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FARMING APPRENTICESHIPS

Position: Organic Farm Apprenticeship
Type: March 15 - Oct 31 with stipend, accom., more (see below)
Farm: Bullock Lake Farm
Location: Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

About the farm

Bullock Lake Farm is a diversified 25 acre farm on beautiful Salt Spring Island. We cultivate 2.5 acres of organic vegetables, cut flowers, and berries in a bio-intensive semi-permanent raised bed system. The scale of our farm, tools, and systems are designed to match this approach. Additionally, we raise garden-integrated and pastured livestock on a small scale, including heritage breed pork, poultry, and lamb.

The farm is situated on Bullock Lake, approximately 2 km from the town of Ganges. We sell our products through an 80-member CSA, a weekly farmers market, onfarm retail, and specialty flower orders. This is a high energy farm that is run by a dedicated young farm family and is a hub of community activity. We work hard but we also strive to have fun. This is our ninth year farming on this land after three years of our own apprenticeships in this region.

About the Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship lasts from March 15 until October 31, with possible extra opportunities on either end of these dates.

Apprentices will participate in all aspects of the farm. This includes preparation of seeding and potting mix; care of nursery seedlings; sowing and transplanting of crops; irrigation; soil health and fertility management; bed preparation; cover cropping; weed management; animal husbandry and care; pasture management; harvest and post-harvest handling; direct marketing through farmer’s markets, CSA, and wholesale; there will be possibility for participating in value added processing; food preservation; general land care; and infrastructure maintenance.

The emphasis will be on learning by doing, general discussions on theory, and mentoring with the farmers. The work is diverse and rewarding but can also be stressful at times, particularly during the height of summer harvest and garlic season. Our typical workweek is 40-50 hours, five days per week. We usually work from 7:30 or 8 am until around 5 pm with an hour lunch break. Harvest days during the summer are often longer and we finish as a team when the work is done. Animal care is a daily responsibility that will be rotated through-out the season, with each intern taking on an area of full responsibility as the season progresses.

Apprentices will be expected to become more efficient and responsible for various aspects of the farm as the season progresses. We will do a weekly farm walk to talk about goals, assess crops, and and stay connected to areas of the field we may not all be paying attention to daily. As skills are developed, apprentices will be given increasing responsibility for farm operations and will ultimately take turns as crew leader for a week or more. We have found this to be a huge learning opportunity for past apprentices.

The ideal apprentice will be a self-motivated, positive, and physically fit person who is able to work well in a team as well as independently. You must be able to lift 40 lbs. Farming will challenge and teach you—the ability to take constructive feedback and a good sense of humor are a must.

Apprentices have separate sleeping cabins, with a shared kitchen and communal area. The kitchen cabin is new and fully equipped.

We offer a $700 monthly stipend and all the veggies you can eat. We encourage our apprentices to enjoy cooking with the huge diversity of options available to them. It's one of the biggest perks of this job! Apprentices will have five work days off during the farm season. These days will need to be coordinated with other team members.

About the Farmers.

We are a young farm family with a 5-year-old and a toddler.

Molly has a background in Environmental Studies and agroecology. She completed her degree at the University of California Santa Cruz. She is the master organizer, succession planner, and business administrator as well as the farm’s flower wizard and weed control captain.

Zack studied sustainable design and Social Ecology at Burlington College in Vermont. Here he completed his Permaculture design certificate and found the joys of growing food to feed others.He has found farming to be the perfect combination of design, ecology and delicious reward. He is the field preparation, infrastructure, and animal guy. He is also always scheming up fun activities for farm free time, like his famous downhill slip and slide.

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume with three references to info@bullocklakefarm.com Please use the email title "2020 Apprenticeship". All emails will be answered and candidates that seem a good fit will be asked to interview over the phone or Skype. If possible, a visit in person is always the best.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 30 2020    ID: 55878