Do you love animals? Do you plan your dinner while you’re eating lunch? We might be the perfect farm for you!
Orchard Hill Farm is an organic 93-acre diversified horse-powered farm. We produce vegetables for 100 families in our 22-week CSA. We also grow oats, barley, wheat, rye, spelt and hay – for the feeding our 6 Suffolk Punch horses, cow, pigs and 75 laying hens, as well as supplying a local baker.
We have three generations here on the farm – Ken and Martha Laing founded the farm in 1979 and remain very much involved in the operation. They are pillars in the organic farming community of Ontario. Ken is a soil health expert and known for his work with draft horses. Ellen is their daughter and has recently moved back to the farm with her family (husband and two children, ages 2 and 5). She has taken over management of the CSA and is trained as a chef and passionate about growing the tastiest food. She has started hosting more events on the farm, including a few farm dinners.
We are hiring 3 interns this season – starting around the end of March and finishing mid-October (7 months total). The stipend is $600 per month, and includes room and board. We expect interns to do daily chores, and work on the farm about 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. We also work 2 Saturdays a month, and you get 5 days worth of vacation, either spread out as individual days, or all at once. We don’t work on Sundays.
You will be trained to work with our Suffolk Horses (we currently have 4 workers and another 2 that are 3 years old and ready to be trained), and we use them daily for most of the growing season. We will also guide and/or educate interns in the areas of field preparation for grain crops, taking and interpreting soil samples, soil health, cover crops, haying, managing a small (75 hen) layer flock, making compost, planning a CSA garden, seeding and greenhouse growing, preserving, fermenting and making potting soil.
There are also monthly farm tours of other organic farms in southwest Ontario, through the CRAFT program (http://craftsouthwestontario.ca/) - it’s an invaluable opportunity to see other operations and have a chance to get to know other farmers and interns – most interns use this network of farms and farmers for the rest of their career.
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GoodWork ID: 43397 Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Dec 21 2017