Interested in learning the ins and outs of running a profitable market garden business? Plenty Wild Farms in Pemberton, BC is seeking farm workers for the 2020 season!
Plenty Wild Farms is a small-scale, certified organic farm committed to providing high-quality veggies for our local community through farmers’ markets in Squamish & Whistler and our farm stand in Pemberton. We grow over 40 different varieties of vegetables on 2.5 acres using a compact tractor, BCS, other small hand tools & equipment and systems that focus on efficiency, productivity & soil health. Our farm is a positive, well-run, organized and safe place to work.
Owned and operated by Alyssa Belter & David Tanner, we are partners in farming, life and love. With backgrounds in Environmental Studies, cooking and cheese-making, we were originally drawn to farming by a passion for good food and a concern for environmental sustainability. Eight years later we still absolutely love what we do!
We consider ourselves pragmatic idealists – our approach to farming is informed by our values for environmental stewardship, connection with our local community, the health & well-being of our family & team and the financial sustainability of our business. Although we often “eat, sleep & breathe” all things farming we are also committed to a healthy work-life balance – this has become particularly important to us since our son Felix was born in 2017.
Our farm is located just minutes from the Village of Pemberton where you’ll find a world-class burger joint, bakery, health food store, yoga studios, a wonderful library and more. The Pemberton Valley and surrounding Coast Mountains offer almost endless opportunities for hiking, biking, swimming – even paragliding! We love where we live and are inspired & supported by the close-knit farming community here.
Find out more about us here: www.plentywild.ca
FARM JOB DETAILS
This year we have three positions available:
Two Positions from April 27th to October 9th, 2020 with the possibility of work starting 2 weeks earlier and/or ending 2 weeks later
One Position from mid-June to the end of August 2020
Weekly Schedule: Approximately 40 hours/week, 5 days/week, start/end times vary throughout the season but we always take a 1 hour lunch break
We are in search of positive, self-motivated individuals who have a strong work ethic and are excited about farming. Our ideal candidate works well both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced work environment, has excellent communication skills and is able to balance speed and efficiency without compromising quality.
Duties may include bed preparation; seeding & transplanting crops; weeding; pruning & trellising; harvesting, cleaning, sorting & packing veggies for markets; operating irrigation; assisting with farmers’ markets and/or farm stand; and maintaining accurate records.
The work is physically demanding (especially on the back and knees), sometimes repetitive and performed outdoors in all sorts of weather (from sweltering heat to pouring rain).
- physically fit; able to bend for long periods of time; able to lift up to 20kg
- able to work outdoors in all weather conditions
- able to work quickly and efficiently to meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment
- detail-oriented and committed to quality
- excellent communication skills
- accountable and reliable
- a minimum of one full season of related farm experience is preferred
Although not required, we would love to find candidates who are interested in working on our farm for multiple seasons.
WHAT WE OFFER
- Challenging yet meaningful full-time work with an hourly wage dependent on experience (starting at $15/hour)
- On-farm accommodation
- Access to free veggies
- A weekly team lunch
- Access to our library of farm books
- An end-of-season bonus if the farm meets its financial goals
- An opportunity to learn about aspects of the farm you won’t regularly be involved with (such as bookkeeping, crop planning and farm finances) at the end of the season
- The option of working multiple season with increasing leadership & responsibility each year
Email your resume (including a minimum of two references) to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include a cover letter that explains why you are interested in this position and your relevant experience.
Deadline: February 15th, 2020. Applications will be reviewed as they are received so don’t delay getting in touch!
We look forward to hearing from you,
– Alyssa & David
When applying, please mention you saw this posting at youngagrarians.org