Farm #1  

Primary production: vegetables, meat, some transformed products, pesto, relishes
This farm accepts couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend and a bonus for staying the season
Apprenticeship term: March to October
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

I am looking for a person, or a couple, to assist in managing the food production, both plants and animals, here at this farm and education centre. The right person(s) will have acquired skills from previously working on a small farm and is looking to expand their expertise and their abilities. 

We are located in the beautiful Eastern Townships of Quebec. It is a small but extremely diverse farm that offers the opportunity to learn about many aspects of food production and sustainable living. All of the work here is based on the belief that we need to protect our agricultural heritage and get people involved in building a strong local food system. There are several market gardens, a small orchard and a greenhouse. We also raise chickens, ducks and turkeys and sheep. I manage the weekly Farmers Market in our town, where we sell our produce.  We hold educational workshops related to food production and sustainable living throughout the season and they are an important component of the activities here. 

I am at a stage in my life and that of the farm where I am actively seeking others who want to dive into the adventure of running a small farm. If this is your passion too but you have no idea how to find that farm of your dreams, or you just want to continue developing your farming skills and talents then this could be your opportunity.  I have a lot to teach someone and a lot to learn from others.

The farm can be reached by a bus service from Montreal. We speak both English and French.

Location: near Mansonville.

Farm #2

Primary Production:  pastured pork, organic vegetables, maple syrup
This farm accepts couples
This farm may accept children (case by case basis)
This farm offers a weekly stipend
Apprenticeship term:  May 1 - November 1
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

Come join us on a heritage style Quebecois family farm in the hills of the Lanaudière region.  The 200 acres of land has been cultivated by this family for over 30
years, but there is still a lot of young energy and active learning, as the current farmer is the second generation, working the land with his associates (ie. friends and employees) and volunteers. Aside fromgrowing up on this land and gaining a ton of knowledge and experience from generation to generation, the farmer also has a diploma in Organic farm management and apprenticeship experience on many other farms (Quebec, USA and Europe)

The farm has seen many different projects over the years, including horse-drawn maple syrup harvesting, dairy cows, hay production, chicken "tractors", laying hens, goats, CSA baskets and more; and all of which you can learn about from the family. More recently the mainstay operations include pastured pork, organic vegetable production and maple syrup production.

Being an apprentice here means you will learn how to ethically and sustainably raise meat pigs, grow organic vegetables and bring them all to market, as well as manage orders for suppliers (like restaurants, small grocers, and other institutions). As well, you can learn and observe the mechanisms of coordinating a cooperatively run farmer's market in the nearby town, and what it takes to manage all of these things at once.  We also regularly host large events like dances and banquets on the farm (such as a traditional sugar shack, épluchette, etc.) so there is never a dull moment and always plenty of active community members to meet, learn from and network with! You will get to stay in a comfy, cute, newly constructed yurt! A good balance of communal living and privacy, with all the necessary amenities at hand.  The farmer is francophone but also speaks English and Spanish. The other farm residents are also bilingual.

The farm is close to Joliette, which can be reached by public transit in just over an hour from Montreal. The region has many things to offer including lots of hiking, kayaking, waterfalls, community events, and more. The scenery in the summer and autumn can be breathtaking as the leaves change across the rolling hills and the
sunset reflects off the northern slopes of the neighbouring lands.

Location:  Sainte Melanie