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Mapleton's Organic Dairy
8548 Wellington Road #7
Moorefield, ON N0G2K0

Contact: Arwa de Groot, Martin de Groot

Phone: 519-638-1115

Email: info@mapletonsorganic.ca

Website: http://www.mapletonsorganic.ca

Last Updated: 01-04-2011

General Description: Mapleton's Organic Dairy is a family owned and operated farm. We raise and take care of the cows that supply the milk for our delicious ice cream, frozen yogurt, and fresh yogurt. Besides a dairy herd, we also raise young dairy animals, a flock of laying hens to supply eggs for our ice cream and pigs for organic pork.

In the summer we raise grain-fed, free-range chickens and turkeys. All the feed for the animals is grown here on our farm and the manure they provide is used (after composting) to fertilize the fields. In addition to growing all the feed for the animals, we also grow some crops for human consumption such as spelt, soybeans, corn, potatoes, and pumpkins.

Mapleton's Organic Farm provides the public with healthy, local, and environmentally sustainable products. But we also believe we have the responsibility to show people about the cycle of responsible food production. We host tours and special events and we welcome our guests to observe our farm up close.

Internship Starts: April 2011
Internship Ends: November 2011
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: March 2011
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 Weeks

Meals: Home-cooked meals with ingredients sourced mainly from our farm and the CSA that is run here.

Skills Desired: First and foremost - a keen interest in learning about organic farming
Experience with with animals would be an asset.
The ability to work independently.
A self-starter with some creativity and a desire to try new things.
Able to work well with people - a team player.
Some inclination towards basic carpentry, fencing etc would be great.

Educational Opportunities: Organic Farming Practices:
Rotational grazing.
Crop rotation.
Soil health.
Animal health (using homeopathy etc).
Animal husbandry.
Dairy processing.
Pastured poultry.
Promoting local food systems.


Stipend:

Housing: Own bedroom in our farmhouse.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email

Internship Details: Our diverse farm offers many possibilities for interns depending on their skills and interests. Options include but are not limited to helping to manage our organic dairy herd (feeding, animal husbandry, health management, milking), field work (planting, cultivating, baling etc.), dairy processing (making ice cream, frozen yogurt and fresh yogurt, taking care of our other animals including horses, pigs, turkeys, chickens and sheep.


 

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