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.

Website: www.sharedharvestdunnville.com