Watershed Farm has been a mixed vegetable and herb farm for over 12 years and is located 13 km. from Bridgewater on the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia. This past year we have run a 62 member summer vegetable and flower CSA with a social justice mandate (subsidized shares, work shares and weekly food donations) and an educational component (we regularly host school field trips and workshops). Our plan is to increase our membership for this upcoming 2013 season and offer a longer CSA share that would include storage crops and possibly chicken and lamb. In addition to the CSA, we sell at local farmer’s markets and have a few regular restaurant clients.
The successful applicant will assume all farming responsibilities for this upcoming growing season including managing the CSA and the sales at farmer’s markets and restaurants. The position would begin in February 2012 with seed ordering and garden planning. While we would see the first year as a discrete contract, ideally we are looking for a candidate who is open to establishing a long-term relationship with Watershed Farm and Pollination Project. The position is ideal for a couple keen on farming together and could possibly accommodate a family.
The structure of the relationship and the salary, to be determined in part by the experience of the applicant, could include a mechanism for a sweat-equity participation in a portion of the property and a long-term lease for the use of the arable land. A written agreement will be entered into. Applicants should already have solid hands-on experience in organic farming, managing a CSA and be able to work with and instruct WWOOFers and/or apprentices. Interest and experience in Biodynamic and Permaculture methods would be a welcome addition. Practical knowledge of the use of farm tools including hand tools, rear tine tillers, irrigation systems, tractors and mowers would be required. As well, applicants will have a willingness to work with and appreciate the benefits of the educational aspects of Pollination Project.
Pollination Project, a social enterprise, has just completed its fourth season presenting workshops, seminars and events in Arts, Ecology, Health and Society.
The farm includes 250 acres of woods (Forest Stewardship Council certified) as well as a river and lake. Of the eighteen cleared acres on the hilltop, approximately 2 acres have been cultivated for market gardening. There is a chicken house, two large root cellars and two large greenhouses as well as two small movable greenhouses. There is a small flock of mixed breed sheep, Indian Runner ducks and a laying flock of approximately 30 hens and some heritage breed turkeys. There are over fifteen acres in pasture, with two irrigation ponds and a lower meadow. Accommodation is available in a modest wooden cabin and a complete kitchen, dining room and bathroom are available in the strawbale cabin that is shared with apprentices and WWOOFers when they are present.