FARM JOB: Salt Spring Island, BC – Feral Farm, Sprout Harvester & Farm Hand

Posted by Michalina Hunter on July 08, 2022

Feral Farm on Salt Spring Island, BC is seeking a Sprout/Microgreen Harvester & Farm Hand!

ABOUT Feral Farm

Work days involve preparing our organic sprouts for farmers markets and wholesale clients on and off island. The work takes place indoors and in a relaxed, music-infused commercial kitchen environment. You will be primarily packaging sprouts into individual market units and for larger wholesale accounts, harvesting microgreens and preparing our delicious “sprout rolls” for the farmers markets we attend. Work days typically average about 6 hours in length. We attend 4 farmers markets per week and have wholesale clients on Salt Spring, in Victoria and the Cowichan Valley.

While we are not certified organic, we follow organic practices. We use certified organic seed for our sprout and microgreens production and we do not use any pesticides, herbicides or synthesized fertilizers in our gardens. We compost all of our food and yard waste and use manure from our small-scale chicken flock to increase soil fertility in our outdoor permaculture gardens. We value both people care and earth care in our approach to gardening and food production.

DESIRED QUALITIES

Specific qualities we are seeking in applicants include: positivity, ease in working with/sharing space with others, fast and efficient approach to work, organizational skills, ability to perform physical tasks in the gardens like digging, pushing heavy wheel barrows, turning compost, etc., and perhaps most importantly, folks who share a passion for health, wellness, nature, community building and homesteading.

JOB TASKS

On any given work day, members of our team will be expected to harvest and package sprouts and microgreens, prepare sprout rolls and dipping sauce, take loads of sprout waste in wheelbarrows to the chickens, wash the trays that our microgreens are grown in and clean our commercial kitchen at the end of a work day. We require our employees to work one of our farmers markets per month. Ample training is provided for this specific task before one would be expected to work a market on their own. A drivers license is very helpful in this regard. There are also occasional garden tasks to perform, however we do not use any heavy equipment or machinery. Land projects may include compost-building, irrigation, cover cropping, humanure, soil building, weeding, harvesting, seed-saving, tending to our small flock of chickens, etc. Time spent on land projects is flexible.

JOB DETAILS

Term: We are seeking to fill this position from July to end of October, however there are opportunities to extend beyond the summer based on a check-in/review.

Hours per week: We require a commitment of 3 days (20-25 hours) per week and 1-2 market shifts per month.

Wage: We offer minimum wage, the opportunity to live on the homestead as part of the exchange and ample opportunity to eat from our subsistence gardens.

TO APPLY

Please respond with a little information about yourself, any relevant past experience, interests/hobbies, and why you are interested in pursuing this opportunity. Please also provide a resume in your application. Email to sssprouts@gmail.com

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

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