ongoing. This isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle.

JOB DETAILS

Term: September 1st would be our earliest start, because the accommodation we offer won’t be ready until then. Duration can be as short as 6 months but as long as…? If you’re a great fit, we would love to create a permanent position and if you have a family we are open to renting out the entire 2 bed 2 bath house to you.

Hours per week: 12-30 hours per week. The job is negotiable but we figure that 12 hours per week would cover the accommodation cost of one room. We are open to someone working here PT and also holding a PT job in the community and we are also comfortable having a FT employee. In the winter months there would be less to do on the farm and thus less hours.

Wage: $17-$20/hr. Please read above about the accommodation offered.
If the farm is very productive, a share of the profits will be shared.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter summarizing who you are and why you’re attracted to this job listing and a resume to quindreyfarm@gmail.com

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

LEARN MORE ABOUT Quindrey Farm

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