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Position: On-farm training — market garden and grazing
Type: paid learning positions, mid/late April to late October/early November, 2018
Type: Agricultural Youth Green Jobs (must be age 30 or younger, see below)
Housing: great accommodations in our walk-out basement
Employer: Persephone Market Garden
Location: Allenford, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario (near Owen Sound, Sauble Beach)

Persephone Market Garden is 100 acres of forest, swamp, meadows and market garden. Kristine is the primary farmer, supported by Thorsten and our children Oskar and Marilla. We started market gardening in 2009 and production has grown from 0.75 acres to 1.5 acres. We market through a Community Shared Agriculture program, with a delivery season of 20 weeks (June – October), Eat Local Grey Bruce Cooperative (online farmers market), and direct to restaurants. We primarily use a walk-behind tractor and hand tools, though we do have a larger tractor for some jobs (like turning the compost). Crop rotation and intercropping are our primary pest (weed, disease, insects) management strategies and our fertility management is based on integration with livestock (a flock of about 30 sheep), along with cover cropping.

Over the years, we have developed a comprehensive on-farm training program – trainees receive detailed crop plans, standard operating procedures that describe our production process (both in the market garden and for our sheep flock/grazing), in-the-field training, as well as monthly workshops. Our goal is to give you a foundation of knowledge and skills in farming, from the soil to business management.

We have two positions available for the 2018 growing season.

Eligibility for Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative (must meet all criteria)

  • Be Canadian youth.
  • Be 30 years or younger, including high school students when they start the internship.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must not have participated in any other Youth Employment Strategy programs (that is Career Focus).


  • Passion for ecological agriculture, good food and community building.
  • Ability to work fast and a desire to improve efficiency.
  • Ability to work well in a team and independently.
  • Driver’s license is an asset but not required.
  • A good attitude and sense of humour.

What we offer:

  • Structured and thorough learning program (get in touch for details!)
  • Reasonable hours (40 hours/week: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm), weekends off
  • Great accommodations in our walk-out basement
  • Beautiful location at the base of the Bruce Peninsula
  • Competitve wages with full coverage under EI, CPP and WSIB

Start/End Date: mid/late April to late October/early November

To Apply

Send your cover letter and resumé in PDF format to Kristine at:
kristine.hammel mask*

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*Email: The e-mail address above has been masked to prevent spam. Please copy the address or type it manually, add the @ sign, remove “mask” and any spaces.

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GoodWork ID: 43993       Date posted to Feb 5 2018