Farm Manager

FARM MANAGER

Our Client Legend Organic Farms Inc. (based out of BC, 9100 Van Horne Way, Richmond BC, V6X 1W3) is a farming operation, growing organic crops for a family run company which has grown to be North America’s largest certified organic food producer.  The farm is 4,000 acres, located near Kamsack, SK (east/central Sk) and produces small grains and oilseeds.  This is a full-time position and will report to the Organic Program Manager based in British Columbia.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES:

The organic Farm Manager will oversee and implement all farming operations from crop planning, fieldwork, and harvest.  Familiarity and experience with all aspects of organic farming at this scale is a must.

  • Having an understanding and deep commitment to organic agronomic and regenerative principles:

o   Maintain and build appropriate fertility.

o   Control and manage weed populations.

o   Control and manage insect and disease issues.

  • Supplement soil fertility and microbiology through appropriate amendments, crop rotations and green manures, in a cost-effective way.
  • Successfully attain maximum crop yields and improve crop quality over time.
  • Run and maintain all equipment.
  • Implement advanced environmental protection including establishment of hedgerows, wildlife and pollinator habitat.
  • Effective and fiscally responsible management of farm equipment, buildings and storage inventory.
  • Facilitate sale and delivery of crops including arranging contracts, getting best price and moving crops to parent company whenever directed.
  • Manage staff/farm labour.
  • Reporting to Legend Organic Farms’ head office.
  • Maintain health and safety requirements.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Minimum 5-years experience farming organic small grains and oilseeds.
  • Demonstrable commitment to ongoing learning and progressive practices in organic and regenerative farming.
  • Experience and ability to obtain and retain organic certification, and crop insurance.
  • Business management skills and experience, managing budgets, expenditures and income.

COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED:

  • Ability to produce clear and concise written reports on farm operations, harvest yields and sales. Comfortable working in Word and Excel.
  • Self motivation and proven ability to manage staff in an effective and motivating manner.
  • Mechanical ability and aptitude for equipment operation and maintenance
  • Organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Numerical aptitude.
  • Willingness to be outside in all weathers and patience to undertake all sorts of practical, sometimes repetitive jobs.
  • Full driving licence.
  • Genuine commitment to organic farming.

This position offers a competitive salary of $90,000-$110,000 based on experience and relevant education as well as bonus opportunities based on performance and crop yields.  A house for a family will also be provided as part of the compensation package.

To apply or inquire further details, contact Joanne Oliver directly at Essence Recruitment.

306.652.5209 or joanne@essencerecruitment.ca or www.essencerecruitment.ca

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