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Positions: Permaculture Plant Nursery Internship
Host: Fiddlehead Nursery
Location: Kimberley (near Collingwood), Ontario
Type: f/t internship with accom, meals, stipend, more (see below)

Fiddlehead Nursery is a plant nursery specializing in perennial edible plants hardy to Ontario's winters, including fruit & nut trees, berry bushes & perennial vegetables and salad greens. We've been inspired by the forest gardening movement & are trying to increase the popularity and diversity of perennial food plants available in Ontario. Our main business is selling plants from our greenhouse, but we also sell the books that have inspired us and host workshops on edible landscape design. We give tours of our low-maintenance demonstration gardens (from which we eat regularly!) and we're constantly experimenting with new edible plants from around the world.

We're looking for two full-time interns to help us out with all of the tasks that come with an organic farm and homestead. From the beginning of May until the end of September (or perhaps longer), regular tasks include working in the greenhouse watering & potting up plants, seeding trays, weeding & mulching gardens & propagation beds; rooting softwood cuttings & collecting seeds; helping customers & perhaps leading tours of the demonstration gardens. We're also constatly working on construction projects & have a few in mind for the upcoming season, including repointing an old barn foundation, building an outdoor solar shower & upgrading the insulation in our old farmhouse. You'd be helping with these & learning carpentry skills, along with many other tasks that crop up along the way.

The interns would have their own bedrooms in our old farmhouse. We'd provide all meals, a stellar education on forest gardening, and a weekly stipend of $50. We'd welcome a couple, but would also be happy to have two inspired individuals. Our ideal candidates would be 19 years of age or older, have some background in gardening, organic or otherwise, and a keen interest in growing food and sustainable living. We work 7-8 hours a day, 5 days a week, and would encourage mini-vacations of a few days once a month. We live in the heart of the Beaver Valley, which is a UNESCO biosphere reserve with a thriving floodplain ecosystem, and we're across the road from the Beaver River, where we regularly swim (and paddle!) in the summer.

One of our interns from last year is returning, so you'd be working with me and her as well as a woman who runs a native plant nursery on the same property. I'm a middle-aged man, interested in all aspects of sustainable living and the natural world, along with literature, music, good movies and great ideas. I've lived communally with many people over the years, and love to debate contentious issues to sharpen and broaden the mind.

For more information please see our website, Facebook or Instagram, or contact us with any questions.

Please send a resume and cover letter to:

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 15 2021    ID: 58670