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Position: Organic farm couple/helpers/students (2 positions)
Type: internship with accom., stipend, more (see below)
Organization: The Backwoods Farm
Location: Salt Spring Island, BC

The Backwoods Farm is entering its fourth season of organic abundance. Founder and farmer Jade Snow Rosen began his agricultural experience at Seven Ravens Permaculture academy in 2012 where he earned his 2 month permaculture design certificate. This experience inspired Jade and long time friend, John Muirhead to start the half acre market garden at The Backwoods.The land has transformed from a fallow field into a super productive and beautiful farm-scape. The farm now feeds 15-20 families with a community supported agriculture program and supplies the Saturday and Tuesday farmers markets. Jade's vision for the farm is to grow organic food, culture, community and foster a spirited connection to land and the farming experience. Jade loves to share his first hand farming knowledge and is patient and caring to all students.

The farm specializes in crops that earn a high value per square foot such as mixed baby greens, tomatoes, strawberries and carrots. We grow in permanent raised beds and use all organic amendments for our soil, such as: animal manure, alfalfa and work castings. We strive to feed soil organisms and leave the soil in a healthy state for future generations.

The two positions at the backwoods farm are available for a couple (preferred) or one highly motivated individual. Work hours are 6 hrs a day from Monday to Friday and, 2 Saturday's per month. The backwoods experience consists of preparing beds, planting seeds for transplants, making and moving compost, transplanting, harvesting, laying out irrigation, looking after trellised tomatoes and cucumbers, weeding, row seeding using a specialized tool, listening to great music, having worldly conversation, laughing, taking lake-dip breaks and overall enjoyment of life, changing of the seasons and making positive change for the planet and all its creatures!

This opportunity involves daily physical work and some long hot days in the field but is very enjoyable for the right person/people!

A daily meditation and or yoga session before or after work is practiced, which you are very welcome to take part in, or practice Your own self care rituals. The maintenance of a happy and healthy farm team is very important to the success of the backwoods farm.

Accommodation is provided for successful applicants in a beautiful 2 storey cedar 10x10 cabin equipped with a large deck, outdoor, fully-equipped kitchen, an outdoor hot water shower and wifi. Farmers will receive a monthly stipend of $400 and an oppurtunity to make 7% of market proceeds when working at that market. Farmers are welcome to all fresh farm produce and will be provided with bulk organic foods such as rice, beans, lentils, flour and oil. You are responsible for your own meals with the exception of a farm lunch twice a week.

The farm is located near Walker Hook which is a 5 minute drive from the town of Ganges where one can squire almost any food or necessity. It's also situated only a 10 minute bike ride from st Mary's lake which is great for swimming and the ocean (5 minute bike) where you can go for an evening paddle!

To apply for a position at the Backwoods Farm for the 2017 season please send an email with your experiences and a why you would make a great farming apprentice. Farming apprentices will begin in April and will end the season the last week of October. Please be respectful of this commitment : )  Contact:
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FoodWork ID: 37459       Date posted to Jan 10 2017