Farm #2

Primary production: mixed greens, shoot mix, herbs, market vegetables
This farm offers a minimum wage or higher
This farm does not accept couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
Apprenticeship Term: March to December

Our farm is a place where many opportunities await both the aspiring farmer and the curious person looking to understand food. While the farm is a commercial business, the resources to learn about farming are many; there is a library of periodicals and books, a small plot of land to play with, experienced farmers to answer questions, and a successful, well established farm to experience. We strive to accommodate and challenge interns so that when they finish the season feel fulfilled and ready to continue their journeys. Those who bring questions, motivation and a sense of humor find the best fit here. Also, previous experience is valued but passion and hard work trump all else. A commitment to a whole season is expected, benefiting the farm and the intern most. 

There are ten greenhouses that are used for season extension, which allow growing to start in February and finish harvesting in December. A processing building houses a walk-in cooler and allows us to process more effectively and out of the elements. 

The farm is a place to learn about food in its many aspects, especially growing it but also cooking and eating it. Experience farming as both as a lifestyle and a livelihood alongside seasoned farmers who want to teach what they know and learn what they don’t. We offer each intern a small plot of land where they can experiment with crops and have their own garden to grow what they want. Inside, everyone is encouraged to read from the constantly expanding comprehensive farm library.

Come and join our fun farm family!

Location: Maitland, Nova Scotia

 

 

Farm #5 

 

Primary production: Organic vegetables, herbs, fruit, honey, eggs and meat
This farm accepts couples
This farm may be able to accommodate children
This farm offers minimum wage or higher
Apprenticeship term: March to October

We have been full time farmers for 25 years. We are a quasi joint venture between father and daughter. Located on approximately 100 acres bordering the Kennetcook river, near Brooklyn, Hants county. This includes pasture, hayland, woodlots, and around three acres of intensive gardens, and 4 green houses. We keep a few laying hens, cows, milk goats, draft horses, ducks, rabbits, guinea hens, and bees!! which all apprentices have the opportunity of working with.  

The focus on this farm is permaculture -- developing human scale, self-reliant food and shelter systems. 

Anna(alex's daughter) operates her market gardens(two acres) and CSA, usually with one apprentice per season, paying a small stipend. Alex teaches permaculture design 2 month internships.

We help each other frequently, and most garden work is by hand or using a single horse. We make hay, haul firewood, milk goats, swim a lot, and generally try to have a good time. Although our homes and farm markets operate separately(mostly), and the Permaculture Design Course has a fee, apprentices and interns often mingle, and classes are open if an apprentice can arrange the time. A minimal stipend is negotiable, depending on experience.

Location: Windsor, NS, approximately 60 km from Halifax.

 

 

Farm #6 

Primary production: veggies
This farm accepts couples
This farm may be able to accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: March to November
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Charter

Day to day work is busy, intense, challenging but also rewarding as we harvest beautiful vegetables and herbs for the CSA bags or stand aside as our delivery van leaves the farm four days a week with boxes of vegetables, ready to eat salad mix or head lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers to be delivered to the three health food stores in the city and some of the St. John's finest restaurants. We also sell from the on-site farm store. The farm is a quiet, out of the way, beautiful place where the paths and gardens are edged with edible flowers, music playing from speakers in the greenhouses and the children are usually able to convince their parents to visit the irrigation pond to see the fish. 

Our goal is for the farm to provide the apprentice an opportunity to understand and practice all aspects of organic farming in a way that meets his learning style and specific skills and interest. The format and manner in which this is done, will be developed with the apprentice, establishing learning goals and specific skills, whether this be soil analysis, mixing and applying compost tea, soil preparation, growing sprouts or managing a market vendor's stall. 

The learning opportunities will include but are not limited to: 

Crop planning, Soil Analysis and Field production ( forming beds, discing and cultivating)
Sourcing untreated and organic seeds. Seeding and transplanting
Greenhouse Management, including Monitoring Geo-Thermal Greenhouses
Watering and Irrigation. Weed Control and Pest Management
Introduction to Growing Sprouts, Micro-Greens and Edible Flowers
CSA and Farmers Market Experience
Restaurant Orders and Invoice Preparation
Training in Food Handling and Food Safety
Record Keeping for Organic Certification and Canadian Food Safety Standards
Experience with SIMPLY Accounting/ Financial Record Keeping

Location: Portugal Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador

 

Farm #9

Primary production: Certified organic grass-fed beef, pastured chicken, eggs, forage crops, some small fruit and garlic. Conventionally raised lamb
This farm accepts couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: April to November
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

This old family farm produces organic beef, hay, feed and eggs as main crops as well as self-sufficient gardening, conventional honey, lamb and goat. They have a few hundred acres of mixed farmland, old orchard and wood lot in the Annapolis Valley with lots of opportunity to learn new skills such as animal birthing, vegetable growing, livestock care, marketing, and food preservation. They are looking for 1-2  apprentices and are willing to help the apprentice(s) in their special areas of interest. Live and eat with the family. Their goal is to be able to make a living from the farm but also to make the farm a better, healthier place for everyone. For apprentices interested in the business part of the farming, the opportunity to run the market garden is available. We’ll provide the assistance to make it happen.

Location: Bridgetown, approximately 170 km from Halifax

Farm #14

Primary production: veggie seeds
This farm accepts couples
This farm is not able to accommodate a family
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: May to November
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

Our farm is a diverse small-scale farmstead, utilizing organic/sustainable practices. It is set on 250 acres of land in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, with frontage on a spring fed lake. The land consists of gently sloping pastures, a 100 year-old apple orchard, and forested hills and wetlands. Located 20 km to Lunenburg, Mahone Bay or LaHave, 25 km to beaches and less than 100 km to Halifax.

Owners  have a diverse background of farming and homesteading experience in the Northeast U.S. and Nova Scotia. 2017 will be our sixth season at the farm. Our long-term vision for the farm is in diverse perennial fruit, berry, nut, and medicinal herb crops alongside our thriving seed production work, with mixed livestock and vegetables for home use. While working towards establishing our ecological landscape design, in 2017 we will cultivate approx. 2 acres for vegetable and small-scale grain crops. We produce a diverse range of open-pollinated heritage seeds that we sell through a small seed company and retail locally, and also have a homestead-scale food garden, laying ducks, and pigs. In 2017 we will also be supplying a local cafe with farm fresh produce.

Seed crop/vegetable production: Apprentices can learn all aspects of ecological small scale farming, including planting, cultivating, harvesting, greenhouse management, soil health, composting/mulching, and saving seeds. The seasonal scope of work includes preparing beds for planting, planting seeds/transplants, mulching/weeding, watering/feeding as needed, scouting for pests, trellising, harvesting, succession planting, hand pollination, and seed crop harvesting and processing. 

Perennial crop system establishment: We have a detailed landscape plan and many plants and seeds ready to go in the ground. The scope of work is preparing ground, mulching, mowing, planting with amendments, labeling, watering/feeding, protecting from wildlife, etc. Skills to be learned include ecological landscape design, culture of perennial plants, shrubs, and trees, nursery propagation, soil health, mulching, pruning, grafting, and wildlife protection.

We expect a minimum of 30 hours of "work" per week; only apprentices interested in the integrated homesteading experience should apply. Learning opportunities abound in the blend of work/life here, for people keen for a realistic self-sufficient lifestyle. We are available for variable term (minimum of 2 weeks) apprenticeships throughout the growing season, and open to apprentices at all skill levels.

Location: Laconia, Nova Scotia.

Farm #17

Primary production:  Vegetables, starting with fruit, horses, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens and dogs
This farm needs 1 apprentice
This farm offers a weekly stipend
Apprenticeship Term: May 1, 2017 to May 1, 2018
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

We have a 130 acre farm right next to the beautiful Kejimkujik National Park, about a two-hour drive from Halifax. Our nearest town is a 20-minute drive away, and we have bikes available. There is a 4 acre lake and just over 100 acres of woodland, with an acre market garden including hoop house and approximately 15 acres in pasture.
We're a small, diversified family operation with a lot to offer in addition to vegetable production. We sell our produce at the farmer's market from the May long weekend through September in Annapolis Royal. We have Rhode Island Rec chickens, Fjord horses, Icelandic sheep and dairy goats that we keep on rotational pasture, and we make as much of our own hay as possible. We prefer to build anything we need out of locally sourced wood either from our farm or nearby woodlots, and spend the winter in our woodlot, felling trees and hauling out firewood. Until we moved in three years ago the farm had been let go for about twenty years, so there are a lot of building and repair projects. We breed our (five) German Shepherds so occasionally have numbers of small fluffy puppies in need of socialization.

We don't have a tractor here - when we say horse power, we mean it. Our horses are used for everything, from hauling wood to plowing over land. Depending on skill and comfort level, interns have the opportunity to learn to care for and work with the draft horse as a main source of power on the farm.
Interns are invited to join us for the full year, winter included. The regular work schedule runs from 8 am - 6 pm, with an hour lunch break. Interns do part-time weekends on a rotating basis, watering on the farm and working the market.

Location:  Caledonia

 

 

Farm #20

Primary production: Certified Organic Vegetables, Poultry, Eggs
This farm does not accept couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm does not offer on-farm accommodation
This farm offers a minimum wage or higher
Apprenticeship Term: May to November

We are a diverse, dynamic, agricultural adventure located on 200 acres in the unique Grand Lake ecoregion. We strive to be a model of sustainable agriculture as well appreciative as demonstrating a viable business model. There is ample opportunity for hands on learning and it is very rewarding to provide healthy food to an appreciative community.     

You can learn about using farm tools, soil preparation, planting seeds, cover cropping, succession planting, animal husbandry, tractors and farm equipment, weed management, irrigation, greenhouse management, harvesting, post-harvest handling, crop storage, marketing, business finances, permaculture, woodworking, construction, welding, maintenance and more. 

A major component of our mission statement is education and we want to provide an opportunity for young people to experience farm life and learn the skills they need to be successful in beginning their own farms. In exchange for your commitment and assistance in running the farm, we will teach you what you need to be a successful farmer. We encourage each intern to develop their own learning goals and will help them develop a learning plan. 

Recreational opportunities abound at the farm is surrounded on two sides by water. Apprentice housing is in two cabins with kitchen, showers and composting toilets nearby. Some meals are eaten together, the rest you cook on your own, nutritious food is provided and most of it is from the farm. We offer a stipend and an additional completion bonus. We are looking for motivated learners to be part of our team. Applicants are encouraged to visit the farm.  

We are located  in south central New Brunswick 50 km from Fredericton, and a 50 minute drive from Saint John and Moncton.

 

Farm #24

Primary production:  Organic Vegetables, Free Range Eggs, Maple Syrup
This farm accepts couples.
This farm offeres a stipend.
This farm may be able to accommodate children.

Apprenticeship term: April to November.
This farm has signed SOIL's host pledge

Our family operation now has three separate properties in the Margarees. Our family has been working the land here since the late 1700's. Interns will live and work mostly with Peter on his farm in Margaree Forks, whch has two acres of mixed vegetables, 20 laying hens, cold frames, sugar bush, and we are working on a series of ponds and contoured Swales in a permaculture design. The vegetables are for a 40 member CSA, local restaurants and Farmers Markets. Other vegetables are grown on brother Bens farm 3 km away. At the old homestead of Leo and Denise there is a herd of 30 cattle, 30 sheep, pigs and a team of Belgian draft horses. 

Interns will get a lot of experience working in the gardens with Peter while staying here. The season starts in April with planting and flows through the season with direct seeding, transplanting, weeding, mulching in spring. The harvest starts in early April with the first salad greens going to restaurants. The harvest really picks up in June-July with the CSA and markets and continues to the end of October. WWOOFer will help harvest, wash, process and package the bounty. 

In addition, one can also work with the animals on Leo's farm; from helping with daily feedings, to witnessing the amazement of calving and lambing, bottle feeding (when needed), cleaning stables, etc. Your assistance in fencing in the spring and hay making in the summer will also provide beneficial experiences and many lasting memories.

While staying in the Margarees, one can also expect to enjoy all that this small community has to offer including its beautiful beaches, traditional Celtic Square Dances, live music, Cape Breton Kitchen parties, canoeing on the Margaree Heritage river, foraging for mushrooms in our back yard, hiking, and just taking in the beautiful valley.

We are welcoming interns from April to November 2017

Location: Margaree Forks, NS