Eligibility: student enrolled full time in a university or college program 

Hours: 35 hours/week at $15/hour, May 17-August 20

The Urban Farm Assistant will help in the market garden, community garden and market stand of Common Roots-Woodside at Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth and Common Roots BiHi in Halifax (one person for each site).


  • Help with garden bed preparation, seeding, cultivation and harvest.
  • Interact with community gardeners, creating a supportive and welcoming atmosphere.
  • Help with washing and preparation of produce and flowers for sale.
  • Help with market stand and/or CSA.

Applicants should be comfortable with outdoor physical work in all kinds of weather and be interested in gardening, mental health, and working with people.  Some evening and weekend hours should be expected.

Drivers license and access to a vehicle is an asset but not a requirement of the job.  

Please note, interpreters can be made available for interview and training for this position.

Deadline for applications: Monday April 26

Please send a cover letter and resume to crurbanfarm@gmail.com  with ‘Urban Farm Assistant’ in the subject line.  Please specify your preference for the Dartmouth or Bihi site if you have one.  

Please note, this position is partly funded through the Provincial Summer Skills Incentive

About Common Roots Urban Farms: 

  We use gardening as a way to promote physical, mental and environmental health. We do this by providing community gardening space; offering skills training and educational workshops; making healthy, ecologically-grown food more accessible to our communities; doing garden programming with hospital patients and our surrounding community, and creating a space for gardening that’s supportive and welcoming. 

CRUF Woodside  is a community garden and market garden on the grounds of the Nova Scotia Hospital, which serves mental health and addictions patients. We currently have over 85 community plots that are used by community members, hospital staff and patients. We also have a market garden that grows food for the hospital and community; and common plots that are a space for the general public to explore, learn and sample from. 

Common Roots BiHi Park is in its third season. In 2019 we moved from CRUF’s original location at the corner of Bell Rd and Robie St to this new site at the bottom of Bayers Rd. This season our site is expanding to increase our community plots to a total of 60 and to add to our market garden and common areas. We will also be adding accessible pathways. We run programming to support service providers in the Bayers Road Centre and for the Halifax/Halifax West Community.

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