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Position: Organic farm apprentice
Type: f/t apprenticeship with accom., meals, stipend (see below)
Organization: Three Oaks Farm
Location: Saanichton, near Victoria BC

Work Period: April till end October 2017
Work days: Mon-Fri 9-5pm

Our 2 acre certified organic farm is part of a 5 acre piece of land in the beautiful Mt Newton Valley, located 30 mins from Victoria and 5 mins from nearby commercial centres. We grow 40 different veggie crops and specialize in tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, salad greens, spinach, strawberries. We sell our produce through a marketing partnership (Saanich Organics) to several restaurants, a box program and 2 vibrant farmer markets in Victoria. Apprentices have opportunity for paid work at one of the markets.

Rachel has 20 yrs experience and is passionate about food security issues and ensuring the farm is financially as well as ecologically sustainable. She takes apprentices' education seriously. Each apprentice will have an area of responsibility and weekly discussions will involve you in planning and troubleshooting. Learn all aspects of market gardening and commercial production; seeding, succession planting, irrigating, weeding, harvesting, packaging, seed saving, planning, record keeping, selling, eating and enjoying. Your days will be full, diverse, and satisfying. We have 4 greenhouses as well as plenty of field crops, and raise some chickens for meat. We also have 2 kids, ages 8 and 13. Rachel works closely with other farmers in Saanich Organics and will emphasize the business side of running a farm if apprentices indicate an interest. There will be opportunities to engage with the larger farm community during monthly enrichment workshops offered by participating farms.

The accommodation is suitable for one or a couple. It is a comfortable and bright room in an outbuilding with an outdoor, covered kitchen, cob oven, composting toilet, and you can shower in our house. We take turns cooking shared lunches in the main house on workdays (mon-fri) and you will have full access to farm veggies all the time. Full board and a stipend is provided, which varies depending on the previous experience of the individual. ($300-400/mo).

You may also come on a daily or part time basis if you have your own housing. We are located near the ocean, the hiking trails of John Dean Park, and 10 mins drive from swimming lakes. Ideal apprentices are physically fit, self motivated, eager to learn and willing to embrace all farm practices. Good communication is a must, as is use of common sense, the confidence to make decisions and a willingness to go above and beyond. Please make contact if you are positive, self-motivated, respectful of others, a hard worker, a non-smoker, and are seriously considering organic agriculture in your future!

Saanichton, BC. 23 km north of Victoria, 25 minutes drive.

Please apply to:
rachel mask* or phone 250-652-8662. Email preferred.

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GoodWork ID: 38546       Date posted to Feb 28 2017