Farm #1 

Primary production: Organic vegetables, berries, apples
This farm accepts couples
This farm may be able to accommodate children
This farm offers a minimum wage or higher
Apprenticeship term: Early April to late October
This farm has signed the SOIL Host Pledge

 Located on the Fraser River's floodplains in the spectacular Glen Valley (only 60km from Vancouver), this co-operatively-owned farm has two businesses that sell fruit and vegetable crops at two farmers markets and through a 140-member CSA program. We're looking for apprentices interested in pursuing a career in small-scale agriculture. Through an apprenticeship on our farm you will gain a comprehensive understanding of operating a diversified, small-scale, certified organic farm. From crop planning, business management and seeding to weeding, harvesting and marketing, we offer a holistic understanding of agriculture and a small community of dedicated farmers who live on the farm. On-farm accommodation, access to farm food and a fair wage offered to apprentices. 

Location: Abbottsford, BC. 67 km southeast of Vancouver, 1 hr drive.

Farm #2    Full for 2017 Season

This farm is full for the 2017 season.
Primary production: Certified Organic Vegetables
This farm accepts couples
This farm is not able to accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: May to October
This farm has signed the SOIL Host Charter

Our farm is located on a remote island 20 minutes by boat from Queen Charlotte. The market garden overlooks a constantly changing seascape and is surrounded by lush, mossy evergreen forests. The farm has a 3 acre certified organic market garden and large greenhouse. We have been farming here since we cleared the land in 1993. Our main focus is the garden and greenhouse where we grow specialty greens, carrots, beets, potatoes, peas, beans, garlic, and squash which we sell at the farmer's market, CSA, and local businesses. We have a cabin for apprentices who also share our home and meals with the family. We are seeking two hard-working individuals who want to learn about organic market gardening from planning and planting to weeding, maintenance, harvest and marketing. We also preserve foods including some wild gathered foods like smoked salmon. We are off-grid and have a hydro system on our creek. Laird is presently building and testing a tidal power prototype on Haida Gwaii. There is a stipend available.

We are looking for two hardworking apprentices with a desire to learn all the skills necessary to run your own market garden or farm. An interest in both food production and food gathering and preservation is essential. 

Location: near Queen Charlotte, BC

 

Farm #3   Full for 2017 Season

 

This farm is full for the 2017 season.
Primary production: Vegetables, fruits, cut salad, eggs.
This farm accepts couples
This farm may be able to accommodate children
This farm pays the minimum wage or higher
Apprenticeship term: April to October
This host has signed SOIL's Host Pledge

This twenty acre farm, located 70km east of Vancouver, has fruit and nut trees, wooded areas, coldframes, fields of annuals, and a clustered housing area. A group of diverse individuals live and work on this farm with a common goal of stewarding the land in a sustainable manner using organic methods and applying permacultural principals. We grow mixed salad greens, vegetables, herbs, chickens for eggs, and sheep for mowing. We sell at farmers markets, through a CSA program, and to restaurants. Apprentices will have an opportunity to learn about all areas of plant care and the economics of running a viable organic farming enterprise. Other areas of potential learning include: Permaculture, seed growing, farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture, poultry (mostly for eggs), and cooperative land ownership.

Location: Aldergrove, BC, 30 minutes from Vancouver

Farm #4 

Primary production: Garlic
This farm can host couples
This farm may be able to accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: May to October

Come join a forming intentional community in the beautiful mountains and rivers of Gitxsan Territory in northern BC. We are working to be an example of earth based, cooperative living in the hopes to create space for individual and collective transformation. We are an income-sharing community and strive to work by consensus of all our members. We value highly cooperative environments based on open communication and equality. Our goal is to be an example of earth-based living in order to assist the much-needed transformation of ourselves and the greater society.  We strive to live as a family and interdependently empower each other to redefine the very nature of what's possible.

We are off-grid, we do not have running water - we catch rainwater and haul drinking water, we use outdoor compost toilets, and we have limited shower and internet access.

Location: Hazelton, BC

Farm #5   Full for 2017 Season

This farm is full for the 2017 season.
Main Production: orchard fruit, mixed veggies
This farm accepts couples
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship Term: April to November

Our farm is located in the semi-arid wilderness of the Fraser Canyon and is nourished by gravity-fed, pure mountain water. I am new to this land, having recently purchased it from farmers who have been farming here for 20 years. With 5 years of experience, I grow a diversity of vegetables and fruit for market and restaurants in Vancouver. In addition to many varieties of basil, cucumbers, celeriac, fennel, squash, eggplants, zucchini, peaches, cherries, plums, and apples, the farm specializes in growing over 50 varieties of heirloom tomatoes. Apprentices will have many different learning opportunities such as: orchard management, irrigation, compost building, garden planning, marketing strategies, and crop production. Apprentices will have their own cabins and organic food staples provided. We love to create and enjoy feasts from the garden to celebrate summer! We provide a generous stipend.

Location: Lytton, BC. 260 km northeast of Vancouver 3 hr drive.

 

Farm #6 

Primary production: Certified organic vegetables, grain & lamb for market; dairy, poultry, fruit, & wild forage for self-sufficiency.
This farm accepts couples
This farm may be able to accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: April to November
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Pledge

We farm a 320 acre century-old farmstead surrounded by the mountains and wilderness of northwest BC. Guest accomodation is a spacious self-contained cabin on a knoll overlooking the farm. Apprenticeship start and end dates are flexible.

We eat what we grow: organic vegetables from the acre of market gardens and greenhouse; bread and baked goods from the heirloom grains we grow and mill; milk and cheese from the Jersey cow; eggs from the henhouse; salmon from the river; and occasionally meat from the pigs that till the old pasture or the sheep and cows that keep the farm fertile.

We sell vegetables and flour at two Farmers’ Markets, however the focus is on finding a measure of self-sufficiency in food, energy needs, and building materials here on the farm. We're 25km from town, near the end of a dirt road.

I had a popular organic bakery on Vancouver Island and helped set-up a small social-enterprise bakery in town. I have travelled widely and done stints wwoofing and cross-country cycling, and am also a host for travelling cyclists. My partner is a biologist with a Masters in organic pest management and has done extensive field work throughout BC, Alberta, and the Yukon. She is also an organic farm inspector and has a passion for foraging wild mushrooms.

Location: Hazelton, BC

Farm #7   Full for 2017 Season

This farm is full for 2017 Season
Primary Production: brewing hops, sheep and llamas for breeding, wool and meat (lamb and mutton), annual and perennial vegetables, berries (cultivated and wild), herbs (cultivated and wild)
This farm accepts couples
This farm may be able to accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: April to November
This farm has signed SOIL's host pledge

We are an off-grid permaculture farm that takes in 50 acres and borders on Crown (Public) lands and a provincial park. The farm is named after the river that borders the northern edge, and we are on a high terrace, on the canyon rim with mountains and forests all around. Our energy systems rely on solar panels, a battery bank, a gas generator, and energy conservation practices. We have all modern amenities including hot and cold running water, wifi and electricity with both AC and DC appliances. If you apprentice here, expect to live a low-footprint lifestyle and make the most of what nature provides in this fertile piece of land. We've been living here six years and are now embarking on the mission of being financially sustainable here and have chosen brewing hops as our primary cash crop, and are keen to start a greenhouse operation and construct a commercial size root cellar. Choosing this farm will teach you about producing your own food with a mix of cultivated and foraged meat, fruit and vegetables how to preserve your harvest and how to market it for cash return on your investment. A great variety of projects await you along with a unlimited outdoor recreational opportunities. We look forward to hearing from you and exploring how we will work together as ta team to set and realize shared goals in 2017.

Location: New Hazelton, BC

Farm #8

Primary Production:  Calves, beef, chicken, pork, eggs, hay, healthy soil, happy farmers
This farm accepts couples
This farm may be able to accommodate children
This farm pays a combination of stipend and wage
Apprenticeship term April to October
This farm has signed SOIL's host pledge

This 260-acre farm is located near Lillooet in the rain shadow of BC's Coast Mountains, bordered by the mighty Fraser River on the east, and flanked on the west by a dramatic and rugged cliff and endless forested mountains. Straddling the boundary between coastal and interior ecosystems, the property hosts an amazing range of growing conditions, habitats and biodiversity. Join two young farmers who are working to transform a struggling commodity cow-calf operation into a thriving diversified farm, regenerating the land while providing local markets with diverse meats of known provenance and unparalleled quality.

There is a lot going on here, and there is space and flexibility to specialize in your areas of interest. We run several different enterprises on the farm, including cattle, pigs and poultry, all on pasture. We are developing a small abattoir and we slaughter our livestock right here on the farm. We sell products at our local farmers' market and to several local food establishments in addition to selling cattle at auction.

We offer private accommodation on the farm, and we produce or barter locally for the majority of the incredible food we eat. We can provide an hourly wage for some work in addition to a stipend and room & board. We would also love to help an apprentice develop their own small enterprise to complement other farm work.

If you want to immerse yourself in the rural farming lifestyle while learning about regenerative agriculture, pasture-based livestock production, managing a small farm enterprise and developing markets for your product, this is a tremendous opportunity.

Location: near Lillooet

Farm #9

Primary Production: certified organic veggies, berries, eggs
This farm accepts couples
This farm is unable to accommodate children
This farm offers the minimum wage or higher
Apprenticeship term: April to October
This farm has signed SOIL's host pledge

Located on a 50-acre parcel of land, a 5-minute walk from the beautiful Fraser River in Glenn Valley Abbotsford, we grow 6 acres of fruit and vegetables, raise hens for eggs on pasture and grow herbs and flowers on the side. We are certified organic and based on a land cooperative. The farm hosts apprentices in its tiny house with a view, here on site with all the amenities of running water, electricity and a compost toilet. 

We are interested in hosting apprentices wanting to learn the ropes of running a small-scale organic vegetable farm business. Currently the farm is run and operated by 3 dedicated and fantastic women, but we invite people of all backgrounds, gender, sexual orientation etc to apply.

Location:  Glenn Valley is a 20-minute drive from Fort Langley or a 45-60 minute drive from Vancouver.

 

Farm #10

Primary Production: Meat, fruit, vegetables
This farm accepts couples.
This farm may be able to accommodate children
Apprenticeshp term: April to November
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

Our small, bio-diverse farm is home to sheep, cows, pigs, ducks, geese, and chickens, fruit trees, greenhouse, and a growing no-till garden. The property produces sufficient food to feed our small family, to trade with neighbours, and to participate in a growing community farmers’ market. Our occupations include farming, social-ecological and traditional knowledge research, metal work (blacksmithing), and internet service provision. The farm functions on permaculture and open hardware principles. 

While staying with us, interns will learn about diverse aspects animal care, as well as the establishment and maintenance of silvo-pastoral systems and permaculture-oriented farm features. In spring, they will witness calving and lambing, and participate in the establishment of intensive vegetable gardens and greenhouse production. In the fall, they will help with fruit and vegetable harvest and preservation. There are also opportunities for wild-crafting for wild edibles, mushrooms, berries, and medicines. 

Our mentorship style is hands-off and project based, so a certain level of experience and/or self-reliance would be a good fit. More experienced interns will be encouraged to take on seasonal projects, based on personal interest and expertise. We will also be looking for someone to help manage intensive vegetable production this year.  Shared accommodation is in an old farmhouse, where we occasionally host community events and music jams. Learning resources include a large library and high speed internet. 

Schedule and arrangement can be flexible to accommodate part time work off-farm as well as ample time for enjoyment of the area. Located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest recreational opportunities including hiking, wildlife (bear) viewing, kayaking, and fishing.

Location: Hagensborg, BC

 

Farm #13    Accepting Fall and Winter Applications

Primary production:  vegetables/berries/fruits, hay, firewood, milled lumber, lamb, wool, dairy products (cow and goat),eggs, beef, goat, pork
This farm accepts couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm offeres a stipend with opportunities for higher income
Apprenticeship term: Year round/flexible
This farm has signed SOIL's host pledge

Our farm is a magnificent 51 acres of forest and pasture, in the heart of the rugged Coast Mountains on 1/4 mile of Bella Coola riverfront. Be sure to find us on a map. It's a very beautiful, hard-to-get-to destination. Most apprentices fly here from Vancouver. Abundant wildlife such as grizzlies, black bears, wolves and incredible bird life on the property, close to the ocean. Stay in our cabin (year round, private or shared depending on number of apprentices), wall tent (private, seasonal), or vintage 1967 Airstream trailer (private, seasonal). Carpentry skills and cooking skills preferred but not necessary.

Farm work includes: market garden and fruit trees; goat milking and kidding; cow milking and calving; sheep shearing and lambing; all aspects of livestock care including pigs and laying hens; care of draft horses; care of herding dogs and livestock guardian dogs; every aspect of gardening and food preservation; farmers market booth June- Sept.; cheesemaking; building barns and other outbuildings; rotational/leader-follower/management-intensive grazing. We love apprentices who like children and animals.  Our farm is very remote (Firvale is 25k from the nearest coffee shop, and has about 25 residents when everyone is home), so please consider carefully whether this level of isolation is for you.

The apprentices who do best at our farm are: mature, open-minded, ultra-responsible, self-motivated, love kids and dogs, like spending time alone or with few people, want to experience the peace and quiet of wilderness, are self-sufficient, are truly interested in learning about farming, are not opposed to working a few extra hours now and then if needed, and who understand that family life is not always a perfect bed of roses. We have high expectations of our apprentices, and we maintain a "you'll get out of it what you put into it" attitude, along with many opportunities for classroom-style and experiential learning, and self-chosen projects. We provide excellent "slow food": almost everything (fruit, veggies, dairy, eggs, beans, and meat) is from our farm or neighbouring farms, supplemented with grains, pasta, flour, coffee, tea, etc. which we source as locally as possible. We also bake all our own bread.  Preference given to applicants who would like to apprentice for four months or longer.  "We receive several inquiries a year from apprentices who wish to bring their dog.  Please note that we do not allow dogs at our farm.

Location: near Bella Coola, BC

Farm #14 

Primary production: Organic fresh market vegetables, sauerkraut, eggs, chicken, and pork
This farm accepts couples
This farm offers a stipend

Our farm is located in the fertile Pemberton Meadows, 30mins from Whistler, 2 hrs from Vancouver, and a 5min walk from the Lillooet River. There is an endless amount of nature to be discovered in the area. 

We are a 6 acre certified organic vegetable farm. We sell through a 100 member CSA and 2 Markets in Vancouver weekly. We have a chicken tractor with 99 laying hens and for the 2015 season we will be raising 12 pastured pigs and a couple hundred broilers moved daily with chicken tractors. We also make our own sauerkraut that we sell through CSA's and markets. We work hard to grow quality produce and raise animals using sustainable farm practices. You will learn about all aspects of our farm system such as planning, planting, harvesting, irrigation, weeding, farmers markets, vegetable processing and washing, animal duties, and much more. If you are interested, there is also the possibility of a directed study. 

As per room and board, we have a furnished cabin and trailer, an outdoor (but enclosed) hot shower and an outhouse. There is an outdoor kitchen (covered) where you will be cooking all your meals. Farm vegetables and staple foods will be provided. We offer a $1000/month stipend for apprentices with experience.

We require a 6 month commitement from May-November. 

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Location: Pemberton, BC

Farm #15 

 

Farm #16 

 

Production: mixed veggies, fruit
This farm accepts couples.
This farm may be able to accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend.
Apprenticeshiop term: May to October
This farm has signed the SOIL Host Charter

Ron and Erin have been farming organically for 28 years. We have a lot of experience that we would love to pass on to young farmers. We live in a beautiful, clean mountain environment, surrounded by crown land, and native land. We sell our produce at the Vancouver farmers markets. we grow about 6 acres of vegetables, and we have a couple acres of fruit trees. We specialize in open pollinated varieties, and heirloom varieties. Apprentices will work from May until the end of October for room and board, and a stipend of $200.00 per week. Cabins and cooking facilities are provided. We eat lunch together. Lytton is a very small town 12 miles away. There are sports activites there in the evenings. There is a pond on the land, and a river with a beach. There are wonderful hiking trails nearby. Apprentices need to be committed to wanting to learn and work hard. We are a family farm, and there will be lots of fun interactions as we work together.

Location: Lytton, BC