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Position: Garden Lead
Organization: Yasodhara Ashram Society
Location: Kootenay Bay, BC (with housing)
Remun.: vol. + meals + accom., more (value of $1400 per month)

Have you completed an internship or Wwoofing on a farm?

Are you excited about growing food and want to learn more?

Yasodhara Ashram has an organic mixed market garden, growing a variety of fruits and vegetables on 2.2 acres of land that has been in production for over 30 years. Currently we produce 25% of the food served to residents, volunteers and retreat guests, over 55,000 meals annually.

The Yasodhara Ashram Garden Lead position is intended for individuals who want to learn the technical aspects of growing food within a community setting. Located in the rural community of Kootenay Bay, this 8-month program works with a full farm season starting March 1st and running through to October 31st. During this time you will develop your skills and gain knowledge and experience of small scale organic agriculture.

The focus is on sustainability and stewardship of the land — from seeding to harvesting to preparation of food for marketing direct to our on-site commercial kitchen. You will learn about how to best support soil fertility and practice crop rotation, seed saving, companion planting, composting and green manures.

Working alongside the Garden Manager to coordinate weekly tasks, you will develop and follow seasonal planting plans and practice budget management. Gaining the experience necessary to start your own growing business in the future. Leading teams of Learning Residents, volunteers and retreat guests to complete daily tasks such as harvesting, watering, weeding and preparing beds to receive seeds and transplants.

What is unique about this position?

You will have half a day each week to focus on a study project of your choice, examples of previous projects are seed saving, tea production and vermiculture. Space in the garden will be allocated so your project can have space to grow. You will participate in Karma Yoga in the garden five days a week, Karma Yoga is the practice of selfless service and is an essential part of life at Yasodhara Ashram. Weekly classes, daily reflection, morning yoga classes, and evening satsangs enrich this program.

What are we looking for?

Applicants should have some previous experience in agriculture, familiarity with organic production methods is preferred but not essential. Important qualities are an open mind, a positive disposition and interest in living and learning within a spiritual community. Students in education, agriculture, environmental sciences, and related fields are encouraged to apply.


While these are not paid staff positions, they are spiritual and career / life development opportunities. You will receive meals and accommodation for the length of your stay, at a value of $1400 per month. Seasonal and primarily locally sourced meals are provided, with our kitchen able to cater to numerous dietary requirements.


  • A modest living allowance is available to Canadian citizens
  • A 'day away' each month (after the first month is completed)
  • 10 day course to be taken in September

Deadline: Open until filled

Please visit our website for more information on how to apply.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 18 2019    ID: 55397