Market Garden Assistant
Black Creek Community FarmFull TimeNorth York, ON
This position supports the management of 1 acre of certified organic vegetable production for a CSA, an on-site farm store, and additional sales channels, totaling 3 acres of space. All duties will follow COVID-19 safety protocols.
Interested applicants for this position must be registered with Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training.
- Assist with seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, post-harvest washing and processing, and storage of vegetable crops. This is the main function of this position and the Assistant will be expected to perform these tasks independently with training and mentorship from the Market Garden Coordinator.
- Assist with the maintenance of market garden field perimeters and market garden related infrastructure: greenhouse, tool storage, wash station, walk-in cooler, and farm store.
- Assist with record keeping related to market garden: seeding dates, harvest logs, etc
- Assist with market garden related communications activities (e.g. weekly updates to members, social media posts)
- Assist with BCCF’s CSA pick-up, on-site farm store, markets, and deliveries
- Assist with relationship building with local residents, partners, and organizations to develop new sales channels for farm produce
- Assist with online and in-person customer service, following COVID safety protocols
- Assist with online and in-person sales transactions and tracking
- Assist with general market garden administrative tasks as needed
- Provide support to other BCCF program areas when Market Garden and other BCCF program collaborations take place
- Share indoor and outdoor housekeeping duties collaboratively with other BCCF staff
- Support monthly BCCF all-farm special events (may be restricted or postponed during COVID)
- Other duties as assigned
- Willingness to work outside, performing repetitive tasks (weeding, harvesting)
- Strong attention to detail, ability to follow instructions, ability to multitask
- Positive attitude, strong communicator and team player. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Good organization and time management skills
- Experience working with diverse communities
- Experience living and/or working in the Black Creek area is an asset
- Those with anti-racism and anti-oppression training are preferred, or must be willing to learn and take part in organizational training in these areas
- A valid Ontario Driver’s License is an asset
This position requires the following for effective field work:
- Registration with Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training prior to interviewing
- Physical work outdoors in all weather conditions
- Manual dexterity, repetitive bending, kneeling and lifting (25 to 30 lbs)
- A large amount of standing and/or walking
Reports to: Market Garden Coordinator
Location(s) of Position: Black Creek Community Farm, 4929 Jane Street
Benefits: Health benefits reimbursement up to $1,000/year; 4 weeks paid vacation/year; 20 paid sick/wellness days/year. Note: Benefits are prorated for contracts of less than 1 year.
Anticipated Start date: ASAP
End date: March 31, 2023
Hours per week: 35
TO APPLY: Please submit your application by 9:00am on Monday May 30, 2022
BCCF is a member of FoodShare Toronto’s Supportive Partnerships Platform - staff hired for this position will be employed by FoodShare Toronto, and their work location will be Black Creek Community Farm.
FoodShare is a food justice organization. This means that we are committed to working to identify and dismantle systemic forms of oppression that cause and perpetuate food security inequities.
Racialized people and others from equity-seeking groups are over-represented in food insecurity and poverty statistics, but are significantly under-represented in community based food organizations. We believe that those most affected by an issue must have access to paid positions in organizations tasked with challenging poverty and food insecurity. FoodShare strives to create a workspace that reflects the diversity of identities and lived experiences that exist within the communities we work alongside.
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