-JOB OPPORTUNITIES-

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Job Description for 2019/2020 Season

STARTING September 2019

Excepting application until July 1st

Work hours: Monday till Friday, 8am until 6pm with an hour unpaid lunch break Basic job tasks: field preparation, work with heavy wheelbarrows, clearing beds, harvest, planting, food processing/washing, packaging, delivery. Task are physical and demanding and continue in hot weather and rain year round. Additional responsibility: On Monday and Tuesdays in which the managers are not present in field work, you will be team leader and responsible for micromanaging the team, ensuring task are done correctly, and keeping pace with the day’s schedule. In the chance you need to take a weekend shift (fill in at farmer’s market etc) you will be able to sub out of a weekday’s work to compensate.

Details:

Pay: First month and a half is a trial period and casual conditions and wage is applied at $25/hour. After this, there will be the opportunity to move onto a wage $50,000/year. For application process, please carefully read below and follow instruction.

Send us an email to hello@mossywillowfarm.com with Subject “Employment 2019-20” and please answer the following:

  1. Your name, Phone Number and current address

  2. Your age (you must be mature enough for physical farm work)

  3. Your previous labour experience with three references. Include their phone number, email and The dates you worked for them

  4. Your availability (dates and time) to come to the farm for an interview. Tuesday to Friday.

  5. Intended length of stay

  6. Do you have a current driver’s license?

  7. Are you able to work weekends and do you have any prior commitments that would bar you from working any days during the season?

  8. Explanation of why you would be great fit at mossy willow Farm

 

-INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES-

 

Excepting application until July 1st

Every growing season, Mossy Willow welcomes an eager future-farmer into our community. This is a unique opportunity to spend an intensive period gaining experience as part of the Mossy Willow team.

The internship is a hands-on work experience program designed for those wanting to pursue farming as a lifestyle and occupation. Participants are considered full members of the team however specific energy and guidance is given in order to successfully up-skill participants on their path to becoming Market Gardeners.

 While you will not master all the tools, or all the nuanced techniques, the aim of the program is to give you a solid foundation for market gardening. As the season develops and changes so do many of the tasks, however, there are a number of fundamental jobs you will most likely become very familiar with: bed prep and turnover, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, washing and packing. These form the base of every farm operation and we teach you the best practices and most efficient means of getting these done.

In addition to field work, the farm team runs a number of theory-based sessions throughout the season covering topics such as crop planning and field management, winter and summer growing techniques, and more.

We hope that by the time you leave us, you will have a solid understanding and practical skill set to take with you to future farm jobs or perhaps your own farm!

The official program length is 5 - 6 months minimum with 4 working days a week on a consistent basis.

From experience, this is the minimum timeframe needed to upskill and gain proper experience in market gardening. 

However, we understand some people have external pressures (time, finances, etc) so we are open to a case by case conversation regarding program details/commitments.

The program includes basic accommodation (for those in need) and a stipend.

If you would like more information, please download the document below.  

 Send us an email to Hello@mossywillowfarm.com with Subject "Internship 2019-20" and please answer the following:

  1. Your name, Phone Number and current address

  2. Your age (you must be mature enough for physical farm work)

  3. Your previous labour experience with two references. Include their phone number, email  and The dates you worked for them

  4. Your availability (dates and time) to come to the farm for an interview. Tuesday to Friday.

  5. Intended length of stay

  6. Do you have a current driver's license?

  7. Do you have any allergies, food restrictions, physical limitations or mental illnesses that might affect your ability to live in a rural setting and do farm work

  8. Explanation of why you would be great fit at mossy willow Farm

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-INTERNSHIP TESTIMONIALS-

“I started the internship with a little farming experience and an interest in our food system. Over the summer I was lucky to become a part of the community at Mossy Willow, sharing and learning about small scale farming - the day to day farm management as well as the joys and challenges that come with working with the land. Farming is definitely not easy, but there is something magic about watching seeds grow into veggies that nourish communities. Kez and Mikey have so much knowledge and my time was filled with lots of learning and laughs while weeding the salad bar! I’m not sure where this experience will take me, but it has sparked a joy for growing and supporting those who are doing amazing things”  Georgia

“I started the internship with a little farming experience and an interest in our food system. Over the summer I was lucky to become a part of the community at Mossy Willow, sharing and learning about small scale farming - the day to day farm management as well as the joys and challenges that come with working with the land. Farming is definitely not easy, but there is something magic about watching seeds grow into veggies that nourish communities. Kez and Mikey have so much knowledge and my time was filled with lots of learning and laughs while weeding the salad bar! I’m not sure where this experience will take me, but it has sparked a joy for growing and supporting those who are doing amazing things”

Georgia

“For me, it seemed like the decision was the simplest to make, so the moment I stepped out from my busy work environment, into the intense but very natural farm daily routines a big burden fell off my shoulders. Week after week, without asking many questions but by simply being with the loving and sharing team, I found myself quickly equipped with practical skills to conduct a variety of tasks on the farm. From occasional adventures with the bees, daily tasks tending to vegetables and supportive customers, and growing together with a team of committed people, I felt a door of possibilities had opened up for me. This way of being brings beautiful and meaningful encounters which open a larger space for inner growth. Having read about regenerative farming and fantasising about the lifestyle it wakes up for modern society, for me, the inner experience started taking shape only after I had immersed myself with the right people, and the team at the Mossy Willow Farm provided just the right environment.”  Luka Ivanovich

“For me, it seemed like the decision was the simplest to make, so the moment I stepped out from my busy work environment, into the intense but very natural farm daily routines a big burden fell off my shoulders. Week after week, without asking many questions but by simply being with the loving and sharing team, I found myself quickly equipped with practical skills to conduct a variety of tasks on the farm. From occasional adventures with the bees, daily tasks tending to vegetables and supportive customers, and growing together with a team of committed people, I felt a door of possibilities had opened up for me. This way of being brings beautiful and meaningful encounters which open a larger space for inner growth. Having read about regenerative farming and fantasising about the lifestyle it wakes up for modern society, for me, the inner experience started taking shape only after I had immersed myself with the right people, and the team at the Mossy Willow Farm provided just the right environment.”

Luka Ivanovich

“Interning at mossy has been a life absorbing process in the best way. I like to learn by doing and seeing, this experience has been so meaningful it’s hard to put into words but I’ll give it a red hot shot. Farming is not just, prep soil, plant seed, water, harvest, sell. It is a myriad of competing needs and limitations that requires problem solving and calculated risk taking. What I gained from the internship was an opportunity to experience all these parts of farming in the moment, and it allowed Mikey and Kez to take time to teach me and work with me without the pressure of money. Margins are tight and trading your time for knowledge helps to continue the development of the small scale farming industry while also enabling you to learn skills that have been developed over years of hard work. It’s truly a trade, one with great respect - Mikey and Kez have given their time to many other people’s projects and now have the great responsibility of steering the ship.”  Charlotte Barlett-Wynne

“Interning at mossy has been a life absorbing process in the best way. I like to learn by doing and seeing, this experience has been so meaningful it’s hard to put into words but I’ll give it a red hot shot. Farming is not just, prep soil, plant seed, water, harvest, sell. It is a myriad of competing needs and limitations that requires problem solving and calculated risk taking. What I gained from the internship was an opportunity to experience all these parts of farming in the moment, and it allowed Mikey and Kez to take time to teach me and work with me without the pressure of money. Margins are tight and trading your time for knowledge helps to continue the development of the small scale farming industry while also enabling you to learn skills that have been developed over years of hard work. It’s truly a trade, one with great respect - Mikey and Kez have given their time to many other people’s projects and now have the great responsibility of steering the ship.”

Charlotte Barlett-Wynne