Position: Ecological/Permaculture Gardener with Potential Permaculture Internship Program
Type: full-time, some food, accommodations, more (see below)
Organization: Living Landscapes
Location: near Madoc, Ontario (east of Peterborough)
Housing provided: yes
Renum.: Not a paid job. Learning opportunity.
Living Landscapes is opening up existing and new market and educational garden spaces for 1-2 people to utilize for guided learning and to grow their own food.
This is a work trade internship Permaculture Design Course opportunity (not a paid job). There is potential for ongoing involvement, an expanding role, and on-site or remote (after coming here) landscaping partnership opportunities.
Role and Responsibilities
Required Skills and Experience
We are located in a small, budding off-grid community. Our farm is located north of Madoc, Ontario (between Ottawa and Toronto just off Highway 7, north of Belleville about 45 minutes).
The start time is any time in the growing season (April to November roughly depending on the year), pending space availability or willingness to glamp if the cabin is full.
Learning and Other Opportunities
Permaculture designer and teacher Trent Rhode will work directly with you, facilitate your stay, and support your ongoing learning by supplying basic to advanced learning resources and guidance as required. Trent has 16+ years of experience in permaculture/ecological design that includes a permaculture teacher training, 2 design courses (including one as part of teaching team), mentorship by experienced regenerative farmers, gardeners and restoration ecologists, training through the University of Guelph and University of Victoria, and experience running his own permaculture design company since 2012. Trent is currently a member of the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA). 2023 will be his fifth season facilitating the PDC internship program.
Permaculture Design Interns will work through a self-study (with availability for discussions, questions, etc.) permaculture/forest garden-based structured internship program during the growing season and will earn a PDC, while helping with and learning about setting up a permaculture homestead and perennial polyculture based forest garden and nursery. Shorter work-exchange opportunities are also available – please inquire.
This includes installing the next stages of perennial polyculture gardens and orchards throughout the property.
Permaculture Design Internships are a minimum of 30 hours/week of hands on work for 1 month, but the program can extend to 6+ months, with evening times for studying and at the end of the 1 month study period (or this can be extended) doing a design project. Working out other time frames (e.g. 1 month here, 1 month away, 1 month here) is possible - please inquire.
Internships are structured by skillset topics and seasonal necessity-based learning, but a core curriculum required for a PDC will be the foundation, particularly in the first month (or longer if you choose to extend this and take it slower). The PDC core curriculum is based on PINA's core curriculum.
The spring work will be tree, herb and vegetable planting, seed starting and planting, nursery care that will involve learning about plants, as well as co-designing and planting new gardens, and caring for already planted plants.
Summer is mostly maintenance, harvest, design, nursery and plant care, and preparing new garden areas.
Fall will involve more tree planting, preparing new garden areas for spring, more design, and of course harvest, as well as potentially food and medicine preservation and processing, including canning, drying and making tinctures (depending on the year).
Regardless of time of year, the program will involve reading books and multi-media course materials in your own time, doing exercises and activities, and partaking in discussions with Trent. The longer you stay, the more things you will learn about.
Other work exchanges are also possible for shorter periods, though you will not be able to earn a PDC (requires 1 month minimum commitment, though again, this can be over a longer period).
To apply, please send an email to:
briefly explaining why you'd like to do this internship, how long of a commitment you are interested in, possible start and end dates, and your experience with permaculture, ecology, organic gardening/farming, or agriculture in general. You may also call 705-313-4769 for more information.
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Organic farming / agriculture
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Feb 19 2021 ID: 58746