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INTERNSHIP POSITION

Position: Organic Farming Internship
Type: full-time full-season intern with accom., food, weekly stipend, more (see below)
Farm: Sarah's Harvest
Location: Lake Laberge, 50 km north of Whitehorse, Yukon

Sarah’s Harvest is seeking one full-season farm intern who is keen to learn about organic farming, able to work hard and is committed to staying for the full term (April 29th to October 11th, 2018).

Sarah’s Harvest

Sarah’s Harvest is a certified organic market garden based at Lendrum Ross Farm on Lake Laberge, 50 km north of Whitehorse, Yukon. Sarah Ouellette has been growing vegetables commercially for grocery stores, restaurants and a farmer’s market in Whitehorse since 2014. This summer, she’ll also be raising pigs on an area of land where she’ll be expanding her garden in 2019.

After getting hooked on farming while WWOOFing in India, Sarah pursued two full-season internships at Ignatius Farm CSA in Guelph, Ontario. As a former farm intern herself, Sarah knows the value of hands-on learning and is dedicated to facilitating a comprehensive, challenging and rewarding work-for-learning experience. The intern will be involved in all farm operations and will take responsibility for certain areas, according to the intern’s interests and skills. The intern will visit other organic farms, have access to farming books, and have the opportunity to take part in poultry processing or butchering (goat or pig), if desired.

Lendrum Ross Farm

Brian Lendrum and Susan Ross raise dairy goats, laying hens and organic vegetables at Lendrum Ross Farm. The gardens and greenhouse have been certified organic since 2001. Goat milk, cheese and other dairy products have been available for sale in Yukon for the past 15 years. The 8 hectare farm includes natural forests, rocky outcrops and access to a 100 hectare grazing lease, which provides excellent terrain and foraging for the goats. You’ll see Brian and Susan on a daily basis and will have ample opportunity to work with and learn from them, too.

Labour for Learning

An internship at Sarah’s Harvest offers you a complete hands-on experience on a commercial vegetable farm. Previous farming experience is an asset, but is not required for this position. You must be enthusiastic and motivated to learn about farming; healthy, fit and ready to work hard; able to see a job through to completion and committed to staying for the whole season. You should also have an eye for detail, be able to take direction, work independently and willing to take initiative when a job needs to get done. Expect the work to be physically taxing. Sweat and sore muscles are guaranteed. The bugs will be unrelenting and it won’t get dark in June and July (this is the land of the midnight sun). The intern and Sarah will work together on a daily basis and in all weather conditions. You must be able to communicate openly, problem-solve and have a positive attitude.

Sarah is committed to facilitating a healthy, fun and enriching experience. You will be involved in all aspects of the farm and will have the opportunity to delve deeper into areas that interest you most. The intern will learn about and take responsibility in:

  • greenhouse maintenance, seeding trays and growing shoots for sale
  • bed prep, direct seeding, transplanting and weeding
  • row covers, irrigation, compost and green manures
  • harvesting, processing for wholesale/farmer’s market and customer relations
  • infrastructure repairs and maintenance
  • raising small livestock, including pigs, goats, laying hens and possibly turkeys

The intern will also learn about farm finances, crop planning, seed ordering and more. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to milk goats and about milk processing. We will visit other organic farms, so you can meet other Yukon farmers and learn about what they do. There will be an opportunity for a week-long Intern Exchange with another farm in August. If you’re interested in taking part in poultry processing or butchering, that will be arranged.

Work Schedule & Time Off

This 24-week farm internship will run from April 29th to October 11th, 2018. The work schedule will be roughly as follows:

  • May: 5 days/week, 8am-5pm
  • June: 5 days/week, 7:30am-5pm
  • July: 5.5 days/week, 7am-5pm
  • August: 5.5 days/week, 7am-5pm
  • September: 5.5 days/week, 7:30am-5pm
  • October: 5 days/week, 8am-5pm

We’ll take breaks as necessary and aim to stop for lunch between 1pm and 2pm. Days off will be on Friday and Saturday (in May, June and October), or Friday and Saturday mornings (in July, August and September). Harvesting will begin late-June and will take place on Sundays and Wednesdays for next-day delivery. Thursdays will be longer days from mid-July to mid-September because we will be selling at the Fireweed Community Market.

You may take 3 additional days off. There are several terrific music festivals in the Yukon, as well as endless hiking, canoeing and camping options, even in the immediate area. Please give at least 2 weeks notice for your days off.

Stipend, Living & Eating

The intern will receive $100.00 per week. This stipend should not be considered as payment for hours worked, but rather as an expression of gratitude for your commitment to the farm, and as part of the labour-for-learning exchange.

On top of the weekly stipend, the intern will be provided with accommodation and food. The farm is off-grid, so living accommodations are modest. The intern will live in a 20’ travel trailer that includes a bed, propane cook stove, table, bench seats, wood stove, closet and cupboards. The trailer will be equipped with kitchen supplies, towels and bedding. Water will be carried to the trailer in 20L jugs. An outhouse will serve as the bathroom. Showers and laundry will be done in town, though the lake is always available for a very refreshing swim. The intern will fix her/his own breakfast. Sarah and the intern will share lunch and dinner at her house and will take turns cooking and cleaning up. Wifi is available, but there is no cell service at the farm.

The intern should feel comfortable living on her/his own and be ready to embrace rural life. We’re 50km from Whitehorse and Sarah only goes to town on delivery days. A vehicle will be an asset if you want to go to town on your days off, but is not required for this position. If you’re a light sleeper, keep in mind that it doesn’t get dark at night in June and July, and the three Great Pyrenees guard dogs usually bark a lot at night.

How to Apply

If you’re keen to learn about organic vegetable production, motivated to work hard and are committed to staying for the whole season, please apply. Write a letter that includes the following information:

  • What is your farming or gardening experience?
  • Why do you want to pursue an internship at Sarah’s Harvest?
  • What are your top skills, strengths or qualities that you would bring to the farm?
  • What do you hope to get out of this labour-for-learning exchange?

Email your resume and letter to sarah.ouellette1@gmail.com by February 28th, 2018.

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GoodWork ID: 43645       Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Jan 15 2018