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Position: Farm-Based Micro-School Educator
School: The Guild at Fronterra Farm

Location: Consecon, Prince Edward County, Ontario
Housing: on-site (see below)

A rare, inspiring opportunity for a passionate teacher/teacher family to live on a waterfront organic farm 1.5 hours from Toronto in a heritage log homestead running a micro-school for 2-5 children aged 3-6.

Background

Fronterra is a 58 acre waterfront organic farm located in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada (1.5 hours east of Toronto) producing vegetables, cut flowers, botanicals, hops, barley and wheat, hay and straw. During the summer tourist season, Fronterra offers luxury camping and agro-tourism experiences that connect guests to the natural world while transferring related skills that have a positive impact on the environment. Fronterra’s vision is to foster a shift toward healthy, sustainable lifestyles and promote the understanding of our connection to the diversity of the natural systems that sustain us (see http://www.fronterra.ca).

Since 2017, Fronterra has run “The Guild”, an early-childhood micro-school with an annual class of five children aged 18 months to 4 years old. The Guild’s mission is to inspire children with a wonder of nature through nature-based experiences that deliver an ecological literacy that connect them to simplicity, self-sufficiency and sustainability while building a strong moral purpose, kindness to others, and an awareness to address the challenges of our future:

  • Nature-based experiences: farming, permaculture, eco-gardening, wildlife study & food production
  • Simplicity: Slow Movement, yoga, meditation, small is great ~ less is more
  • Self-Sufficiency: confidence, courage, diverse & practical skill sets, competency, self dependance
  • Sustainability: closed-loop consumption, community support, ecological advocacy
  • Moral Purpose: confidently define good-vs-bad, right-vs-wrong in a modern context
  • Challenges of our Future: climate change, globalism, rich-poor gap, food/energy/health security.

Opportunity

As the pandemic continues to affect the primary schooling system and children’s quality of education, Fronterra is responding by developing The Guild into an alternative micro-school for local families wishing to limit contact while still offering their children a premium educational experience. The class size is limited to 5 children between the ages of 3-6 with 2 of the children being our children aged 3 and 6 years old.

This program aims to foster healthy & joyful experiences for the children, their families, the teacher and our community at large by connecting to the natural world through activities such as organic gardening, yoga, music, art, field study, entrepreneurship & food awareness.

Accommodation are provided for the teacher/teacher family and consist of a 1860 two floor 18’x 36’ historic log homestead that is currently in the process of being reconstructed. The accommodations are charming yet off-grid featuring ecological designs including off-the-grid solar power and propane and would be suitable for a couple or a small family. High speed internet available on site. Beach access at North Beach Provincial Park with park pass 1 minute away. Canoes, bikes, etc available. Access to food from our 15,000 sq. ft garden and organic chicken coop.

Horizons

As the school progresses and as the situation warrants, Fronterra is considering a micro summer camp to be based in the farm’s gardens, fields and forests as well as the possible addition of 2 groups of 5 children: five 7-10 years of age & five 11-14 years of age.

During the summer of 2021, Fronterra may offer an outdoor day camp at the farm for these students making this opportunity year round employment. Also, further opportunities may be available working with the luxury camp during the summer which will be offered based on the experience and capabilities of the candidate.

Candidate

We are looking for an inspired and energetic candidate to develop this new initiative. The main responsibilities are:

  • Develop, implement and lead a program for 5 children aged 3-6 from 9AM-3PM while fulfilling the needs of the Ontario Curriculum for Grade 1 for the 6 year old;
  • Encourage and inspire children in their discovery of the natural world while inspiring curiosity, confidence and compassion;
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of the children at all time;
  • Communicate with parents regularly regarding the program;
  • Perform administrative work and plan for future developments.

The candidate will ideally have the following qualifications. Please note that if you have a true passion for child education and thrive in an ever-evolving creative environment but do not have all of these qualifications, we encourage you to apply:

  • Early Childhood Education diploma, Bachelor of Education degree (elementary), or Ontario College of Teachers Qualification (OCT)
  • Knowledge of alternative schooling approaches such as Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Montessori and/or Green School (Bali, New Zealand)
  • Current First Aid with CPR-C (or able to complete prior to start date)
  • Clear criminal record check and vulnerable sector check
  • Experience working with children and experience working in an outdoor setting
  • Enthusiasm for the outdoor and capable of performing teaching duties regardless of the weather
  • Fluency in French is a strong asset
  • Leadership and entrepreneurship skills, capable of thinking creatively and solving problems
  • Strong desire for farm-based living, close to nature in a community of like-minded individuals

Salary & Conditions

Salary and working hours are based on experience, qualifications and stages of project development.

Starting Date

End of August 2020

How to Apply

Please send your resumé at FarmSchool@fronterra.ca with a cover letter explaining how your experiences would make you the ideal candidate.

We thank all the candidates for their interest and time. However, only the candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jul 20 2020    ID: 57092