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ORGANIC FARMING INTERNSHIPS

Position: Organic Market Farming Internship
Type: full-time with accom., food, stipend (see below)
Farm: Sarah's Harvest
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon

Sarah’s Harvest is seeking two full-season farm interns who are motivated to learn, ready to work hard and committed to staying for the full term (April 29th to October 11th, 2019).

Sarah’s Harvest

Sarah’s Harvest, owned and operated by Sarah Ouellette, is the second-largest certified organic vegetable producer in the Yukon. Sarah has been growing vegetables commercially for grocery stores, restaurants and a farmer’s market in Whitehorse since 2014 and training interns since 2017.

Sarah’s Harvest is based at LendrumRoss Farm, located 50 km north of Whitehorse on beautiful Lake Laberge. Owners Brian Lendrum and Susan Ross raise dairy goats and laying hens, and have decades of experience farming in the Yukon. Sarah’s first intern (from 2017) will also be growing vegetables on the property this year. LendrumRoss Farm is a friendly and community-oriented environment where we help, support and learn from each other.

Labour for Learning

An internship at Sarah’s Harvest offers you a complete hands-on experience on a small-scale commercial vegetable farm. The market garden is intensively planted and farm work is primarily done with hand tools. Interns will take responsibility for certain tasks, according to interests and skills, and will be involved in all farm operations, including:

  • greenhouse maintenance, seeding trays and growing shoots for sale
  • bed prep, direct seeding, transplanting and weeding
  • row covers, irrigation, compost and compost tea
  • harvesting, processing for wholesale/farmer’s market and customer relations
  • infrastructure repairs and maintenance, including a unique low-tech walk-in cooler
  • raising small livestock, including goats and laying hens

Interns will also learn about farm finances, crop planning, seed ordering and more. We’ll visit a different local farm every month, where you’ll meet other farm interns. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a week-long Intern Exchange with another farm, and/or poultry processing, if desired.

Intern Requirements

You must be enthusiastic and motivated to learn about farming; healthy, fit and ready to work hard in all weather conditions (and with mosquitoes); have an eye for detail and be willing to take initiative when a job needs to get done. You need to be a team player, able towork independently, take direction and see a job through to completion. You must be able to communicate openly, problem-solve and have a positive attitude. Previous farming experience is an asset. Interns are required to be Canadian citizens. Francophones with an interest in improving their English are welcome to apply, as Sarah is bilingual in English and French.

Schedule

This 24-week farm internship will run from April 29th to October 11th, 2019. We’ll work 5 to 5½ days a week and 9-10 hours a day, including a 1 hour lunch break (more work in mid-season, less in early and late season). Interns will be expected to do animal chores and greenhouse maintenance on evenings and weekends one week/end out of every month. Thursdays will be longer days from early July to mid-September because we’ll be selling at the Fireweed Community Market in Whitehorse.

Accommodation & Compensation

The farm is remote and surrounded by beautiful wilderness. Interns will be provided with modest accommodation, wholesome food and a small weekly stipend. Sarah and the interns will take turns preparing and cleaning up from team lunches and dinners on work days. The farm is off-grid, so we are mindful of our use of solar power, water and wood heat. Wifi is available, but there is no cell service at the farm. A personal vehicle will be an asset if you want to go to town or further afield on your days off.

How to Apply

As a former farm intern herself, Sarah knows the value of hands-on learning and is dedicated to facilitating a comprehensive, challenging and rewarding work-for-learning experience. If you think this opportunity is for you, write a letter that includes the following information:

  • What is your farming or gardening experience?
  • Why do you want to pursue an internship at Sarah’s Harvest?
  • What are your top skills, strengths or qualities that you would bring to the farm?
  • What do you hope to get out of this labour-for-learning exchange?

Email your resume and letter to:
sarah.ouellette1@gmail.com

The application deadline is March 29.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 1 2019    ID: 50555