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Positions: Permaculture homestead — food production work exchange
Type: full season May 1 – Oct 31, live on-site, organic produce provided, monthly stipend, more (see below)
Homestead: Salt Spring Sprouts and Mushrooms
Location: Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Salt Spring Sprouts/Feral Farm is seeking a self-motivated, engaged & enthusiastic, hard-working individual or couple to join our team!

We have several positions available in our family-run food business, based on a 6 acre permaculture homestead on Salt Spring Island. These are "work-away" positions with indoor accomodation and includes rent trade plus a stipend. From April to October, we require a commitment of 20-25 hours per week and 1-2 market shifts per month. Some interest and involvement in land-based projects is very desirable, however we do not offer formal or structured education. The land projects are not part of the rent trade, but rather an opportunity to participate in homesteading/organic gardening for the sake of practicing resiliency skills, enjoying the beautiful outdoors and eating garden fresh produce. Land projects may include compost-building, irrigation, cover cropping, humanure, soil building, weeding, harvesting, seed-saving, tending to our small flock of chickens, etc. Time spent on land projects is flexible and minimal.

Work days involve preparing our organic sprouts for farmers markets and wholesale clients on and off island. The work takes place indoors and in a relaxed, music-infused commercial kitchen environment. You will be primarily packaging sprouts into individual market units and for larger wholesale accounts, harvesting microgreens and preparing our delicious "sprout rolls" for the farmers markets we attend. Work days typically average about 6 hours in length. We attend 4 farmers markets per week and have wholesale clients on Salt Spring, in Victoria and the Cowichan Valley.

A little about us:

We are a young family of three (ourselves and our 6 year old daughter, who is being homeschooled). We love plants!! We also love practicing homesteading skills like growing, building, foraging, and preserving. We love hiking and enjoying the beautiful island we live on. We get quite busy in the summer and so we work well with folks who are self-directed and who feel comfortable catching us in the gardens and asking for opportunities to learn and participate. We also love getting into thought-provoking conversation about culture, politics, ecology, etc. while working together in the kitchen. We are assembling a small crew of energized, engaged, nature-loving individuals beside ourselves who will live and work with us on our homestead.

Specific qualities we are seeking in applicants include: positivity, ease in working with/sharing space with others, fast and efficent work-habbit, organizational skills, ability to perform physical tasks in the gardens like digging, pushing heavy wheel barrows, turning compost, etc., someone with a passion for health, wellness, nature, community building and homesteading.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 7 2022    ID: 62341