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APPRENTICE POSITION

Position: 2017 CRAFT Farm Apprenticeship
Type: full-time apprentice with accom., stipend, food, more (see below)
Organization: Creek Shore Farms
Location: St. Catharines, Niagara Region, Ontario

About Creek Shore Farms

Creek Shore Farms is located in the heart of the Niagara Region in St. Catharines, Ontario. We grow on 4 acres and operate a 150 member summer and winter CSA program, as well as attend a local farmers' market almost year round. We are a 20 minute bike ride from most ammenities in the city and are close to several parks located along Lake Ontario.

CRAFT at Creek Shore Farms

This year we are offering apprenticeships for three people on our farm. We are seeking individuals who are passionate about agriculture and who want to gain hands on experience working on a small, organic farm. You will live and work on the farm alongside us as we progress through the season.

As part of your CRAFT apprenticehip at Creek Shore Farms you will:

  • Spend lots of time outdoors
  • Work with us to develop an education plan that suits your interests and goals
  • Attend CRAFT days at other farms in the network to see how they operate and participate in a focused learning module
  • Take a half day each week to work on a focus project based on your education plan
  • Spend time in a more formal education setting, learning key concepts a couple times each month
  • Have access to our growing library of books
  • Interact with customers and other farmers in the area
  • Learn a lot about farming, while having a great time

What Will I Learn?

We will try to customize a learning plan to your individual interests, but the core of what you will learn will be:
- General business planning
- Crop planning
- Field preparation
- Planting
- Weed and pest management
- Harvesting
- Marketing
- Animal husbandry with pigs and chickens
- Proper use and care of tools
- Safe use of farm equipment

We are also able to offer specialized training for those interested in:
- Equipment maintenance, including welding and custom fabrication of farm equipment
- Construction, including building sheds, fencing and other shelters
- Farm accounting

Focus Project

Your focus project will be a way for you to explore a topic related to farming that will aid you in completing your education plan. This may be anything from growing specialized crops, food processing such as pickling or canning, spending more time learning trades such as welding or construction, or anything else you might want to explore. At the beginning of the year we will meet with you to help select a topic and create a learning plan for you to follow and each week you will have time to explore your focus.

The Details

Apprentices will work five and a half days a week, 8 hours a day, plus a half day set aside to work on the focus project. We are seeking those who are passionate about agriculture, motivated and capable of a hard, but rewarding days work.

In exchange for your labour you will receive accommodations, a $400 a month stipend, and our farm fresh produce.

How Do I Apply?

If this sounds like a good fit for you then please contact us so that we can set up an on-farm interview. Please email:
ryan mask creekshorefarms.ca*
for more details or visit our website at http://www.creekshorefarms.ca

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FoodWork ID: 38272       Date posted to FoodWork.ca: Feb 15 2017