FARM JOB: Whistler, BC – Brew Creek Farm, Greenhouse Assistant

Posted by JoHana Harcourt on April 19, 2023

Brew Creek Farm in Whistler, BC is seeking a Greenhouse Assistant!

ABOUT Brew Creek Farm

The Brew Creek Farm is located in one of the most pristinely beautiful areas of the coastal mountain range of Canada. The property is situated on 20 acres of land, a secluded sanctuary in an intimate, exclusive forest setting, just 15 minutes from Whistler, yet miles away from it all.

The Brew Creek Centre also hosts a high-end hospitality destination for self-catered private organizations, corporate groups, and wellness gatherings. Historically we operated with an onsite farm-to-table restaurant, now instead transitioning into Whistler’s first year-round organic production farm offering our high-quality rare garden specialties to local restaurants in the surrounding area. This is going to be an extra busy season of growth and expansion on the farm as we are also gearing up this season to offer CSA boxes to the community.

Inspired by modern farming techniques and alternative agricultural practices. Our produce is carefully cultivated using sustainable organic methods and the most up-to-date regenerative practices with an emphasis on energy efficiency, nutrient density, taste, and –year-round production!

These small steps are progressing us towards becoming a centre for the future of environmentally conscious agriculture in Canada. Already here on site we have hosted multiple school groups, offering classes and workshops to students, encouraging them to get their hands in the dirt and getting them excited about growing their own food. It has been a big transition year for us but we are already reaping the benefits by nourishing our community, invigorating the food security of the area, and tending to the land regeneratively to honouring the ecosystem that we reside on.

Below is an overview of what our operation looks like.

-Aquaculture / Aquaponics – a 1400 sq ft state of the art aquaponic facility which houses our family of 300 goldfish and coy. This facility was built and designed by team members on site and has been steadily generating 40lbs of lettuce a week on top of a variety of other delicious herbs and speciality crops such as ginger root and lemon grass
-Indoor Tropical Geodesic Dome – We have two geodesic domes – one for flowering crops and one strictly for edibles. Picture an indoor secret jungle of tangled fruit vines, tomato trellises’ running 10 feet tall, as well as lush perennials such as papaya trees fruiting all year round.
-Brand new to our operation are two commercial greenhouses (4000ft2 each) generating a year-round production of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers as well as a place for overwintering cold crops.
-MicroGreen production – up to 30 living trays a week for local up scale restaurants to add to salad mixes and beautiful garnishes
-Vermicomposting – onsite we house a worm haven, decomposing our scraps and providing us with 50lbs of gold (worm castings) a week which we spread onto our fields and in our indoor beds with delight, adding a microbial boost of life into all of our systems!
-Beneficial Insects – we are not afraid of bugs on this farm and we do our best to work with them instead of against them. With many climate controlled indoor growing spaces we will often introduce beneficial bugs to keep all of our crops healthy happy and protected.
2 acres of outdoor vegetable production on beautiful rich native clay soil
-Medicinal herb garden
-Flower Farm and Perennial Flower beds
-Biochar Production
-Advanced thermophilic and static aerated compost production
-Mobile Chicken Tractor

DESIRED QUALITIES

  • Interest in organic agriculture and passionate about sustainable and local food systems
  • Self-starter with strong initiative and problem-solving skills
  • Minimum 1-year greenhouse-related experience
  • Experience working with climate-controlled greenhouses, soil food web/regenerative agriculture, Integrated Pest Management, and record-keeping in a farm environment will be considered an asset
  • Ability to work quickly with meticulous attention to detail
  • Flexible schedule and openness to work at least 1 weekend day
  • Able to perform physical labour with basic knowledge of tools and garden machinery
  • A can-do  attitude and ability to take direction and assist other departments when needed
  • Fun and easygoing personality — There are seven others living and working on site — all with our own unique set of skills and interests. We all reside in our own beautiful staff housing, which provides a good amount of independence and private space. That being said we do get together for team meetings and community dinners on a regular basis and it is important that everyone here is on the same page and that we are all working towards the same goals
  • Most importantly, we require people who are strong in mind, body, spirit and who are able to work independently.

JOB TASKS

  • active participation in planting, pruning, fertilizing, and harvesting is a key component of this position
  • water management
  • disease and pest control (preventative measures and organic solutions)
  • regenerative soil building
  • communications and record keeping to assist our community relations representative
  • weekly inventory

We are looking for 1 full-time member with experience looking to further their knowledge and take on the responsibility to assist in the management of daily operations with our brand new addition of 8000ft2 indoor growing space. Reporting to the Farm Manager, The right candidate should hold a flexible and diverse skillset and have an interest to learn and be involved in all areas of the farm operation including maintenance and caretaking, although with the main focus primarily on the greenhouse crops

JOB DETAILS

Term: A full season commitment (May-October 31) is preferred. Potential to move into a year-round position, but not guaranteed at this time.

Hours per week: 40 hours per week

Wage: Negotiated pay based on experience/housing ($18-$23 an hour).

Subsidized seasonal on-farm accommodation is available. Due to our remote location, a Class 5 drivers licence and vehicle is recommended.

TO APPLY

Interested applicants should email resume and cover letter to grower@thebrewcreekcentre.com. If you believe you have any special skills beyond the listed qualifications that could be relevant to our operation, please feel free to list them! We’d love to hear from you.

Deadline to apply: May 1st 2023

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

LEARN MORE ABOUT Brew Creek Farm

Website: https://www.thebrewcreekcentre.com/

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