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
|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 have four seasonal workers who do the vast
majority of crop work. Our farm would not
exist without them! You'll be working with
them often, hablas Espaņol?
Students: Summer is our busiest
time, and we always have a few students
working for us, usually working as much as
|The Working Season
The work we do is dependent on the season.
March and April are spent in the greenhouse
planting flowers. Planting is usually done Wed,
Thurs, and Fridays.
From May until Halloween, our farm is open to
the public and most of the work is selling our
crops, but you can be expected to do some
picking and tending the crops. There is all
sorts of work at this time.
The "off season" is November through February,
with no work available.
We try to be flexible and can accommodate within
You can work practically every day, or just a
couple of days per week. Usually the day is
divided into two shifts. Usually we start before
9:00, however summer picking starts at 6:00. The
day is always over at 6:00 pm. We are
busiest on weekends and holidays, so if you need
these days off, this is not the job for you!
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. Otherwise it is outdoors, so sunny, cloudy,
hot or cold, etc. 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.
We offer pick-your-own for some of our
crops, especially raspberries and currants.
From May to Halloween, most of your work will be
selling our crops to our customers. We hire
people who have a passion for gardening and
creating meals in the kitchen. We have wonderful
customers. Some come many times a week, and you
will get to know them quite well. Everything we
grow is sold directly to the consumer.
If you think a job in farming is right for you,
AN EMAIL! Tell us a bit about yourself,
and we'll have you up for an interview.