Farm and Garden Assistants Is Urgently Needed In Strathmere Farms Inc – Ontario, Canada

Job Title: Farm and Garden Assistants
Location: Ontario, Canada
Shift: Morning, Night, Overnight
Wage: $20.60/Hour


Since 2004, Strathmere has been developing a fruit and vegetable farm to supply its banqueting kitchens and Retreat Cafe with fresh, seasonal fruit, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and honey.

Currently, there are about 2 acres of fruits, vegetables, and flowers as well as a 1500 sq ft greenhouse and 6 beehives.

In addition, we have numerous perennial flower gardens and landscapes throughout the 30 acre property. The farm and gardens are not certified organic, but are managed primarily in accordance with organic standards, with an emphasis on improving soil, diversity and managing the landscape as an ecosystem.

Strathmere farm and garden assistants will operate under management of its lead grower, Colin Lundy.

This position starts in late April or early May and will run until the end of October. Precise start and end dates will depend on the weather and tasks at hand.

While this is a seasonal position, we would welcome applicants interested in returning year after year for full season work, offering an opportunity to develop and hone farming, gardening, and landscaping skills.

Full time hours are Monday to Friday, predominantly 8am to 4pm with about 1 hour for lunch. Part time hours are approximately 30 hours per week, with flexible scheduling.

Candidates should be :

  • Already be residing and authorized to work in Canada (We do not have the capacity or resources to sponsor workers from outside Canada).
  • Dependable, yet flexible, and willing to commit for the full work period.
  • Able to work hard physically, outside, under a variety of climatic conditions :
  • Able to lift (50lbs), squat, bend, kneel, reach, carry, push, etc.
  • Having proper footwear, sun and rain protection.
  • Focused and able to adapt to a variety of situations.
  • Enthusiastic about plants both beautiful and edible, and motivated / committed to strive and work efficiently.
  • Prior knowledge and experience with gardening using organic methods are preferred but not required.
  • Able to follow instructions and carry out tasks to completion while attaining a high standard of quality in an efficient amount of time.
  • Able to work well in a team as well as independently.

A good communicator :

  • Communicating when a task is completed and a new one needed.
  • Asking questions about the proper completion of tasks.
  • Working with Strathmere Chefs to ensure they have the produce needed each week
  • Welcoming Strathmere visitors into the garden and answering their many questions.
  • Having a valid driver’s licence and own transportation is required (Strathmere does not have staff housing and is not accessible by public transit).

Tasks include : Seeding, bed preparation, garden building / renovating, transplanting, irrigating, weeding, mulching, pest management, harvesting, pruning, shrub and tree care, grass cutting, seed saving, composting, processing / packing, using and caring for tools / equipment, record keeping, among other tasks associated with fruit and vegetable farming and flower gardening.

Other possible tasks include beehive management and operating a small tractor (based on interest and assessment).

In return, Strathmere’s lead growers will provide :

  • All the tools needed to complete tasks given.
  • Training and guidance.
  • Mentorship and education about organic garden management.
  • The opportunity to offer feedback and advice to improve management
  • An amicable, understanding, and safe work environment.

In addition, Strathmere will provide :

  • A wage for employment commensurate of experience.
  • The starting wage is $17 / hour.
  • Additional training required of Strathmere staff.
  • Perks such as surplus produce from gardens and regular lunches from Strathmere’s catering kitchen.

Who can apply to this job?

The employer accepts applications from:

  • Canadian citizens and permanent or temporary residents of Canada.
  • Other candidates with or without a valid Canadian work permit.

How to apply

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