Farm #2

Primary production: mixed vegetable animal operation
This farm accepts couples
This farm may be able to accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: May 1 to November 1
This farmer has signed SOIL's host charter

An apprentice will have the time to experiment with their own agricultural projects if desired as working hours are modest. Recreational pursuits like hiking or cycling, swimming or fishing at the nearby lake are other possibilities.If hunting is an interest you can learn compound or cross bow hunting practices.You may try your hand at primitive living/survival skills which I can teach you for I am a survival expert. Permaculture and off-grid living is a passion of mine as well. I am single with no nearby family members so life on the farm can be pretty quiet at times. If you are interested I can teach you the finer points of meditation. Kingston is a large nearby heritage city with an historic downtown and farmers market to check out. 
So to conclude I hope you will join me in all the facets required to get my century old homestead back up and running. You will learn all aspects of animal husbandry as well as organic gardening. Plenty of renovation projects need to be attended to as well. Understand that the hours you will need to spend working will be much less than most farms demand so that will afford you lots of free time to do your own research, study build things and practice whatever it is you are interested in. I am sure you will have fun while you help me reinvigorate Fragrant Pearl Farm. When my garlic operation was running many WOOFers returned to my farm time and time again. I am sure you too will equally enjoy your stay.

Location: near Kingston, ON

 

Farm #4

Primary production: Vegetables, berries, herbs, flowers and honey.
This farm accepts couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: April to October
This farmer has signed SOIL's host charter

We hope to reach 75-90 members for our CSA this year on our scenic 100 acre farm, a beautiful spot with close to 50 acres of bush, a pond and meadow, surrounded by rolling hills. We grow a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, cut flowers and small fruits. We also keep bees and have a small orchard.

We learned about organic and sustainable production techniques through 5 years of apprenticeships volunteering and co-managing at farms in Canada and Europe. All of our products are sold locally, mostly through CSA program and this year through U-pick strawberry and raspberry operations.

You will work as part of a team alongside the farmer, other staff and volunteers on a daily basis. There will also be work exchanges, education days and field trips. Through these you will learn about all aspects of the farming operation including everything from business planning to pest management.

We are still expanding and so will build and setup new infrastructure including a movable hoophouse, an irrigation systems and potentially housing and fencing for chickens.

The apprenticeship includes a $4000-6000 seasonal stipend, spacious recently renovated accommodation in the house, food and other basic amenities. The work week will be 5-6 days of 8-10 hours depending on the time of year and work that needs finishing.

There are many opportunities for socializing and day trips to scenic areas.

Location: Neustadt, ON

Farm #5

Primary products: Fermented foods. Raw milk cheeses. Multigrain sourdough. Herbal remedies. Maple syrup. Garlic. Apple cider.
This farm accepts couples.
This farm may accommodate children. (Visit first)
Apprenticeship term: 3/1/2019 - 10/31/2019

We are close to two major cities, connected to each by bike routes and highways and rivers and railways. The peaceful location here is a haven for wild birds and animals. Plenty of cycling and walking opportunities here. The guest yurt can be set up to house a family. Meals can be shared in the farmhouse or prepared there and eaten in he guest yurt. Sharing good food is important to our family, and one of our passions here.

Greenfield, ON

 

Farm #6

 

Primary production: Certified Organic fruits and vegetables, quail eggs, value added products made from farm produce.
This farm accepts couples
This farm offers a stipend
This farm cannot acommodate children
Apprenticeshp term: April to October
This farmer has signed SOIL's host charter

At our farm,  we are dedicated to providing high quality organic fruits, vegetables and organic sprouts directly to people who care about the environment and what they eat. As a Certified Organic farm, we use only organic, non-gmo seeds, composts and green manures to keep our soil clean and fertile. We grow a great variety of vegetables, fruits, including our Organic Sprouts. As well, we create many value added products throughout the season from our gardens.

We attend two farmers markets and supply restaurants and stores that carry fresh organic food. Although we sell many common vegetables, we also grow some unusual varieties for people to try. We have added blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb. This year we will start a small mid-week Pay As You Go CSA.

You will have the opportunity to take on responsibilities as you learn, for things that you are interested in. We will provide you with room and board in our farmhouse, trailer or large live in tent and monthly stipend of $400. You will also attend monthly C.R.A.F.T. days and have the opportunity to meet other farmers and interns. We will have weekly field walks and use them to focus on particular aspects of learning. We will have morning planning meetings over breakfast and weekly check-ins. Other educational opportunities will come up from time to time.

Location: Staffa, ON

 

Farm #8

Primary production:  Maple syrup, vegetables, grain, hay and beef cattle
This farm accepts couples
This farm offers a wage starting at $10 per hour
Apprenticeship term:  June 1 to Oct 1

We are on a farm about 45 miles from Kingston and about 20 miles from the town of Picton. Picton is not such an exciting place although there is a great movie house and some interesting pubs and restaurants. There are a number of churches and some local food markets as well as three big grocery stores. The county has some great food and watering holes though. Kingston is a university town so it has all those things that young people like to do. People come out to the county to bike and stay and go to wineries. It is so popular that it is hard to find a place to stay in the summer which is why we are opening a hotel in Picton in a few years. The cabin is cute and is very livable and overlooks the Bay. It is walking distance to the garden.
I feel that the county is a good place to get a taste of organic farming and community. We would do our best to teach you what we know and encourage you to study what is going on in the world of organics and teach us what you learn. We have a fair number of good books about the movement some old, some new.

Location:  Picton, ON

 

Farms #12   CRAFT - Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training

CRAFT SOUTH WEST ONTARIO ECOLOGICAL FARMING INTERNSHIPS



If you're ready for a hands-on experience that will immerse you in ecological farming, then you've come to the right place. CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) is your gateway to a farming internship experience that will change your life. Whether your dream is to have your own farm one day or you just want to learn some food-growing and hands-on skills that can be applied in other parts of your life, a farming internship is a powerful experience that will equip you with the tools and insights to make a real difference in the world.

CRAFT South West Ontario is a collaboration of organic and biodynamic farms whose aim is to provide opportunities for individuals to learn about ecological agriculture through an internship experience. Each CRAFT farm offers their own education model in conjunction with monthly CRAFT field days. These on-farm training days are open to interns from all CRAFT South West Ontario farms and include a potluck lunch, a group activity, a workshop, and a tour.

Each CRAFT farm operates independently and offers its own internship with individualized agreements around such things as living and eating arrangements, stipends, work hours, training methods, and internship start and end dates.

To learn more about CRAFT and for a list of participating farms visit: www.craftsouthwestontario.ca

For more information about internship opportunities and to apply, please contact individual farms directly.