2016 Internship - Now accepting applicants
Each season, we offer one internship position on our farm. An internship is a valuable opportunity to really get a feel for what farming is all about, the work it involves, and the kind of lifestyle it offers. The amount you can learn in one season on an organic farm is uncountable. An internship will give you a unique perspective on nature, organic agriculture, the food industry, and the local food movement. Whether or not you want to become a farmer, a season working on a farm will strengthen your work ethic, build your character, and expand your practical knowledge on many matters.
Working independently and as part of a team, interns will be involved in the daily operations of the farm, including, but not limited to: direct seeding/transplanting, greenhouse seeding/maintenance, weeding, bed prep, field maintenance, pest control, plant health identification harvesting, washing/packing/processing vegetables, infrastructure maintenance/building, animal husbandry, CSA pickup, farmers’ market, farmstand operations, general chores and cleanup.
Opportunities to learn about the business aspects of farming, such as marketing, production planning, finances, sales, etc. are available if interested.
Interns will participate in weekly planning meetings and field walks and learn to identify and prioritize weekly farm tasks. We will regularly work with interns to identify short- and long-term learning goals. Interns will participate in a weekly meeting to reflect on the week prior, revisit their learning goals, set new goals, ask questions and participate in a discussion. Beyond this, much of the learning experience will be informal and hands-on, conducted as we work throughout the day. We ask that our interns also take responsibility for their own learning; be observant, and ask questions.
Work will happen in rain or shine, especially on harvest days. Some work will be tedious and long. Heavy lifting and bending are required. Getting muddy/dirty is unavoidable. Interns will be expected to be punctual and to maintain a good work ethic no matter the task or the weather.
We ask that interns commit to the full season. There is the potential for an internship to turn into a paid role on the farm in future seasons.
We are getting married this summer! Interns will have the rare and exciting opportunity to be in charge of the farm for two weeks (with the help of experienced workers!). Don't worry, you'll be ready.
Who We are Looking For:
We are looking for a motivated person who is keenly interested in experiencing a full season immersed in the work of an organic farm. We are looking for someone who has a good attitude and is interested in learning, is versatile, self-motivated, and doesn’t mind hard work. You should be prepared for physical challenges in all sorts of weather. A valid driver's licence is a plus. Gardening experience isn't necessary, although welcome - a passion for local food and sustainability is a no-brainer. A sense of humour doesn’t hurt either!
The season will run from May 1st to mid-October. Start and end times are negotiable.
We work from 7am-6pm, 5-5.5 days a week. We have an hour and a half lunch break (longer on really hot days), with time for a swim and a nap in the hammock. Sundays are always a day off, Saturdays will usually be a day off unless working at the Farmers' Market. Days may begin later as the season progresses, or extend longer on harvest/CSA days. Each morning will begin with a meeting to plan the day.
What We Provide:
In exchange for a full season of work commitment, we will provide:
- Lunch and break food, all the veggies and eggs you need, and meat if its available. Interns are responsible for their own groceries beyond this.
- A monthly stipend of $400/mth. WSIB coverage.
- One week of vacation (can be spread out throughout the season).
- Accommodation in a cosy, furnished private trailer on the property (includes a kitchen and shower and heat). Basic wi-fi is provided. We are also looking for interns who live nearby and can commute. If this is you, let us know and we can negotiate.
- An extensive, immersive, and guided learning experience.
- Access to our library of market gardening and sustainable agriculture books and magazines.
- Occassional field trips to other farms, canning/preserving days, fun group outings (like our annual Canada Day Peach Picking Fiesta)
We are in a beautiful location, surrounded by the rolling hills of Caledon. We have a really awesome pond that we swim in all the time. This is a great little community with awesome restaurants, cool local festivals, and great hiking (including the Bruce Trail) nearby. We are 5 minutes away from Orangeville and only an hour away from downtown Toronto.
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know why you want to intern with us!