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Position: Permaculture Internship Program
Type: full-time internship, some food, more (see below)
Organization: Living Landscapes Eco-Logical Design
Location: Madoc, Ontario (east of Peterborough)

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). We also have a possible opportunity for a house sitting for 2-3 weeks in August, staying in our off-grid tiny home. We will be away during this time in August but will still be available for mentoring from a distance if you choose to live on the land during that time or to commute.

[img1]Learning Opportunities

  • Permaculture Design Interns have the potential to work through a permaculture/forest garden based structured internship program during the rest of the 2018 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. Shorter work-exchange opportunities are also available - please inquire.

    • This includes installing the first stage of a forest garden, potentially a passive solar greenhouse, expanding our bee yard, and setting up pasture and forage operations for future chickens and ducks, and possibly preparing for other animals in the future (e.g. sheep, goats). *Participation with animal prep optional.

  • Permaculture Design Internships are 30 hours/week for between 2 and 6 months, with additional time studying and doing design work (time required per week depends on how long you are able to stay to get through the material). 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 (right now mostly nursery work that will involve learning about plants, designing and creating new gardens for next year, caring for already planted plants) and will involve studying books and multi-media course materials, and doing hands on and planning/design projects. The longer you stay, the more topics you will learn about.

  • Other work exchanges are also possible for shorter periods, though you 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 13+ 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.

Other Details

  • There MAY be a potential for us to provide accomodations for the right person starting in July, but details are being worked out. Please inquire.

  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the farm each day and your own food. However, you will be entitled to food from what we grow, which we can discuss more when we talk. This is currently not a live-in WWOOF opportunity where we provide for all of your needs, but we will supply water, and electricity for phones and laptops while you are on the land.


To apply, please send an email to:
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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 705-313-4769 for more information.

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FoodWork ID: 46096       Date posted to Jun 13 2018