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FARM INTERN JOB POSTING (CANADA SUMMER JOBS)

2015 Field Team
The Sharing Farm is a not-for-profit community organization that grows organic vegetables on donated city lands for the Richmond Food Bank and other community agencies. We are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working farm interns for May – August 2017.
The Sharing Farm is a unique community farm combining the practice of organic farming set within a framework of food justice and food security in the region. The four acre farm is situated within Richmond’s Terra Nova Rural Park, located at the west end of Westminster Highway, alongside the West Dyke, in Richmond BC. It is accessible by bus, skytrain, car, or bicycle.

Interns will have access to many different skill sets, including greenhouse cultivation, beekeeping, market gardening, composting, farm machinery use, and more. Interns will gain valuable skills in multiple aspects of organic farming, as well as running a farmers’ market stand and a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist with field preparation, field maintenance, crop development, crop harvest, and post-harvest handling
Keep records and a farm journal
Work alongside and help supervise volunteers
Assist with educational programs, tours, special events and fund-raising activities
Assist with the transportation and distribution of vegetables
Keep farm and storage areas organized and tidy
Assist running a CSA program
Report to the Field Manager

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS (Service Canada):
currently a full-time student who intends to return to college or university in the fall of 2017
18-30 years of age
Canadian citizen, permanent resident or refugee

Qualifications:
Be self-motivated, flexible, willing to take initiative, work well independently and in a team environment
Be physically fit and enjoy working outside in all kinds of weather
Be available on weekends
Proven ability in working effectively with volunteers and/or co-workers
Strong record-keeping ability
Ability to operate and maintain tools and equipment
(preferably) Valid driver’s license
(preferably) Have farming or gardening experience
The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in organic farming and an interest in continuing in this field.

Salary: $12 per hour + benefits
35 hour work week, typically Tuesday-Saturday
Approx. 9-14 weeks depending on final HRDC Canada Summer Jobs approval of grant application.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as we will begin interviewing in early April.
Application deadline: May 3rd, 2017
Please submit resume and a cover letter to:
Farm Administrator: Leslie Williams leslie@sharingfarm.ca

FOOD PEDALERS CO-OP

​Are you looking for an innovative business that shares your passion for environmental and sustainable practices? Do you want to grow nutritious food in the city? Are you prepared for the unique challenges this entails? Does the co-op business model interest you? If so, you might be exactly who The Vancouver Food Pedalers Co-op is looking for to take our thriving business forward!

The Food Pedalers Co-op was incorporated in February 2013, evolving out of a sole proprietorship founded by Chris Thoreau in 2009. Based in East Vancouver, The Food Pedalers is one of Vancouver’s longest standing urban farms, producing a variety of soil-grown microgreens and wheatgrass and delivering them to restaurants, grocers and farmers markets by bicycle.

This year-round operation employs a unique production system, utilizing a 40’ shipping container modified into a greenhouse. We harvest crops twice weekly, ensuring a constant supply of fresh organic microgreens for our customers. The Co-op has three owner-members and three part-time employees who carry out all of the farm’s operations and administration.

Over nine years of development and evolution The Food Pedalers has become an established and recognized brand in the local market and beyond:
0 Production: We have a well-developed production system allowing for year-round growing of microgreens and wheatgrass
0 Market Tenure: We are returning vendors at Trout Lake and Nat Bailey Winter 0 Market, Vancouver’s two most popular farmers markets, gaining exposure to thousands of weekly shoppers.
0 Social Media Presence: The co-op has established and active networks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as a modern website.
0 Solid Customer Base: We service restaurants, grocers, and private customers many of whom have been loyal customers since our conception.
0 Benefits Package: Members enjoy an extended medical benefits and insurance package provided by The Cooperators.

With each of the existing members taking up new opportunities in the summer, we are seeking a minimum of three new individuals to purchase shares in the co-op and take over ownership of the business.

This co-op represents an ideal business opportunity for an ambitious group of individuals with a broad range of skills and experience and a strong desire to build upon our success within the dynamic field of urban, sustainable agriculture.

If you are interested please email info@foodpedalers.ca, telling us a little about your background and experience and why this opportunity appeals to you.

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PART-TIME MICROGREEN SPECIALIST & CLEANER

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Actively harvesting our delicate greens in an fast paced environment
  • Cleaning the growing area and equipment including sweeping, mopping and general tidying of warehouse
  • Soil and compost management
  • Soil bagging
  • Sterilizing planting trays

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to work quickly, pay attention to small details and carry on a conversation simultaneously
  • Interest in urban agriculture activities and passionate about sustainability and local food systems
  • Fun and easygoing personality
  • Ability to work independently
  • Exhibits reliability and commitment to organization
  • Must be able to perform physical labour on a daily basis

IMPORTANT DETAILS

  • 2 days- 3 days/week 14-20 hours Wednesdays are mandatory + additional days
  • Start time: Immediate/ Flexible
  • 6 month contract with the hopes candidates will become an integral team member after this period
  • Pay: Starting pay is $ 12/hr + weekly microgreens + $.50/hr retroactive pay upon completion of contract

APPLICATION:

Please submit an introduction of yourself, why you think you would be a good fit specifically with us, and a resume AND Application any questions you may have about us or the position to:

aaron@skyharvest.ca
http://www.skyharvest.ca

Position- Work Exchange/ Practicum student

Sky Harvest is looking for 2 volunteers to pitch in during harvest, which takes place every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Interested applicants can assist either or any mornings in exchange for microgreens.

Volunteer tasks would include (listed in priority):

  • Helping to clean our space and equipment
  • Getting your hands dirty, literally…we are soil-based growers
  • Preparing trays for planting
  • Mixing soils
  • Conducting some planting
  • General labour and projects ie. Building growing shelves

APPLICATION:

Please submit an introduction of yourself, why you think you would be a good fit with us, a resume and any questions you may have about us or the position to:

aaron@skyharvest.ca
http://www.skyharvest.ca