6202 Walkers Line,
Atlantic Giant '940 McQuay' held by Debbie
Coulson, photo by David MacTavish,
Hutchinson Farm, Burlington,
ON, September 1 2017
|From seed to plate, work with
us in growing, selling, and eating the crops
grown at Hutchinson Farm.
The work at Hutchinson is best
described as diverse. The type of work, when it
occurs, and the crops themselves, change
throughout the season. As a member of our team,
you will be expected to contribute in all aspects
of our farm, from planting, to harvesting, to
selling. The following will give you a brief idea
of what it's like working on our farm, and if
working at Hutchinson Farm is the right job for
|Help Wanted June 2022
We are looking primarily for strawberry pickers
right now, but there will also be some work in
our farm store for some of the people we hire.
Please note: you must be able to work weekends.
There is also work in September and October for
our pumpkin season.
|Who works for
Agriculture is unique: Farms are a place to
work, but they're also a place to to live and
raise a family. Some of our family run the
farm full time, and other members have jobs
and school and don't work much on the farm.
We have a core group of part-timers who
provide continuity year over year, doing
whatever is needed to be done, such as
planting, harvesting, selling.
We usually hire a few summer students.
We have four seasonal workers who do the vast
majority of crop work. Our farm would not
exist without them! You'll be working with
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|The Working Season
The work we do is dependent on the growing
season which starts in March and continues to
Halloween. There is no work available November
Weekends: This is the busiest time at our farm,
all employees will work some weekends.
See below for the various types of jobs we have.
Please note, all our staff usually do a bit of
everything. You will be expected to do some
picking, some planting, some crop care, some
work at our farm store, etc.
Planting our greenhouse crops happens in March
and April, Wed-Fri. Hours are somewhat flexible,
as there are no retail hours until May.
We prefer staff who can work the entire season
until we close at Halloween, occasionally we
have workers who just do the spring planting
Picking and tending various crops throughout the
Picking, bunching, and displaying our cut
flowers, as well as maintaining the cut flower
beds. The flowers must be cut at dawn from mid
July to mid October. Only early risers can do
this job. Typically this is shared with store
Displaying and selling our crops at our farm
store. From May to October we have many
customers coming to our farm to purchase what we
have grown. We have many new customers,
customers who've become friends, and even
customers who become staff. We hire people who
have a passion for gardening, and creating meals
in the kitchen.
This is very dependent on where we are in the
season, but we try to be flexible and can
accommodate within reason.
You can work practically every day, or just a
couple of days per week.
March-April in the greenhouse: Mondays
and Tuesdays are for prepping the greenhouses
and filling containers with soil, some
transplanting. Planting Wed-Fri. 9-4 or 5.
Store Staff: May-Oct
Usually the day is divided into two shifts, 8-1;
Usually we start early in the day to beat the
heat. Summer picking usually starts at 6:00am.
Most of our staff do a mix of all these jobs.
Please note, if you are unable to work weekends
and holidays, we are unlikely to hire you.
The greenhouse work is usually sunny and warm,
but your hands will be spent in potting soil all
day. Later in the season it is outdoors in the
fields, or at our farm store which is sheltered,
but very much outdoors, so sunny, cloudy, hot or
cold, wet, dry... The work is physically
demanding, you will be on your feet most of the
day, often lifting and carrying.
Our farm is in North Burlington, on Walkers
Line, 8 km north of Dundas St. (between
Britannia and Derry).
There is no public transportation, so you will
need to drive yourself or catch a ride. If
you're into cycling (like we are), our farm is
just a 20 minute bike ride (if you're a fast
peddler) from Dundas and Walkers.
Starting wage is minimum wage ($15/hr 2022),
which gradually increases in returning years.
Xmas bonus sometimes happens if we have a good
year -help us make this year a great one!
If you think a job in farming is right for you,
AN EMAIL! (email@example.com) Tell us
a bit about yourself, and we'll have you up for
an informal interview.