We are looking to hire two interns this coming season who are eager learners and passionate about farming. Singing Bird Farm is a 10 acre Certified Organic farm (1 acre in production) located 1/2 km from a public beach (St. Mary's Lake) on beautiful Salt Spring Island. We grow everything from arugula to zucchini, and we have a small herd of dairy goats.
We are committed to organic farming, and we were granted certified organic status in 2015. We endeavour to be as self-sufficient as we can; therefore, we make and turn our own compost, made from the manure and bedding of our animals and the weeds of our garden; and we mulch our beds with hay rather than with plastic (plastic is more effective for suppressing weeds, but is far less desirable for the health of the planet). We also prepare (fork and weed) our beds by hand.
We believe in keeping heritage varieties alive and most of the vegetables we grow are open pollinated, heirloom varieties. We have two heritage breed farm dogs, over a dozen different heritage chicken breeds (around 60 chickens in total), and five Oberhasli goats in addition to our Indian Runner ducks. We collect eggs from our free-range birds and ducks, we milk our does, and walk our herd in the forest every day along with the dogs.
Our interns will be accommodated in a 420 square foot panabode cabin. In addition to room and board, we offer a $500 monthly stipend plus a $150 bonus for every month you worked if you have stayed until the end of the season. We are looking for one intern to start on April 1st and finish October 31st and a second intern who will start on May 1st and finish September 30th.
Our interns will be engaged in all aspects of Singing Bird Farm, including bed preparation, seeding, transplanting, harvesting, weeding, compost turning, feeding and milking the goats, and selling produce at the Tuesday Market. In addition, you will be taught how to process various foods (including chevre, jams, sauerkraut, and pickles). Because our goats are milked 12 hours apart (starting in late April), everyone is required to work 2 or 3 evening shifts per week. Farm hours will be approximately 40 hours per week, with possibly more hours in earlier and/or mid-season and fewer in late season. Because we will need everyone's help for the twice-weekly harvests, you will not be able to take time off during your internship other than weekends; however, when the garden slows down in the fall, there will be opportunities to take off some Friday afternoons and/or Mondays.
We are interested in someone who is keen to learn about organic farming and who is conscientious, hard working, flexible, and who can work both independently as well as in a team. Experience with goats is a definite asset; learning how to milk is a must.
For more information about us, visit our website at http://www.singingbirdfarm.ca
If you are interested in either of these positions, please reply with a resume and cover letter to:
Applications for these two intern positions is as soon as possible.
Thank you very much,
Doug and Leonie Muldoon
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GoodWork ID: 37402 Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Jan 9 2017