Chuckleberry is located on a pristine 18-acre property in the Selkirk Mountains, 10 miles west of Nelson British Columbia. The land is south-sloping with a very generous south exposure supporting a unique microclimate great for organic gardening & orchards as well as passive solar, photovoltaic power and annualized geo-solar building.
Chuckleberry is a certified organic community farm that operates year-round from our in-ground Earthship that is largely heated and powered by the sun. The Earthship supports the growth of over 10,000 pounds of microgreens each year. During the growing season, we produce a wide variety of certified organic crops, berries and fruits for our community, retailers, restaurants and ski lodges in the Kootenay and Okanagan regions of British Columbia. We are a mountain farm surrounded by evergreen forest with a white water creek along our western boundary.
We have a variety of organic gardens, some of which are 30-inch high, insulated raised beds to preserve our gardener’s knees and backs. These beds have hoop houses on them that allow us to grow right through the winter with some crops and extend the primary growing season by up to a month at either end of the season with some other crops. We also have fields with rows of composting straw bales that grow thousands of pounds of squash and zucchini while simultaneously creating nutrient-dense soil.
What is so unique about Chuckleberry?
At Chuckleberry, we value the rich relational field we cultivate while working as a team to generate high yields of certified organic foods with a small ecological footprint. An internship at Chuckleberry is not only an opportunity to develop skills in organic farming and sustainable living in a conscious community, but it is also an opportunity to develop and deepen your connection to your inner life. Who you are, what’s your purpose, and how do you want to inhabit this experience of life. Our weekly community Emotional Intelligence Training and other transformational spaces will develop in you a deeper, more genuine, more soul-satisfying way of living and relating. Chuckleberry Community Farm is welcoming edgeworkers and culture creatives to collaborate in the creation of a village, the birthing place of a new culture that renders Modern Culture completely obsolete.
ABOUT THE POSITION: The Maintenance Intern is a jack-of-all-trades that will learn the skills of keeping all of our off-grid systems working. You will draw on your background in construction, maintenance and repair to support the smooth operation of the systems that support this organic farm. You will also learn other skills necessary to operate an organic farm when you are called on to support other important workflows on the farm. You know how to use tools, care for them and put them back where you got them. You love to spend your time outside in all weather conditions. You are a natural at figuring things out.
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WORK HOURS: interns work five days per week, from 8:30 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 3:30 pm, with lunch prepared in-house. You will work a total of 30 hours per week, as well as participate in 2 hours of Emotional Intelligence Training and Community Creation Circle each week.
If you have been looking for a place where you can prioritize your inner life and personal growth…
If you have been wanting to discover more of who you are through living closely with others in a conscious, intentional community…
If you have been wanting to learn high-yielding, small-footprint, organic farming…
If you are interested in taking a stand for a new way of living in co-creation with people and the Earth…
Chuckleberry Community Farm may just be what you have been looking for.
We offer the opportunity to commit for 1 year with a Work Exchange trial period preceding the beginning of the contract. We also have Work Exchange positions available for a 6-month commitment from May 1st to October 31st, 2024.
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If you have any questions, please call Brianne at 250-551-8947.
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“... If you dare to take on the ride Chuckleberry helps to provide, it may be the first place where you actually feel seen, heard and understood - by JUST being yourself, with all the light and shadows you are. It might also be the last place, but at least now you know what it feels like to be alive so you won’t have to continue living a life made out of concessions. … If all this sounds super crazy and at the same time in a weird way familiar to you, I highly recommend contacting the community to find out if it’s for you. I did this once and even came back 3 times to continue the journey.”
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Jun 10 2023 ID: 68407