2017 Seasonal Help Wanted
Earth Haven Farm will be looking for farm help throughout the 2017 growing season running April through October.
We would like to outline 3 very different opportunities and experiences for you - see below.
Volunteer your time. Part-time. Ideal for WWOOFer's, Students, and Young Agrarians. Accommodations and meals will be provided.
If you live nearby, you can drop by, lend a hand picking and cleaning vegetables for market and walk away with fresh produce.
Become a farm intern. This is a full-time position running April through October 2017, offering you an opportunity to obtain hands on experience on a working farm while building on your existing knowledge. This is a great opportunity for students or young people that inspire to own and operate their own farm one day.
You will take part in all day to day farm activities and be assigned individual responsibilities. You will be helping out at farmers markets and possibly run your own local farmers market.
Interning is a great opportunity for students working on their Master's Degree to conduct their own research, gain their own experience and learn while working on a thesis project, or published paper.
This is an internship program-partnership that allows you self-direct your internship. It is an opportunity to work on our farm while you pilot your own farm business ideas.
This is a unique full-time internship position designed to bridge the gap between being a farm intern working solely for the benefit of the farm, to a working partnership that allows you to put your own ideas into practice and earn income from those ideas in a low-risk environment, where the land and infrastructure is provided for you.
What is your desire in becoming a farmer?
Would you like to run your own farmers market table and develop your own clients?
Would you like to run a CSA or RSA program?
Would you like to work in our commercial kitchen producing food products such as preserves and fermented foods like sauerkraut or kimchi, etc.
Perhaps you are interested in focusing on permaculture, bees, mushrooms, wild foraging, processing foods, livestock management, or making crafts while interning.
Perhaps you would like to teach and offer workshops through the Earth Haven Learning Centre and share your own knowledge with others.
All things are possible, and Earth Haven Farm is here to help you find your way.
Within this more senior internship program you will take an active part in the production process from selecting seeds, selecting and building plots, setting up irrigation, finding solutions for livestock management, climate change issues, harvesting, food processing and so much more.
Candidates for this position should have a minimum of 1-2 years experience on another farm or reasonable equivalent. A valid drivers license and construction skills are definite assets.
If it is something that we feel would work well with our current farming practices then we have an opportunity for a working relationship. We are open to hearing what your goals and ideas are. We would like to see your proposal in writing, then have a formal face to face (or skype) meeting to determine if there is potential for a working relationship. A signed contract agreement will be required.
To All Farm Helpers and Interns
Earth Haven Farm will be offering education and workshops through the Earth Haven Learning Centre, which you will be offered to take part in free of charge throughout the season. Hands on experience from start to finish during the growing season will be your best teacher and will stay with you for life.
For the health and well-being of ourselves, our animals and visitors to the farm, we would appreciate if you did not smoke. All buildings are designated as non-smoking.
Duties will include preparing greenhouse, seed starting, preparing field beds and planting seeds and seedlings from greenhouse, weeding, watering, picking and cleaning produce for market.
Hard working, honest and integral workers is what we are looking for in our helpers.
For those who are into more physical labor there is a constant job of split-rail fence building and repairs, maintenance of electrical fences, clearing brush from the lines.
June through September is haying season and you will be expected to help out with the stacking of the small square bales of hay.
If you are interested in animal husbandry, you may be able to assist with calving and caretaking of livestock as we deem you capable and liable.
As winter approaches later in the year, you will assist in bringing in and stacking wood and helping with wood chipping.
For those of you who are interested in learning more about our biodynamic agricultural practices and the use and application of preps and homeopathic treatments of plants, we use all these methods as needed throughout the season.
To get the most out of your experience, a season's stay will give you the full picture, and may provide you with vital learning opportunities you may otherwise miss!
Take a look at some of the activities that some of our past farm helpers and visitors have partaken in:
Accommodations: You will be provided with a bed and clean sheets. You will be responsible for your own laundry. We live off-grid, therefore there is no air conditioning, no dishwasher, no microwave. WI-FI is not available at this time. High speed internet service is available on site and you will be allowed access. Cell phone service is available but can be limited from time to time due to our remote location.
Food & Meals: basic food will be provided for you. Please check in with us on any special dietary requirements. You will be expected to prepare your own breakfast. Lunch and dinner are usually a joint effort and you will be expected to help clean up in the kitchen, wash dishes, etc.
What you should bring: hat, work gloves, safety boots with steel toes, rubber boots, rain suit, bathing suit, and a wide variety of cloths to suit all kinds of weather conditions.
What NOT to bring: hair dryers & electrical appliances.
Caution: if you have any allergies to certain foods, animals, bees, insects, black flies, mosquitos, poison ivy or other plants - please make serious considerations before applying.
Contact Us to inquire about helping out on the farm.
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FoodWork ID: 38553 Date posted to FoodWork.ca: Feb 28 2017