For anyone who is looking to get more experience at a farming operation this is a great opportunity. Nathan Creek is looking to hire a full-time worker for this season – free housing, flexible compensation and tons of experience await the successful applicant.
Please contact Stephen Gallagher, lead farmer at Nathan Creek, if you are intererested: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Nathan Creek Organic Farm CSA has just recently developed an immediate need for (a) person(s) to assist its community supported agriculture program for the current season.
A full-time, season-long (with longer term potential) position has been created for a person interested in supporting and participating in local organic agriculture, helping to grow organic vegetables and, in annually increasing amounts, organic fruit, for the longest running and largest CSA in the lower mainland. All we now need is the person who can fill a very large and crucial role that was created for a specific candidate but only recently discovered to be vacant.
Free housing is available and, while the precise terms of compensation would need to be agreed upon (based upon any individual’s experience and level of commitment in both time during the season and the length of the season that could be committed to) an interested candidate could be assured that this farm would value their involvement as generously as possible.
Involvement in all aspects of the farming season would be expected, but depending on demonstrated skills and experience, some degree of concentration upon the basic tasks of seeding, transplanting, weeding, hoeing, harvesting and packing bins for CSA members would be expected. A candidate would need to be in good health and ready to work in the way all farmers and farm workers must, but would be treated with respect, trained in all tools and techniques used at the farm and given as much opportunity to demonstrate their ability to work well and to learn how to work even better, with more responsibility, as merited. The founding farmer would always be available to answer questions and explain background, or obscure considerations that influence day to day, and sometimes even hour by hour modifications in plans on what task is of utmost importance to the farm.
This is not an apprenticeship, though the possible compensation might make it seem so, but a person who took on this job would be likely to end the season with an enormous increase in their knowledge of the full range of complex decision making trees that have led the lead farmer, with 24 years experience in inner city gardens, washed out 200 year old farm land reclamation projects, and 10 years of commercial farming in the lower mainland of BC, with time served on the Boards of Directors of BCARA and COABC, to manage his operations in the way that they are managed. While it might never be transferable in total or even in many of its parts to any other single farming situation, this knowledge would undoubtedly help anyone approach any farming situation with the background to more successfully evaluate all of the different types of considerations that lead different farmers to develop different solutions to similar problems (or questions) and therefore to determine what their own route might be, were they to wish to make farming their career.
Details of possible compensation and living arrangements will be discussed with all applicants. It is important that any and all understand that they will be living at a farm (off farm residency is possible, if part time involvement is the only option) that has only recently begun to converted from a long neglected organic tree farm (40 acres total – 25 bush or wild edges, 10 still overgrown nursery stock and 5 cleared and in varying stages of conversion to highly productive crop land) and working in as part of a farming operation that for more than 10 years has fed as many as 200 families (124 shares last year) on the purest CSA model feasible.
It is not a private farm. Members are always welcome (with proper notice) to visit the farm for pleasure or to help out. While personal privacy will be guaranteed, a degree of interaction with these loyal, committed supporters of local organic agriculture will be an important, expected, part of a fully successful season. A registered society (KALE CSA Society) was created 2 years ago, by committed members of the CSA Core Group, to assist with the development of a plan for the long term sustainability of this project after the founder can no longer carry the weight alone and its Board members are involved in all aspects of the farm’s development. The future of this community farm, which rents land from the people, (through the auspices of the government of BC, by way of a lease with The Land Conservancy of BC) is yet to be determined. You are invited to be part of the process.
Regardless of the degree to which you might be able to contribute or commit, if you are interested in being a part of this process, please contact the lead farmer and founder, Stephen Gallagher at email@example.com, or 604 – 882-1503 if you are interested and to obtain additional information. I look forward to hearing from, speaking with, or meeting any and all of you who share my commitment to local, organic, community supported agriculture.