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Position: Permaculture Farm Apprentice
Farm: Goonieland Permaculture Farm
Dates: May-Oct. 2020 / minimum 2 month commitment

Location: Golden, BC (near Banff and Revelstoke)
Housing: yes
Remun.: Organic meals, accommodation, experience, education, stipend (see below)

We are excited to offer a hands-on learning opportunity for those interested in permaculture, natural building, off-grid living, HEMP and homesteading.

We started with bare land and have in the past 8 years built a functioning though still under construction farm-stead. We built an “Earthship” (rammed earth tire wall/hempcrete/off-grid home.) Set up an outdoor kitchen with pizza oven and gardens. Planted an orchard/food forest with 30 fruit trees, hazelnuts and other edible plants. We put in (and are still working on) water systems, solar systems, campers for wwoofers, an Air BNB and are in the process of completing a tiny-home cabin. We raise pigs in the woods (15+/year), free range laying hens (50+) and ducks for pest control and food. Our newest farm enterprise and primary commercial focus is high CBD hemp grown in greenhouses.

In 2020 we will be building a few row tunnels to expand production and focusing on Korean Natural Farming (KNF) techniques for fertilizers and pesticides based on fermentation and locally harvested microbes. *If you are interested in cannabis or hemp this is a great opportunity to learn small scale beyond organic production methods! We also garden for ourselves and for winter storage. Betty is a chef and is always busy baking, fermenting, canning as well as cooking wonderful meals for us. Betty also works off farm at her Organic grocery store Eat Pure Mountain Market and grows 5000 garlic each year to sell there.

We are looking for motivated helping hands who wish to expand their knowledge of permaculture, homesteading and hemp! We are looking for co-creators with skills with tools, horticulture or animals, knowledge of permaculture and willingness to get dirty, work hard, live minimally and have fun!

2020 Plans:

While our list is always over ambitious, in 2020 we will complete at least some or most of these projects:

  • Focus on HEMP production, build row tunnels, KNF, seed to sale.
  • Dig a pond and establish gravity water systems to home-site and hemp-site
  • Earthship: build “boot room” and greenhouse grow bed, burry root cellar, plaster exterior, decking, roof melt system.
  • Grow/sell, 15-20 pigs, 50-100 laying hens. *Establish new chicken zone in the woods with spoke pattern paddocks to rotate through.
  • Solar system for hemp zone/cabin.
  • Tiny home cabin: May hempcrete workshop, plasters, build out interior (hire someone? Intern? Long-term farm sitter?)
  • Bioremediation of steep slope; plant trees.

FUTURE Plans: In 2019 we purchased a recently logged property beside us, we are now the stewards of 200 acres of primarily forested hillside. Looking ahead we would like to increase food production (sheep, poultry, hemp, produce…), establish an access through the back of the property and look into how to create a land-share/permaculture based small community.

Internship Life, Requirements & Expectations:

Daily Life:

Our interns work 5-days/week alongside or instructed by Brian (mostly) or myself (Betty). Apart from our weekly projects we all share daily farm chores:

  • Feeding/watering animals.
  • Collecting/washing eggs.
  • Walking Dog.
  • Preparing meals.
  • Watering gardens/Weeding/harvesting/planting in the garden.
  • Freezing/drying/canning food for winter.

Requirements and Expectations

Must be 19 years or older and have lived away from home for at least one year.

  • Farm work can be physically demanding, you must be generally fit.
  • Some knowledge of Permaculture, preferably a Permaculture Design Course. *This is such a benefit to us as then we go from being instructors to co-creators and learning ourselves from your experience and education!
  • Must enjoy rustic living. You will be living in a rustic camper, using an outhouse, showering outdoors (heated) and using an outdoor kitchen. This can mean cold mornings, mosquitos, rain etc. Of course, we are not barbaric and also have a wood-fired hottub, sauna, access to internet etc. but your life will be much more comfortable if you are prepared and dressed appropriately. (Rubber or work boots, work gloves, rain gear, warm layers, bug spray… you would be amazed how many people show up without boots or gloves!)
  • Commitment to 5 day work week plus daily farm chores.
  • Ability to see chores that need to be done and to take them on without having to be asked. We aim to create a fun and efficient team. We dislike having to parent people or act as wardens over dishes, egg collecting etc. We welcome ideas on how to better assign farm chores to make things run smoothly!
  • Qualities we look for: work hard, play hard, eager to learn, ability to accept feedback, commitment, self-motivated, work well with others, honesty, clear communicator, adaptability and compassionate.

You Will Learn:

  • Small animal husbandry; pigs, chickens, ducks.
  • How to build and feed organic soils, composting.
  • How to make fertilizers, compost teas & foliar sprays on farm with Korean Natural Farming Techniques
  • Planting and caring for seedlings, transplanting, pruning.
  • Harvesting techniques, drying, curing.
  • Natural building: Hempcrete, clay/lime plasters.
  • Gravity water systems.
  • Solar systems.
  • Food preservation, canning.

Who is our internship best for?

  • Someone who is interested in the wide array of homesteading skills. *We are not an organic produce farm or market garden. What we offer is a wide education on living off grid, natural building, animal husbandry, hemp and earthships.
  • Someone who wants to build an earthen home or live off grid.
  • Someone who has taken a permaculture course and wants experience before starting their own projects!
  • Someone with basic building skills.
  • Someone interested in hemp or cannabis.
  • Someone who can work independently.
  • Someone who doesn’t mind being in the country side.

Our Backgrounds:

  • Brian: Head of research & development, jack of all trades and visionary! Head builder, hemp farmer, mechanic, mill-write and welder. Grew up on a grain farm in Saskatchewan. Founder of Knight Rider Racks, snowboard racks for snowmobiles.
  • Betty: Past professional chef. Now runs Eat Pure Mountain Market an organic grocery store & juice bar. Grew up on an apple orchard where she learnt how to cook & preserve food. Knows many great places to hike in the area and loves yoga.


At Goonieland we LOVE cooking! Well at least Betty does ;) We eat an Organic diet comprised of lots of fruits & vegetables, whole grains and farm raised eggs and meat that we either grow ourselves or trade with local farmers. Betty makes all kinds of fermented foods like sauerkraut, cashew cheeses, Kombucha & sourdough bread and does lots of home canning, pickling & dehydrating. Cooking is shared between Betty and the interns/wwoofers. Breakfast is self serve while lunch/dinner are shared. We plan a weekly menu for ease and are welcome to your recipes and ideas! After meal clean up is done by interns, whoever has not cooked washes dishes. We do not buy “snack-foods” like chips/cookies please expect to buy your own salty/sweet snack addictions ;)

Daily Schedule

We start work with a 9am meeting to plan the day and check in. We break from 12-1pm for lunch then afternoons continue with the morning projects until 4/5pm. Shared dinners are very important to us as a time to check in on how everyone is doing, share feedback and ideas and enjoy good food together!

Days Off: You can stay and chill here or we highly suggest to get out and explore this epic area! A car is VERY USEFUL in these parts as things are spread out and to help you make the most of the area with hiking, biking, camping, water-falls, lakes etc.


In addition to Organic meals & accommodation (value $1200), experience and education we are able to offer a sliding stipend depending on time commitment. Preference is given to full-season applicants, we are looking for 2 full season interns (May-Oct). We understand that this is not possible for all so we require a two-month minimum commitment. Stipend is as follows first 2 months $220/month, 3rd month $320, 4th/5th/6th month $420/month. Full season bonus of $1000. (Works out to $500/month for full season interns.) Plus! Additional funds can be earned cleaning our Air BNB camper $40/clean, interns can take turns.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 17 2020    ID: 56088