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Position: PAID APPRENTICE on organic fruit farm
Type: full-time apprentice/intern with accom, food, stipend, more (see below)
Organization: GOLDEN TREE FARM
Location: Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Two positions available for a fantastic apprenticeship position on our certified organic fruit farm.

$500/ stipend + ORGANIC FARM FRESH FOOD + BASIC DRY GOODS + A BEAUTIFUL ON-FARM ACCOMMODATION + Hands-on and Formal AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION

April 15 through October 15, 2018

The position is for our field and orchard apprentice. You must have a minimum of 1 year employed experience working or volunteering in agriculture.

Motivated, Hard Working, Intelligent, Excited, Revolutionary Individuals WELCOME TO APPLY!!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2018

If we feel like you would be a good fit, WE WILL CONTACT YOU to schedule an interview.

WHO WE ARE:

We are Adam & Rebecca Gold and our two young sons Moe and Elijah. We acquired our farmland in 2009, and have been working our butts off ever since. This is the second farm we have started, and are still involved in stewarding our original project. Rebecca has a degree in environmental agriculture, is a master gardener, and has 20 years experience working in the “fields” of organic agriculture, permaculture and rural homesteading. Every year she works hard at growing and preserving huge amounts of scrumptious food to share with her family and close friends. She adores growing flowers and wild-crafting nettles. She makes herbal medicine and practices kundalini yoga. She loves taking long walks and listening to the bird sing. Lately her main passion is raising her children.

Adam has a degree in business and creatively weaved his education and his passion’s for rural homesteading and orcharding into a successful and meaningful career. Besides riding on his tractor, his passions include drinking gourds of yerba mate, brewing hard cider, jamming on guitar and dancing around the living room to Ska music with his son’s.

Moe and Eli were both born on the farm, and have spent most everyday living and breathing the good energy we cultivate here.

We also share parcels of our land with other motivated people who are agriculturally and spiritually oriented. You will have the opportunity to work with and learn from them as well. There will be days when most members of our small farm community work together on shared tasks.

Some of our core farm members, and people whom you will be working with are as follows:

Brandon Bauer is our permaculture superhero. He teaches courses all over Vancouver island, and the gulf islands. As well he designs and installs permaculture / edible landscapes for private homes, small farms, and green developments. Each year he joins a 5 week tour of east Africa where he helped install permaculture landscapes for NGOs and schools.

Francis Coulombe is our Farm Foreman. He and his family have recently joined us from Quebec. He is a Jack of all trades, with a strong background in building, mechanics, vegetable and animal husbandry. He can often be seen, deep set in a smile, while riding along on a tractor, moving, tilling or seeding earth. he will be managing your time and experience here, alongside Adam, as your daily field leader.

WHAT WE DO:

We steward a 30 acre Organic Family Farm located on St. Mary’s Lake, on Salt Spring Island B.C. Over the past few years we have installed an 10-acre orchard including European Pears, Asian Pears, Heritage and Current Apples, Prune Plums, Japanese Plums, Figs, Cherries and Persimmons. We have installed two acres of Blueberries.

We husband pigs & chickens and are considering growing ducks for eggs and meat.

Commercially we grow garlic, blueberries, raspberries, rhubarb, loganberries and strawberries as well as specialty vegetables for our farm stand and wholesale contracts.

We are also emerging into growing alfalfa and rye.

We grow a large sustenance garden for ourselves, where we produce and preserve much of our own food and seeds. We steward this special property with its estuaries, forest patches and spiritual spaces.

WHO YOU ARE:

An open minded hard working person with experience in agriculture who can maintain a positive attitude!!!

  • You must have who have some basic “hard” skills under their belt such as irrigation, carpentry, mechanics , pruneing, composting, harvesting
  • You must be hard working and willing to do repetitive tasks for hours a day, months at a time.
  • You must be strong
  • You will be working as part of a team, and you must be kind, open and communicative

WHAT YOU WILL DO:

You will be learning and working with Adam and Francis along side of two full time community farm workers.

Tasks will include animal husbandry, orchard care, compost tea brewing and application, small carpentry/ construction, planting, harvesting and weeding, irrigation, mushroom culture, landscape care, road care, weed-whacking, cover cropping and more.

You will be spending most of your days outside in the field rain or shine.

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE

This is a 6 month apprenticeship program

You will receive an amazing immersion education on a sustainable, productive and environmentally responsible organic farm

You will receive $500 a month, plus food from the farm, plus basic dry goods including oats, beans and rice

You will have a warm, dry, beautiful farm accommodation

You will have bi-weekly formal courses in agriculture, permaculture, pest management, best soil practices.

You will be surrounded by and indulging in amazing food

You will have the ability to grow in your profession as well as help grow our farm

We work collectively and maintain a high standard of respect and communication with all farm members

You will be living on a farm, on Salt Spring Island, with a group of very motivated and professional individuals who are trying to make a positive impact in our community

Spring:

  • Seed Starting/ Transplanting
  • Potato Planting
  • Strawberry Planting
  • Fence building for animal rotation (Birds)
  • Orchard Care
  • Weeding, Mulching, Cover crop
  • Animal Care (Meat Birds and Laying Hens)
  • Compost Tea
  • Landscape Care
  • Perimeter Fence mending
  • Vegetable garden

Summer:

  • Strawberry Harvest
  • Blueberry Harvest
  • Garlic Harvest
  • Weeding, Mulching, Cover crop
  • Orchard Care
  • Animal Care
  • Compost Tea
  • Landscape Care
  • Fire-wood Harvesting

Fall:

  • Potato Harvest
  • Garlic Planting
  • Seed Saving
  • Fence moving for animal rotation (pigs)
  • Orchard Harvesting
  • Cider Making
  • Animal Harvesting (chicken)
  • Farm (field and building) Clean-up
  • Weeding, Mulching, Cover crop

ARE YOU INTERESTED?

If you think this position would enrich your life, please contact us by filling out and emailing the application below. Please do not send an email inquiring about the job, if you have not filled out the application. The job is suitable for CANADIAN CITIZENS ONLY. Couples are welcome to apply. Please apply separately.

Email your answers to:
contact mask goldentreefarm.com*

Please be honest! We are forming a team and need a diversity of passionate people.


APPLICATION QUESTIONS

Why are you interested in an working with us?

What is your specific agricultural experience ?

What are your goals for the working on our farm (please be specific)

What specific skills can you offer to our team?

Are you better at working alone, one on one, or in a group?

What is your background knowledge or experience in agriculture, horticulture and/or permaculture?

What experience do you have that will help prepare you for living on an island, in a close-knit community, where everyone is working and living On a collective landscape in an outdoor setting?

How do you best communicate?

How are you best communicated with?

Do you perceive any challenges that will come up for you? If so what?

What is the most fun thing you’ve done in the last year?

Tell us about the most exciting thing you learned in the past year and how you learned it?

State three interesting and unique things about yourself.

What is your favorite kind of music? / Is there any music you cannot stand?

What is your favorite thing to cook?

What is your astrological sign?

Do you have any physical limitations?

Will you be leaving anyone significant behind to join our program?

Please add your resume and

Please list 2 work related references and 1 character references, with both phone and email contacts.

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GoodWork ID: 43163       Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Nov 27 2017