Core team positions: Gardener, Soil Builder, Builder, Eco-Forester, Kitchen Witch/Wizard
Organization: Forest Gardens
Location: Salt Spring Island, BC
Accommodation: yes (see below)
Dates: April – October 2021
Remun.: volunteer plus free participation in the Permaculture Design Course, plus food, accommodation and living supplies (see below)
The Core Team is an intensive immersion in Permaculture Design, Regenerative Agriculture, homesteading, eco-forestry & intentional community building that will help you increase your knowledge, skills and confidence to create positive change in your life and community.
We invite people who are motivated, self directed, and collaborative to join us for a full season of theoretical and practical learning.
We are excited to live and work with people who are passionate about living regeneratively and working to support life and future generations.
The Core Team is meant for people who have developed their skills and life vision, and are looking to refine and enhance their knowledge and competency by stepping into a leadership and decision making role.
The Core Team works closely with both the Land Stewards and Apprentices to design, implement, maintain and evolve specific aspects of the farm and homestead.
Do you love having your hands in the soil?
Do you want to grow food that nurtures the health of humans and the ecosystem?
Then come join us for a full seasonal cycle in the garden, from seed planting to seed saving!
As a Gardener your main responsibilities will include:
You will work in collaboration with Nomi, our multi-talented Head Gardener and Land Steward. With five seasons under her belt, she has spearheaded many projects to restore health to the soil, determine optimal crops for our climate, and design the spaces and processes needed for a successful season from planting to harvest. We grow approximately 80 different species of plants in the garden, and are implementing a range of Regenerative practices including working with the soil food web, utilizing integrated pest management, companion planting, and beyond organic standards. This position will provide you with the experience and confidence to develop and maintain your own homestead scale vegetable garden. Within this role, you will be given opportunities to oversee specific areas of the garden and manage specialized projects with the support of the apprentices which will help you develop your leadership and mentoring skills.
Do you love playing in the dirt, sinking your hands into deep dark soil?
Does making compost piles and magical elixers of compost tea delight you?
Then come be the driving force behind our soil fertility program!
As you learn the different ways of making, monitoring and applying soil building techniques you will create ever greater amounts of rich living soil that will nurture and nourish the garden for years to come!
Some of your responsibilities will include:
Do you love creating things with wood, rocks and metal?
Do you enjoy designing structures to be functional, durable and aesthetically pleasing?
Then come help us create the physical infrastructure that will support and protect the farm and homestead for years to come!
As the builder, your main responsibilities will include:
Over the season you will work closely with the Land Stewards to build and setup a number of different structures including:
Mentoring the apprentices in the building projects will provide you the opportunity to develop your teaching style simultaneously as you expand your building skills.
This position is intended for someone who already has basic carpentry skills and wants to gain experience using raw wood from the forest to create various farm structures.
Are you fascinated by forests?
Do you want to learn how to work with the patterns and processes of nature to help the forest become more healthy, diverse and productive?
Do you want to gain the skills, knowledge and experience to be able to speed up forest regeneration?
Then come help us transform the recently logged plantation forest that we are stewarding towards an abundant and regenerative future!
As Eco-Forester your main responsibilities will include:
Working closely with Nick and the Forestry Team, we will start by designing the management plan for the season and learning the skills and procedures to work safely and effectively in the forest. Then as we implement our management plan, we will explore the various techniques and approaches to help speed up the regeneration of the forest. This position will teach you many of the skills involved in the logging and forestry industry, within a regenerative framework, and is intended for someone who is passionate about working with the forest.
Do you love nurturing community by creating delicious and nutritious food?
Are you passionate about making a lively & lovely space for cooking, eating and connecting?
Then come infuse the heart of Forest Gardens with your nourishing magic!
As the Kitchen Witch/Wizard your main responsibilities will include:
Our main sources of food include salvaged produce from the local grocer, bulk orders of various grains, legumes and spices, and what we grow in the garden. In order to utilize the variable food selection we have each week, creativity and flexibility are needed in this position. We usually need to accommodate various dietary restrictions within a meal, and comfort with vegetarian, gluten free and vegan cooking is an asset. Since the kitchen becomes a focal gathering area within the community, a key eye for organization and work-flow design will help this area run smoothly and evolve beautifully.
The Core Team program runs from April 5th, 2021 to October 31st, 2021.
In honor of the hard work and commitment that the Core Team brings to Forest Gardens, we offer a multi-season stipend program that incentivizes people to return for subsequent years:
In your first season as a Core Team member we will provide:
In your second season as a Core Team member we will provide:
If you decide to return for a third season we will work together to create a customized position for you.
If interested, please e-mail your resume and expression of interest to:
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Jan 17 2021 ID: 58344