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Common Ground Farm, Ontario, Canada
6986 Middle River Rd
ST.Thomas, ON n5p3s9

Contact: Chris DeVries

Phone: 519-630-2312

Email: chris@commongroundfarm.ca, ca2devri@yahoo.com

Website: http://commongroundfarm.ca

Last Updated: 02-06-2014

General Description: Experience what it is like to start a farm! We are 4 kms SW of St.Thomas and about a 30 min drive south of London. We live on a 40 acre mix of forest, fields and wetlands with a lot of potential. We are beginning farmers starting a new 40 member CSA and market garden in 2014 and looking for apprentices who want to join us for this experience. We will provide room and board and a stipend in exchange for work on the farm. Depending on the candidate, there is opportunity for an experienced intern to start their own farm venture or joint venture on the farm. We will be delivering CSA shares in St.Thomas weekly and participating in at least 1 London area farmer's market. We'll also have a flock of laying hens to offer eggs to CSA members and we plan to experiment with other farm ventures next year. The farm includes many old fruit trees (cherry, apples, apricots, peaches), a pond and wetland and 10 acres of forest. We currently rent paddock space to 3 horses and have 3 separate fenced areas which we will be expanding next year to include new pasture and hay fields. We are 10 minutes from Port Stanley on Lake Erie and very close to St.Thomas. The ideal candidate is someone who has plans to start a farm and wants to see the planning and experiences that happen in the early years of farming.

Internship Starts: May 1, 2014
Internship Ends: Oct 15, 2014
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: March 1, 2014
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months

Meals: - some shared with family / interns, kitchenette available otherwise

Skills Desired: - previous work on a mixed vegetable farm an asset - desire to learn all aspects of market farming

Educational Opportunities: - Independent farm project - joining CRAFT farm days once a month (sessions on organic farm practices on other farms across south-western ontario) - participate in farm planning and business plan

Stipend: +/- $800 / month depending on candidate and arrangements

Housing: On-farm housing provided

Preferred method Of Contact: email

Internship Details: Internship will ideally start around late April and go until sometime in October but is flexible. Nominally 40 hours a week, but arrangements can be made for candidates that want to do an independent project on the farm.


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