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Position: Permaculture Internship Program
Type: full-time internship, some food, accomodations, 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. Others will be on the land at this time as well running a market garden, who you may work with.

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 1 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 work is mostly nursery care that will involve learning about plants, as well as designing and creating new gardens for next year, caring for already planted plants, and in the fall, planting trees and other perennials. The program will involve reading 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 1 month 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 is a potential for us to provide accomodations in a private cabin for the right person starting right away, and during part of August, for you to stay in our slightly larger home. However, you would need to begin before August 3 or soon after for this to be possible immediately, otherwise you would have to come at the end of August when we return from our trip (unless we work out something separate with other people on the land - inquire if interested).

  • We recommend you have a vehicle if you are staying here, though carpooling places is a potential. You must supply most of your own food., however, you will be entitled to food from what we grow, which we can discuss more when we talk. This is not a WWOOF opportunity where we provide for all of your needs, but we will share some meals, and supply water and electricity for phones and laptops while you are on the land.


To apply, please send an email to:
trentrhode mask* 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