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Positions: Apprentices/helpers
Type: 14 hours/week in exchange for accom., more (see below)
Host/mentor: Aurora Gardens! 
near Nelson BC (20 minutes from Nelson & 10 minutes from Balfour, BC)

Welcome to Aurora Gardens!

We are looking for apprentices/ helpers from April 1st and onwards until the end of October or mid November (weather dependent). We prefer Helpers who can stay for at least 8 weeks ( you can stay longer if you like), and depending on needs and the time of year will consider a shorter stay.

Aurora Gardens is a small organic market garden, providing vegetables, berries, herbs and edible flowers to a Local food Co-op, a retail farmers market, restaurants, and families in the Nelson area. We have been running the market garden for over 15 years and hosting Helpers for just as long. Gardening experience is not essential but prefer a desire and willingness to learn. There is room for inspiration and creativity here. If you have an interest in guiding and teaching others you can take on various challenges in the leaderships aspects of the garden operation.

Apprentices/Helpers should have a serious and genuine interest in learning organic market gardening skills. You must be teachable, able to follow directions, ask questions as needed, and able to work cooperatively with others as well as individually. You should be reliable, honest, responsible, physically fit, enjoy outdoor work and be able to work in all weather conditions.

You will have an opportunity to learn about organic gardening, permaculture, a large variety of different food plants, drying and processing, as well as local food networks, and what it takes to run a successful small business. As an apprentice/Helper, you will be working with owners & other helpers in the vegetable and berry gardens, planting, weeding, harvesting, mulching, pruning, learning how to make compost, and many more tasks that are all part of growing a successful garden.

Understanding the need for a balance between work and recreation, the work arrangement is different than traditional Helper/Apprentices. You will work for only 14 hours per week in exchange for accommodation and utilities only. Leaving lots of time for exploring the Kootenays, or for working a paid summer job “off farm.” It would be up to you to find “off farm work .” There are quite a few paid summer jobs in the area.

Helpers have a private space in one of two of our caravans, or a large tent complete with futon frame bed & mattress. Share a fully furnished kitchen, living area, and laundry with wireless Internet provided. Sorry, meals are not provided (except for some garden produce that you can arrange to trade extra hours of help for). You will need to have enough monetary funds to supply your own food & personal needs.

Aurora Gardens is an easy 20 minute car ride from the cafes, pubs and stores of Nelson, and 10 minutes from Balfour. There is a very dependable bus service available just minute from the garden to get you to Nelson and other destinations. Please Google earth 5715 Longbeach Rd Nelson v1l 6p1 to see exactly where its located.

There is forest to explore above the property with many hiking and biking trails. Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is a 10min bicycle ride. A semi-private beach is just 5 minutes down the road for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. There are bikes for you to use, a badminton court, and two hammocks under the walnut tree as well as a fire pit to cozy up to & enjoy with friends on those starry nights .

Adult oriented (sorry no kids or pets) No smoking in the house. Please bring appropriate clothing and foot wear.

If interested please contact:
subject: apprentice/helper

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 1 2020    ID: 56255