[Sust-mar] Urban Farmer, f/t, PEI Farm Centre, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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Position: Urban Farmer / Production Garden Manager
Type: full-time paid position. EI-eligibility required, as position is offered through SkillsPEI.
Organization: PEI Farm Centre Association
Website: http://www.peifarmcentre.com
Location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Duration: March 2014 to October 2014

About the PEI Farm Centre Legacy Gardens

The PEI Farm Centre and its partners are developing a unique, productive landscape at the Charlottetown Experimental Farm as a PEI 2014 legacy project. The Legacy Garden will celebrate agriculture and food on PEI, and will feature Community Gardens, a Community Orchard, and a demonstration/research production gardens.

The primary purpose of these gardens is education; introducing and training visitors and citizens in production gardening systems. The second task is food production; growing nutritious food throughout the growing season (for use at Farm Centre events/workshops and for redistribution to the food insecure).

The project team is recruiting an enthusiastic and capable horticulturalist/ Urban Farmer for the 2014 growing season.

Time commitments:

The average time commitment, throughout the year is 40 hours per week. This commitment will shift and change depending upon garden needs and the rhythm of the growing season.

Responsibilities would include:

Pre season:
• Contribute to the ongoing design of annual and perennial production systems.
• Liaise with project team to coordinate crop plans and harvest schedules.
• Build public awareness of the project, meeting with community groups/organizations, schools, government and engaged citizens. Help to build a movement in support of the garden.
• Develop enthused cohort of volunteers and community gardeners.

In season: 
• Assist with the implementation of the garden’s landscape design, alongside Agriculture Canada technical staff, Farm Centre Association staff and volunteers.
• Developing raised bed gardens, and initiating/managing annual vegetable production.
• Direct seeding; transplanting; weeding; irrigating; harvesting; processing; seed saving.
• Planting perennial systems (orchards, shelterbelts, hedgerows, etc.)
• Establishing irrigation systems
• Co-manage students and volunteers.
• Liaise with community gardeners and provide support.
• Facilitating on-site gardening courses (with potential to teach as well)
• Maintain records of time, production and costs.
• Liaise with kitchen to coordinate harvest, processing and storage of excess yields.

End of season:
• Prepare the garden for dormancy (cover crop, mulch, lockdown tools, etc.)
• Based on records generated, make production reports with recommendations for improvement.
• Season wrap-up tour: engage with the public and communicate outcomes for the 2014 season. Work with project team on fundraising initiative to fund Urban Farmer position in 2015.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Ability to work and communicate well with a diverse group of individuals.
• Ability to maintain a positive and constructive attitude
• Proven and confident leadership and the ability to supervise project staff and volunteers
• Clear understanding of the principles of sustainable garden farming
• Flexibility with changing plans
• Ability to maintain records of time, production and costs, and to make reports and recommendations for improvement.
• Ability to manage the use of materials efficiently and economically
• Ability to work fast and efficiently, and lead by example.
• Most work tasks are performed outdoors: must be able to work outside for long hours in the peak of summer heat and winter cold, performing various tasks.

Assets. The ideal candidate would have:
• Working experience growing a wide diversity of vegetables
• Working experience in a comparable-sized garden (0.5-1 acre)
• Working experience growing for CSAs and market
• Working experience with garden implements and season extension technologies
• Working experience with fruit trees and other perennial food plants
• Working experience in, and an excitement for, education: facilitating, teaching, leading groups, etc.
• Strong self-initiative
• A handiness with tools and general repairs

Minimum Qualifications:
• Minimum one year agricultural/vegetable gardening experience.
• Experience with sustainable farming is preferred.
• EI-eligibility required

Compensation: Compensation is $500/ week.

As this position is funded through Skills PEI, it is a requirement that applicants be EI-eligible. Stay tuned for future job opportunities with this project that will not have a requirement for EI-eligibility.

Application process:

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Adam MacLean: 
adam at peifarmcentre.com


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