Farm Employment

ORGANIC & BIODYNAMIC FARM – JOB POSTING for 2020

2 Farm Employee Positions Available

Type: Full-time, paid, room & partial board (see below)

Organization: Fiddle Foot Farm www.fiddlefootfarm.com

Location: 796530 3rd Line, Mansfield, ON, 1 hour North of Toronto, on the Niagara Escarpment

Start date: April until mid-November (start date is flexible)

ORGANIC & BIODYNAMIC FARM – 2020 SEASON

Fiddle Foot Farm is a diverse Biodynamic farm that grows 5.5 acres of vegetables. We market our produce through a summer and winter CSA, to wholesale customers and at the Orangeville and Evergreen Brickworks farmer’s market. We also keep a small herd of cattle, raise pastured organic chickens and pastured organic pigs. This will be our 13th season running a farm business, and 10th season operating Fiddle Foot Farm.

We practice a holistic approach to farm management through the incorporation of Biodynamic practices. We consider the land that we work to be a dynamic and living Farm Organism that can be increasingly sensitized to nature’s rhythms through the application of consciously prepared herbal preparations, carefully timed plantings and the power of positive intentions and human thought.  Working at Fiddle Foot Farm is appropriate for curious minds seeking to develop a practical and more personal connection to the natural world through daily interactions with soil, plants, animals and people.

You will have the opportunity to work with many aspects of sustainable agriculture.   This includes seeding, transplanting, cultivation / weeding, irrigation, use of BCS walk-behind tractor, harvesting, post-harvest handling, marketing, caring for animals, canning / preserving, etc. You will have access to our extensive agricultural library.

The 66-acre farm property includes access to the Bruce Trail and the nearby Boyne River.

More information about Fiddle Foot Farm can be found on our website: www.fiddlefootfarm.com

**We are looking for 2 Farm Staff for the 2020 growing season**

Compensation:

  • Hourly wage $14/hr
  • On-farm accommodations in a 3 bedroom, 800 ft2 house with all utilities included (heat, hydro and internet). Rental cost is $350/month.
  • Food: vegetables from the farm

Vacation Time:

All permanent staff are able to schedule one day off per month, for every month worked. These days are to be scheduled with the farm managers, and can be banked and grouped to accommodate multiple-days off together. These vacation days are unpaid.

We are a member of the CRAFT network (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training), and as such, you will be able to participate in some educational field days on other organic farms throughout the season.

All applicants must be willing and able to work long, satisfying hours in the outdoors, 5-6 days a week and be committed to working in a team environment. On average, you would be expected to work between 40 and 50 hrs per week. Hours do fluctuate throughout the season. Our work weeks are typically Tuesday to Saturday. You will also be expected to be a part of a 3-week rotation for weekend chore duties.

All applicants should have good communication skills, be independent workers, be physically fit and most of all have a strong desire to learn by doing.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying to either of these positions, please send us a cover letter and resume to fiddlefootfarm@gmail.com.

If you have any questions regarding the employment opportunity, please be in touch via phone or email.

Contact: Graham Corbett & Amy Ouchterlony
Tel. 519-215-9138
E-mail: fiddlefootfarm@gmail.com

CRAFT Ontario Website – Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training is a network of farms that train future farmers.  We all  share resources and spend education days together visiting each other’s farms to focus on certain aspects of sustainable agriculture.

Looking for Inspiration?  Check out these videos:

Growing Farmers – Two very inspiring videos created in the United States explaining the current swell in interest among young people to pursue agriculture as well as the challenges facing new farmers.  One focuses on Access to Farmland and the other focuses on Farm-Based Education for new farmers.

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