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2017 Internship at Manorun Farm

Position: Organic Farm Internship
Type: full-time internship with education, housing, food, stipend (see below)
Organization: ManoRun Organic Farm
Location: near Hamilton & Brantford, Ontario

Manorun Organic Farm is a 25 acre farm in Copetown, Ontario with over 15 years of growing experience. 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 2 field trips/month, weekly half-day education sessions, and explore a farm ‘Focus'.

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 6 interns to make up our 2017 farm team as we continue to incorporate new ecological practises into our field design. Come be a part of the regenerative agriculture movement!

Work

The workweek is Monday- Friday 8am-5pm, 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 internship runs from early May to the end of October. This gives interns the chance to be a part of the farm for the whole season and gain experience with:

  • Greenhouse and pre-season preparation

  • Planting/transplanting

  • Making soil mix

  • On-farm composting

  • Soil care: nutrients, cover crops, rotational planting

  • Field planning, succession planting, and crop storage

  • Pest and weed management

  • Small machinery operation

  • Mushroom growing

  • Farm business

  • Market & CSA pick-up

  • Rotational grazing

  • Livestock management and care

  • and more!

Education

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 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.

Intern Focus

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:

  • Alternative energy

  • Orchard development (fruit & nut)

  • Cover crops and soil health

  • Bees

  • Value added/processing

  • Oak Savannah development

  • Alternative greenhouse design

  • Farm business planning/new farm start-up

Living Accommodations & Compensation

Room and board is included and interns receive a small monthly stipend. Interns have their own living space that is separate from the farm house. This space includes kitchen, common area, outdoor shower, and outhouse. Bathroom facilities are available indoors as well. 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 brief description of your interests to:
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GoodWork ID: 37971       Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Feb 1 2017