Summer Work with Richmond Fruit Tree

The Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project (RFTSP) is a non-profit community organization that grows vegetables on donated lands for the Richmond Food Bank and other agencies.  We are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working farm interns for May – Aug 2011.

The Sharing Farm is situated on 65 protected acres and is also home to the Kwantlen College Farm school.  The farm (2 acres) is a hub of activity for organic farming, and food security in the area.

Interns will have access to many different workshops, permaculture, farming, fermentation, chickens in the city  and will gain valuable skills in organic farming, machine operation, and running a community-supported agriculture program. This is a unique ‘community farm’ combining the practice of organic farming set within a framework of food justice and food security in the region.

The Richmond Fruit Tree’s Sharing Farm is located in Terra Nova Rural Park at the west end of Westminster Hwy, alongside the West Dyke. Successful candidates will report to a team of volunteer Board Directors and a Farm Manager.  The Sharing Farm site is not on a direct bus route but is accessible by bus with about a five minute bicycle ride or ten minute walk from the nearest bus stop.

For more information about the Sharing Farm please visit http://www.richmondfruittree.com/

Duties and Responsibilities:

-Plant seeds/transplants, cultivate, water, weed and harvest
-Keep records and a farm journal
-Assist with the supervision and training of volunteers, Farm School students
-Assist with educational programs, tours, special events and fund raising activities
-Assist with the transportation and distribution of vegetables
-Keep farm and storage areas organized and tidy
-Assist running a 25 person CSA
-Assist management of high school interns

Qualifications:
Must:
-be currently a full-time student who will be returning to college or university in the fall of 2010 and be 18 to 30 years of age (Service Canada requirements).
-Have farming or gardening experience
-Be self-motivated, flexible, willing to take initiative, work well on own and in a team environment
-Be physically fit and enjoy working outside in all kinds of weather
-Proven ability in working effectively with volunteers
-Strong record-keeping ability
-Valid driver’s license
-Ability to operate and maintain tools and equipment

The ideal candidates will have a strong interest in organic farming and an interest to continue in this field.

Salary:
$12 per hour + benefits
35 hour work week, Tuesday –  Saturday.
Approx. 16 weeks depending on final HRDC Canada Summer Jobs approval of grant application

Start Date: Mid May.

End Date: August 28, 2011

Please submit resume and a cover letter to:  Email : info@richmondfruittree.com

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