Farm # 1    Full for 2017 Season


This farm is full for 2017 season.

Main production: vegetables, berries, fruit, herbs, flowers and seed crops. To a lesser extent, poultry.
This farm accepts couples.
This farm offers a stipend.

Learn all the skills you need to operate your own farm. Originally homesteaded in 1910, this 15-acre certified organic farm has 3-4 acres in cultivation growing a variety of vegetables, fruits, berries, herbs, flowers, as well as a large seed collection for our seed company. We often have laying hens, and six greenhouses (3 are moveable). You will gain the knowledge and confidence to manage a major field and greenhouse (overseeing crops from seeding to harvest) and take part in selling produce at farmers’ markets, through a box program, and to local restaurants. You will also learn about seed production and marketing through both on and offline platforms. 

The owner of the farm has farmed since 1990 and is an experienced teacher who has taught farming courses at the local college. Our farm team is amazing and you will receive training from multiple farmers with many different and complementary skills to share.

Apprentices live together but have their own room in a lovely old farmhouse or in our cob house. The farm is near the small town of Sooke with beautiful beaches and a great community.

Location: Sooke, B.C. 45 km west of Victoria (50 minutes drive).

 

Farm # 2   Full for 2017 Season

Primary Production: organic veggies, berries, tree fruit, flowers, and herbs
This farm does not accept couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: May to November

This farm is full for 2017 season.
Our 10 acre farm is compromised of one market garden and several smaller gardens and orchard, and 6 acres of forest. We have about 60 laying hens divided over two flocks and several goat houses for our small herd of Oberhasli dairy goats. Our farm is about 3 km away from Ganges, Salt Spring's 'downtown' area. We are 1/2 km from the public beach access at SSI's biggest lake. We started our farm from scratch 4 years ago (previously, we farmed for 4 years on leased land).  We make chevre with our goat milk and we also process any kind fruit or vegetable that are over-abundant. We make several different kinds of jam (including strawberry, plum, and blackberry), pickles, and fermented sauerkraut. 

We strive to limit our impact on the environment; therefore, we are committed to working with hand tools rather than with machinery, and we use hay rather than plastic to suppress weeds. We milk our goats by hand. 

The apprentices will be trained in all aspects of farming, including milking, bed preparation, seeding, transplanting, harvesting, washing and packaging vegetables and CSA boxes, making flower bouquets, weeding, compost making and turning, and some mowing and weedwacking. They will also learn how to make chevre, any sort of food processing we do, and they will assist at the Tuesday Market. They will also help with feeding of goats and chickens, and learn all aspects of goat care. 

Apprentices will be sharing a living space (a 420 square foot off the grid panabode with a composting toilet and outdoor shower). The main meals are communally taken and prepared by everyone in rotation. 

We are looking for apprentices who are hard working, eager to learn, reliable, have a love of growing food, and are keen on working with goats. Most importantly, we are looking for people with a great attiude and a positive outlook who work well with others.

Location: Salt Spring Island, BC

 

Farm #3 Not currently accepting applications

 

 

Farm #4 

Primary production: mixed veggies and herbs
This farm does not accept couples
This farm is unable to accommodate children
This farm offers a minimum wage or higher
Apprenticeship term: May to November
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Pledge

This farm is a 37-acre, certified organic farm. Ten acres are devoted to vegetable production, producing over 50 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs. We offer shares in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program to customers on Vancouver Island and in the City of Vancouver. We also sell to restaurants and at farmers markets. 

The farm sits along along French Creek and the historic E & N Railway on Vancouver Island, BC. Nestled in the shadow of Mount Arrowsmith the farm receives more sunshine than most of Vancouver Island. This has lead to many locals referring to this area as the “banana belt.”
The farm sits between Qualicum Beach and Parksville and is near some of the best biking, hiking and fishing on Vancouver Island. 
We have a diverse innovative farming operation, which requires a wide range of skills: greenhouse seedling production, field planting, weeding and harvesting, produce deliveries, and building an repairing infrastructure. Be prepared for physically demanding work.

We offer room and board in the the home of the farmer and in trailers on the farm. Meals will be provided. We will eat as a crew once a day at lunch. For all other meals, apprentices are welcome to use the food from the farm. A stipend will be provided each month. While some exposure to commercial agriculture is preferred, it is not required as long as one has a good attitude and work ethic.

Location: Parksville, BC

 

Farm #5

Primary Production: Greens, Fruit, Veggies, Poultry, Herbs
This farm accepts couples
This farm does not offer on-farm accommodation
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: year-round opportunities
 

This Farm has been in production for the past 25 years. It is a 23-acre certified organic farm serving the community with fresh, organic product as well as providing social space for farm events. The farm has approximately 10 acres in commercial production, made up of tree fruit, berries, vegetable field production, herbs, flowers, summer and winter greenhouses, poultry, bees, plus on and off-farm markets. Alongside the owners, we have a friendly, vibrant and hardworking staff who will help make you feel at home. Set in the idyllic Oceanside area of Vancouver Island, the farm is just a short cycle ride from Nanoose Community Centre and on a bus line linking the communities of Nanaimo, Lantzville, Nanoose, Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Close to most recreational facilities, beaches & hiking or biking trails. Our farm is a wonderful place to work, live and learn. 

Location: Nanoose, BC. 25 km northwest of Nanaimo, 30 minutes drive.

 

Farm #6


Main production: Honey, mead, Icelandic sheep, fruits, vegetable, herbs, botanicals
This farm accepts couples.
This farm cannot accommodate children.
This farm offers a stipend.
Apprenticeship term: early March to late November
This farm has committed to SOIL's Host Charter

You can expect a great experience on our farm as well as on Hornby Island. We operate a Mead winery and from late May until Thanksgiving, our tasting room is open and you will be part of the tasting team which is a lot of fun. Our customers love to come and learn all about mead. Be prepared to become a mead expert! There is always lots of production work in the meadery including bottling, labeling and packaging. 

In between there will be harvesting of all manner of fruits and herbs as they come into season and beekeeping activities. Working in the vegetable garden and looking after animals (milking sheep anyone?) rounds out the whole experience. We farm according to permaculture practices and have many years of experience to share. Meanwhile we adjoin a huge park with miles of scenic trails. We have bikes, kayaks and an opportunity to go fishing. Accommodation is in a lovely hand built, self-contained tiny home with stunning ocean views.

We welcome an opportunity to show you how a family farms, lives and runs a unique winery in a beautiful place!

Location: Hornby Island

 

Farm #7

Main production: Apples, Berries, Milk, Yogurt, Cheese, Beef, Lumber, Vegetables,
This farm accepts couples, and may be able to accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: looking for someone year-round
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

An opportunity for an enthusiastic and skilled family, couple or individual to be part of a mixed organic farm community. The 300 acre homestead on Cortez Island provides a healthy environment and teaches us to be more self sufficient. A large garden, greenhouses, a woodlot and sawmill, orchard, milk cows and beef cattle, goats, pigs, laying hens, and an alternative energy system. As many as six families and varying numbers of Wwoofers participate in the farm year-round, creating a dynamic, diverse and enthusiastic community. Great access to hiking, biking, swimming and fishing!

We invite you to a world where people live in rhythm with nature and its seasons, grow and process their own food, raise their own livestock, make a small ecological footprint, using many modern tools for doing so (like alternative energy and some pretty good bicycles). We invite you to come and live with us and learn with us.

Location: Cortes/Whaletown BC. Cortes Island.

 

Farm #8

Main production: Market garden, garlic, apple orchard. 
This farm offers a stipend.
This farm does not accept couples
Apprenticeship term: April to October
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

Located on Salt Spring Island, our farm is a 13-acre Conservation Partner family farm. Our property is close to a lake, ocean, bus route and town. Our focus is on producing organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and seeds, which we sell at two weekly markets, as well as to local businesses. We are also involved in agritourism: bus accommodation, furnished tipi, bicycle camping and event rentals.

Sue is aided by 10 years of farm experience with her beloved partner, John, who passed away in June 2012, leaving the farm in our family’s hands. John spent 20 years on Duck Creek, diligently transforming thistle and reeds to the now spectacular two+ acres of fertile farmland we grow on.

We believe in the passion and integrity that comes from organic food production. With an emphasis on teamwork, we seek apprentices who will joyfully embrace our small farm community. We live to create harmony, beauty and sustainability in the world, and share this message through our loving production
of food.

Apprentices will gain the knowledge and experience to operate their own farm. Our education approach is very hands on. We work together and apprentices will gain experience in organic gardening, greenhouses, sustainable soil management, small-scale orchard management, food preservation, cooking.

We are open to carving out more formal space for learning through skill-shares and visits to other farms. We have an extensive farm library from which apprentices are encouraged to borrow. We share bountiful lunches as a farm crew. Farm produce as well as staples (rice, oats, beans, oil) are provided for breakfasts/dinners and days off. Apprentices will live in a crew area, which has a lovely cabin that serves as the common area and kitchen. There is also a shower, and washer/dryer cabin. Apprentices will have a small sleeping cabin, trailer, or open-air sleeping platform.

Location: Salt Spring Island, BC.

 

Farm #9

Primary production: Vegetables, berry fruits, seeds, herbs, flowers and preserves
This farm cannot accept couples or accommodate children
This farm does not offer on-farm accommodations
Apprenticeship Term: April to November
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

This farm is located adjacent to the Northeast end of Prospect Lake at the base of the Saanich Peninsula. It is a four acre farm nestled in the woods with an abundant wildlife habit. There is a ½ acre market garden with numerous varieties of berries, perennial herbs and flowers, mushrooms and a large variety of annual vegetable crops grown for seed and food. A small greenhouse is used for vegetable starts in spring and heat loving crops in summer. Jobs are varied, numerous and always open to creativity. Learn from an active and experienced farmer growing vegetables, berries and seeds for the farmers market, also producing value-added products for sale. There is a focus on seed preservation and growing for and supporting seed groups in the area. An apprentice would be needed one or two days per week in exchange for learning and a bountiful lunch but would need to find accommodation elsewhere. 

Location: Victoria, BC. 13 km north of Victoria, 20 minutes drive.

 

Farm #10

Primary production: mixed vegetables and fruits, pork, hay, cut flowers
This farm accepts couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: April to October
This farm has signed SOIL's host pledge.

We are a certified organic, mixed vegetable and small livestock operation on 40-acres of rich valley soil on Vancouver Island. The farm is also home to abundant wildlife and native fauna, beautiful riparian corridors, and a long stretch of creek. River swimming and access to the TransCanada Trail are a short hike or bike ride away, as is access to great bookstores, cafes, and a vibrant downtown area. 

Apprentices participate in a wide range of market farming tasks from starting seedlings in the greenhouses, to transplanting and field preparation, weed and pest management, irrigation installation and maintenance, harvesting, washing and packing for markets. Care and feeding of livestock, building and infrastructure projects are optional tasks for apprentices with related skills or strong interests in building these skills.

We offer a full season apprenticeship from April through October with a limited number of 10-week shoulder or main season apprenticeship programs for exceptional applicants. On farm housing, fresh farm produce, eggs, and pork, shared weekly harvest lunch, and weekly stipend are provided. Graduated increases to the stipend and end-of-season bonus are provided to apprentices who complete the full season apprenticeship.

Location: near Duncan, BC

 

Farm #11

Primary production: Vegetables, herbs, eggs, chicken, pork, beef
This farm accepts couples
This farm is unable to accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: March to December
This farm has signed SOIL's host pledge.

Our 400 acre farm has been serving the Cowichan Valley for 37 years, and the current Farm Manager has 9 years of farming experience at two farms, having trained over 25 interns. 

We grow a wide variety of vegetables and herbs (4 acres), and also raising cattle, pigs, chickens, alpacas, sheep, goats and donkeys. We sell our product through our own farm store, CSA, numerous farmers’ markets and local restaurants. 

As our Farm Manager was once an intern himself, he has developed an educational program over the years which is integrated into the internship, it includes weekly field walks, in-field training and education as well as in-class education. However, applicants should clear that the majority of our training and education comes in the form of practical hands-on activity (i.e. learning and taking responsibility for tasks in market gardening, greenhouse production, field and bed preparation, seeding and transplanting, weed and pest management, irrigation, harvesting, post-harvest processing, marketing,data collection, animal husbandry and haying) .

When not working our interns tend to take time to enjoy the natural bounty surrounding the farm (walking the trails, dips in the river, hiking, mountain biking, paddling, etc). 

The internship runs from April to November, early start dates may be considered. Interns will be provided with onsite housing, weekday lunches and fresh garden produce. Stipends are based on experience.

Location: Near Duncan, BC

 

Farm #12   Full for 2017 Season

This farm is full for the 2017.
Primary production: vegetables, small fruits, seedlings.....
This farm accepts couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: March to October
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

Join an established farm near Victoria that makes a decent profit on 2 acres. Learn all aspects of market gardening and commercial production; seeding, succession planting, irrigating, weeding, harvesting, packaging, seed saving, planning, record keeping, selling, eating and enjoying, from a farmer of 20 years. Farmer takes apprentice’s education seriously and each apprentice will have an area of responsibility. Weekly discussions involve you in planning and troubleshooting. Farmer is experienced in annual and perennial field crops as well as greenhouse growing, and she sells produce at two vibrant weekly farmer's markets. She works closely with two other farmers in the area and they run a marketing business together. There will be opportunities to meet the larger community and other farm apprentices. Live in your own comfortable and private accommodation separate from the house with an outdoor kitchen, cob oven, and composting toilet. You may also come on a daily or part time basis if you have your own housing. Property is a total of 5 acres and located near the ocean, hiking trails, and lakes. Please make contact if you are positive, self-motivated, respectful of others, a hard worker, a non-smoker, and are seriously considering organic agriculture in your future!

Location: Saanichton, BC. 23 km north of Victoria, 25 minutes drive.

 

Farm #14   Full for 2017 Season

This farm is full for 2017 season.
Primary Production: mixed vegetables and fruits, baked goods, bread, soups, eggs, value added products (jams, jellies, relish, etc.) 
This farm accepts couples
This farm is unable to accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: March 1 to December 1

We are seeking an apprentice or couple to join us for the season on our heritage farm, just 15 minutes from Sooke and 40 minutes from downtown Victoria. Located just minutes by car to some of the most beautiful ocean access points and regional parkland trails this side of the island, there is no shortage of outdoor recreational activities.We are a well established small scale farm with a focus on diverse vegetable production. We cater to many local restaurants during the week and host a unique on-site market Saturday mornings where we sell our produce alongside our made from scratch baked goods and stone oven, wood fired bread.The ideal candidate(s) will work alongside me (the current field supervisor and baker) in all capacities of running a market garden. Further mentorship and instruction will come from the owner who has 20+ years of farming experience. Through day to day experience, apprentices will gain the confidence necessary to take on more responsibilities in the garden, both working independently and in collaborative efforts. Apprentices will be expected to work at least 5 days a week, starting at 8am, including selling at our on-site market Saturdays and delivering to restaurants Tuesday afternoons.A small self contained rustic cabin is available with an outhouse and undercover kitchen area. A bathroom, shower, and kitchen are located in the barn for apprentice use as well (a 3 min. walk). Communal food pantries and fridge / freezer space will be supplied, as well as the produce you grow. We pay a weekly stipend and provide room and board. 

Location: East Sooke, BC

 

Farm #15

Pri1mary Production:  Organic vegetables, fruit and eggs
This farm needs 1 apprentice
This farm is unable to accept children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term:  May 1 to October 20
 

We are a 18 Acre organic farm located on Saltspring Island on the west coast of British Columbia. The ocean is just minutes walk from our place. There are also several swimming lakes within biking and walking distance. There are some good hiking trails in the area,
The market garden manager has been farming for 4 yrs now. He does not of a traditional agriculture degree. His background was in music before becoming a fulltime farmer.
There is a garden to plant and harvest which will keep us busy throughout the season. We also keep busy with animal husbandry. This includes a flock of free range hens and herd of sheep.
We offer a comfortable trailer with kitchen and bathroom, to our farm helper. It sleeps 2.
Most days that you work lunch is provided and the rest of the time fresh farm vegetables and eggs are available. 

Location:  Salt Spring Island

 

Farm #17

Primary production: veggies, berries, eggs
This farm accepts couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm offers a minimum wage or higher
Apprenticeship term: February to December
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

This is a certified organic farm growing mixed vegetables, blueberries, and laying hens on 7 acres of a beautiful 20 acre property in Central Saanich. Other farming operations share this property, so it is a lively farming community. The farmer is looking for apprentice(s) considering organic farming as a potential career. Ideally, an apprentice would stay for the entire season, from spring planting in March or April to weeding our winter crops in October or November. If you're interested in learning all aspects of organic farming -- growing, harvesting, marketing, and even preserving crops for the winter, this might be the place for you. The farmer is flexible, and will work out details like meals and work schedule with the apprentice(s). For the right person or people, a private suite is available. The farm is close to Victoria and Sidney, near bus routes, and we have a bike to lend.

Location: Victoria, BC. 22 km north of Victoria, 25 minutes drive.

 

Farm #19    Full for 2017 Season

This farm is full for 2017 Season.
Primary production: Certified organic native plant and other market crop seedlings, seeds, fruit, herbs, flowers, vegetables, free range eggs.
This farm does not accept couples. It cannot accommodate children.
This farm doesn't offer on-farm accommodations
Apprenticeship term: May to September
The farm has committed to SOIL's Host Charter

This Certified Organic Community Farm has 8 businesses on 9 acres and a wetland. All fall under the umbrella of a registered non-profit organization with a mandate to support growing pure food, education, demonstration of certified organic agriculture in harmony with the eco-system, community and stewardship of the ALR and wetland. The farm has five farming partnerships, 2 nurseries and a local nutrition business. The farmers are an experienced group who enjoy working together and are willing mentors. The permanent building on the site (not suitable for residence) has kitchen and washroom facilities, and is used as a shared facility for washing produce, events and for education purposes, Board and Farmer meetings. The farm offers a Farm Stand shared by all the farmers, a Food Box program and shared tables at local markets.

**Please note that due to a commitment to local food security and employment programs we are participating in, we can only be considering residents of BC as candidates for an internship here.

Location: Victoria, BC. 10 km from Victoria, bus route, cycling route, 12 minutes drive.

 

Farm #20   


Primary Production:  Organic fruit, nuts, honey, vegetables, poultry
This farm does not accept couples
This farm needs one apprentice
This farm does not have on-farm accommodation
This farm pays minimum wage or higher
Apprenticeship term:  March 1 to October 31
The farm has committed to SOIL's Host Charter

 An 18 acre certified organic farm with a 1000 fruit and nuts trees, blueberries, grapes, raspberries, honey, vegetables and poultry. Ideally an apprentice(s) would help from March to end of October. It includes all aspects of farming from irrigation, beekeeping, poultry, planting, graphing, and pruning of fruit and nut trees, grapevines, harvesting, processing fruit juice and fruit leather, planting, tending and harvesting vegetables in greenhouses and gardens, seed drying and storage. In summary, learning all aspects of a diverse integrated farm from seed to plate including farm marketing skills; partipating in farm education tours and workshops; and hands on experiences in environmental stewardship, sustainable farming practices, and humane animal husbandry.

Location:  Saanich, BC15 km from Victoria



Farm #21 Full for season

This farm is full for the 2016 season
Primary production: Organic vegetables
This farm accepts couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm offers a minimum wage or higher
Apprenticeship term: April to October
This farm has signed SOIL's Apprenticeship Host Charter

Our farm is located near Duncan, and about an hour from both Victoria and Nanaimo. We are certified organic and currently grow a wide range of vegetables on 2 of our 7 acres. Although we are a fairly new farm (entering our fourth season in 2016), we have 8 years experience working on other organic vegetable farms throughout BC. Combined, we have also completed degrees in agro-ecology, landscape architecture, and architecture, as well as the UBC Farm apprenticeship in organic agriculture.

Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn from our range of experience as they help with the daily tasks of vegetable production, as well as infrastructure projects and setting up systems as we continue to develop our farm. If you are interested in a career in farming yourselves (which we hope you are!), this is a great opportunity to be involved in the continuing set-up and development of an economically viable farm- learn firsthand what it takes to get a new farm going!

Apprentices will be involved in all aspects of production and marketing: from seeding, cultivation, weeding, harvesting and processing, to packing CSA boxes and selling at farmers markets. We also sell to Saanich Organics, so apprentices will have the opportunity to travel to Victoria once a week to help with our delivery and where they can meet other farmers and learn about this creative and successful marketing collective.

We can provide accommodation for a couple in a tiny house that includes a kitchen (although apprentices will have to use the shower/ washroom in the main house). We provide a wage that is negotiable. We are looking for a commitment from mid-April until the end of October, but are flexible around actual start and end dates. We look forward to hearing from you!

Farm location: Crofton, BC

 

Farm #22   Full for 2017 Season

This farm is full for 2017 season.
Primary Production:  Feeder calves, freezer beef and lamb for sale, wool; vegetables and fruit for home consumption
This farm needs 1 apprentice.
This farm pays minimum wage or higher.
This farm does not accept children.
Apprenticeship term begins May 1

Our farm is located on one of the smaller southern Gulf Islands, and is "off the grid", as well as having NO ferry service. It has been farmed by our family since our grandfather bought the land in 1925. We are three sisters working as partners in the land. Our land consists of 100 acres of fenced pasture and hayfields, and 800 acres of forest, with miles of shoreline, many beaches, and a 5 acre lake. As well as the cattle and sheep, we keep horses, a donkey, and Border Collie dogs. The island is in the centre of the Gulf Islands, with great hiking, boating, and kayaking. Accommodation is a 5th wheel trailer with an addition, which has a generator as well as solar power, and propane appliances. For an apprentice, the wage is $14 an hour plus the accommodation provided, more for an experienced person. Time off is usually flexible. We are really searching for a steady experienced person to work full time year-round on the farm, but will take an apprentice to train for the job if this would work out. Work includes care of the cattle and sheep, including calving and lambing, carpentry and fencing, machinery operation, maintenance, and repairs, ploughing and reseeding pastures and hayfields, cutting firewood, building maintenance, harvesting and hauling hay for winter feed and work in the vegetable garden and orchards. The job would suit a fit and strong outdoor person with a genuine wish to live in such a situation and learn all that is involved in running a livestock farm.

Farm location:  Gulf Islands

 

Farm #24

Primary Production:  Fresh and Frozen Blueberries, Dried Blueberries, Blueberry Preserves and other value added productsFresh and Frozen Wild Pacific Salmon - and related value added products (fillets, smoked salmon), Fresh Vegetables and Fruits from the Garden
This farm accepts couples
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship Term:  May 1 to Sept 30
This farm has signed SOIL's Apprenticeship Host Charter

Our Farm is near a lake for swimming, kayaking, etc. There are bikes and a canoe available.. We are just a few minutes from the ocean. Our Cabin has a modern kitchen and bathroom, and a large deck to sit and watch the farm life from. Food is provided, to be cooked in your own space, and we eat together often! We use mainly fresh garden veggies, seafood, and organic local farm products. The farm is 26 acres, a historic farm since the 1880's. Although apprentices will learn all aspects of fruit and vegetable growing, the focus will also be on the Blueberry operation learning skills from the ground up - including growing organically, disease and pest management, scouting, picking, weighing, grading, packing and delivery. As well, marketing and management skills will be taught. Priority would be given to the right person or couple who may consider staying on with year round accomodation, and a Manager or Leasor role, although we will take on apprentices who may not have long term goals, as well. Our focus is also looking for someone who might want to continue as the farm handyman/manager or possibly lease operator in the future. 

Location:  Port Alberni

 

Farm #26 

Primary production: sheep, grain, hay, meat birds
This farm accepts couples
This farm pays a wage of $15/hour

We have an established sheep, hay and grain farm, with both direct and wholesale marketing. Our farm involves all aspects of sheep farming, including  a slaughter plant. We also have 150 acres of hay, 30 acres grain, and meat chickens. This is not an apprentice position. I am looking for someone with the interest and capacity to learn to manage, and in a few years operate this farm as I age. 

We have a lovely setting, 15 miles from Victoria. Great weather, fantastic landscapes and no bugs. Work varies with the seasons, but requires strength and physical fitness. Equally important, it requires the interest in the business side of the farm. It is not simply a job that you work 6 hours a day and go home.This is a special place. 

We will pay $15/hour to start, but we do not offer room and board. We can assist you in finding accommodations nearby.

Location: Metchosin, BC

 

Farm #30 Full for 2017 Season

This farm is full for 2017 season.
Primary production: Organic Vegetables, Berries, Cut-flowers, Pastured poultry, pork, lamb, eggs
This farm accepts couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: March to November
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

We are seeking three apprentices to join us next season on our diversified 24-acre farm on beautiful Salt Spring Island. We cultivate 2.5 acres of organic vegetables, cut flowers, and berries and raise small quantities of heritage breed pork, poultry, and lamb. We sell our products through a 50-member CSA, weekly farmers markets, grocery store contracts, and specialty flower orders. This is a high-energy farm that is run by a dedicated young farm family and is a hub of community activity.

Apprentices will work alongside us in all aspects of the farm, including seeding, planting, weeding, irrigation, harvesting, preparing CSA boxes, attending farmer’s markets, and caring for livestock. The emphasis will be on learning by doing, general discussions on theory, and mentoring with the farmers.

To be a good fit for our farm, apprentices must have a strong work ethic, a love of food, a positive attitude, and a genuine interest in learning how to farm. Apprentices will receive housing in a separate suite in the main farmhouse or one of two small cabins, a monthly stipend, and access to vegetables, berries, meat, and eggs from the farm.

Location: near Ganges, BC

 

Farm #33

 

Production: 40 different veggies, eggs, blueberries, raspberries and hopefully some honey!
This farm accepts couples.
This farm may be able to accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend.
Apprenticeship term: March to November
This farmer has signed SOIL's host charter

We have a mixed organic farm situated 6km north of Courtenay, just south of Merville. We have a 2 acre market garden with 4 greenhouses,  an acre of blueberries, and about 90 chickens. We market through a growers cooperative, Merville Organics, and participate in the Comox Valley Farmer's Market, a CSA, and through sales to restaurants and caterers. The farm focuses on shoulder season crops in the spring and fall and tomatoes and cucumbers in the summer. The farm is run by two agrologists with extensive experience in vegetable production and teaching. Interns will get to see the full production cycle from seeding starting to transplanting, to weeding & harvest. We also do a fair amount of food preservation including canning, lactofermenting, and dehydrating.  

Interns will be living in a separate house with their own kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities. They'll be working in conjunction with other farmers and interns in the Merville Organics team. You'll have access to lots of veggies plus vegetarian ingredients. 

In addition to regular farm activities, interns will get to help plan our annual Garlic Festival, working with a number of local farms and food providers.

We generally work from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. If you would like to participate in our Saturday market stand, we can figure out a half day during the week that you can take off. During the summer months, it may be more comfortable for you to start earlier, to beat the heat in the greenhouses. A 6am start = 1pm finish for the day. 

Once a week, usually on Wednesday afternoons, we sit down and go over an aspect of farming - understanding soils, weed and pest ID, crop planning, season extension, marketing, and the $$ behind certain crops and why we grow what we do.

Our farm is a founding member of a Growers Co-operative and we will often visit and help out at other member farms so interns get a chance to see other farming styles.

Location: Courtenay, BC

Farm #34

Primary products:  eggs and vegetables
This farm accepts couples
This farm offers accommodations and a stipend
Apprenticeship term:  Year round

Our farm is on the most beautiful Vancouver Island. We offer a strong learning environment with the opportunity to work with a team of farm owner/operators, employees, other interns, and international volunteers. Our business has grown over 6 years with pure passion from us as owners. Our goal is to encourage interns in a life-long agricultural journey and to better understand issues facing agriculture today. Accommodation with room and board and a monthly stipend are offered. Eggs and vegetables are our main products, and we self market 80% of what we produce. We look forward to welcoming you to farm with us.

Location:  Cobble Hill

 

Farm #36   Full for 2017 Season

This farm is full for 2017 season.
Primary Production: Veg, fruit, meat, eggs
This farm accepts couples
This farm may be able to accommodate children
This farm pays a minimum wage or higher
Apprenticeship Term: Next opportunities start in April
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Charter

Unique opportunity to learn about direct field-to-table production on this restaurant-owned 10 acre non-certified organic farm. Apprentices work alongside a farm family with 5 years of organic farming experience and farm team of 4. Work and learning include: pruning and maintenance of third year orchard; pruning and maintenance of cane berries; production of both annual and perennial veggies; cut flower production; herb harvest and propagation; care of laying hens, pastured turkeys, pastured pigs, pastured rabbits, pastured ducks, and honey bees; production of compost from restaurant waste.

This farm and the farmers are growing and learning, so you'll find a mix of experienced mentorship, and openness to learning and growing together. Vibrant organic farming community all around us on the Saanich Peninsula. Possibility of multi-year work for right person or couple. Within easy cycling distance (2-6km) of beaches, sailing, kayaking, hiking, two small towns with all essential amenities, a sweet bakery, pubs, recreation centre, and transit hub to Victoria (22km away). Accommodation with wifi, kitchen, bed, bath, and sitting room provided in converted barn/house. Forage farm food (veg and eggs) in season and $1475/month stipend provided. Some prior farm-related experience required. Hours are full-time with rotating animal care chores 1 of every 3 weekends.

Location: North Saanich, BC