CRAFT Kawartha Farms

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For Ontario Farming Internships in Kawartha, Northumberland, Peterborough, Durham and surrounding regions

Start your 2014 farm experience with us!

These regions are thriving agricultural areas with a growing number of small-scale farming operations responding to the rising interest in the local food movement. Our ecological farming community has joined together and is working cooperatively to provide education and support for prospective future farmers. As a CRAFT intern you will live, work and learn on a farm for a full growing season, with invaluable opportunities to learn necessary skills by working alongside experienced farmers.

Our farmers are currently producing CSA shares, fresh produce, berries, garlic, herbs, chicken, eggs, ducks, turkey, guinea fowl, beef, pork, lamb, sprouts, grains, flours, honey, maple syrup and much more. Their expertise includes Heirloom fruits and vegetables, Heritage breed livestock, green power, biodynamic, organic and sustainable farming practices.

All internships must involve an exchange of labour (by the intern) for education and hands-on farming experience (from the farmer). Each farm may organize its internship as they see fit. Individual farms operate independently so the living arrangements, stipends, work hours and training methods for interns are specific to each farm.

The internship includes monthly educational field trips to the other area CRAFT farms to experience various other farming enterprises, as well as providing an occasion to interact and network with the other interns. Throughout the growing season more opportunities will arise for interns to have further hands-on experience on additional farms in the region.

Past educational Field Day Workshops have included:

  • Making Maple Syrup
  • Understanding Soil
  • Growing Fundamentals & Pollinators
  • Farm Machinery
  • Livestock Husbandry
  • Storing & Preserving the Harvest
  • Artisan Baking in a Wood Fired Oven
  • Greenhouse Operations
  • Biodynamic Preparation (Horn manure)
  • Controlling Garden Pests
  • Soil Prep
  • Weed Control
  • Pastured Pigs
  • Permaculture
  • Livestock Guardian Dogs
  • Heritage Shropshire Sheep
  • Composting
  • Basics of Botany & Greenhouse Set-Up
  • Garden Irrigation
  • Creating Top Soil
  • Working with Draft Horses
  • Small Scale Beef Operations & Calving
  • Green Building Tips
  • Farmers Market Guidelines
  • Farm Marketing & Finances
  • Tool Sharpening
  • How To Grow Great Garlic

The following farms are offering 2013 CRAFT Kawartha internships:

(Our farms also extend outside of the Kawartha region…Click below on map link to see all the Kawartha Node Farm locations)

Kawartha Node Farm Map

How to Become a CRAFT Kawartha intern
Please apply for your internship by submitting your resume and covering letter directly to the farm of your choice.

Application Deadlines
Farms are now accepting applications for the 2013 growing season, and some farms do so throughout the year—PLEASE GET IN TOUCH DIRECTLY.

How to Become a CRAFT Kawartha Farm

  • To become a CRAFT Farm in Kawartha you must:
  • Be a producer and marketer of food
  • Offer a full-season sustainable farming internship
  • Operate your farm in a sustainable manner that fits with the Principles of Organic Agriculture-however farms are NOT required to be certified organic.
  • Participate in planning meetings for CRAFT Kawartha
  • Contribute a membership fee to assist with advertising and website costs
  • Farms are encouraged to host an educational “Field Day” for all CRAFT Kawartha interns on their farm and send your intern(s) to all six (with an optional seventh) of the monthly CRAFT field days on other farms

If you would like to become a CRAFT Kawartha Farm please contact Montana Jones at farm at wholearth dot com