202-3002 32nd Ave, Vernon BC Canada V1T 2L7 info@certifiedorganic.bc.ca

Office Address

123/A, Miranda City Likaoli Prikano, Dope

Phone Number

+0989 7876 9865 9

+(090) 8765 86543 85

Email Address

info@example.com

example.mail@hum.com

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY:

Left Fields is seeking someone to take on running the hopyard portion of the farm. This includes maintaining the hopyards, marketing, selling rhizomes through our online store and in-person, managing seasonal labour crews for spring prep and fall harvest, and year-round maintenance and improvement of soil, trellising and other infrastructure. There are opportunities to expand the market for both rhizomes and dried hops to homebrewers, as well as a guaranteed priority market for dried hops to the on-farm brewery, Crannóg Ales.

The hops have both a stable market selling whole hops to the on-site brewery, as well as a proven outside market for rhizomes. Gross income for this part of the farm ranges from $25,000 – $50,000/year, net about $10-20,000+. Figures are highly variable, with a huge opportunity this year to grow the rhizome end of the project with increased interest from homebrewers. There is also the potential to sell extra dried hops to the homebrewing market, which has more potential with more people pandemic homebrewing.

This would be an independent project, not an employee situation, structured as a profit share/contract. Rent would be minimal to cover long-term building maintenance, with the expectation in return for low rent of participation in group infrastructure projects for basic farm maintenance (e.g. fencing, weed-whacking, mowing, plowing and shoveling snow, fenceline maintenance). We would provide training, support and materials, but the new person would be in charge of their own finances. We have independent living space available. Infrastructure is fully in place (but improvements can always be done!).

The opportunity includes on-farm housing. We have available either a self-contained one-bedroom suite (with shared access to laundry and cold storage) or a cabin with outside toilets and showers and use of the community kitchen. Which space is available depends on negotiation. The suite is in a house shared with a brewery employee and potentially another resident.

Ideally, we are looking for long-term people with experience in farming and a proven commitment to agriculture, not people who are just trying it out. We are open to creating a limited partnership with the right people, with a view to long-term succession planning. We prefer couples or partnerships for increased long-term stability. It’s essential that anyone joining the farm maintains clear lines of communication, participates in regular farm meetings and gatherings.

ABOUT THE FARM:

Left Fields Organic Farm & Crannóg Ales together are a diversified farm and brewery in Sorrento. The farm has a web of infrastructure and activities, from a small laying flock and bees to cider and dessert apples, berries and soft fruits, nuts and the garden and seed production. There’s a wetland, pasture area and the basis of a commercial kitchen (still unlicensed but almost ready for licensing, totally usable as is). The prospective person/people are invited to participate in the daily work of the whole farm or build on parts of it.

The farm is quite diversified, with a soil base ranging from gravel (pasture) through clay to wetland.

Areas used for pasture are the minimum required for the sheep flock. There is an existing 1/3 acre garden with extra areas for perennials (over ½ acre total), and a 16’x45’ hoop house for in-ground growing. There is a wetland/pig food forest with extensive ditch/swale and young tree plantings, which needs maintenance and fencing, and is suitable for more fruit and nut trees or other permaculture plantings. A pond and wild area/wetland is reserved for wildlife.

Essential skills:
  • Computer/admin skills and aptitude – website maintenance, bookkeeping (basic), record-keeping
  • Growing plants – experience in perennials is a bonus, gardening or other such experience
  • Knowledge of and focus on safety in using machinery and workshop tools
  • Ability to teach skills (to us, public, other workers)
  • Management of workers
  • Communication skills
  • Self knowledge and ability to set boundaries and respect those of others
  • Machinery maintenance and use is a serious bonus, though we will teach what we know
Essential values:
  • Sense of responsibility for the care for and maintenance of the land and creatures on it.
  • Social justice
  • Must see the value in what is already here, and be interested in, and excited about, working with that and building on it, while respecting the limitations of soil, water and existing use.
  • Bring your vision, work with/not against
Contact:

Brian or Rebecca

hops@leftfields.ca

250-675-4122

leftfields.ca and crannogales.com

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