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FARMING IN NOVA SCOTIA

Position: Farm Interns
Type: full-time with monthly stipend, housing, learning, more (see below)
Farm: Watershed Farm Project
Location: Baker Settlement, South Shore, Nova Scotia (near Bridgewater)
Housing: on-site housing is available in our straw bale cabin 

Watershed Farm is seeking Farm Interns who will work alongside us as we evolve both as a working mixed-use farm and as the foundation of a four month long educational experience for young adults.

Watershed Farm has been a mixed livestock and vegetable farm for close to twenty years. Located on the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia, we are situated on a drumlin hilltop and surrounded by 250 acres of Acadian forest. Out of 18 cleared acres, we presently have 1.5 acres under cultivation as a market garden. The property includes a number of animal shelters, a small orchard, two root cellars, two greenhouses, a tractor shed, a winter barn for animals, two caterpillar tunnels, an irrigation system, a tractor and many hand and power tools. We are also equipped with a wind generator and solar panels.

We currently have a laying flock of 25 hens. However, with more than 18 acres of prime pasture and meadow along with two irrigation ponds, we are eager to rebuild our sheep flock and to consider introducing cows. Our small apiary continues to grow as do the products we offer from the apiary.

At Watershed Farm, we are proud of our long history of serving the community through farmers’ markets, a CSA and donations of food to local community organizations. We incorporate Biodynamic and organic methods in our farming practice and have expanded our perennial crops to include fruits, nuts, berries, asparagus and an extensive array of herbs. We are also expanding our seed saving and growing work as we continue to offer seeds to established seed companies and have a few small plant breeding projects on the go every year.

Education has always been an important part of what we do at Watershed Farm and over the years we have hosted a full array of public events, concerts, workshops and school field trips. We are currently looking to the future and developing a semester-long international residential program for young adults that would begin next growing season with a Pilot Project Year and move into a full launch in 2020. The Watershed Farm Project will promote life skills, entrepreneurship and civic engagement through immersion in all of the practicalities of farm and rural life, as well as a full complement of community service projects.

The successful applicant(s) for the position of Farm Interns will work together with the Farm Manager on all farming responsibilities for the upcoming growing season including management of the CSA, Farmers Markets and food for up to 10 participants in the Watershed Farm Pilot Project Year. Basic groundskeeping work will also include mowing, general upkeep, small carpentry projects, etc.

The Farm Interns will need to be comfortable working with instructions from the Farm Manager on how to sow, weed, harvest, irrigate and care for the plants and animals during their residency. The position could begin in mid-March and include participation in garden planning, greenhouse prep and planting, animal care and seed starting. We would welcome interns who have some experience farming and would like to deepen their skills but we are open to those who have no prior experience provided they are truly interested in farming and commited to working hard and learning. 

Applicants should be in sound physical health and capable of working outdoors in variable weather conditions. Commitment to organic farming is a necessity and interest in Biodynamic methods would be a welcome addition.

Practical knowledge of the use of farm tools including hand tools, tillers, irrigation systems, tractors and mowers would be an asset but we are happy to work with novices who have a true desire to learn. A monthly stipend would be offered and a bonus based on a percentage of sales would be offered for those who stay until November. On site housing is available in our straw bale cabin and food from the farm is offered along with some basic food provisions.

Interns will have a willingness to work with and appreciate the benefits of the educational aspects of the Watershed Farm Project and will become active participants in helping us as we evolve and develop our core curriculum for the commencement of the full program in 2020.  

Applicants can send an email enquiry to:
info@watershedfarm.org

When applying, please indicate that you saw this posting at GoodWork.ca.
 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 27 2019    ID: 51680