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Position: Organic farmstead internship/apprentice
Type: internship, room + board + stipend, more (see below)
Farm: Fragrant Pearl Farm
Location: Seeley's Bay (near Kingston), Eastern Ontario

For the 2021 season (beginning as early as March ending late October or November typically) homesteader requires motivated intern willing to provide four hours daily morning help on mixed organic farmstead in exchange for room/board/$250 per month stipend.

Due to a long legal wrangling period the abandoned homestead property I grew up on became dilapidated and only recently was it possible to begin a project of rejuvenation. The house and one barn have been renovated but still several tumbledown farm buildings need attention.

This is currently a functioning semi self-sufficient homestead (note NOT a commercial revenue generating enterprise) so the intern will be part of the seasonal daily regimen which could include chores such as fruit tree pruning, gardening, canning, dehydrating, cider making, livestock tending, fencing, firewood gathering, chainsaw milling, grounds maintenance, machinery maintenance, etc. As mentioned outbuilding repair is ongoing.

Certain other side projects such as solar shower, rocket stove, off grid solar power, bridge building, gravity irrigation system, and food preservation will be entertained given the applicants interest.

This >200 acre secluded peaceful property is a mixture of farm land and bush that sits beside a lake. A local organic farmer tills the acres I no longer look after save for my orchard and garden. . If you want to experience a modern, busy, commercial type enterprise then this is not the place for you.

However if the ins and outs of small scale natural agriculture/permaculture rural living is of interest, or you desire to purchase your own homestead, then this opportunity will be of benefit.

I have lots of agricultural experience having grown up on this organic farm. I hold a B.Sc.(Agr.) degree in crop science as well as B.A (Hons) in film studies. I use to operate my own organic garlic business. Sadly I was struck years ago by a serious eye disease which still persists and it disrupted my life and changed its direction drastically.

For years the old farmstead lay abandoned and it has only been recently that I could occupy it once again to begin repairs. In return for your well appreciated helping hands I will share with you the practicalities of the rural lifestyle.

I hope to attract an intern who has a great work ethic, is conscientious, motivated and hopefully has a sense of humor as I like to keep things light hearted. Integrity and honesty are vital.

The short work day will afford you lots of free time so if interested you may wish to tend your own garden plot which I will provide you or alternatively you can investigate some other project of your own liking. I can teach you archery or bush craft skills. If you like you may cycle to the local village, hike in the bush or fish at the lake. Meditation practice is one of my fortes which I love to share. The farm house has wireless internet with cozy private bedroom available to you or if you prefer a large RV trailer with power and internet is at your disposal.

If you have a driver's license that would be helpful as I am unable to drive due to my continuing vision issue. You must apprise me of any health (including mental health) issues that are of concern. Do you have dietary constraints? I am not a vegetarian nor is all my food organic but I am very familiar with vegetarian cuisine. I love cooking and hope you do too as meal chores will be shared.

My (single white male) interests include travel, writing, martial arts, self-sufficiency, DIY projects, current affairs and meditation.

To conclude the farm is a peaceful enclave situated well away from neighbors. I may have another helper here (though unlikely) so be prepared to spend time alone. Hopefully you will enjoy the solitude that this kind of setting can provide. So if you are serious about learning what the rural lifestyle is all about, value the personal attention that I can give you and are forthright in your endeavors then I invite you to apply for this opportunity.

PS Resume with references required.
Please respond to DJ, email:
fragrantpearlfarm (at) hotmail (dot) com

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Nov 16 2020    ID: 57935