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Anyone going to apply for farm work? Labour shortfall

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Anyone going to apply for farm work? Labour shortfall

I'm thankfully still working full-time, but I actually wouldn't mind going outdoors and doing some manual labour in the summer (even if just for the weekends). I'm not naive that the work is easy, and probably underpaid, but I think it would be rewarding for a couple of months.

Anybody thinking/doing farm work right now?

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MyNameWasTaken wrote: I'm thankfully still working full-time, but I actually wouldn't mind going outdoors and doing some manual labour in the summer (even if just for the weekends). I'm not naive that the work is easy, and probably underpaid, but I think it would be rewarding for a couple of months.

Anybody thinking/doing farm work right now?

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I personally couldn’t do what farmers do.
Farming is hard work and I have great appreciation for what they do.
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Mar 6, 2015
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I do outdoor physical labour year round and while physically, mentally, and spiritually rewarding it takes it's toll on your body. Without conditioning I would only recommend it full-time to the under 30 crowd. Part-time you could do it forever (barring injury).
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bunmin wrote: I do outdoor physical labour year round and while physically, mentally, and spiritually rewarding it takes it's toll on your body. Without conditioning I would only recommend it full-time to the under 30 crowd. Part-time you could do it forever (barring injury).
If you wanna get COVID at 50yo and feel like its a little girl's cold, doing that kind of labour is perfect.

I have a house next to the rice fields in thailand and most 80 years old are healthier than 30yo's in Canada.
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MyNameWasTaken wrote: I'm thankfully still working full-time, but I actually wouldn't mind going outdoors and doing some manual labour in the summer (even if just for the weekends). I'm not naive that the work is easy, and probably underpaid, but I think it would be rewarding for a couple of months.

Anybody thinking/doing farm work right now?

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Never thought of this but I'm going to look into it even though I have full time job for the same reasons as you.
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From an interview I heard with an orchard owner, they need people who can commit at least 6 days a week full time for the entire season. Weekend or part time workers could not get the job done. This is why they rely on foreign workers, as there are very few Canadians willing to to make that type of commitment.
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OP is probably a city boi who wants to spice up his Insta page.
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iamskyhigh wrote: OP is probably a city boi who wants to spice up his Insta page.
lol nah .... I'll admit there are selfish intentions though, as in a good way to get in a workout
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MyNameWasTaken wrote: lol nah .... I'll admit there are selfish intentions though, as in a good way to get in a workout
no, ups parttime lifting job is a good workout, farm jobs are just the worst I can think of except getting paid for a tan.
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I've lived on farms, and worked on a cattle feedlot (when I was in my very early 20's). Working on the feedlot was the motivation I needed to go back to school full-time and get a desk job... :) My time there was probably the worst time of year to do it, though (September to March, up in Grande Prairie, so dark when I went to work, dark when I got home).

Keep in mind that here in Alberta at least, farm labour isn't covered by the same labour standards as "civilized" jobs. In particular, things like overtime, breaks, days off, etc. It's also often dangerous (working with powered machines that will remove your limbs without even slowing down). As far as getting a tan goes, protective gear means a patchwork tan. And the pay wasn't great.

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iamskyhigh wrote: OP is probably a city boi who wants to spice up his Insta page.
Doing it in da woods
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