The Sharing Farm
 2013 FARM INTERN JOB POSTING

(CANADA SUMMER JOBS)

Background

Ben, Clair & Shannon getting the fields ready for planting

The Sharing Farm is a non-profit community organization that grows fruits and 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 2013.

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 three acre farm is situated within Richmond’s Terra Nova Rural Park, and is also home to Kwantlen University’s Richmond Farm School.

Interns will have access to many different workshops, classes, and skill sets, including permaculture, composting, greenhouse cultivation, beekeeping, market gardening, tractor training, fruit tree management, and chicken care. Interns will gain valuable skills in organic farming, machine operation, and running a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program.

The Sharing Farm is located at the west end of Westminster Highway, alongside the West Dyke, in Richmond BC.  It is accessible by bus, skytrain, car, or bicycle. It is about a ten minute walk from the nearest bus stop.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plant seeds/transplants; cultivate, water, weed and harvest
  • Keep records and a farm journal
  • Assist with the supervision and training of volunteers and Farm School students
  • 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 35-person CSA program
  • Report to the Field Coordinator and the Farm Manager

Required Qualifications:

  • Be currently a full-time student who will be returning to college or university in the fall of 2013 and be 18 to 30 years of age (Service Canada requirements)
  • 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
  • Proven ability in working effectively with volunteers and/or co-workers
  • Strong record-keeping ability
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to operate and maintain tools and equipment
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident (Service Canada requirement)
  • (preferably) Have farming or gardening experience

The ideal candidates 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, Tuesday-Saturday.
Approx. 16 weeks depending on final HRDC Canada Summer Jobs approval of grant application

Start Date: May 14, 2013

End Date: August 31, 2013

Application deadline: March 29, 2013

Please submit resume and a cover letter to:
Farm Administrator: Leslie Williams  lesliewalkerwilliams@gmail.com

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