Cavaleiro Farm

Cavaleiro Farm

We are a 65 acre, organic farm with rolling hills that creates a dynamic landscape for growing food and community; from the forests where we grow mushrooms and get fuel, to the ponds that attract swans and provide us with water. The farm is filled with life throughout the year, from farming activities to member events. We are located in Schomberg which is 20 minutes north of Vaughan and Brampton, giving our rural space a unique proximity to these urban centers. Our goal is to produce year-round food for our community. We have worked towards that strategy by planting vegetables, shrubs, tree and other perennials. We have chickens, ducks, pigs, sheep and a donkey, two dogs, and a cat that all work daily on the farm. Everyone has their place, and we try to improve the relationships between everything here, including the animals, nature, and people. We are looking for 2 interns from May to October. Interns will have opportunities to learn         Ecological farm planning and design         Tree and plant starts         Field preparation         Planting         Weeding and pest management         Harvesting         Marketing         Working with pigs, chickens, ducks, sheep and dogs         Maintaining and working with equipment         Material recycling, reusing         Building & Repairs         Community engagement         How to be comfortable outdoors         How to design your own learning In exchange for you work we provide interns with a CSA veggie share, housing, business development tools, Member Days and a $400/month stipend. To see the full application go to  http://cavaleirofarm.ca/2018-craft-intern-positions/ To apply please fill out this google form https://goo.gl/forms/W4zIlfrwhmxQGfOP2 If you have any questions, email antonio@urbancrops.ca...

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Young Farmers CRAFT A New Future For Food

By Martina Schaefer and Nicola Inglefield Have you ever found yourself wondering what to do about climate change? Pondering how to preserve the environment? Do you want to do something you know will have a positive impact on the lives of others, but don’t know where to begin? You’re not alone. If you’re trying to figure out how to make a living by doing this kind of work, you might want to consider becoming a farmer. You might be asking, “what about all those chemical pesticides and GMOs? Isn’t agriculture one of the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions? How does this help with conservation efforts?” You’d be right if you were thinking of industrial agriculture, which typically uses pesticides, produces genetically modified crops, and according to the United Nations, is a top culprit of greenhouse gas pollution. But there’s more than one way to grow food. Before the so-called “green revolution”, when farming became heavily industrialized in the 1960s, people used concepts like crop rotation, green manures, and pasture rotation to ensure they had healthy soil and a productive farm, whether for self-sustenance or for commercial growing. These methods are still alive and well, and are becoming popular again thanks to the organic and ecological farming movements. These movements strive to leave a lighter footprint on the earth by minimizing or eliminating the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and the overuse of antibiotics on animals. Here’s another surprise: you might picture a frosty-bearded guy in his 60s when you think of the word “farmer”, but there’s another group of farmers focused on the ecological way of doing things that’s growing (so to speak), and it’s today’s youth. Many young people, especially young women, are turning to farming as a career option – and a good chunk of them are not from farming families. Whether the goal is to be self-sufficient, to be better stewards of the land, or to feed the public healthier food, ecological and organic farming has a draw, no doubt about it. But how does one enter this somewhat underground movement and make it into a career? After all, only a handful of post-secondary schools offer programs in anything but the feedlot-and-monoculture methodology of conventional farming. Which could be why many young farmers-to-be look to intern and apprentice opportunities with solid education programs to get their hands dirty. Across Canada, there’s quite an array of such programs. Some are run independently, solely organized by farmers who wish to share their knowledge of this realm with others, and some are offered through regional organizations that promote more earth-friendly agriculture. SOIL (Stewards of Irreplaceable Land) and CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) are two such organizations, SOIL being coastal Canada’s go-to place to look for an apprenticeship, and CRAFT being concentrated in Ontario, with a few branches elsewhere. Structured internship programs, such as those offered through the CRAFT network, are not just about finding cheap labour as one might assume. Monthly CRAFT days give interns the chance to visit neighbouring farms within the network, connect with other farmers and interns, and participate in workshops where...

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Zocalo Organics

Zocalo Organics

Now accepting applications for 2018. Overview: We offer an intensive, work-learn experience on a community-supported organic farm.  Our 83 acre farm is located in Hillsburgh, Ontario (30 minutes from Guelph, 1 hour from Toronto, 30 minutes from Orangeville).  The farm is owned and operated by farmers Seb and Bethany, and is supported by a strong community of friends, family, and clients.  Interning on a small-farm like ours means you have direct access to the farmers who run the operation on a daily basis.    We invite you into our story and our experience of operating a small-farm, and train you in the methods we use to operate our farm.  We grow a wide variety of vegetable crops using a walk-behind tractor and hand-tools creating an accessible learning program for interns. Here are some of the aspects of the program to look forward to: Hands-on training in the field focused on growing organic food on a small scale. You will be joining a team consisting of 2 interns, 2 farmers, 2 staff, and a number of supporting volunteers.  Together we accomplish the task of offering a 22 week CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) program to 100+ members, we offer produce at a Farmer’s Market, and we harvest for 30 weeks of deliveries to local restaurant and retail clients. 6 CRAFT DAY field trips. We are part of the CRAFT organization (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) and through this organization each of our interns will have the opportunity to visit and learn from 6 different organic farms in Southern Ontario. on-farm training workshops covering fundamental Organic Farming topics, and self-development workshops offered by the farmers. Interns will be involved in bi-weekly planning meetings where we discuss the “why-what-how” of what is going on at the farm farmer-podcast listening in wash-station and greenhouse We engage in regular dialogue and feedback with the members of our team and schedule check-ins through-out the season to help you meet your learning goals. We host monthly potlucks at the farm, and community potlucks weekly at our CSA pick-ups Program Duration Beginning of May until End of October (exact dates TBA) Renumeration We provide accommodations, 3 lunches/week, a $500/month stipend, and vegetables from the farm. Is this program for you? We are looking for people who are excited about what we are doing, who are humble, inquisitive, and willing to work hard. You should be ready to focus your energy on growing great food, and on learning what it takes to grow great organic vegetables on a small scale.  After you complete your internship we are committed to remain your mentors for any future gardening, farming, or homesteading endeavours and will do our very best to help you succeed. To read our full information package and to apply visit our website: http://zocaloorganics.ca/community/#volunteer For pictures of life on the farm see our Facebook page: http://facebook.com/zocaloorganics and find us on instagram...

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Creek Shore Farms

Creek Shore Farms

Creek Shore Farms is an organically run vegetable farm located in St. Catharines, owned and operated by Ryan & Amanda Thiessen for the last five years. Our farm is in the heart of the Niagara Region fruitbelt and operates on 5 acres of land. We sell primarily through our summer and winter CSA programs, as well as at farmers’ and on-farm markets. We grow a wide range of vegetables, operate a small apple orchard and also raise pigs and chickens. Our farm is an easy bike ride to most of the city and only a quick walk or ride to the shores of Lake Ontario and several parks. We are looking for two interns for the 2015 season which will run from April/May until November (dates are flexible). There may also be an opportunity to extend the internship through the late fall and winter months to follow us through the winter growing season. Interns will have opportunities to learn skills in: General business planning Crop planning Field preparation Planting Weed and pest management Harvesting Marketing Animal husbandry with pigs and chickens Proper use and care of tools Safe use of farm equipment For those who are interested we also offer specialized training for those interested in: Equipment maintenance, including welding and custom fabrication of farm equipment Construction, including building sheds, fencing and other shelters Farm accounting As an intern at Creek Shore Farms you will: Spend lots of time outdoors Work with us to develop an education plan that suits your interests and goals Attend CRAFT Day Field trips at other farms Spend one day each month with a farm equipment mechanic learning maintenance basics Have access to our growing library of books Interact with customers and other farmers in the area Learn a lot about farming, while having a great time Interns will work five days a week, up to 10 hours a day, with a sixth day being set aside to work on a focus project of their choosing that relates to the farm. We are seeking those who are passionate about agriculture, motivated and capable of a hard, but rewarding days work. In exchange for your labour you will receive accommodations in a two bedroom apartment in the loft of our barn, a $300 a month stipend, basic groceries as well as all the fresh farm produce you can eat. There will also be one communal meal each week, but otherwise interns will be in charge of cooking their own meals. For more information visit www.creekshorefarms.ca or email us at ryan@creekshorefarms.ca Applicants who demonstrate an interest in joining our team will be contacted for an on-farm...

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Common Ground Farm

Common Ground Farm

Accepting candidates for 2018. We are a mixed vegetable farm just southwest of St.Thomas, Ontario.  We have a year-round CSA and we go to 2 local farmers markets.  As well we raise a few pastured pigs, chickens and we grow hops and sell them to local micro breweries.  We serve a strong and committed community of customers at both our CSA and farm markets where we focus on quality organic vegetable production.  We rely heavily on season extension and we grow vegetables and harvest every month of the year.  We have a cold storage facility and we attend an indoor farmer’s market year-round. The farm consists of 26 tillable acres, forest and mixed pasture and old orchards and wetlands.  Interns will have an opportunity to see all aspects of our farm operation and will be immersed in the farm experience.  Internships include full room and board plus a stipend.  Ideally internships start in March/April and go until October or even December, but some flexibility is possible. We are located about 10 minutes from Lake Erie at Port Stanley and about 30 minutes south of London, Ontario.  For more information or to apply please send your resume and cover letter to: ca2devri @ gmail dot com https://commongroundfarm.ca https://www.facebook.com/commongroundfarm.ca/...

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Plan B Organic Farms

Plan B Organic Farms

Plan B Organic Farms was established in 1997 by Alvaro & Rodrigo Venturelli & Melanie Golba.  We grow over 30 acres of certified organic vegetables on our 50 acre farm in Hamilton. We also manage a vineyard of organic table grapes in Niagara. We run a 500 member Multi-Farm CSA year round and deliver to Hamilton, Halton & Toronto.  In the summer season we attend two outdoor Farmers’ Markets, Dundas & Dufferin Grove Park.  We also operate the 2 Acre McQuesten Urban Farm in Hamilton for the City of  Hamilton Tasks for interns will include seeding, planting, weeding, watering, tractor work, harvesting, packing and delivering vegetables, and tending free- range chickens. All interns will be taking part in our farmers’ markets, and can do some work at the Urban Farm if interested.  Lodging is in a wall tent with a platform floor at the home farm. Meals and utilities shared with everyone in one of the farm houses. We’re looking for interns who enjoy living in a busy social setting and are eager to learn what running a market garden farm is all about. Starting May 1st. 5.5 days/week with a $100 weekly stipend after taxes. Contact: Rodrigo, Alvaro or Melanie tel: 905-659-2572 e-mail: info@planborganicfarms.ca website: www.planborganicfarms.ca Plan B Organic Farms “From Our Farm to Your Door” 1377 5th Concession West RR2 Branchton, ON N0B...

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Orchard Hill Farm

Orchard Hill Farm

Do you like animals? Are you passionate about delicious food? Want to benefit from 30 years of organic farming experience? Orchard Hill Farm is a 93 acre diversified organic farm, growing 3 acres of vegetables and small fruit to supply our 100 family CSA, hay, pasture, and grains for our livestock (horses, laying hens, house beef animal and pigs) and for seed. Most of our farm work is done with Suffolk Punch horses, a very old and rare breed of draft horse specially suited for work in field and forest. We strive to balance land area, livestock, manure production, energy use and crop production so that we have a largely energy self-sufficient farm that maintains or improves its soil fertility while producing nutritious and safe food for our local community. Ellen grew up on the farm, spent many years working as a chef and has a particularly flavor-focused approach to growing food. She cooked two 5 course dinners on the farm in 2017 and plans to host another 2 this summer. Her parents, Ken and Martha, the founders of Orchard Hill, remain quite involved in the operation of the farm and serve as a great wealth of knowledge for the aspiring farmer. We are accepting 3 apprentices for the 2018 season, late March – mid-October. Monthly stipend in addition to room and board, work 5 days a week with 2 additional field days each month. If you are looking for a rich learning experience that will help prepare you to start farming, apply to Orchard Hill. Contact: Ellen Laing 45415 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas, ON N5P 3S9 tel: 519-200-1403 e-mail: info@orchardhillfarm.ca website:...

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Manorun Organic Farm

Manorun Organic Farm

ManoRun Organic farm is located in Ancaster (near Hamilton). We are a 40 acre mixed farm including vegetable production, hay, pasture, livestock and grains. ManoRun Organic Farm is primarily a vegetable production farm selling Community Shared Agriculture memberships and at 2 farmers markets. We have a number of opportunities for intern learning including; Vegetable growing Livestock care Food processing Marketing and sales Permaculture Our farm fertility management program includes; annual fall compost application, green manures, crop rotations and mineral dust applications. In 2014 the farm planted 2,000 trees on contoured swales as part of its long term goal to recreate an Oak Savannah using permaculture principles. The farm uses a minimum of tractor tillage and lots of hand weeding. Our human energy approach to agriculture means lots of time with plants and animals. The farm manages a number of pastures and hay fields. We also commonly grow corn, beans and grain for both animal feed and human consumption. Interns can choose an area of focus beyond growing vegetables. One day a week is provided for interns for their area of focus which is self led. The farm has developed intern areas of focus that include but not limited to: Urban agriculture Permaculture Bread baking Restaurant and food preparation Farmers markets, marketing and sales. Livestock management On farm living arrangements: We offer on farm housing and food. Off farm Interns: The farm is minutes from the Hamilton bus route and accessible by bicycle. Training: The internship program includes; 2 days per month for on farm workshops and off farm tours. 1 day per week for intern farm focus 1 ½ hour per week discussion/field walk. Stipend: 100.00 per month. ManoRun Farm is committed to supporting people to grow their own food and to farm. Please direct questions and send resumes to: Naomi Krucker e-mail: naomi_krucker@hotmail.com website: www.manorun.com facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Manorun-Organic-Farm/288738131181305   Intern Training Program – 5 intern positions available ManoRun Organic farm is located in Ancaster(near Hamilton). We are a 30 acre mixed farm including vegetable production, hay, pasture, livestock and grains. ManoRun Organic Farm is primarily a vegetable CSA and farmers market production farm and has a number of opportunities for intern learning including; Vegetable growing Livestock care Grain production Food processing Marketing and sales Farm fertility management includes annual fall compost application, green manures, crop rotations and mineral dust applications. The farm uses a minimum of tractor tillage and lots of hand weeding. Our human energy approach to agriculture means lots of time with plants and animals. The farm manages a number of pastures and hay fields. As well, we grow in any given year, corn beans and grain for both animal feed and human consumption. Interns can choose an area of focus beyond growing vegetables. One day a week is provided for interns for their area of focus which is self led. The farm has developed intern areas of focus that include but not limited to. Urban agriculture Permaculture Bread baking Restaurant and food preparation Membership organization Farmers markets, marketing and sales. Livestock management On farm living arrangements: We offer on farm housing and food. Off farm Interns:...

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Ignatius Farm CSA

Ignatius Farm CSA

Ignatius Farm Internship – 4 positions April 16 to August 24 or to November 9, 2018  We are looking for passionate, imaginative individuals to help us care for the planet and our organic farm. As part of our team you will help build our vision of developing local food systems, innovative greenhouse production, eco-spirituality, community shared agriculture, and ecologically-minded education programs.  Ignatius Farm grows certified organic vegetables and berries for Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) members, farmers markets, local businesses and service agencies. The Farm’s programs include community gardens, acreage rentals, internships, working shares, volunteer opportunities, and several annual community events. The Ignatius Farm Internship training combines weekly education curriculum with hands-on farm work to develop your skills and understanding as a farm worker, and the basis of your work in ecological agriculture or food system advocacy. Education program: Pre & post-season intensives: 8 workshops priming you for and debriefing the growing season (e.g. Soils, botany, tractor work, crop planning, cover crops…) Weekly workshops /field trips including monthly field days networking with CRAFT SW Ontario peers Personal learning objectives incorporated into weekly program and independent project Connections facilitated within the Ignatius Jesuit Centre and beyond e.g. farm tenants, Loyola House, community garden network Farming: Grow, harvest and process vegetables & berries effectively in field and greenhouses Provide excellent quality organic produce for CSA, farmers market, Loyola House & local businesses Use tools safely and support maintenance of tools, equipment, & structures Contribute to farm system improvements, community events, newsletters, social media, community gardens Work with a solid team led by seasoned Farmers Don, Mike and Heather and farm assistants committed to creating educational opportunities Hours per week: 40 hours per week Farm work plus 5-10 hours per week Education program Modest stipend and a generous share of vegetables provided; Housing with internet See the full position ad, application details and a link to the Internship Information Package on the employment page of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre website.  For those interested only in the educational curriculum, contact...

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Everdale Organic Farm

Everdale Organic Farm

Everdale’s Sustainable Farming Certificate We will have a number of different options available for the 2018 season! The full program is offered in three parts. You can apply for one, two, or all three parts.     Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture – A four-week on-farm curriculum with field demonstrations and structured learning activities. Field Training – A four-week practicum period. Apprenticeship – A twenty four-week paid apprenticeship as a farm assistant at Everdale farm. Everdale is a mixed organic vegetable farm growing on approx. 7 acres.  We sell mainly through farmers markets and a subscription type program.  Vegetable production is the main focus of the SFC program.  However, in addition to the vegetables, there is a small flock of sheep on site, usually chickens, and sometimes pigs and turkeys.  We also have a very vibrant youth education program on the farm that sees thousands of school aged children visit the property every year. Are you a future SFC Apprentice? We are looking for people who are inspired by Everdale’s mission and want to play an active role in that work. The SFC program is about more than simply learning the techniques of farming. It’s an immersion into the world of sustainable agriculture. Apprentices will meet dozens of farmers and local food activists and in doing so become connected to a progressive and optimistic local food community. Come live and learn on one of Ontario’s oldest organic farms! For contact information, full program details, application forms, and a sample training schedule go to...

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Persephone Market Garden

Persephone Market Garden

Persephone Market Garden is 100 acres forest, swamp, meadows and market garden, located between Owen Sound and Sauble Beach. Kristine is the primary farmer, supported by Thorsten and our children Oskar and Marilla. We started market gardening in 2009 and production has grown from 0.75 acres to 1.5 acres. We market through a Community Shared Agriculture program, with a delivery season of 20 weeks (June – October), Eat Local Grey Bruce Cooperative (online farmers market), and direct to restaurants. We primarily use a walk-behind tractor and hand tools, though we do have a larger tractor for some jobs (like turning the compost). Crop rotation and intercropping are our primary pest (weed, disease, insects) management strategies and our fertility management is based on integration with livestock (a flock of about 30 sheep), along with cover cropping. Over the years, we have developed a comprehensive farmer training program – trainees receive detailed crop plans, standard operating procedures that describe our production process form seeding to washing and packing, in-the-field training, as well as monthly workshops. Our goal is the give you a foundation of knowledge and skills in farming, from the soil to business management. Interested? Check out our website for more information www.persephonemarketgarden.ca Get in touch with a resume and cover letter! Kristine.hammel@gmail.com 519-935-3005...

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Kawthoolei Farm Organics

Kawthoolei Farm Organics

1 APPRENTICE FOR CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARM 2018 Position: Organic Farm Apprentice Type: Apprenticeship with room & board, stipend, and priceless hands on education in small Certified Organic Farming Organization: Kawthoolei Farm Organics Location: Perth County, Southwestern Ontario Kawthoolei Farm Organics is a 10-acre certified organic farm in beautiful Southwestern Ontario. We are 40 minutes from Stratford and London, half an hour from Lake Huron. At Kawthoolei Farm Organics, we are dedicated to providing high quality organic fruits, vegetables and organic sprouts directly to people who care about the environment and what they eat. As a Certified Organic farm, we use only organic, non-gmo seeds, composts and green manures to keep our soil clean and fertile. Kawthoolei Farm Organics grows a great variety of vegetables, fruits, including our Organic Sprouts. As well, we create many value added products throughout the season from our gardens. We also raise Quail for their eggs. These gals are lots of fun and the eggs delicious. You can find us at Stratford Slow Food Market and Covent Garden Market in London. We also supply restaurants and stores that carry fresh organic food. Although we sell many common vegetables, we also grow some unusual varieties for people to try. We have added blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb. In 2018 we will begin to harvest the mushrooms we planted in the woods, last year. Kawthoolei is a Karen (Burmese) word meaning Land without Evil. In the off-season our farmer works with Burmese Refugees on the Thai/Burma Border. http://www.darenetwork.com We are looking for one intern this year from April to Mid-September. WHAT WE CAN OFFER AN APPRENTICE: If you are really interested in running a small Certified Organic farm some day, we can share with you knowledge and experience about the following: • Organic Principles • Business and Marketing planning • Equipment care and use • Soil enrichment, cover crops • Garden planning • Seeding and seedling raising • Hoop house growing • Planting • Cultivation • Pest and Weed Management • Harvesting • Food Safety • Market and Restaurant Sales • Organic Certification • Sprouting • Value-added products If you have particular interest in developing any of these areas, we are open to spending time with you on them. You will have the opportunity to take on responsibilities as you learn, for things that you are interested in. We will provide you with room and board in our farmhouse, trailer or large live in comfortable tent (depending on gender mixes) and monthly stipend of $400. You will also attend monthly C.R.A.F.T. days and have the opportunity to meet other farmers and interns. We will have weekly field walks and use them to focus on particular aspects of learning. We will have morning planning meetings over breakfast and weekly check-ins. Other educational opportunities will come up from time to time. WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU: Kawthoolei Farm Organics is a little off the beaten track. The nearest city is 40 minutes away and the nearest town 20 minutes. It’s quiet out here. We hope that you are mature and coming to us because you want to live on...

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Shared Harvest Community Farm

Shared Harvest Community Farm

Shared Harvest Community Farm and Learning Centre is looking to fill three internship positions. We are located in Dunnville Ontario. We are situated seconds from the Grand River and minutes from Lake Erie. Shared Harvest is in its second year of operation. We are operating an 80 member community shared agriculture (CSA) box program for 8 months. We will be processing food by dehydrating, freezing, canning, fermenting and pickling to stretch the share boxes well into the winter. We have a full kitchen for processing our produce. We are cultivating over 40 types of vegetables and close to 100 different varieties. We will have close to 7 acres of fields and mixed gardens under production. We are doing a lot of companion planting, raised bed building and we are planting a small orchard. We will also be doing as much seed saving as time permits. We will be raising chickens for eggs and sheep to mow the lawn and possibly to make some cheese for farm use! Requirements: We are looking for individuals who are have a strong work ethic, are self motivated and enthusiastic. The applicants should be physically fit and comfortable working long hours (8-10 hours/day 5 days a week) in a dynamic working environment with volunteers of all ages. Interested people must have a keen interest in organic vegetable gardening, ability to maintain focus for long hours doing monotonous tasks and a thirst for knowledge! Interns will learn and gain the following skills: Making organic compost and compost teas Animal husbandry Proper use and maintenance of farm tools Using a tractor with implements Farm economics Experience running a farm market stall Knowledge of seeding, transplanting, weeding, watering, pruning and maintenance of vegetables from seed to harvest Knowledge of permaculutre Post harvest food production Experience in food processing, fermentation and preservation Experience managing volunteers Interns will also attend 1 or 2 workshops per month. The farm will be hosting events and workshops all season. All workshops are free for interns. Interns are responsible for their own breakfast and we will share duties for lunch and dinner most days. Lodging includes a canvas prospector tent and one cabin. Laundry is also included. Camping on site is also an option. The internship will last 4-6 months beginning in May or June to September or October 2012 depending on intern availability. The applicant will work with us 50 hours a week. A stipend will be given of $400 per month including room and board. Please contact sharedharvestdunnville@gmail.com or call 905-701-7255 and ask for Kevin....

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Fiddle Foot Farm

Fiddle Foot Farm

Positions: 3 Farm Apprentices – 2 Full-time Farming, 1 Half-time Farming / Half-time Child Care Type: Full-time with weekly stipend, room & partial board (see below) Organization: Fiddle Foot Farm www.fiddlefootfarm.com Location: 1 hour North of Toronto, Mansfield, Ont. on the Niagara Escarpment Start date: April 1st until November 15th, 2018 ORGANIC & BIODYNAMIC FARM – APPRENTICESHIP 2018 Fiddle Foot Farm is a diverse Biodynamic farm that grows 5.5 acres of vegetables, for a CSA, market garden and wholesale customers. We also raise livestock including cows, pastured chickens and pastured pigs. This will be our 11th season running a farm business, and we now have 10 years experience working with apprenticeship-based learning on our farm. We practice a holistic approach to farm management through the incorporation of Biodynamic practices. We consider the land that we work to be a dynamic and living Farm Organism that can be increasingly sensitized to nature’s rhythms through the application of consciously prepared herbal and homeopathic preparations, carefully timed plantings and the power of positive intentions and human thought.  Apprenticing at Fiddle Foot Farm is appropriate for curious minds seeking to develop a practical and more personal connection to the natural world through daily interactions with soil, plants, animals and people. We make every effort to ensure that the season is one filled with opportunities for learning and education in many aspects of sustainable agriculture.   This includes exposure to seeding, transplanting, cultivation/weeding, irrigation, tractor work, use of our BCS walk-behind tractor, harvesting, post-harvest handling, marketing, caring for animals, canning/preserving, etc. We will participate in monthly visits to other farms as we are members of the CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) network. You will have access to our extensive agricultural library. You will be involved in the daily care for our chickens, pigs and small herd of cattle. You will have the opportunity to learn about season extension practices that we use in our moveable hoop-houses. There will be small construction and infrastructure projects to be involved with as well.  The 66-acre farm property includes access to the Bruce Trail and the nearby Boyne River. **We are looking for 3 Apprentices for the 2018 growing season** Timing: April 1st – November 15th (start and end dates are negotiable) Compensation: On-farm accommodations in a 3 bedroom, 800 ft2 house Stipend of $150/week Food: vegetables and some farm-raised meat will be provided. All applicants must be willing and able to work long, satisfying hours in the outdoors, 5-6 days a week and be committed to working in a team environment. All applicants should have good communication skills, be independent workers, be physically fit and most of all have a strong desire to learn by doing. THIS YEAR… We are looking for one apprentice who will divide their time between farm work and the care of our 4-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter! Your specific schedule is yet to be determined, but would include at most half-time child-care with remaining time spent working on the farm.  No farming experience is necessary, but we would like to see that you have experience working with young children. If you are interested in this position, please...

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Meeting Place Organic Farm

Meeting Place Organic Farm

Meeting Place Organic Farm is a 100 acre, certified organic, mixed livestock farm and apple orchard mostly powered by Belgian and Suffolk Punch work horses and human muscle power. We raise grass fed beef cattle, pastured pork, pastured chickens and laying hens along with our draft horses and a small apple orchard. We have a big farm open house each spring and a large home garden that we do preserving and canning from. We do selective logging and gather firewood in our woodlot. Our main income is from selling freezer meats directly to families in SW Ontario. Apprentices will have the chance to be involved in all aspects of running a self reliant farm: raising horses, cattle, pigs, meat chickens, a couple dairy goats and laying hens; learning about using work horses, and growing your own food, including food preservation and cheese making. Depending on interest and aptitude, there will be opportunities for building and equipment maintenance. We are certified organic by EcoCert. We’ve been concerned about sustainability and renewable energy since the mid 1970′s and have a passive solar home with a 10 kW microfit solar array interfaced with the grid. We also use photovoltaic panels to run our garden irrigation and livestock watering systems. We use and teach Holistic Management courses and use planned grazing and portable fencing in our operation. We have apprentice housing on the farm and eat most meals together. We are a distance from other CRAFT farms so you need to be interested in and focused on the learning opportunities we offer rather than expecting an extensive social life with other farms. We have shifted into our second generation of family farmers, so you’ll get the benefit of a multigenerational operation with Katrina at the helm. If you are interested in learning a wide spectrum of small farming skills we would be pleased to share our 40+ years of experience with you! Katrina McQuail 86016 Creek Line RR 1, Lucknow, ON N0G 2H0 519-528-2493 e-mail: katrina AT meetingplaceorganicfarm DOT ca Application link: https://goo.gl/forms/TeoM86abliBCYxES2...

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Marvellous Edibles Farm

Marvellous Edibles Farm

MARVELLOUS EDIBLES FARM Accepting applications for 2 interns in 2018 Marvellous Edibles is a diverse  100 acre farm  south of the Georgian Bay between Meaford and Owen Sound. We have Certified Organic vegetables, fruits, 100% Grass Fed Cattle and Certified Organic poultry Our internship program includes: Seed starting,seedling care, irrigation, weed and pest management Learning the basics of pastured livestock Harvesting and post harvest care Greenhouses: construction, management, season extension Orchard management Crop planning Farming with challenging soil and cool climate conditions Raised beds: advantages Efficiency and time management Value added products such as ferments, preserves and baking Farmers Markets – Generating year round income Root Cellars Bees and honey Interns are encouraged to communicate their interests and work on individual projects. There are monthly visits to other CRAFT farms where  you will  be taking workshops on many of the important aspects of small scale organic farming and meeting a large group of interns. Intern applicants should be independent thinkers who enjoy physical work and committed to producing organic food. The ability to work independently as well as part of a team is essential. No experience is necessary however you have to be physically fit and mentally strong. 5 days, 8- 10 hours a day, Compensation: Weekly Stipend of $ 200.00, which will increase to $250.00 after 8 weeks, with satisfactory performance. Lodging with heat, shower, laundry and Wi Fi. in a separate building All your food Weekday lunches are shared, Website: www.marvellousediblesfarm.ca Email:...

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Fertile Ground CSA

Fertile Ground CSA

Our Farm Fertile Ground is an organic vegetable farm located just 15 minutes west of Waterloo. We grow a wide variety of vegetables for our 250 member CSA, as well as a few local cafes and retail customers. We are committed to community-building and drawing people into the story of their food. We have an active volunteer base, wonderfully supportive CSA members, and are always looking for ways to create opportunities for community interaction and involvement. Our farm is 100 acres: 10 acres of garden (with 4 in vegetable production annually) and 40 acres hay for our partner mixed livestock farm. We raise 100 pastured laying hens and a handful of laying ducks. We have 2 seedling greenhouses and one tomato high tunnel. Although we do a lot of hand work, we have a Farmall 656 and 140 that we use for primary and in-row cultivation. We’ve been focusing on intense cover cropping and are hoping to introduce some reduced tillage strategies in 2017. An Internship is a Work-for-Learning Exchange No prior experience required, but must have a keen interest in experiencing a full season immersed in the hard work of organic farming. Physical strength and stamina are important, as is commitment to a full season of working and learning. Expect the work to be physically and mentally demanding, with long hours outdoors in all weather. In exchange, we will provide a quality educational experience (detailed below), supported by our team of Lead Farmer, staff and interns. In addition, a full-time novice intern will receive room and board, as well as a monthly stipend. Educational Opportunities Fertile Ground was begun directly out of a CRAFT internship and is now entering its 9th season of operation. We are committed to developing an educational focus and level of responsibility that matches with experience level & interests. In addition to experiential learning at the farm and monthly CRAFT days, we arrange for 3-4 additional field trips and offer on-farm workshops on a variety of topics such as crop planning, crop rotations, farm finances, seed saving, cover cropping and botany. Interns will be involved in the following tasks: Greenhouse management & seedling production Seeding and transplanting Weed management & pest control Irrigation Fertility management and soil building practices Harvest & post-harvest handling CSA pick-ups Pastured poultry care (with possibility for additional livestock experience working with our mixed livestock partner’s pigs and cattle) Infrastructure building & maintenance Volunteer supervision & mentoring Tractor work with our FarmAll 656 and 140 (if deemed appropriate) Our crew includes the lead farmer (Angie Koch), Field Manager, staff, interns and volunteers. Some live on site, some commute. Novice Interns: No prior farming experience required, but commitment,  stamina and a drive to learn are key.  Average stipend of $400/mth  (increases from $275-$575 monthly) + room/board. May 1-Oct 31. Senior Interns: Must have a full season’s experience on another farm (preferably market garden) or closely related work. Senior interns may choose a special project or area of focus for the season. Average stipend of $600/month plus room/board (increased from $475-$725 monthly). May 1- Oct 31. May 1-Sept 1 positions may be...

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