Positions: Organic Farm Internships – fall 2019
Type: full-time internships with accom., food, stipend, more (see below)
Farm: Manorun Organic Farm
Location: Copetown, Greater Hamilton, Ontario
Dates: fall 2019, ideal start date August 19th
We are looking for hardworking individuals that are interested in sustainable and community-based agriculture.
Manorun Farm is a 25 acre farm located outside of Hamilton. The farm has been growing vegetables for CSA, markets, and restaurant for over 15 years. The manorun team have been hosting interns on the farm for almost the same amount of time. In addition to the vegetable operation the farm also raises cows, chickens, and pigs with a growing grain and nut operation. The last few years the farm has seen a shift in farming practises to incorporate permaculture design. Swale development, 2,500 native trees planted and the continued implementation of our Oak Savannah are a few of the ways that the farm has begun to change. We are looking for a motivated group of six interns to make up our 2019 farm team as we continue to incorporate new ecological practises into our field design. Come be a part of the regenerative agriculture movement!
What to Expect
Interns will get the full farm experience; vegetable CSA & farmers markets, livestock, grains, permaculture, on-farm education, and more. We have built a strong community of good food supporters and provide a desirable learning experience for interns each summer. In addition to a full season of growing, interns will participate in two field trips per month, weekly half-day education sessions, and explore their own farm ‘focus'.
The workweek is Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, beginning each day with a morning meeting. The work is physically demanding and we work through all types of weather. Come prepared to work hard, learn a lot and eat well! The fall internship runs from mid August to the end of October with possibility of staying on until the end of November. Interns can expect to gain experience with:
Greenhouse and pre-season preparation
Making soil mix
Soil care: nutrients, cover crops, rotational planting
Field planning, succession planting, and crop storage
Pest and weed management
Small machinery operation
Market & CSA pick-up
Livestock management and care
This is a self-led learning endeavour designed to give you the opportunity to explore your own farm interests. The farm will provide all the necessary infrastructure, tools, and contacts you may need to accomplish your goals. A list of potential intern focuses for this year include, but are not limited to:
Orchard development (fruit & nut)
Cover crops and soil health
Alternative greenhouse design
Farm business planning/new farm start-up
The value of the internship experience is in the learning and we are serious about delivering a high-quality educational experience in exchange for your labour. Part of Manorun Organic Farm's mandate is to support others to learn more about their food and how to grow it. We realize that many interns are aspiring to become farmers one day, so we do our best to provide you with the right learning opportunities. Each month interns will participate in workshops and farm tours and there will be weekly theory lessons covering a range of topics; organic agriculture methods, new farm business training, small equipment mechanics, starting seedlings, soil nutrition, working with livestock, biodynamics and more.
Living Accommodations & Compensation
Room and board are included and interns receive a small monthly stipend. Interns have their own living space that is separate from the farmhouse. This space includes kitchen, common area, and outhouse. Bathroom facilities are located indoors as well alongside a living room indoors too. Wifi is available in both indoor and outdoor living spaces. The rooms are raised chalets, with a hard floor and roof and roll down canvas sides- similar to 'glamping.' Off-farm internships are available for people who live closer to the farm and may prefer to commute.
To apply please send your resume and a brief description of your interests to:
Dates: fall 2019, ideal start date August 19th
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Jul 13 2019 ID: 54179