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Fertile Ground Farm
1560 Carmel Koch Rd
St. Agatha, ON N0B2L0
Contact: Angie Koch
Last Updated: 12-04-2017
General Description: Fertile Ground is a small, organic vegetable farm operating on a beautiful 100 acre property near Waterloo, ON. Our mixed production includes 10 acres of garden (with 4 in vegetable production annually), pastured laying hens & ducks, 40 acres hay, and honeybees. We partner with a mixed livestock producer who provides pastured meats to our customers as well. We grow a wide variety of vegetables for our 250 member CSA, as well as a few local cafes and retail customers. We are committed to community-building and drawing people into the story of their food. We have an active volunteer base, wonderfully supportive CSA members, and are always looking for ways to create opportunities for community interaction and involvement.
Internship Starts: 05-01-2017
Internship Ends: 10-31-2017
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: 28-02-2017
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 mths
Meals: All interns, staff & volunteer eat lunch together Mon-Friday (we take turns cooking). Plenty of good food is provided for preparing breakfast, dinners and weekend meals, but joint meals are ad hoc so we can operate on our own schedules and have time to ourselves in our off-work hours.
Skills Desired: No prior experience required for novice internship, but must have a keen interest in experiencing a full season immersed in the hard work of organic farming. Physical strength and stamina are important, as is commitment to a full season of working and learning. Expect the work to be physically and mentally demanding, with long hours outdoors in all weather.
Senior interns should have a season of farm (or closely-related) experience to apply for the higher stipend.
Educational Opportunities: We are committed to developing an educational focus and level of responsibility that matches with experience level & interests. As members of CRAFT Southwest Ontario, our interns have the opportunity to participate in monthly educational field trips with other farm interns. We also facilitate 3-4 additional field trips/season and offer regular on-farm workshops on a variety of topics such as crop planning, crop rotations, farm finances, seed saving, cover cropping and botany.
Stipend: In addition, a full-time novice intern will receive room and board as well as a stipend of $400/mth + room/board. Senior interns with prior farming experience are eligible for a higher stipend ($600+/mth) and may choose a special area of focus for the season.
Housing: Room and board provided in farmhouse or RV, or arrangements may be made to live in town if own transportation can be provided. Private bedroom with shared kitchen/bathroom.
Preferred method Of Contact: email
Internship Details: An Internship is a Work-for-Learning Exchange
We will provide a quality educational experience which draws on the experience of our Lead Farmer and staff. Interns are exposed to all aspects of our operation from field work to CSA pick-ups to planning. We all work Mon-Friday with weekends off, except for occasional on-farm events and monthly chore duty responsibilities on rotation with all other interns/staff.
Interns are involved in learning and taking responsibility for tasks in the following areas:
Greenhouse management & seedling production
Seeding and transplanting
Weed management & pest control
Harvesting & postharvest handling
Soil building practices & fertility management
Pastured poultry care (with possibility for additional livestock experience working with our mixed livestock partner - pigs, cattle
Infrastructure building & maintenance
Volunteer supervision & mentoring
Training on our 2 FarmAll tractors (as deemed appropriate)
The Lead Farmer and all staff work in the fields alongside interns, providing plenty of opportunity for explanations and discussion about the work we do.
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