Farm #1

Primary Products:  vegetables, micro greens, table grapes
This farm does not accept couples.
This farm is not able to accommodate children.
This farm offers a stipend.
Apprenticeship term:  April 15 to October 1
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Charter

We had always dreamt of owning our own farm and being more self reliant so we made a plan and after much preparation made the move from Guelph Ontarion to beautiful Cape Breton Island. We love the beauty of this rugged place and we have learned so much. When we moved here from the city it took time to adjust to what is real. You can't have any kind of food any time of the year! It 's been such a great experience learning to appreciate the time and effort it takes to grow food in it's season and most importantly, recognize the need to protect, nourish and build the soil. It's all about the soil. That's probably been our biggest take away these last 8 years. Again this season we will be working on improving soil structure and reducing weed pressure. Our goal is to move closer to the no till method throughout the farm but it takes time. We have about 3 acres of field to work but are currently only using 1.5 for vegetables, two greenhouse and we have a quarter acre table grape vineyard. 
We are located in a little village that time forgot. There's a general store that has anything you could ever need at the end our driveway, a community centre where they have local dances with live celtic music every monday night across the road, and the old church and rectory nestled inbetween. Its beautiful. We are on a paved road so bike riding is easy and we are close to several amazing beaches.
You would be working full days and some half days, depending on where we are and the weather, with evenings and Sundays off. You would work along side Rhonda, other employees and on your own doing a wide variety of tasks. A list of these would include making compost and compost tea, direct seeding and transplanting, greenhouse plant pruning and care, flame weeding, bed prep, irrigation set up and use, weeding, harvest and preparing for customer orders.
We have a comfortable trailor with a double bed, pullout couch, kitchen, bath and tv. We will provide your groceries and you can cook your own meals. We will also pay a small monthly stipend

Location:  Mabou, NS

 

 

Farm #2

Primary production: vegetables, herbs, shoots, cut flowers
This farm offers a minimum wage or higher
This farm does not accept couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
Apprenticeship Term: April 1 to October 31

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. 

Location: Maitland, Nova Scotia

Farm #3

Primary Products:  vegetables
This farm accepts couples.
This farm offers a stipend.
Apprenticeship term:  June 1 to October 1
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Charter

An apprenticeship on our farm will offer you the opportunity to spend a season on beautiful Cape Breton Island. We are only 14km from the lake-side village of Baddeck, 7km from Big Spruce Brewing, and 50km from stunning ocean beaches. 
We offer learning in all aspects of intensive ecological vegetable production, from seed to sale, and a chance to support the early stages of a permaculture inspired orchard. 
You will be housed in a large, comfortable RV. We like to strike a balance of privacy and shared time. We will share 1 meal each day together, taking turns with meal preparation. There will also be opportunities to learn about preserving, fermenting, and baking, if that interests you.
Your host also works as a Community Food Coordinator, so there is the chance to get involved in community food security initiatives. 
When you are not farming? We are right on the famous Cabot Trail. You can explore, bike, hike, swim, sail, kayak, and more. The town and the brewery offer music and events so civilization is at your doorstep (when you want it!).

Location:  Baddeck, NS

Farm #4


Primary products:  grass fed pork and beef, chickens, ducks, turkeys, eggs, milk, cheese, baked goods and vegetables
This farm accepts couples.
This farm may accommodate children.
This farm pays a stipend.
Apprenticeship term:  May 15 to November 1
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Charter

Ours is a family run farm located about 25km from Sussex, NB and about 60km from Fundy National Park. There is plenty of swimming and beaches nearby as well as hiking, biking and canoeing. The farm is about 380 acres with half woodland and half working fields in a picturesque river valley. Both farmers have plenty of teaching experience and have been farming this piece of land for nine years. We eat very well here, cooking and baking almost everything from scratch and using what we produce on the farm whenever possible! We raise free range natural meats, free range eggs and organically grown vegetables.

 Most of all we expect our apprentice to bring enthusiasm, an interest in learning and a good solid work ethic to our farm with them! We will be providing two meals a day and food will be available for the apprentice to prepare their own meals and snacks. Much of the time, the apprentice will be working with one of us and we will be teaching as we work. They will learn natural, small scale rearing methods for various livestock, organic gardening and more. A small stipend will be provided.

Location:  Sussex, NB

 

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:  Organic grass fed beef, hay, garlic

This farm accepts couples,

This farm will consider hosting an apprentice with a child or children

Apprenticeship starts:: 5/15/2019

Apprenticeship ends:: 10/15/2019

Update to Farm Bio for Website: We are a certified organic family far. Our main crop is grass fed beef so we put a lot of work into making good fences, making good hay and growing good beef. We also grow organic meat birds and egg layers. We grow some grain and garlic. All of our sales are direct market. We have a monthly CSA as well as attending a weekly local Farmer's Market. We can offer you experience in animal husbandry and marketing. We have an extensive library that you are welcome to browse.

Location: Bridgetown, approximately 170 km from Halifax

 

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 #24

Primary production:  Organic Vegetables, Fruit, Eggs
This farm accepts couples.
This farm offers a stipend.
This farm may be able to accommodate children.
Apprenticeship term: April 15 to November 15
This farm has signed SOIL's host pledge

At our farm you will get a true family farming experience. We have been farming in the Margarees since the late 1700's. 
Peter now runs his own vegetable farm where apprentices will spend most of their time learning about growing and marketing organic vegetables through a CSA, farmers markets and restaurant sales.
Brother Ben and his father Leo manage a herd of 35 cattle, and 60 ewes. The livestock are pasture raised and sold locally to families and restaurants. Leo also works with Belgian draft horses on a regular basis. Apprentices will have the opportunity to work with Ben on such jobs as fencing, hay making, working in the wood lot. 
A few times a week we all gather at the old family farm where Denise (Mrs. D) prepares beautiful meals with all the ingredients from the farm.
The Margaree's have a lot to offer for apprentices. From our beautiful sand beaches, weekly celtic square dances, fishing and canoeing on the Margaree River, biking along the Cabot Trail, and hiking in the Cape Breton Highlands.
Apprentices will live with Peter on his property in Margaree Forks. This property is isolated on the Coady Rd. with the river on the bottom section and beautiful mixed forest in the upper section. 

Location: Margaree Forks, NS