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

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 3 interns, 2 full-time farmers, 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. 6 formal on-farm training workshops covering fundamental Organic Farming topics. These will be offered by either Bethany or Seb. 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 2-3 one-on-one 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 Early April through to late November (exact dates TBA) Renumeration We provide accommodations, a $400/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:...

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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

We are a mixed vegetable farm just southwest of St.Thomas, Ontario.  We have a spring, summer and fall 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.  In 2018 we hope to start our first 50 week, full year CSA. 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 April and go until October, 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 commongroundfarm.ca https://www.facebook.com/commongroundfarm.ca/...

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Kolapore Gardens

Kolapore Gardens

Kolapore Gardens is a biologically intensive market garden producing top quality, nutrient dense vegetables and herbs for the local communities of Collingwood, Thornbury, Clarksburg and the Beaver Valley. We are located next to a provincial park and plenty of wild forests and creeks. Our farm works cooperatively with a neighbouring horse farm who provide manure in exchange for helping out with hay & upkeep of the farm. We accept 2 apprentices each year and share our skills of: – Designing crop rotations and garden layouts – Business Planning – Building healthy soils & growing nutritious crops – Greenhouse management for seedling production, summer and winter crops – A variety of weed control techniques – Efficient harvesting techniques – Marketing through a Summer CSA, 2 local farmers markets and a Winter CSA – Raising laying hens Apprentices live on farm, food prep is shared and apprentices earn a modest stipend. A valid drivers licence is not required, but would be an asset. We look forward to hearing from applicants who are seriously considering starting their own farm business in the next few years and want to refine their skills as well as those who are more generally interested in learning about market gardening and aren’t afraid to get dirty and work hard. For more info visit our website www.kolaporegardens.com For questions contact Mike directly at kolaporegardens@gmail.com, or send a resume with cover letter. Thank...

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Whole Circle Farm

Whole Circle Farm

INTERNSHIP POSITIONS Position: Ecological Farming Internship (March – Nov 2017, 6 positions) Type: full-time internship with room, board, stipend, more (see below) Organization: Whole Circle Farm Location: Acton, GTA / Halton Region, Ontario INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT WHOLE CIRCLE FARM If you’re ready for a full, hands-on experience that will immerse you in ecological farming then you’ve come to the right place. A farming internship experience can change your life! Whether your dream is to have your own organic farm one day or you just want to learn some food-growing and hands-on skills that can be applied in other parts of your life, a farming internship is a powerful experience that will help you grow as a person and equip you with the tools and insights to make a real difference in the world. Ecological farming internships are very demanding, highly rewarding opportunities! About Whole Circle Farm Whole Circle Farm is a wholly diversified family-style organic and biodynamic farm run by Maggie and Johann Kleinsasser. We are located between Georgetown and Guelph (20 minute drive from both) in Acton. Our business operations include about forty head of pastured 100% grass-fed cattle, pastured heritage pigs, pastured laying hens and broiler chickens, a 10 acre vegetable garden, regionally adapted vegetable seed production, a young mixed orchard, small perennial herb garden, maple bush, and a variety of field crops. The garden grows over 60 types of vegetables and supports a 150-member CSA and two markets (Downtown Georgetown and Wychwood Barns, Toronto) in the summer, and a 100-member CSA and one market (Wychwood Barns) through the winter and spring. Available Opportunities Whole Circle Farm is seeking five interns to work in our ~10 acre vegetable garden for the 2017 season. Interns will participate in general fieldwork pertaining to all aspects of growing organic vegetables from seeding in the greenhouse, transplanting seedlings, weeding, harvesting, post-harvest handling, selling at farmers’ markets, hosting CSA pick-ups, processing food for the winter, working with various farm machinery, and more. This internship experience focuses on vegetable production, however opportunities to work with our vegetable seed production projects and pastured livestock can be made available for those who are interested. Whole Circle Farm is seeking one intern to work primarily with our mixed pastured livestock. This intern will provide care for the livestock under the guidance of the farm managers (which includes, but is not limited to, daily chores, putting up and taking down fencing, moving animals to/from daily pasture, working on various infrastructure projects, and more). This internship experience focuses on livestock care and requires comfort with independent task assignments, and also includes opportunities to work in a team in the vegetable garden, especially during high workload times (such as harvest days). Opportunities to work with our seed production projects can be made available for those who are interested. Position: Intern # of positions: Six Type: Full-time position, room and board, stipend (details below) Duration: beginning March 2017 to end of November 2017 Location: Acton, ON Reports to: Garden Managers/Farm Manager Work Schedule and Compensation While the hours will vary through the season, one can expect to work approximately 55-60 hours / week. Stipend...

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Saugeen River CSA

Saugeen River CSA

We are an 80 acre Biodynamic farm located in the rolling hills of Grey County.  Our mixed farm focuses on providing vegetables, herbs and flowers for our surrounding community through the summer and winter CSA.  We are currently converting our farm into as much draft horse power as possible with a team of Belgians and a team of Percherons.  We also have Highland cattle, ducks, laying hens and raise a couple of pigs.  Our farm is small enough that apprentices get a chance to be involved in most of it: from starting plants in the greenhouse, to soil preparation, composting, planting and seeding crops, irrigation, cultivation, crop rotating, covercropping, harvesting, packing, marketing, animal care, rotational grazing, horse sense, seed saving… etc. all in the context of Biodynamics.  We are also part of a local vegetable seed growers network “Seeds of Transition.”  Our farm is a mentor farm in the North American Biodynamic Apprentice Program.  Spring and fall workshops complement the practical learning apprentices receive. Contact: Cory Eichman tel: 519 369 3567 e-mail: saugeenrivercsa at gmail.com website:...

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Plan B Farm

Plan B Farm

Established in 1997. We grow over 30 acres of certified organic vegetables on 2 farm properties, and manage 2 other farms with fruit. We run a 1000 member CSA in the summer season as well as attending several local farmers’ markets. (Dundas, Dufferin Grove, Westdale) We also run an organic food box program that runs year round. 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. 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, as you will be sharing work and life on the farm with up to 30 people in the busy summer season. Starting May 1st. 5.5 days/week with a $100 weekly pay. $500 bonus to those who stay until the end of October. Two former interns now hold year round positions! Contact: Rodrigo, Alvaro or Melanie tel: 905-659-2572 e-mail: info@planborganicfarms.ca website: www.planborganicfarms.ca Plan B Organic Farms “organic food at its freshest!” 1377 5th Concession West RR2 Branchton, ON N0B 1L0  ...

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Orchard Hill Farm

Orchard Hill Farm

Orchard Hill farm is an 93 acre diversified organic farm, growing 7 acres of vegetables and small fruit to supply our 220 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. We are happy to share the lessons of our 30 years of farming and to teach the many skills (from crop planning on paper, through field and garden work, to harvest and marketing) that young farmers require to get started on their own. We accept 4 apprentices each year. If you are looking for a rich learning experience that will help prepare you to start farming, and particularly if you are interested in farming with horses, apply to Orchard Hill!Contact: Ken and Martha Laing 45415 Fruit Ridge Line, RR#5, St. Thomas, ON N5P 3S9 tel 519-775-2670 e-mail: kmlaing at 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

We are seeking individuals who have a keen desire to learn the practices and principles of growing food organically, who are interested in building friendships and community, who are enthusiastic, curious and open to new ideas. We are committed to making this internship a learning experience, and we expect hard work, commitment to the guiding principles of our farm, and the ability to work as part of a larger team. Education Program: Field Trips & CRAFT Days Guest Speakers Regular Workshops Mentored Field Walks Program Tailored to your Learning Objectives Internship Manual and Primer Diversified Farm Opportunities Community Shared Agriculture Community Garden Plots Farmers Market Tractor Experience Field Crops Orchards Centre for Agricultural Renewal Benefits of an Ignatius Internship: Shared Housing with Utilities at the Farmhouse Modest Stipend Organic Veggies from the Farm 4km from Downtown Guelph We are offering senior, full season novice and summer novice positions. Senior Internship Senior interns are leaders on our farm. Senior interns are leaders on our farm. The interns participate fully in the novice internship programming, and also take on specialized roles in the farm to gain management experience.  They are provided with a modest professional development budget which they can use to further their own educational pursuits in addition to the field trips and workshops offered to the novice interns. Requirements: Proven organizational and planning skills and one full season of experience on a farm. Organizational, leadership skills, equipment experience and background in coordinating education, volunteers, and public outreach are assets. Novice Internship Novice internships are designed to give the intern a wide exposure to sustainable food systems. You can expect to be involved in: greenhouse management, seedling production, bed preparation, tractor work, weeding, transplanting, harvesting, overseeing distribution at CSA pick-ups or market table, planning events, participating in educational activities structured around intern learning objectives and learning how to cook with the food we grow. Timelines The team generally works 6-5:30 pm, with a mid morning break and 1.5 hr lunch.  A rotation of seasonal duties will require longer hours or occasional weekend duties. Timelines for internships are as follows: Summer Novice : Mid April to end of August Full Season Novice: Mid April to mid November Senior: End of March to end of November Our Land The internship program is part of Ignatius Farm. The main focus is our 8.5 acre Community Shared Agriculture organic vegetable operation, which supplies produce to over 250 member households and local businesses. Interns also have exposure to farmland tenant activities on the property including field crops, beekeeping, hop vines, forest gardening, cattle and medicinal herbs, and our extensive community garden plots. Ignatius Farm is one part of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre of Guelph. Our land encompasses over 600 acres of farmland, wetland and woodland, and includes a Jesuit community, Loyola House Retreat Centre, Center for Agricultural Renewal, hiking trails & natural areas. The farm is located less than a kilometre from Guelph, Ontario. Application Process The successful candidate: – will be ready to learn, receive instruction and follow directions and established farm procedures – will have creative and constructive input at appropriate times –...

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Everdale Organic Farm

Everdale Organic Farm

Everdale’s Sustainable Farming Certificate Everdale’s SFC program follows a structured curriculum designed to immerse students in on-farm life.  In addition to practical training students will take part in seminars, workshops, fields trips, and project work. Curriculum components include Seminars.  Most have classroom and field demonstration components.  Topics include things like transplants, greenhouse management, direct seeding, compost, irrigation, post-harvest handling and more. Workshops.  Experts in topics like seed saving and beekeeping will lead in-depth discussions and trainings. Field trips.  A minimum of 12 field trips to other local farms. Project work.  An SFC lead group garden plot among other programs tailored to individual student interest. Are you a future SFC student? We are looking for students who are inspired by Everdale’s mission (see http://everdale.org/about-us/) 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. Students 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...

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Persephone Market Garden

Persephone Market Garden

We are looking for two to three people to join our farm team from May 1 to October 31. We welcome individuals interested in pursuing farming as a career and individuals pursuing a career related to food/agriculture who would like to gain practical experience. Our farm consists of 100 acres and is located between Owen Sound and Sauble Beach. About one half of the property is various types of bush and swamp, the rest is hay fields/pasture/market garden. Kristine is the primary farmer, while Thorsten takes care of special projects and agroecological preparations. We started market gardening in 2009 and operate a Community Shared Agriculture program, with a delivery season of 20 weeks (June – October). Production grew from 0.75 acres and 15 shares to 1.5 acres and 75 shares in 2015. For 2016, we are aiming for 80 to 85 shares on the same land base. We primarily use a walk­behind tractor and hand tools, though we do have a larger tractor for some jobs (like turning the compost). We practice intensive crop rotation, relay cropping and intercropping and our fertility management is based on integration with livestock (sheep, horses and laying hens), along with experiments in cover cropping.   What we offer • learning opportunity – business and crop planning; marketing through community shared agriculture; starting seeds, transplanting, trellising/pruning, weeding, use of small caterpillar tunnels, agroecological preparations, pest management and harvest; customer service • great location – we’re on the Bruce Peninsula, only 12 km from Ontario’s largest sand beach on Lake Huron with great outdoor recreation possibilities. Toronto is accessible by bus • nice accommodation and meals • monthly stipend • one week of holidays   What we expect • a good attitude, enthusiasm for working as a team, openness and eagerness to learn • 5 days/week (Monday – Friday), generally from 8:00am to 5:00pm (there will be some longer days and some shorter days) with regular breaks Qualities we are looking for • self­motivated • adaptable to new situations • can work by yourself and in a team • ability to do physical work in a variety of weather conditions • good communication skills • appreciation for good food   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 935­3005...

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Kawthoolei Farm Organics

Kawthoolei Farm Organics

LOOKING FOR TWO INTERNS, 2016 SEASON – one position still available 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. You can find us at Stratford Farmer’s Market, 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. 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. www.darenetwork.com We are looking for two Interns from April to October.   WHAT WE CAN OFFER AN INTERN: 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 Hoophouse growing Planting Cultivation Pest Management Harvesting Food Safety Market and Restaurant Sales Organic Certification Sprouting 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 and weekly pocket money of $80. 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 a farm and work on a farm.  You expect that farming life is hard, yet rewarding work and you can find joy in the work.  You are enthusiastic with a positive can-do attitude.  You are comfortable working with others and yet like spending time alone.  You can express yourself directly about your needs and are willing to resolve any differences with an open mind and good communication.  You are curious and want to learn.  You are willing to share your ideas.  The work is hard and...

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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

We practice a holistic approach to farm management through the incorporation of Biodynamic practices. We consider the agricultural lands 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 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. ORGANIC & BIODYNAMIC FARM APPRENTICESHIPS: As an apprentice, you will help grow vegetables on 5 acres for our 85-member CSA program and market garden.  You will be involved in all aspects of running a small, organic farm including seeding, transplanting, watering, weeding, harvesting, distribution & marketing, season extension, construction of greenhouses and small buildings, collecting seed and preserving. Apprentices will be given a lot of responsibility, including managing our stand at the Orangeville and Creemore Farmer’s markets, greenhouse management and looking after our small herd of Milking Shorthorn cattle. Other learning opportunities include working with chickens and pigs.  The 66-acre farm property includes access to the Bruce Trail and the nearby Boyne River. We are looking for three Apprentices for the 2016 growing season. No previous gardening experience is required, although it will be considered an asset. 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. The period of the Apprenticeship will run from April 1st to November 15th, however these dates are flexible. Accommodations and a stipend will be provided. * THIS YEAR* We are looking for one apprentice who will divide their time between farm work and the care of our 2-year-old son.  You would spend mornings doing child care (adventuring!) and afternoons working on the farm.  If you are interested in this position, please indicate on your application. To apply, please send an email and attach a cover letter and resume. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call. More information about Fiddle Foot Farm can be found below and on our Website: www.fiddlefootfarm.com Contact: Graham Corbett & Amy Ouchterlony E-mail: fiddlefootfarm@gmail.com Tel. 519-925-3225 Farm Location & History Fiddle Foot Farm is a 66-acre farm located on the north slope of the Boyne River watershed, near the town of Mansfield, north of Hwy 89 between Shelburne and Alliston. The farm is nestled in the hills of the Niagara Escarpment region, with easy access to the Bruce Trail. While the property is large, the extreme topography limits its entire use for annual crop production. In 2000, Amy’s parents, Tom and Mary Ouchterlony, bought the farm property and continued to lease out the pasture to a neighbouring farmer to graze cattle until 2007. In the spring of 2011, Amy and Graham moved from Whole Village Farm, where they had been managing the Whole Village CSA...

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Meeting Place Organic Farm

Meeting Place Organic Farm

Meeting Place Organic Farm is a 100 acre mixed livestock farm mostly powered by Belgian and Norwegian Fjord work horses and human muscle power. We raise pastured beef cattle, pastured pork, pastured chickens and laying hens along with our draft horses. We grow a large personal vegetable garden and a small apple orchard. We also do selective logging and gather firewood in our woodlot. Our main income is from selling freezer meats directly to families in SW Ontario.   Interns will have the chance to be involved in all aspects of running a self reliant farm: raising horses, cattle, pigs, meat chickens and laying hens; learning about using work horses, and growing your own food, including food preservation. There will also be opportunities for building 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 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 are looking to take several interns in 2016. We are shifting into our second generation of family farmers, so you’ll get the benefit of a multigenerational operation. 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, Fran & Tony McQuail 86016 Creek Line RR 1, Lucknow, ON N0G 2H0 519-528-2493 e-mail: meetingplaceorganicfarm AT gmail DOT com website: www.meetingplaceorganicfarm.ca e-mail: meetingplaceorganicfarm AT gmail DOT com website: www.meetingplaceorganicfarm.ca...

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Marvellous Edibles Farm

Marvellous Edibles Farm

Marvellous Edibles is a diverse  100 acre farm  south of the Georgian Bay between Meaford and Owen Sound. It is on one of the most beautiful parts of Ontario, situated inside the Niagara Escarpment. We have Certified Organic vegetables, fruits and  pasture, and organic but not certified pastured livestock including poultry. Our internship program includes: seed starting,seedling care, irrigation, weed and pest management, post harvest care cover cropping animal husbandry and pasturing livestock shelters greenhouse construction and management orchard management crop planning efficiency and time management value added products bread baking sausage and bacon production and basic butchering Cheese and yogurt making Interns are encouraged to communicate their interests and work on individual projects. There are monthly visits to other CRAFT farms where all interns will  be taking workshops on many of the important aspects of small scale organic farming and meeting a large group of like minded interns. Junior Intern applicants (2 positions available) should be independent thinkers who enjoy physical work and committed to producing organic food.  No experience is necessary however you have to be physically fit and mentally strong. Starting May 1st, ending November 15, 5.5 days, 10/12 hours a day, Weekly Stipend of $ 100.00. With room and board and a season end bonus. Senior Intern applicants (1 position available) should have completed 2 seasons at other farms, should  start April 1 available till at least mid January 2015, have supervisory experience with leadership qualities.  The salary is $1000/ monthly as well as room and board. Weekday lunches are shared, lodging is a private or shared room in a separate building with bathroom, shower and laundry facilities. Website: www.marvellousediblesfarm.ca Email: ayseakoner@gmail.com Phone: 519 372 2107 Cell: 226 668...

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Fertile Ground CSA

Fertile Ground CSA

Fertile Ground is an organic vegetable farm located just 15 minutes west of Waterloo. We grow a wide variety of vegetables for our 150 share CSA, local cafes and a Buying Club. 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. Our crew includes the lead farmer (Angie Koch), Field Manager, interns, PT staff and volunteers. Some live on site, some commute. 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. May 1-Nov 1. Novice Interns: 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.  Average stipend of $400/mth  (increases from $275-$575 monthly) + room/board. May 1-Nov 1. Housing: Room & board provided on-farm. Private sleeping/lounge area with shared kitchen & bathroom. Educational Opportunities: Fertile Ground was begun directly out of a CRAFT internship and is now entering its 8th season of operation. Interns are involved in the following areas: Greenhouse management & seedling production Seeding and transplanting Weed management & pest control Irrigation Fertility management and soil building practices Volunteer supervision, teaching & management Harvest & postharvest handling CSA pick-ups Chicken care Tractor work with our FarmAll 656 and 140 (if deemed appropriate) In addition to experiential learning at the farm and CRAFT days, we arrange for 3-4 additional tours or workshop days. We are committed to developing an educational focus and level of responsibility that matches with experience level & interests. Contact: Angie Koch  1560 Carmel-Koch Rd. St. Agatha N0B2L0 angie@fertilegroundcsa.com 226-747-2552 Website: www.fertilegroundcsa.com Facebook:...

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