Providence Farm in Duncan, BC is seeking to hire a Farmer for the 2020 season!
ABOUT Providence FARM
Reporting to the Site Manager, the Farmer is an active and practical role responsible for most aspects of agricultural production and sale, including planting, weeding and harvesting of a limited number of crops, and animal care including management of layer chickens. Produce and eggs are used on site in the Kitchen program, or made available for sale to vendors including current and potential buyers. As a Providence Farm Farmer, you have local growing experience and are familiar with the Cowichan Valley markets.
Providence Farm is a Therapeutic Farm nestled at the base of Mount Tzouhalem in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Since 1979, the Vancouver Island Providence Community Association, a registered charity, has been operating creative and innovative programs at the Farm for adults in the Valley with mental health issues, brain injuries and development challenges. The Farm’s vision is the use of its land to restore, sustain and grow the spirit, potential and skills of people, especially those with barriers to education or employment.
- Minimum 3 years market farming field and business experience.
- Formal agricultural education or training.
- Experience with crop selection, crop rotation, weed, pest and disease management, production of transplants, soil health and tillage, farm site and animal management, record keeping and product marketing, in a local farm environment.
- Ability to keep financial records and manage spending in accordance with budgets.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Knowledge of basic tools, machinery operation and maintenance.
- Ability to think broadly and problem solve.
- Good organizational skills.
- Self-starter with strong initiative and ability to take direction when required.
- Valid class 5 Driver’s license.
- Capacity to respectfully work alongside individuals with challenges and barriers to full engagement in the community.
- Execute the Farm’s growing strategy, and employ reasonably natural efforts in weed, pest and disease management, production of transplants, soil health and tillage, farm site and animal management, keep records in: budgeted revenues. expenditures and product marketing.
- Maintain an attractive and thriving natural growing environment, where quality and health of plants is emphasized.
- Order plant materials, seeds and hard goods in time for the growing season as required.
- Adhere to the budget allotted for maintenance and production.
- Implement various methods of propagation to replenish stock.
- Direct seed and transplant for scheduled harvests.
- Perform and/or direct all field activities: cultivation, irrigation, planting/transplanting, harvests, etc.
- Supervise seasonal farming staff and volunteers as required.
- Maintain basic tools and equipment.
- As directed, maintain tree fruit production, including pruning, thinning, pest control, replanting, etc.
- Maintain farm equipment, facilities and irrigation.
- Set pricing for retail sales.
- Prepare produce for sale to local markets.
- Work with Nature Based Therapy and Management staff to market goods and maintain sales records for all materials and services sold.
- Maintain a neat and tidy appearance of garden areas and related structures.
- Maintain accurate records of all relevant farm activities, e.g. crop selection, growing, harvest, etc.
- Manage all post harvest operations, including the proper storage of crops.
Term: We are looking for a good fit for a permanent Farmer. This may be you! Meantime, here’s what we offer: This position is a temporary, full-time position of 40 hours a week for the agricultural season of March 2, 2020 – Nov 13, 2020 with review for possible extension.
Weekly hours: 40 hrs/week Thursday-Monday, 9-5 or 8-4, depending.
Wage: Depending on skills: $18.21-$21.24/hr.
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