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3636 Trent Road
Courtenay - Vancouver Island, BC V9N 9R4
Contact: Thierry Vrain
Last Updated: 11-06-2012
General Description: Innisfree Farm is an educational and healing centre. We offer regular week end workshops and internship programs on herbal medicine, organic gardening, horticulture therapy, nutrition, and other relevant topics. Gardens without Borders, operates from Innisfree Farm. It is a non profit organization dedicated to traditional knowledge of plants and Horticulture Therapy.
The vegetable and culinary herb gardens supply a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, a weekend neighborhood market stand, local stores and restaurants, with a variety of vegetables and culinary herbs, medicinal teas, flowers, berries, and eggs.
There is a seven circuit, planted, labyrinth; an apothecary garden growing specimen medicinal plants, a pond and a wooded area where we grow medicinal and otherwise edible mushrooms. The apothecary garden is a teaching and therapeutic tool. Students from Naturopathic Schools and Herbal Colleges in Canada and the USA apprentice in the gardens, the clinic and the dispensary.
Medical herbalism, Organic farming, CSA, vegetables, culinary herbs and medicinal plant production, Horticulture Therapy, Agri-tourism
Internship Starts: March 15
Internship Ends: End of October
Number of Interns: 3
App Deadline: February 1st
Minimum Length of Stay: 10 to 12 weeks
Meals: We provide food and accommodation.
Skills Desired: A great desire to learn
Educational Opportunities: Medical herbalism
Cooking and nutrition
Housing: We provide food and accommodation.
Preferred method Of Contact: Email or telephone
Internship Details: The Internship program starts on the second week of March and ends at the end of October, and your Internship is for 10 to 12 weeks. During that time you are immersed in an alternative production and marketing of food and medicine. The Internship combines the hands on practical style of an apprenticeship with classroom sessions about botanical medicine and organic gardening. You receive 20 to 30 hours each month in a variety of learning situations, not including your own reading and research. You follow a curriculum that also gives you a grounded knowledge of soil biology, botany, nutrition, cooking and preserving food, horticulture therapy, and so much more - a rare educational opportunity. Other formal learning opportunities are herb walks and herbal weekend workshops and gardening workshops with Chanchal and Thierry and guest teachers, and cooking lessons with professionals.
Innisfree Farm includes several gardens of annual and perennial vegetables, herbs, berries, ornamentals and fruit trees. We work 35 t0 40 hours each week, growing, harvesting, and processing vegetables and herbs, preparing herbal teas and medicine, the CSA boxes, selling at the Market Stand, and doing whatever is required to run and maintain the farm. This is where you learn to grow, process, prepare, and cook your food.