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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Canadian business offering a job and 2 acres of land got an overwhelming response!

By Catherine Clifford

Whycocomagh, Bras D'Or Lake, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The Farmer's Daughter Country Market has had to stop picking up the telephone.

"Due to the overwhelming response we have received with regards to our job offer, we are unable to return phone calls," the office voicemail says. The response is impressive, given that its jobs will only pay between $10.70 to $12.00 an hour.

But the job offer is padded with more than cash: In exchange for relocating to the small, remote island in Nova Scotia, Canada, a job at The Farmer's Daughter Country Market comes with two free acres of land, which the employee will own outright after five years of work.
The Farmer's Daughter Country Market
about 3 weeks ago
Hi all before you read this please feel free to share. We love our island and what we have begun to create here but we need people. We think we need to think outside of the box to keep Cape Breton true to its roots. A place where a people live year round and celebrate the beauty that surrounds us in music and stories.
Where being a neighbour truly means you talk to everyone in the local co-op. The question "who's your father" is still asked when meeting someone new. Teen dances are still held at the school gym every two months. Worship happens inside the church and amongst the mountains. Help us share these traditions with a new group of residents.
Blessing and happy thoughts - The Farmer's Daughter
We are an established business in the heart of Cape Breton, rich in jobs, land, and potential, but no people.
Are you someone who is looking to live a simpler life, close to nature, in an area that still believes in community meals and weekly jam sessions? We can't give you big money, but we can give you an awesome life.
Our business is busy from May to December, with slower months January to April, so you can enjoy our amazing winters. We have lots of good ideas and we want to continue to build on our accomplishments but we don't have enough hands to help.
We are located in a little village called Whycocomagh, which can be found in the middle (the heart) of Cape Breton. It is an area surrounded by beautiful mountains and the shining Bras d'Or lake where kayaks and canoes outnumber motorboats. We are a true four-season climate and we love it that way.
We are looking for people who are environmentally conscious, want to be part of a community and will see our business not as you work for us, but we all work together to create something to be proud of. If you take pride in being friendly, helpful, and positive and have skills in the food industry or customer service, then you are who we are looking for.
We cannot offer you big money (wages in local small Cape Breton businesses are not high) but we can offer you a great incentive to come and try us out. One thing our business does have is LOTS of LAND. If you decide this opportunity might fit your dreams and goals for a close to nature and community focused life, then we are willing to offer you 2 acres of woodland where you can immediately set up your tiny house or quaint cabin. Plus give you access to our farmland and other resources we have available. If you are still working with us after five years and we all still like each other after that time, then the land is yours for the cost of migrating it out and putting it in your name.
Cape Breton is amazing but our population is decreasing. Corporate development has been seen as the solution in the past but that often comes at the expense of our environment. We think there is a better way.
If you are interested in this unique opportunity please email your resume along with a letter about yourself to
Attention Heather and Sandee
Please note if you are a foreign worker you cannot apply. At this time Cape Breton does not qualify for the Foreign Worker Program.

Immediately upon arriving, new hires will have access to the land to put a home on. There's a road, "but living would be off the grid," say The Farmer's Daughter Country Market management, in a follow-up post responding to questions. Residents would need to use solar and wind power and heat the home with wood. It's a simple, community-oriented outdoor life.

A few weeks back, the Canadian general store posted that it was searching for job applicants on its Facebook page. The owners of the store say they had hired as many locals as they could, but due to a small population, the only way they could hire more employees is to entice people to move there.

The offer of land is working. So far, the Facebook post advertising the job and land offer has received 6,600 "likes" and 4,200 comments, and more than 3,100 people have applied, according to a CBC News article.

Maybe it's Trump. Or maybe it's the stress of living in an ever-connected world. Whatever it is, lots of folks seem ready to drop their current reality and settle into the rural town of Whycocomagh in Nova Scotia.

"Incredibly tempting to leave this rat race of a city I have been living in for the past decade," said Adriano Belmonte, in response to the posting, who also asked that his application be considered.

"As a single woman, I would love to do something like this. I'm getting fed up with all of the cement of Montreal, Quebec and I'm wanting to return back to back to my roots," said Karen Snair, another responder.

Another responder made a full-on pitch: "Looking to move your way. Actually had a meal in your place a few years ago on vacation, have friends at Christmas Island," said Markuz Gunn. "My background is carpentry, my better half is retired from the hotel management field, with great baking skills. I also play about a dozen different instruments. We have been vacationing in Nova Scotia with our trailer every summer and have decide we must move to your area."

The initial job post went up at the very end of August, and The Farmer's Daughter Country Market made its first round of three new hires in mid September.

The new employees were eager to get started. "I am so thrilled to be heading to Whycocomagh," said Trish Tait in response to the Facebook post announcing her hire. "People I know from all across Canada are just as excited about this new opportunity as I am. I feel very fortunate and can't wait to get there to be a part of the Farmer's Daughter Country Market. See you all soon."

Sonja Andersen and Kerry Walkins were also hired.

Managers had a hard time picking candidates. "The hardest part of this journey has been trying to choose. So many of you would be wonderful to have as co-workers and neighbours. We wish we had way more jobs!"the management said in another Facebook post.

To be sure, more people expressed interest in the jobs than there were opportunities available. But The Farmer's Daughter Country Market will be bringing on another three to four people in the Spring, so there's still time to apply.

Note: The jobs are only available to those who can already legally work in Canada, a fact which has left many U.S. residents pretty bummed.

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