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Organic Farm Worker - Seasonal / Saisonnier

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Root Radical CSA

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Industry Sector: Other / Autre

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Root Radical Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) is a successful organic farm growing a diversity of vegetables. Entering our 13th season, we sell our vegetables through the CSA model to about 250 households in Kingston and on Howe Island. We are known for our high-quality great-tasting vegetables, our friendly, organized and accommodating customer service, and the environmental education opportunities offered to our community. 

In the garden, most work is done by hand or with human-powered tools. We use tractors for moving compost and soil mix, preparing the gardens for planting, and for other heavy lifting. We use drip irrigation and several techniques for season extension in our fields. We also produce tomatoes, cucumbers, greens and transplants in our 2300 sq. ft. greenhouse. 

Root Radical CSA is located on Howe Island between Kingston and Gananoque. The CSA garden is about 2 acres on Doublejay Farm, an organic grass-fed beef farm. Doublejay Farm is about 400 acres, including hayfields, permanent pastures, gardens, riverfront and wooded areas. Root Radical CSA is a woman-led farm and Emily Dowling is the main CSA farmer. For more information about Root Radical CSA, please browse our website: http://rootradicalrows.com/

Job Listing #5138

Organic Farm Worker • Seasonal / Saisonnier

Date Posted: 13 Jan 2020

Application Deadline: 30 Apr 2020

Location: Kingston and Surrounding Area

Category: Other / Autre

Hours Per Week: 37.5

Pay Rate: Hourly Wage / Rémunération Horaire 14

Language Requirements: English / Anglais

Job Description:

We are seeking passionate and hard-working individuals to take full and part-time roles working our 2-acre organic vegetable gardens and greenhouse in 2020!

About us: Root Radical Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) is a successful organic farm growing a diversity of vegetables. Entering our 14th season, we sell our vegetables through the CSA model to about 250 households in Kingston and on Howe Island. We are known for our high-quality great-tasting vegetables, our friendly, organized and accommodating customer service, and the environmental education opportunities offered to our community.

In the garden, most work is done by hand or with human-powered tools. We use tractors for moving compost and soil mix, preparing the gardens for planting, and for other heavy lifting. We use drip irrigation and season extension techniques in our fields. We also produce tomatoes, cucumbers, greens and transplants in our 2300 sq. ft. greenhouse.

On harvest days (twice a week), the main tasks include harvesting, washing, and packing vegetables. The rest of the week we do seeding, greenhouse management, making soil mix, planting, hoeing, and hand weeding. In the shoulder seasons we work on infrastructure projects, garden preparation, and clean up.

Root Radical CSA is located on Howe Island between Kingston and Gananoque. The CSA garden is about 2 acres on Doublejay Farm, an organic grass-fed beef farm. Doublejay Farm is about 400 acres, including hayfields, permanent pastures, gardens, riverfront and wooded areas. Root Radical CSA is a woman-led farm and Emily Dowling is the main CSA farmer. For more information about Root Radical CSA, please browse our website: http://rootradicalrows.com/

Requirements:

  • Be ready to dig in, get dirty and work hard. Applicants must be committed reliable people who will show up on time, always strive to do their best at work and are able to work in all sorts of weather conditions.
  • The successful candidate will be trained in most aspects of operating the CSA and physical strength, flexibility, dexterity and endurance are required. Must be able to lift and carry heavy bins. Tasks are generally varied but staff are often assigned to specialized areas where they excel.
  • Experience in agriculture, completion of an organic farm internship, or work in a related field is a strong asset. Special consideration will be given to those applicants who can demonstrate their commitment to local organic agriculture. Ability to commit to the full season is a requirement and an openness to coming back to work again in 2021 is a plus.
  • Having a G or G2 driver’s licence is a must. However, having your own transportation to the farm is negotiable for this position. A commuting vehicle and ferry pass may be provided for a staff person that is able to commit to the use agreement and able to commit to providing transportation to fellow staff. Please indicate in your application whether you have your own vehicle to get to work or if you would need to have a commuting vehicle provided for you.

Wage: Starting at $14 per hour.

Schedule: Typically, we start work at 6:45 or 7:30 AM and finish between 3:00 and 4:30 PM depending on the day. Lunch is unpaid and is usually a half hour in length. Whenever possible two 15-minute breaks are incorporated into our day. Full and part time positions available.

Duration of Employment and hours of work: Depending on the position and the weather the commitment starts in between mid-March to June and ends in September, October or November. Student applicants must be willing to commit to working from early May to Friday, September 4, 2019. The full-time staff must be available to work about 7 to 8 hours a day, 5 days per week during our busy season (early May to mid/late September). Depending on the weather, the number of work hours can be reduced in spring and fall (March to early May and late September to November). Please see the note below about weather dependant work.

Weather: On harvest days, we work rain or shine. However, our other work (planting, weeding, etc.) can be weather dependent. There may be some days when we would not work because of heavy rain that day or the day before. In exceptional weather circumstances, during our busiest times in the season, staff may be asked to work weekends to make up for days missed during the week due to inclement weather.

Equity Hiring: We acknowledge that not everyone starts from the same place because of systemic advantages and barriers. We acknowledge this and encourage applications from people who typically face barriers to working in the agricultural sector.

Perks: Farming is hard work, but working at Root Radical CSA also has benefits including…

  • Lots of high quality, organic vegetables to eat. Staff receive CSA shares and have access to seconds and leftovers.
  • Benefits package. Access to a staff commuter car, ferry pass, some reimbursements for health and dental, specialty work clothing and pre-season strength training.
  • Work-life balance. Weekend work is not required, and farm staff finish between 3:30 and 4:30 PM most days. Additionally, we are a farm that structures short breaks into our daily schedule, and we are a team that plans so that days off for staff to recharge are an option.
  • Diversity of work. Working on a small acreage with a diverse set of crops means less monotony and doing a lot of different kinds of tasks throughout the week and as the seasons shift.
  • Being a part of a team of self-motivated, hardworking, caring people who are nice to be around. We have structured team building activities and make a point of celebrating together throughout the season.
  • Developing your farming skills and keeping the work interesting and challenging by taking on new responsibilities as you are ready.
  • Clear expectations. As part of the hiring process, an extensive document is provided explaining how to succeed at Root Radical. Throughout the season, we meet regularly as a team to share weekly work goals.
  • Outdoor work. Being out in beautiful weather (most of the time), and not sitting or standing in one spot all day long.
  • Pride in your work. Doing important work, raising great organic vegetables for local people who really appreciate good food and their farmers.
  • Becoming stronger both physically and mentally by challenging yourself.
  • Building a better world. Contributing in a very real way to environmental and social justice. Helping a local family farm succeed.
  • Ecological connection. Learning about ecology firsthand and deepening your relationship with the land that feeds you.

To apply please email your resume and cover letter to: emily@rootradicalrows.com

Or post your resume and cover letter to Emily Dowling, 3 Lower Side Rd., RR#4, Gananoque, ON, K7G 2V6

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