Filled ~ FARM JOBS: GUELPH, ON – Ignatius Farm, Farm Associates

Posted by Michalina Hunter on August 01, 2019

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Ignatius Farm in Guelph, ON, is hiring 2 Farm Associates!

Ignatius Farm is looking for passionate, imaginative, eco-minded individuals to help them care for the Ignatius organic farm. You will help build the Ignatius Farm vision of developing local food systems, innovative crop production, eco-spirituality, community shared agriculture, and education programs.

About Ignatius Farm

The Ignatius Jesuit Centre (IJC) is a not-for-profit charity situated on 600 acres of woodlands, wetlands and farmland just outside of Guelph Ontario. IJC welcomes all and is home to Loyola Retreat House & Ignatian Training, Ignatius Farm, the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest, St Brigid’s Villa and Orchard Park Office Centre.

Ignatius Farm grows certified organic vegetables and berries for Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) members, farmers markets, local businesses and service agencies. The Farm’s programs include community gardens, acreage rentals, internships and farmer training, working shares, volunteer opportunities, and several annual community events.

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Desired Experience


  • Knowledge or experience in gardening, ecological farming, greenhouse production, or other field work, and using basic tools.
  • Works well outside in all weather, at a good pace
  • Solid basic math and customer service skills
  • Commitment to Health & Safety, operating as a cohesive team, and building community

Desired Assets

  • Valid G class drivers licence
  • First Aid/CPR

Job Tasks

The Farm Associates lead farm team members to grow, harvest, and distribute quality organic vegetables and berries.


  • Work with and set pace for teams of interns, volunteers, field workers, and external groups
  • Plant, transplant, weed, harvest and clean vegetables and berries according to Organic and Food Safety protocols
  • Wonderful customer service for CSA, U-pick berries, and Milton Farmers Market
  • Utilize and maintain tools, equipment & structures safely and according to training provided
  • Support farm education and community programs, Community Gardens, Community Orchard, seasonal events, volunteers, outreach
  • Farm Associates will take on specific leadership roles:
    • Field Lead – Staff & Production coordination; Field Inventories; Log field activities and production information; Harvest management; Post-harvest handling; Curing, storage & packing; Soil fertility
    • Field Lead – Machinery care & field equipment operations
    • Berry production & U-pick management
    • Indoor Production – Seedlings, microgreens, in-ground crops
    • Irrigation
    • Sales & crop distribution
    • Farm Outreach, Education, and community programming

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Job Details

Term: September 16, 2019 to February 28, 2020 or September 16 to November 30, 2020

Hours: Contract Position 40 hours per week average (includes weekends)

Wage: $2500/month

To Apply

Submit resume and letter of interest to by August 20, 2019.

Your letter of interest must specify:

  • Whether you meet all of the following funding eligibility criteria
  • Relevant expertise for any Farm Associate leadership roles


Some positions may be hired based on funding eligibility

Indicate if you meet the following criteria, before the start date:

  • 30 years old or younger
  • Have a valid SIN number
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status. Students on a work permit or visa are not eligible for SWILP.
  • Recent graduate or current post-secondary student. Please provide degree and date achieved, or expected convocation date.

We thank all applicants in advance; only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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