Seeking: Ecological Farm Intern(s) or Couple
Type: work-trade in exchange for housing, food, learning, more (see below)
Farm: Plainfield Heritage Farm
Location: near Belleville, Ontario
Housing: private on-farm accom.
Dates: 3 to 6-month stay
Interested in experiencing ecological, regenerative farming and homesteading with organic orchard/ vegetable/ cut flower production; permaculture; draft animals' livestock care; self-sufficiency; cooperative living in a hands-on learning environment?
Come join us as we share the abundance of the growing season at the farm. Work with oxen, learn/ experience permaculture fruit & vegetable production, food forest establishment, raising heritage cattle, geese, chickens, holistic pasture management and sustainable logging/ forest care. This mentorship is a chance to work & enjoy living in harmony with nature, appreciate the realities of farming/ rural life, organic food production, soil building, cooperative approaches, while learning homesteading skills like food preparation, preserving & self-sufficiency.
This minimum 3-6 month stay opportunity is appropriate to an individual or couple who is not maintaining an off-site job and is willing to be predominantly on-farm. We are diversity friendly. Must be able-bodied, trustworthy, value the natural environment and care about animals. The right candidate has good self-awareness, values non-violence, cooperative approaches, possesses excellent observational skills, is a dependable, independent self-starter. Experience with cattle, carpentry, machinery are all assets but, not required. What is required is a willingness to try, possibly fail yet, keep at it until skills are learned. Steel-toed boots and maintaining farm safety protocols are a must.
Part-time duties include farm security/ walking property, assisting with oxen, maintaining organic orchard, vegetable/ herd beds/ floral guilds, tasks specific to permaculture food forest estabishment, livestock care, basket willow management, farm/ forest maintenance, assisting with carpentry/ construction of oxen equipment, sheds etc. Must be willing to work in all weather.
Accommodation is in a private apartment, newly renovated. Wifi available. Feel free to take online courses or connect with friends or dip down by the river. Cell service works well here. Housing valued at $1000/ month plus mentoring plus food; work hours in lieu of rent are 104 hours a month (4 hours 6 days a week) or 174 hours per couple. We will treat you like family: join us for dinner, as it suits you. Food is excellent, organic where possible and prodominately our produce. In your downtime, work on your special projects taking advantage of the infrastructure here, receive talks, films etc on organic farming & marketing & sustainable living, learn willow basket making, bread making, cooking/ preserving. Walk our farm enjoying the varied habitats & trails. Our place is close to hiking trails, Frontenac Park, Bay of Quinte. Local tourist attractions & wineries within an hour's drive (covid permitting). This is a great opportunity for people who are exploring sustainable living, writers, meditators, painters, readers, naturalists, bird watchers, or interested in intentional community.
Farming and taking care of ecological land is serious work. It is not suitable for people who smoke, who cannot do sustained physical labour, or who need to make a lot of noise as we are conscientious to our neighbours.
This position will expose you to use of draft animals, aspects/ realities of organics, farming, sustainable forestry, rural & sustainable living. My spouse has been working for decades in the natural food industry, had developed private labels so can speak to new product development. Potential for future profit-sharing farm ventures such as market garden enterprise for the right candidates. We are also considering members for a future sustainable intentional community.
Our high-welfare heritage farm is 64 acres of meadow, coniferous & hardwood forest. It is truly a paradise. We are focused upon fostering the best in people and seek the same gentle care in return.
Do check out our Facebook page under Plainfield Heritage Farm for more photos, comments about our program from previous interns, videos and to get a sense of who we are.
If you have questions, call us at 613-849-7552.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Jun 3 2021 ID: 59715