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Singing Bird Farm
1570 North End Rd
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1C6

Contact: Leonie Muldoon, Doug Muldoon

Phone: 250-537-5478

Email: leoniem@shaw.ca, singingbirdfarm@gmail.com

Website: http://www.singingbirdfarm.ca

Last Updated: 06-06-2017

General Description: We have an immediate opening... we are looking to hire one more intern from June to the end of October. The right person is an eager learner, hard worker and passionate about farming. Singing Bird Farm is a 10 acre Certified Organic farm (1 acre in production) located 1/2 km from a public beach (St. Mary's Lake) on beautiful Salt Spring Island. We grow everything from arugula to zucchini, and we have a small herd of dairy goats.

We are committed to organic farming, and we were granted certified organic status in 2015. We endeavour to be as self-sufficient as we can; therefore, we make and turn our own compost, made from the manure and bedding of our animals and the weeds of our garden; and we mulch our beds with hay rather than with plastic (plastic is more effective for suppressing weeds, but is far less desirable for the health of the planet). We also prepare (fork and weed) our beds by hand.

We believe in keeping heritage varieties alive and most of the vegetables we grow are open pollinated, heirloom varieties. We have two heritage breed farm dogs, over a dozen different heritage chicken breeds (around 60 chickens in total), and five Oberhasli goats in addition to our Indian Runner ducks. We collect eggs from our free-range birds and ducks, we milk our does, and walk our herd in the forest every day along with the dogs.

In terms of accommodation, you would share a fabulous, self-contained 420 square foot panabode cabin in the woods with another intern. In addition to room and board, we offer a monthly $450-$500 stipend plus a $150 bonus for every month you work if you stay until the end of the season.

You will be engaged in all aspects of Singing Bird Farm, including bed preparation, seeding, transplanting, harvesting, weeding, compost turning, feeding and milking the goats, and selling produce at the Tuesday Market. In addition, you will be taught how to process various foods (including chevre, jams, sauerkraut, and pickles). Because our goats are milked 12 hours apart (starting in late April), everyone is required to work 2 or 3 evening shifts per week. Farm hours will be approximately 40 hours per week, with possibly more hours in earlier and/or mid-season and fewer in late season. Because we will need everyone's help for the twice-weekly harvests, you will not be able to take time off during your internship other than weekends; however, when the garden slows down in the fall, there will be opportunities to take off some Friday afternoons and/or Mondays.

We are interested in someone who is keen to learn about organic farming and who is conscientious, flexible, has a strong work ethic, and who can work both independently as well as in a team. Experience with goats is a definite asset; learning how to milk is a must.

Internship Starts: 06-12-2017
Internship Ends: 10-31-2017
Number of Interns: 1
App Deadline: not applicable, we we would like to fill this position asap
Minimum Length of Stay: 5 months

Meals: All meals are included. Dinners are prepared on a rotational basis. All meals are vegetarian.

Skills Desired: Some farming experience preferred, but we are willing to train the right person. A passion for farming is a must!

Educational Opportunities: We will teach all the skills needed to maintain a successful farm. Because our farm is fairly small in size and we use low technology, this is a realistic situation for people who aspire to have their own small farm in the future. You will learn all facets of farming (including milking goats).

Stipend: $450-$500 per month (to be determined after the trial week). There is also a bonus of $150 for each month worked until the agreed upon end date.

Housing: Accommodation is a beautiful 420 square foot fully equiped panabode cabin which is shared with one other intern.

Preferred method Of Contact: By email

Internship Details: See above


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