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Positions: 2018 Organic Farm Internships
Type: full-time fall internship with accom., food, stipend, more (see below)
Farm: Manorun Organic Farm
Location: Copetown, Greater Hamilton, Ontario

We are looking for hardworking, open-minded individuals that are interested in sustainable and community-based agriculture.

About Manorun

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 a farm ‘focus'.

The last few years the farm has seen a shift in farming practices 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 2018 farm team as we continue to incorporate new ecological practices into our field design. Come be a part of the regenerative agriculture movement!

Internship Requirements

The work week 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 Beginning of August to the end of October. This allows the intern to gain experience with:

  • 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!

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
  • Apiculture
  • Bread Baking
  • Food preservation
  • Alternative greenhouse design
  • Farm business planning/new farm start-up

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 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, with 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.

Join our farm family this growing season to be a part of a community of environmentally-minded individuals!

To apply please send your resume and a brief description of your interests to:
Naomi Krucker
naomikrucker mask gmail.com*
http://www.manorun.com
https://www.facebook.com/Manorun-Organic-Farm-288738131181305/

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GoodWork ID: 46205       Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Jun 22 2018