Managing abundance:

Sorrento Centre farm is seeking a steward

The Sorrento Centre is seeking a knowledgeable and engaging person with a passion for all things agrarian to steward our 8-acre natural farm. Working under the supervision of the Executive Director, the farm manager will engage with the senior staff team of the Sorrento Centre, dedicated volunteers and seasonal staff. The priorities are to:
• Increase the bounty of produce from our farm;
• Support the resilience of the land and its thriving diversity of insects, birds and others; and,
• Engage with others in the deep spirit of the place.

The farm manager will work with the Sorrento Centre Executive Director and selected others to implement a long-term agricultural vision for the farm, including a budget with revenues and expenses, plus an operational plan. We are seeking a person who will demonstrate:
• Good knowledge of agrarian management;
• Solid abilities to collaborate effectively with others, including staff and volunteers;
• Understanding of a range of marketing opportunities;
• Deep understanding of the meaning and value of land and of food.

This is a seasonal position with the possibility of a permanent position as the success of the farm is realized. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and a living wage, and invite applications from all interested people.

If you believe that you can contribute to the spirit of abundance of the Sorrento Centre farm, please send a resume and cover letter to Michael Shapcott, Executive Director, The Sorrento Centre, at [email protected] by January 31, 2019.

Please include, in your cover letter, a response that completes this phrase:
“The spirit of abundance in the Sorrento Centre farm can be measured by…”

The Sorrento Centre Anglican Church of Canada is a retreat and conference centre in the South Shuswap region of British Columbia. We aspire, on our main 24-acre campus, to be a gathering place for all and offer a diversity of programs to thousands of guests each year. Our 8-acre natural farm is about 2km from the main site and has, for the past eight years, generated healthy and nutritious produce for our main kitchen, as well as for our neighbours.

Be a gardener. Dig a ditch. Toil and sweat. And turn the earth upside down.
And seek the deepness. And water plants in time. Continue this labor.
And make sweet floods to run, and noble and abundant fruits to spring.

– Julian of Norwich (circa 1373) Revelations of Divine Love