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Come and play with the plants in our small market garden Near Nelson B.C., Canada

Role: Garden apprentice
Type: volunteer in exchange for accom., more (see below)
Host/mentor: aurora gardens
Location: near Nelson BC, Canada

Description

Welcome! Come and learn how to play with the plants. We are looking for apprentice/ helpers from March 15 /April 1st and on wards until the end of October & possibly a short way into November (weather dependent). We prefer Helpers who can stay for at least 8 weeks, though depending on our needs and the time of year we will consider a shorter stay. We are a small organic market garden, providing vegetables, berries, herbs and edible flowers to our Local food Co-op, a retail farmer's market, restaurants and families in the Nelson area. My husband and I have been running the market garden for 13 years. Gardening experience is not essential; we prefer a desire and willingness to learn. There is room for your inspiration and creativity here. If you have an interest in guiding and teaching others you can take on various challenges in the leaderships aspects of the garden operation.

We are looking for apprentices/Helpers with a serious and genuine interest in learning organic market gardening skills, You must be teachable, able to follow directions, ask questions as needed, and to participate cooperatively with others as well individually. If you are reliable, honest, responsible, physically fit, enjoy outdoor activities in most weather conditions then we would be happy to host you.

We provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about organic gardening, perm a culture, a large variety of different food plants, drying and processing, as well as local food networks, and what it takes to run a successful small business. As an apprentice/volunteer Helper, you will be learning and participating with myself & other volunteer helpers in the vegetable and berry gardens, planting, weeding, harvesting, mulching, pruning, and learning how to make vegetable compost, and many more tasks that are all part of growing a successful garden.

We are an easy 20 minute car ride from the cafes, pubs and stores of Nelson, and 10 minutes from Balfour. There is a very dependable bus service available just minute from the garden to get you to Nelson and other destinations. There is forest to explore above the property with many hiking and biking trails. Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is a 10min bicycle ride. A semi-private beach is just 5 minutes down the road for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. We have bikes for you to use, a badminton court, and two hammocks under the walnut tree as well as a fire pit to cozy up to & enjoy with friends on those starry nights.

Type of help

  • Gardening
  • Building
  • General Maintenance
  • Farming
  • Help in the house
  • Teaching

Help

We understand the need for balance between work and recreation, so we offer a different arrangement to traditional "Helper/Apprentices". We are asking for only 2 hours a day in exchange for accommodation and utilities only. Share fully furnished kitchen and living area and laundry, wireless Internet provided. Sorry, we can’t provide meals (except for some garden produce that you can arrange to trade extra hours of help for) you will need to have enough monetary funds to supply your own personal needs. We allow Helpers to help for 2 hrs per day or two 7-hour days if they like ( or we can try and arrange for personal schedule ) and have 5 free days for exploring the Kootenays. We have lived here for 30 years and know a lot of people in the area... it seems that lots of locals look for some temporary help on & off during the season. Helpers have a private clean room in our home or in one of two of our caravans, or tenting (we call this Glamping as you have a large tent complete with futon frame bed & mattress) please ask about what will be available (if you are concerned about this). Adult oriented (sorry no kids or pets). No smoking in the house. Please bring appropriate clothing and foot wear as well as a good head light or flashlight.

Languages spoken

English

Accommodation

A private clean room in our home or in our caravan or a large clean tent with bed (futon frame with mattress)

What else ...

We are an easy 20 minute car ride from the cafes, pubs and stores of Nelson, and 10 minutes from Balfour. There is a very dependable bus service available just minute from the garden to get you to Nelson and other destinations. There is forest to explore above the property with many hiking and biking trails. Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is a 10min bicycle ride. A semi-private beach is just 5 minutes down the road for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. We have bikes for you to use, a badminton court, and two hammocks under the walnut tree as well as a fire pit to cozy up to & enjoy with friends on those starry nights.

A little more information

  • Internet access
  • Limited internet accessLimited internet access
  • We have pets
  • We are smokers

Volunteering hours expected

2 hours per day (no food provided)

Contact

To apply, please e-mail your resume and a brief covering letter to:
bhyshka mask shaw.ca*
subject: garden apprentice

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FoodWork ID: 40243       Date posted to FoodWork.ca: May 8 2017