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Ignatius Farm
5420 Hwy 6 N
Guelph, ON N1H6J2

Contact: Mike Smith at 519-824-1250 x275

Phone: 519-824-1250

Email: csafarmer@ignatiusguelph.ca

Website: http://www.ignatiusguelph.ca/csa/

Last Updated: 12-14-2011

General Description: The Land: The internship program is part of Ignatius Farm, and focuses on the 8.5-acre CSA organic vegetable operation which supplies produce for our CSA members – over 275 households and local businesses. The internship also includes our 6-acre organic orchard, community gardens and field crops. We use both manual labour and machinery for our production. Ignatius Farm is one part of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre of Guelph. Our land encompasses over 600 acres of farmland, wetland and woodland, located less than a kilometre from Guelph, Ontario. This diverse land includes a Jesuit community, Loyola House retreat centre, offices, hiking trails & natural areas.

Internship Starts: Apr 26, 2012
Internship Ends: Nov 12, 2012
Number of Interns: 6
App Deadline: Feb 6, 2012
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 Months

Meals: Interns are responsible for their own meals. During the week interns take part in a lunch cooking rotation. Each intern is responsible for providing their own ingredients. Farm veggies will be provided as they come into season and are available.

Skills Desired: Enthusiasm, a desire to learn, and the ability to be a team player. Senior interns require prior experience on a farm.

Educational Opportunities: Interns will have an opportunity to participate in weekly education day; attend CRAFT farm tours once a month, with workshops and other field trips the other 3 weeks of the month; get involved with hands-on learning in field and through the farm planning process; and be able to participate in and conduct intern led workshops.

Stipend: Approximately $225 per month for Novice, $575 for seniors

Housing: Farmhouse -shared housing with telephone, internet and utilities provided free. The house is on the farm and is just a 10 minute walk to the Guelph city bus and 4 km. from the downtown area.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email please.

Internship Details: How is the Ignatius Farm Internship structured?
We are committed to making this internship an educational experience as well as a working one. Through monthly workshops and fieldtrips, the CRAFT program, mentored field walks, intern field responsibilities and skill evaluation, we aim to increase interns understanding of sustainable growing.

Novice Interns can expect to be involved in: greenhouse management, seedling production, bed preparation, tractor work, weeding, transplanting, harvesting, overseeing CSA distribution at pick-ups, attending periodic Core Group gatherings, participating in educational activities structured around intern learning objectives, and cooking lunches for the farm team.

Senior Internships
In addition to the Novice intern activities, Senior interns take on specialized roles in education planning, harvest logistics & produce sales, field crop production, perennials management (berries, asparagus), orchard care, community garden plot management, and volunteer coordination:

Education - coordinates all educational activities pertaining to the farm, and maintaining materials for enhancing the educational experience of the broader CSA community. This community includes, but is not limited to, farm interns, CSA members and farmers.
Harvest Logistics & Produce Sales - works closely with the market coordinator planning CSA harvests, managing the CSA farm store and restaurant sales.

Field Crop Production - works with the Fields Manager from seeding to harvest of grain and other field crops.

Perennials - manages our perennial crops, including strawberries, raspberries and asparagus.

Orchards - works closely with the fields manager to maintain a 6 acre organic orchard. The orchard is primarily apples, but also includes pears and cherries.

Community Garden Plots - oversees the community garden plots on the farm, including plot preparations, and liaising with the gardeners.

Volunteers - coordinates our working share CSA members and volunteers.

All internship positions include a modest stipend, shared housing as desired, and vegetables in season. Applicants need to be fit, have good stamina, be flexible and be team players.

The team generally works Monday - Friday, 6am to 5pm, with a 1 hour lunch break. The timelines of our internships are as follows:
Senior Interns ~ March 5 to November 30, 2012.
Full-Season Novice Interns ~ April 23 to November 9, 2012.
Short-Term Novice Interns ~ April 23 to August 24, 2012.


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