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Position: Chuckleberry Community Farm Maintenance Intern
Remuneration: Organic meals & private accommodation, a stipend of $300 per month with the final month payment of $1000 for successful completion of commitment

Farm: Chuckleberry Community Farm
Location: Beasley, near Nelson, BC
Dates: As Soon As Possible

We are a community of inspired clear minded individuals creating a relation centered, sustainable lifestyle that we have found naturally catalyzes the evolution of human consciousness. We are enabling the old paradigm to fade away by not fighting against life as it currently is instead we are creating a life we genuinely enjoy. We are allowing a practical yet magical nature to guide our way. From our earthy off grid organic farm setting in the Selkirk Mountains we supply the West Kootenay and Okanagan valleys with organic Microgreens and produce. We grow year-round in our annualized geo solar greenhouse that is predominantly heated and powered by the sun as well as winter gardening in unheated greenhouses.

Even though we grow a wide range of nutrient dense organic vegetables and microgreens, our primary crop that brings us the most fulfillment is the evolution of human consciousness. This crop we cultivate daily through our choice of presence with all our feelings and perceptions. We are learning to relax into our uncomfortable feelings and own the projections that often stem from these disowned feelings.

We provide healthy lifestyle choices and limit choices that are less supportive to our intention of nourishing the healthy evolution of consciousness. We intend to fully inhabit our lives in all of their beauty and their challenges. We choose not to medicate our uncomfortable feelings but rather to develop our capacities to fully welcome all of the learning that comes through honestly facing all that’s inside of us. We cultivate presence, awareness and a sincere interest in our own self-discovery.

We provide a smoke, drug, alcohol, cell phone and computer free environment.

Our lifestyle supports presence with ourselves through having space and time for the practices of Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation. We also share meaningful work together that creates greater sustainability and food security. We believe that we are rapidly coming into a time on our earth where our capacity for presence with enormous change, as well as the ability to provide for ourselves will be essential.

People come to Chuckleberry not just to learn about sustainability and organic food production. While living at Chuckleberry, people are encouraged to learn how to relax into all of what they are experiencing and are supported by example and by in-house workshops to experiment with embracing uncomfortable feelings and learn through them.

We have found that when we refrain from avoiding or medicating what arises we make deeper contact with our own simple magical nature that guides us.

Chuckleberry Community Farm provides a high quality, simple, organic, vegetarian diet, some of which comes from our gardens and greenhouse and is lovingly prepared by our Resident Chef.

We are located on a pristine 23-acre property in the Selkirk Mountains, 7 miles west of Nelson, in the West Kootenays, British Columbia.

The land is south sloping with a very generous south exposure supporting great organic gardening, orchards as well as passive solar, photovoltaic power and annualized Geo Solar Building.

We have a variety of organic gardens, some of which are in 30-inch high-insulated raised beds to preserve our gardener’s knees and backs. These beds have hoop houses on them that allow us to garden in unheated greenhouses right through the winter and extend the primary growing season by up to a month on either end of the season.

We have an 1800 sq ft annualized Geo Solar Greenhouse that is designed to heat itself all winter long from the stored solar gain of the summer season, in our 30,000 cu ft heat sink.

This building is designed to be fully off-grid with a 7 kw solar system backed up by a not yet completed methane/propane generator. At this time the Microgreen business has expanded to such an extent that tying to the grid has become useful.

Use of Internet and cell phone is available in the evenings with some restrictions. Bring your own computer. Free laundry facilities are available. We are 10 minutes from great beaches on the Kootenay Lake or a 5-minute walk to the base of 40’ waterfall.

We are seeking a community minded individual with a sincere interested in personal/spiritual growth and exploring their deeper nature while developing a sustainable lifestyle on an Off-Grid Organic Farm. We require an individual skilled with their hands, a background in the trades or with maintenance work is helpful, good communication and relationship skills. A natural enjoyment of efficient, productive work that at times can be very physical is essential.

Duties would include:

  • Providing maintenance support for the Chuckleberry Community Farm & microgreen operation
  • Overseeing & coordinating volunteers
  • Capacity for working independently and as a team

30 hours a week of work & 2-hour Emotional Intelligence Training each week.

We require a minimum commitment of early February 2021 until early February 2022. The Intern will be paid with organic meals & private accommodation, a stipend of $300 per month with the final month payment of $1000 for successful completion of commitment. As well as receiving the benefit of living our truly unique lifestyle, the intern will also receive the following training.

Training will include (provided by Chuckleberry):

  • Growing high quality microgreens productively year-round.
  • Living with and utilizing sustainable off-grid systems.
  • Emotional Intelligence communication promoting greater authenticity and more genuine connection in relationships.

Please email your resume and application, including Interview Questions below to:

Chuckleberry General Interview Questions

1. Are you fluent in English sufficiently so that you can follow detailed verbal instructions accurately?

2. What are your three best qualities?

3. What are your three greatest challenges?

4. Do you have any physical or mental challenges that we should be aware of?

5. What is your relationship to marijuana, alcohol and drugs?

6. Please let us know what kind of skills you have in the following areas.

Additionally, please rate each area between 1 and 5 indicating your level of skill.  (1 = little experience and 5 = expert skill)

  • Greenhouse work andor garden work?
  • Construction and or maintenance work?
  • Computer andor office work; website/social media?

7. Could you provide us with two references we could reach by phone?

Please send a picture of yourself and a phone number that we could reach you at with these questions to:

Thank you for your time!

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 15 2021    ID: 58329