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Position: Farm Apprentice
Type: labour for learning / room & board (see below)
Farm: Against the Grain Farms 
 Winchester, Ontario (30 minutes south of Ottawa)

Against the Grain Farms grows and markets heritage and specialty grains including corn, barley and wheat varieties. Our mission is to re-establish heritage grains in Eastern Ontario and increase our resiliency to climate change. We work towards seed sovereignty and re-establishing seed stock.

We are currently seeking a farm apprentice who is motivated to learn, ready to work and is interested in making our food systems more sustainable. We are offering a flexible internship position. We know the value of hands-on learning and are committed to facilitating a comprehensive, challenging and rewarding work experience.

Interns will take responsibility for certain tasks, according to their interests and skills and will have the opportunity to be involved in all farm operations including:

  • Working with Heritage Grains (Corn, Wheat & Barley)
  • Setting up trail grain plots
  • Seed cleaning and saving
  • Design, preparation & heritage planting of our garden plots
  • Harvesting (including fruits from edible trees, vegetables from the garden, heritage grains from fields)
  • Workshop & Event Planning

Please take time to check out our website and learn more about our mission as farmers and what we do at .

Apprentice Requirements

  • Be enthusiastic and motivated to learn about heritage grains, seed saving and farming
  • Be healthy, fit and ready to work in all weather conditions
  • Be a team player AND able to work independently
  • See jobs through from start to finish
  • Be able to communicate openly & clearly, problem solve and have a positive attitude.


The farm is located in Winchester, ON about 45 minutes from downtown Ottawa. There are accommodations available if the apprentice desires to stay on site. A personal vehicle will be an asset if you wish to go into town or further on your days off.


This is a flexible internship and the number of hours per week, the duration of the apprenticeship and compensation terms are negotiable and can be discussed during an interview/first meeting. 

Would be a great fit as a co-op position to link with your degree requirements. We are also open to accepting a couple or a pair.

Please email us at to introduce yourself, tell us a bit about your background and what interests you about working with Against the Grain Farms. Please send along an updated resume as well. And we will be in touch!

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 1 2020    ID: 55711