Persephone Market Garden

We are looking for two to three people to join our farm team from May 1 to October 31. We

welcome individuals interested in pursuing farming as a career and individuals pursuing a career

related to food/agriculture who would like to gain practical experience.

Our farm consists of 100 acres and is located between Owen Sound and Sauble Beach. About one

half of the property is various types of bush and swamp, the rest is hay fields/pasture/market

garden. Kristine is the primary farmer, while Thorsten takes care of special projects and

agroecological preparations. We started market gardening in 2009 and operate a Community

Shared Agriculture program, with a delivery season of 20 weeks (June – October). Production

grew from 0.75 acres and 15 shares to 1.5 acres and 75 shares in 2015. For 2016, we are aiming for

80 to 85 shares on the same land base. We primarily use a walk­behind tractor and hand tools,

though we do have a larger tractor for some jobs (like turning the compost). We practice intensive

crop rotation, relay cropping and intercropping and our fertility management is based on

integration with livestock (sheep, horses and laying hens), along with experiments in cover

cropping.

 

What we offer

• learning opportunity – business and crop planning; marketing through community shared

agriculture; starting seeds, transplanting, trellising/pruning, weeding, use of small

caterpillar tunnels, agroecological preparations, pest management and harvest; customer

service

• great location – we’re on the Bruce Peninsula, only 12 km from Ontario’s largest sand

beach on Lake Huron with great outdoor recreation possibilities. Toronto is accessible by

bus

• nice accommodation and meals

• monthly stipend

• one week of holidays

 

What we expect

• a good attitude, enthusiasm for working as a team, openness and eagerness to learn

• 5 days/week (Monday – Friday), generally from 8:00am to 5:00pm (there will be some

longer days and some shorter days) with regular breaks

Qualities we are looking for

• self­motivated

• adaptable to new situations

• can work by yourself and in a team

• ability to do physical work in a variety of weather conditions

• good communication skills

• appreciation for good food

 

Interested?

Check out our website for more information www.persephonemarketgarden.ca

Get in touch with a resume and cover letter!

Kristine.hammel@gmail.com

519 935­3005