Farm Crew

Full-Time, Permanent Position starting in November

Are you interested in learning about year-round vegetable growing? Do you love working outside? Join our awesome team of dedicated farmers growing veggies all year long!

 

Why We’re Hiring

We are looking for a new team member to join our year-round Farm Crew. Heading into the late Fall season on the farm, this position includes helping with a wide array of tasks in all aspects of vegetable production. Our Farm Crew gets a detailed on-the job understanding of planting, cultivating, harvesting, washing and packing in diverse farm settings such as inside the greenhouses, out in the fields and inside the packhouse. This position could also spend one day a week apart of our farmstand or market crew, setting up our stand and serving customers while honing marketing and sales skills.

 

About Us

Cropthorne Farm is a 24 acre, certified organic market vegetable farm located on Westham Island near Ladner, BC. We harvest every week of the year and sell our produce at 2 weekly farmers markets in Vancouver, at our farmstand, through our 3 seasonal CSA programs serving 225+ members and to top Vancouver restaurants.

We focus on annual field crops, in addition we have 4 greenhouses for summer crops as well as winter growing. We grow a huge variety of crops, from carrots and cauliflower to dry beans and sunchokes and of course, radicchio!  We are passionate farmers who love what we do and are excited to share our knowledge with others as well as creating a strong sense of community both within our farm team and beyond into the greater community.

We believe healthy, nutrient rich soils create healthy, nutrient dense food. We believe that our crew health is just as important as crop health and put time and space towards tacking seasonal farmer burnout. and navigating work-life balance. Growing year-round provides a unique opportunity for the growth of our team, both as individuals and as a whole, year after year.  We are also proud to be a training ground for future farmers, with many ‘alumni’ having started their own farms.

With the help of crew, family and the fertile farmland of the Fraser Delta, we are able to produce some of the best Certified Organic produce in our region.

 

About You

Ideally you have some previous vegetable farming or outdoor work experience and a keen interest for agriculture. More importantly you can hustle and thrive in a process orientated environment. You enjoy being part of a team, are a positive team mate and can communicate easily and effectively with the rest of the crew.

This position is great for someone with some farming background and wants to sharpen their skills, Our year-round production provides the opportunity to learn about winter farming as well as a whole year view- from spring propagation to summer harvesting, fall clean up, winter markets and everything in between. The hard skills are teachable, passion and hustle are not.

Many folks on our field team after their first season have moved up into more senior roles, such as Crew, Post-Harvest and Hoophouse Leads. There are numerous opportunities for growth.

 

The Job

Key Responsibilities

  • Weeding and transplanting with tools and hands
  • Harvesting, cleaning, bunching and washing vegetables for cold storage
  • Accurately packing orders for farmers markets, CSA, restaurants and wholesale accounts
  • Working at the farmstand or farmers market, ringing customers in, setting up and restocking

Qualifications

  • Preferably one season of production based, vegetable farm experience
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Open-minded, inclusive, and respectful.
  • Ability to work well in both a team environment and independently.
  • Attention to detail and quality
  • Previous customer service skills an asset
  • Fluent in English, knowledge of Spanish an asset.
  • Physically capable of carrying out tasks which require the ability to bend for long periods of time, lift up to 20K
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Must have reliable means of transport (nearest bus route is 8km) There are opportunities to commute with fellow staff members from Vancouver.
  • Must be able to legally work in Canada

Position Details

  • This is a full-time, permanent position. Start date; preference by mid November
  • Work schedule –37 to 45 hours/week Tuesday to Saturday or Monday to Friday depending on the season.
  • Compensation – based on experience, in the range of $19.00- $22.00 per hour plus 4% vacation plus access to farm produce and flowers.
  • Health & Wellness Benefits after 6 months of continuous employment.
  • Continuing Education Stipend after 6 months of continuous employment.
  • Gear Stipend after 3 months of continuous employment.
  • 2 weeks of annual vacation plus one addition unpaid week at the end of December.
  • 5 paid sick days plus 3 Personal/Mental Health Days per year
  • Please note there is no on-farm housing available.

To Apply

Email your cover letter and resume to Lydia at lydia@cropthornefarm.com by November 3rd, 2023

We look forward to hearing from you.

In the meantime, if you have any questions send us an email