Position: Permaculture Internship Program
Type: full-time internship with accom., some food, more (see below)
Organization: Living Landscapes Eco-Logical Design
Location: Madoc, Ontario (with accom., see below)
We are a small, budding off-grid community and permaculture farm seeking work exchange interns for a structured Permaculture Design Internship culminating in a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), as well as for general work-exchange learning opportunities. Our farm is located north of Madoc, Ontario (between Ottawa and Toronto just off Highway 7, north of Belleville about 45 minutes).
Permaculture Design Interns will work through a permaculture/forest garden based structured internship program during the 2017 growing season (or beyond), and will earn a PDC, while helping with and learning about setting up a permaculture homestead and perennial polyculture based forest garden and nursery.
This includes installing the first stage of a forest garden, a passive solar greenhouse, aquaculture systems, and setting up pasture and forage operations for chickens, ducks, bees, and possibly preparing for other animals in the future (e.g. sheep, goats or guineafowl). *Participation with animals optional.
Permaculture Design Internships are 30 hours/week for between 2 and 6 months, with approximately 10 hours or more of studying or design work per week. Working out other time frames (e.g. 1 month here, 1 month away, 1 month here) is possible - please inquire.
Internships are structured by skill set topics and seasonal necessity based learning modules (e.g. seed starting, or planting seedlings) and will involve studying books and multi-media course materials, and doing hands on and planning/design projects. The longer you stay, the more learning modules you will complete.
Other work exchanges are also possible for shorter periods, but you may need to tent (depending on cabin availability) and will not be able to earn a PDC (requires 2 months minimum commitment).
Our permaculture designer and teacher, Trent Rhode, will work directly with you and supply learning resources and mentor you based on 12+ years of experience in permaculture/ecological design that includes a permaculture teacher training, 2 design courses (including one he co-facilitated), and experience running his own permaculture design company since 2012.
We'll be having one or more long time world class designers out with many years of experience to collaborate on designing our farm, including the earthworks and forest garden, etc. and you can participate in this process.
You will be responsible for your own food beyond what we grow on the farm. This is not a WWOOF opportunity where we provide for all of your needs, but we will supply shelter (first come first serve), kitchen supplies, and other amenities (water, electricity for phones and laptops).
We recommend having your own transportation, though carpooling during our regular trips to Peterborough, Belleville, Madoc or Marmora is possible.
We can start hosting you as soon as April, but the cabin will not be completed until May (ask us about other shelter possibilities).
Preference for use of our intern cabin is given to those committed to staying the whole season from May to October.
To apply, please send an email to:
briefly explaining why you'd like to do this internship, how long of a learning work exchange program you are interested in, and your experience with permaculture, ecology, organic gardening/farming, or agriculture in general. You may call 705-772-9642 for more information.
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FoodWork ID: 38876 Date posted to FoodWork.ca: Mar 11 2017