Position: Ecological/Permaculture Gardener with Potential Permaculture Internship Program
Type: full-time, entrepreneurial potential, some food, accommodations, more (see below)
Organization: Living Landscapes Eco-Logical Design
Location: near Madoc, Ontario (east of Peterborough)
Housing provided: yes
Renum.: Not a paid job. Learning opportunity + potential joint venture income (see below)
Living Landscapes Eco-Logical Design is opening up existing and new market and educational garden spaces for 2 additional people to utilize for guided learning and limited market gardening for profit.
This is an internship Permaculture Design Course opportunity with some potential for market gardening and income from joint venture sales (not a paid job). There is potential for ongoing involvement, an expanding role, and on-site or remote partnership opportunities. Participating in plant and produce sales is optional though preferred (at the Peterborough Regional Farmers Market and possibly the Marmora Farmers Market in the spring). We will negotiate fair income from market sales based on time and other commitments of all individuals involved.
Role and Responsibilities
Required Skills and Experience
We are located in a small, budding off-grid community. Our farm is located north of Madoc, Ontario (between Ottawa and Toronto just off Highway 7, north of Belleville about 45 minutes).
The start time is as soon as March, and if there is space at the time (there may not be), start time can be as late as the beginning of August before we leave for 4-6 weeks. Another possible 2020 start time is when we get back in September or October, for the fall planting and harvest season and for preparing next year's work. An ongoing, evolving partnership role is a potential.
Learning and Other Opportunities
If you don't already have demonstrated experience in holistic agroecology or permaculture farming or gardening, you must be willing to complete a structured Permaculture Design Internship over the course of a month, culminating in a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC):
Permaculture designer and teacher Trent Rhode will work directly with you, facilitate your stay, and support your ongoing learning by supplying basic to advanced learning resources and guidance as required. Trent has 14+ years of experience in permaculture/ecological design that includes a permaculture teacher training, 2 design courses (including one as part of teaching team), mentorship by experienced regenerative farmers, gardeners and restoration ecologists, training through the University of Guelph and University of Victoria, and experience running his own permaculture design company since 2012. Trent is currently a member of the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA). This will be his fourth season facilitating the PDC internship program.
Permaculture Design Interns will work through a permaculture/forest garden based structured internship program during the 2020 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 next stages of perennial polyculture gardens and orchards throughout the property, a passive solar greenhouse, aquaculture systems, and setting up infrastructure for egg birds.
Permaculture Design Internships are a minimum of 30 hours/week of hands on work for 1 month, but the program can extend to 6+ months (this will be coordinating/implementing gardens and extra hours beyond this potentially selling produce if interested), with evening times for studying and at the end of the 1 month study period doing a design project. Working out other time frames (e.g. 1 month here, 1 month away, 1 month here) is possible - please inquire.
Internships are structured by skillset topics and seasonal necessity-based learning, but a core curriculum required for a PDC will be the foundation, particularly in the fist month. The PDC core curriculum is based on PINA's core curriculum.
The spring work will be seed starting (including from seeds currently going through treatment), nursery care that will involve learning about plants, as well as co-designing and planting new gardens, caring for already planted plants, and planting vegetables, trees and other perennials in pots and in the ground.
Summer is mostly maintenance, harvest, design, nursery and plant care, and preparing new garden areas.
Fall will involve preparing new garden areas for spring, more design, and of course harvest, as well as food and medicine preservation and processing, including canning, drying and making tinctures.
Regardless of time of year, the program will involve reading books and multi-media course materials in your own time, doing exercises and activities, and discussions with the facilitator, community members, and other current and past interns. The longer you stay, the more things 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, though again, this can be over a longer period).
To apply, please send an email to:
briefly explaining why you'd like to do this internship, how long of a commitment you are interested in, possible start and end dates, 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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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Feb 17 2020 ID: 56091