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ORGANIC FARMING

Positions: Farm apprentices
Farm: The Quarry farm
Location: Salt Spring Island, BC
Accommodation: private bedroom provided (see below)
Type: possibly paid + private bedroom, some shared meals 

The Quarry Farm is a small community of growers and nature lovers on beautiful Salt Spring Island who were gifted with the opportunity to look after 35 beautiful acres of forest, wetland, mountain bluffs and developing cultivated areas. We have a beautiful free standing intern accomodation with all modern amenities and a shared community house. We have lovely swimming lakes nearby the farm and are 10 min away by car from Ganges and Fulford

The farm is in it’s fourth year now and produces a variety of vegetables grown on approximately 1 acre for 40 summer and 20 winter CSA boxes, as well as bread and jarred products. We don’t sell at market but have a few other outlets we sell to at peak times. We are in the process of developing another 1/4 acre of land nearby.

There’s a small tractor used for tilling in cover crops when necessary, other then that we do everything by hand.

We are certified organic and try to grow our veggies according to the biodynamic principles. We like to use as few machines as possible and we would like to see the farm being self-sustaining and regenerative of the natural ecosystems.

DESIRED QUALITIES

We are looking for energetic people who are really keen to learn more about growing food, small scale farming and working together in a small team/community, with the ability to do physical work 4 days a week and have decent communication skills. We value creative thinking and the ability to work independently.

APPRENTICESHIP TASKS

A large variety of tasks, including bed preparation, seeding, transplanting, weeding, watering, harvesting, compost making, and if interested selling extra produce.

INSTRUCTION AND EDUCATION

There will be at least one experienced farmer working alongside the apprentice at the start of the season. Later on the apprentice will hopefully be comfortable performing certain tasks independently.

There is access to an instructional masterclass online the apprentice is encouraged to watch, and that we’ll watch together.

There are books and online resources available, and community members can help out with a variety of skills.

APPRENTICESHIP DETAILS

Duration: Approximately 6 months. Start beginning of April or May till the end of September (extension might be possible).
Hours per week: 4 weekdays of 6 hours, with some watering every other weekend
Stipend: In addition to room and board we can apply for a government grant as a financial supplement (if you are no older then 30). For details please contact us.

ROOM AND BOARD 

The private bedroom we provide is in a lovely building (the Treehouse) separate from the main house , that has a shared living room, kitchen and bathroom (+laundry). The space is shared with 1 or 2 others. We will have most of our morning meetings in the treehouse.
The main house is also used for some meetings and shared meals on days that we have a bigger crew, the apprentice is encouraged to take turns cooking on these days. These meals will be vegetarian and often vegan. Bulk food is provided for interns.

TO APPLY

Please email a cover letter and resume to info@thequarryfarm.ca

Please indicate you saw this posting at FoodWork.

Check out our website: http://www.thequarryfarm.ca


 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 4 2022    ID: 62273