Job Posting 2022

Positions:
  1. Full season Full-time Farm Worker – Mid-April through September, with the possibility for extension through October. Unlike the other two positions, this one will start at $16/hr.
  2. Full season Part-Time Farm Worker – Mid-April through September
  3. Peak season Full-Time Farm Worker – Mid-May through August
    Hourly Wage $15/hr. to start with an opportunity for early raise and picking bonus depending on experience and performance.
Location:

At our farm, Fair Fields, near Neustadt, Grey County. We run a small-scale fruit and vegetable operation specializing in u-pick, retail and wholesale of asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries and sweet corn.

Vacation and time-off:

One week vacation will be provided during this time (unpaid). It can be taken all at once or as individual days, anytime during the duration of the position, with the exception of the 3 weeks of peak strawberry production.

Eligibility: Applicants must:
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred;
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number and be legally entitled to work in Canada; and,
  • Be physically fit and able to occasionally lift 50 lbs.
Job Responsibilities:
  • Plant, weed, fertilize, mulch, irrigate and harvest asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries and sweet corn
  • Seed and maintain corn transplants in the greenhouse
  • Help with construction projects, including a walk-in cooler and ongoing barn renovations
  • Maintain and mow under deer/racoon fencing
  • Secure and move silage tarps and landscape fabric
  • Supervise strawberry u-pick
  • Make hay and straw
  • Plant and maintain cover crops
  • Contribute to content and post material to social media and our website
  • Supervise volunteer labour and work independently and as part of a team.

This is an inclusive and welcoming workspace and we don’t tolerate harassment or discrimination at Fair Fields. To read about our hiring and management follow this link:

Strawberry Picker Positions (2)

Fair Fields is looking to fill 2 strawberry picker positions for the 2022 season.

Pickers will work with the rest of the team, mostly picking strawberries, and sometimes carrying out other strawberry related tasks, like spot weeding, irrigating, making boxes and interacting with u-pick customers. These positions will:
* Start during the second or third week in June and work through till the end of strawberry season (typically sometime the second week of July)
* Be part-time – 4-5 short days per week starting at 8 or 9 am
* Receive minimum wage + picking bonus (TBD) + 1 flat u-pick berries
* Offer the possibility of part-time work continuing into sweet corn season, depending on weather and demand.

“Please be in touch about future work opportunities at Fair Fields.

Health and safety are very important to us. We provide basic first aid supplies, personal protective equipment and equipment training, and encourage staff and volunteers to alert us to potential workplace hazards as well as specific personal health and safety needs.

If interested, please follow the application instructions below.

2021 Season Farm Workers

FARM WORKER

Jim Penney

Jim took a while to get back to Grey County. As a youth, he worked on a family farm near Holstein and then Dundalk, breeding Black Angus cattle and raising crops. He attended Ridgetown College for agriculture and then worked a variety of jobs including delivery. Those cropping and delivery skills will be put to work this year, as Jim takes over our wholesale delivery and haymaking. He will also be a friendly (if masked...) face during the strawberry u- pick season.
FARM WORKER

Amanda Deschambeau

Amanda grew up in Northern Alberta and has lived all over the country, from Nunavut to Vancouver to Nova Sco>a. She has worked as a truck driver, tree planter and pastry chef, among other jobs, and has always been interested in food and working outside with plants. Last year she moved to the area and has worked on local farms since. We feel lucky to have her with us this season, along with the experience and passion about growing food she brings!
FARM WORKER

Heather Saumer

Heather was our star picker in 2020! Originally from Alberta, she has made her home, in West Grey, where she enjoys living off-grid, gardening and walking her dog. Heather is a trombonist, improviser, composer, singer, mover, thinker walker and noticer of subtle things. She teaches in her private studio and leads workshops and clinics. Her attention to detail and positive attitude was an amazing contribution to our team in 2020 and we hope she will join us again in 2021.

Previous Season Farm Workers

FARM WORKER

GRAHAM MONTAG

Hailing from Hanover, Graham is also a high school student and great friends with Talis, our other student employee from the 2020 season. Graham has a strong work ethic and great attention to detail. Like Talis, he is also passionate in his beliefs, and you could here him and Talis exploring, discussing, and debating an incredible variety of topics, while patiently weeding or picking strawberries. Like Talis, Graham is back at school for the year and we hope he will join us again this coming season.
FARM WORKER

DOUG TIELLI

Doug has been living in the Neustadt area, for almost as long as us. Like Heather, he is a musician and teacher, teaching music at our daughter’s old school and other schools in the area. He was also short on work this year during the spring and early summer lockdown and we were lucky enough to have his help and provide him with some part time work. Doug has a great sense of humour and worked really well with our younger staff this season. Like Heather, we hope he still has some time this coming season, to pick strawberries and chat with, in the field!
FARM WORKER

TALIS BATTEN

From just north of Durham, Talis is a high school student whose love of physical outdoor work was obvious at Fair Fields. One of the most politically aware high school students I have met, Talis really understands our work toward greater sustainability and local food security. He is back in school for the year, but we hope he will join us again for the 2021 season.