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Position: Organic farmstead internship/apprentice
Type: internship, room + board + stipend, more (see below)
Farm: Fragrant Pearl Farm
Location: Seeley's Bay (near Kingston), Eastern Ontario

For the 2020 season homesteader requires motivated intern willing to provide four hours daily morning help on mixed organic farmstead in exchange for room/board and moderate stipend.

Due to a long legal wrangling period the abandoned homestead property I grew up on became dilapidated and only recently was it possible to begin a project of rejuvenation. The house has been renovated and is up to date so attention will now turn to the old dilapidated farm buildings.

This is currently a functioning homestead (note NOT a commercial enterprise) so the intern will be part of the seasonal daily regimen which could include chores such as fruit tree pruning, gardening, canning, dehydrating, cider making, livestock tending, fencing, firewood gathering, grounds maintenance, machinery maintenance, etc. As mentioned outbuilding repair is ongoing.

Certain other side projects such as solar shower, rocket stove, off grid solar power, bridge building, gravity irrigation system or chainsaw mill lumber making, will be entertained given the applicants interest.

This large, secluded, peaceful property is a mixture of farm land and bush that sits beside a lake. The fields are currently being cropped by another organic farmer so my farm can't be considered a commercial enterprise per se. If you want to experience a functioning, busy, commercial type enterprise then this is not the place for you.

However if the ins and outs of small scale natural agriculture/permaculture is of interest, or you desire to purchase your own homestead, then this opportunity will be of benefit.

I have lots of agricultural experience having grown up on this organic farm. I hold a B.Sc.(Agr.) degree in crop science as well as B.A (Hons) in film studies. I use to operate my own organic garlic business. Sadly I was struck by a serious eye disease many years ago that severely disrupted my life and changed its direction. For years the old farmstead lay abandoned and it has only been recently that I could occupy it once again. Over the last several years the farm house was renovated but much remains to be done on the farm. In return for your well appreciated helping hands I will share with you the practicalities of the rural lifestyle.

I hope to attract an intern who has a great work ethic, is conscientious, motivated and hopefully has a sense of humor as I like to keep things light hearted. Integrity and honesty are vital.

The short work day will afford you lots of free time so if interested you may wish to tend your own garden plot which I will provide you or alternatively you can investigate some other project of your own liking. I can teach you archery or bush craft skills. If you like you may cycle to the local village, hike in the bush or fish at the lake. Meditation practice is one of my fortes which I love to share. The farm house has high speed internet available to you.

If you have a driver's license that would be helpful as I am unable to drive. You need to make me aware of any health (including mental health) issues that are of concern. Do you have dietary constraints? I am not a vegetarian nor is all my food organic but I am very familiar with vegetarian cuisine. I love cooking and hope you do too as meal chores will be shared.

My (single white male) interests include travel, writing, martial arts, self-sufficiency, DIY projects, current affairs and meditation.

To conclude the farm is a peaceful enclave situated well away from neighbors. I may have another helper here (though unlikely) so be prepared to spend time alone. Hopefully you will enjoy the solitude that this kind of setting can provide. So if you are serious about learning what the rural lifestyle is all about, value the personal attention that I can give you and are forthright in your endeavors then I invite you to apply for this opportunity.

PS References upon request. In moving forward be prepared to provide some of your own as well.

Please respond to DJ, email:

fragrantpearlfarm (at) hotmail (dot) com

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Oct 30 2019    ID: 55060