Farm #1 

Primary production: organic veggies, meats, and grains
This farm accepts couples
This farm may be able to accommodate children
This farm pays a minimum wage or higher
This farm does not offer on-farm accommodations
Apprenticeship term: May to November
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Charter
 

Farm is located 10 miles south of a small Saskatchewan town, bordering on the provincial forest with lots of wild life. Applicant will work at a variety of jobs and will learn many skills. This farm produces organic food for 200 families plus grain for the organic market. There is a career opportunity for the right person/couple as there is room to expand garden/livestock production.

Location: Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan

Farm #2 

An apprentice will learn what it is to be an entrepreneur with a small business and a self-reliant producer of meat, grain, and vegetables. Daily activities are governed by the weather. Apprentices will develop and maintain extreme self-motivation to acquire life skills, such as gardening, mechanics, operating motorized machines, cold weather survival, and coping ability for livestock.

Located in natural prairie hills, we're 30 miles to town, 4 miles to village farm, agro centre. Recreation 35 miles to a small lake.

Location: Moosejaw, SK

Farm #3

Primary production: Potted wildflowers and grasses, heirloom vegetable plants, herbs, and annual flowers.
This farm cannot host couples
This farm is unable to accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: February to June
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Charter

Our greenhouse operation grows native Manitoba wildflowers and grasses for landscaping, and heirloom vegetable plants, herbs and annual flowers. We have 6 acres of woods / farmland, a greenhouse, and home. Only a short walk from Teulon, a friendly rural community with most amenities and a 30 minute drive north of Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

We are looking for an energetic, positive apprentice who loves gardening to help us from Feb thru June. Learn and help with propagation, transplanting, and selling of plants, garden bed preparation, and weeding; learn native plant identification and organic fertilization and pest management. This year, help us convert our gardens to no-till, plant an orchard, tend to our laying hens and find ways to apply permaculture principles to our farm.

With an Environmental Science degree and 12 years of greenhouse and farming experience, Aimee has acquired an intimate knowledge of plants. Wes has a landscape design certificate and is both passionate and talented in the area of farm automation. We are committed to organic agriculture and together strive for a simpler, more sustainable life with our family.

Location: Teulon, Manitoba

Farm #4

Primary products:  Beef and pork
This farm accepts couples.
This farm cannot accommodate children.
This farm offers a stipend.
Apprenticeship term:  May 1 to October 31

This farm is located an hour and a half east of Red Deer, Alberta, on a rich mix of rejuvenated grasslands and wetlands. We are committed to ensuring that the land is continually regenerated through the presence of our animals on the land. Using rotational and intensive grazing techniques we look to mimic the bison that so deeply defined the soils and ecology of our area. 
We believe that when enacted properly agriculture is an opportunity for ecological rejuvenation, and a sustainable future for generations to come. We are the third generation to farm this land, and have been farming full time here for 5 years. As an apprentice, you will learn skills in rotational grazing management and animal husbandry with cattle and pigs. You will learn to assess forage quality and set up electric fencing systems. Retail Farms will also expose you to Holistic Management and principles of regenerative agriculture through building soil and managing water. You will also learn about direct marketing from the field to butcher shop to delivery to the customer.
You will stay in a separate farm house during the summer, and in the main farm house during the winter. A minimal to moderate stipend will be paid depending on length of stay and expertise.

Location:  Castor, AB

Farm #5 

 

Primary Products:  Vegetables
This farm does not accept couples.
This farm pays $13.60 per hour
Apprenticeship Term:  May 14 to October 26
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Charter

We are a chemical-free, mixed vegetable operation a few km outside of Red Deer, AB. Our mission is to empower people to make healthy food choices by providing weekly food boxes for families in the Red Deer area and through serving local grocery stores and restaurants.

 We grow veggies for about 250 families and cultivate/cover crop on about 8 acres. Apprenticing with us will give you a chance to be involved in all aspects of production. We have a great team of people who love being outdoors and spending time together. You will work independently and as a part of a team to produce high quality vegetables. Your problem solving skills, determination, attention to detail and flexibility will all help you to be a successful apprentice.

 

Specifically, you will:

Setup and maintain irrigation system

Start seedlings in plant nursery

Transplant and direct seed crops in field

Weed and otherwise maintain crops

Regularly inspect crops for ripeness, pests, disease etc

Harvest, grade, weigh and package crops

 

We pay $13.60/hr and will keep your fridge full of veggies for the summer.

Because we lease the land, we don’t live on the farm and don’t have accommodation to offer to apprentices.

Location:  Red Deer, AB

Farm #6

Primary production: beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, hogs, laying hens, leafcutter bees, livestock guardian dogs, alfalfa seed, hay, pasture, vegetables, compost
This farm does not accept couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Accepts apprentices: year-round for three, six, or twelve month terms.
This farmer has signed SOIL's host charter

Work with Peter, a soil consultant, and Mary and their daughter on a 640 acre ranch close to the banks of the Peace River in northern Alberta. Aspen, birch, spruce, pine, and willow shelter belts provide wildlife habitat for moose, deer, beaver, foxes, coyotes, grouse, partridge, and migratory birds. The ranch is close to the town of Peace River that has full services, shopping, indoor swimming pool, and community theatre. There is a campground just across the river accessible by ferry where locals go horseback riding, 4 wheel biking, hiking, and canoeing on the river. In the winter there is a ski hill and cross country skiing.

These farmers hope to share their knowledge with others and help the next generation of farmers You will learn about grass based farming, planned grazing of cattle and sheep, pasture calving and lambing, animal nutrition, soils, and mineral balancing. Also you will learn about compost tea brewing and application, Holistic Management, low stress livestock handling, fencing, carpentry, pollination of alfalfa using leafcutter bees and traditional nutrition following the teachings of the Weston A. Price Foundation. You will also learn about selling at the market, use of farm equipment, carpentry, food preservation, milking, and woodworking. Our daughter operates a veggie CSA on the farm.

The ranch family has 4 grown children with one daughter still at home. You will live in a separate house, with appliances and eat most meals in the main house depending on the work schedule. A minimal to moderate stipend will be paid depending on length of stay and expertise.

Location: Grimshaw, AB. 172 km northeast of Grande Prarie, 2 hr drive. 512 km northwest of Edmonton, 6 hr drive.

 

Farm #7

Primary Production:  Market garden vegetables
This farm accepts couples.
This farm pays a $900 month stipend plus room and board
Apprenticeship term:  April 15 to October 31

Our Farm is located at the north end of the Aspen Parkland, just before the beginnings of the Western Canadian Boreal forest. We are close to a number of regional parks, lots of lakes, and an hour North of Saskatoon. This is a great area for anyone who likes to fish, hunt, camp and explore the outdoors. Our farm is as beautiful as any campground. Many people comment on the park like atmosphere and the positive energy they feel when coming onto our property. Our home is nestled in the midst of 80 acres of forest, and we have another 80 acres of open space which we utilize in planting our garden. We have a small detached guest house our apprentices stay in. We are a young family of 4, making our way here in Central Saskatchewan. Ian has been farming for 9 years and is a certified horticultural technician.

 Meals are shared together in our home and we ask that apprentices pitch in once a week to help prepare a meal, mostly because past experience tells us that our helpers are great cooks! We have two lively children - our son Gabriel turned 7 in December and our daughter Molly will be 6 in August, so a love for children is a must! Being a kind, hardworking person is pretty much the most important quality you can possess, as we want to surround our children with good role models.

 Regular work hours are about 8 hours a day with weekends off. 2 days per week will be harvest days during the summer season (July to October) and may require working a little longer than 8 hours on those days. You would be responsible for keeping your living area clean and helping with a few additional household chores around mealtimes. Out in the garden there's all sorts of opportunity for learning. We'll provide experience with, Greenhouse management, seed starting, transplanting, irrigation, fertility management, cultivation, weed control, climate control, pest management, Harvest and post harvest methods, marketing and maybe a little business admin too!

 When you join our "team", you become family so of course you would be given the choice to join us on all family excursions, trips, special occasions, etc. We offer room and board as well as a monthly stipend of $900

Hafford, SK

 

Farm #8

Primary Production: vegetables for CSA and farmers Markets
This farm accepts couples
This farm is unable to accommodate children
This farm pays a minimum wage or higher
Apprenticeship Term: April - June to October 31
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Pledge

Our farm is located 10 minutes north of Winnipeg and grows vegetables for over 250 CSA members and 2 farmers markets.  We are committed to using ecological farming practices such as cover cropping, nutrient management, and crop rotation.
Apprentices will take part in all aspects of organic vegetable production from seedling production to harvest. The farm is in it’s 5th year of production and is growing steadily each year. Career opportunities are available for the right person.

Location: near Winnipeg, MT

Farm #9   This Farm is Full for  2018 Season

This farm is full for the 2018 season.

Primary Products:  Vegetables
This farm accepts couples.
This farm pays a stipend.
Apprenticeship term:  May 1 to October 31
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Pledge

Our rolling 250 acre farm borders the North Eastern shores of Red Deer Lake near Camrose, Alberta. For 29 years we have farmed without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. Today, we continue that tradition, & with the addition of permaculture design & holistic management our farm is proud to be a part of the growing regenerative agriculture revolution.

 This apprenticeship program is modelled after Takota's Holistic Land Design consulting process. It will provide you with the foundational skills necessary to design and manage your own diversified farm in a way that is ecologically regenerative, financially sustainable, & actually enjoyable.

 BIOMIMICRY

GOOGLE EARTH PRO DESIGN/MANAGEMENT

WATER HARVESTING WITH DUGOUTS DAMS & SWALES

GRAVITY WATER RETICULATION

EFFICIENT FARM DESIGN

NATURAL BUILDING/CARPENTRY

PERMANENT AND ELECTRIC FENCING

ANNUAL GARDENING

FOREST GARDENING/PERENNIAL FRUIT AND NUTS

AQUACULTURE

SEED SAVING

NUTRIENT DENSE FOOD PRODUCTION, PREPARATION AND STORAGE

HERBAL MEDICINE

MULTI-SPECIES COVER CROPPING

ORGANIC GRAIN PRODUCTION

HOLISTIC PLANNED GRAZING

LIVESTOCK HUSBANDRY

DIRECT MARKETING

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

WEBSITE CREATION

USE OF EDGED HAND TOOLS

SOIL HEALTH PRINCIPLES

 The apprentice will live in separate housing. A minimal to moderate stipend will be paid depending on length of stay and expertise. This apprenticeship is typically from May-October, but we are flexible.

Location:  Ferintosh, AB

Farm #10

Primary production:  Dairy goats and kids, cheese, yogurt, soap, butter, whipping cream, ice cream, hay
This farm accepts couples.
This farm offers a stipend.
Apprenticeship term:  April 15 to July 25

Our farm is a peaceful quarter section of farmland that is mostly hay and pasture. We are currently renovating a spare room and hope to have two rooms plus a camper ready so we can have people come and go. This is our first year having farm help and we'd like to start with one or two people.
I'm extremely passionate about goats and would love to teach someone about goat keeping, milking, and general care and health of goats. Skills a person can learn will include milking, hoof trimming, general goat care, bottle raising of kids, and some basic chicken, duck, rabbit and horse care. We use a milking machine but milk one at a time and hand milking is necessary to check each teat before starting to milk and to ensure they are milked out at the end. Individual hands on animal care is really important to me, paying attention to the little details in terms of animal behavior helps keep us on top of problems before they get too big. 
Our farm is an hour from Brandon and two hours from Winnipeg so weekend outings to either of those two large centers is possible if the applicant drives. Occasionally we can find someone to take a person to town but during kidding season we always have at least one person home to watch the goats. I attend every birth and would love to share that experience with someone who loves animals. Most of your time will be spent with me Tammy because Rick works off the farm but on Saturdays we will attempt larger projects that take an extra hand. 
All aspects of animal care are included in our daily lives but on weekends or quiet afternoons (if not needed for a kidding, but May will be extremely busy in that regard) an apprentice would be free to go horseback riding, hiking, biking or fishing. There are museums nearby and many market gardens and craft sales if a person wanted to get out and about. 
We are flexible in terms of talking with a person regarding what they'd expect or like for a stipend and it will depend on how many people we get, how experienced they are or what regular duties they take over but we understand that a small amount of spending money would be ideal.

Location:  Arden, MB

Farm #11

Primary products:  honey, vegetables, eggs, mushroom spawn, lamb, pork, poultry
This farm accepts couples.
This farm offers a stipend.
Apprenticeship term:  May 1 to September 30
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Pledge

Two farms are working together to provide a varied skill apprenticeship. The applicant will work part time at each farm. One farm is a quarter section, and the other smaller at 53 acres.
The farms are located close to Sundre, Alberta on the eastern slopes of the Rockies. Many recreational activities are available in the area including white water rafting, golf, horseback riding, canoeing, swimming, hiking and fishing.

The farms offer opportunities to learn about:
- rotational grazing of sheep
- milking
- poultry husbandry
- beekeeping
- vegetable production
- perennial crops
- mushroom spawn production
- mushroom fruiting
- carpentry
- direct marketing

Other projects may include:
- water capture and storage
- pond health analysis
- compost program improvement
- irrigation system installation

The farms are small scale working to incorporate permaculture principals, Holistic management, and regenerative agriculture. Bob and Sandy are retired professionals who moved to their farm approximately ten years ago and have hosted many apprentices. Meghan and Kwesi moved to their farm approximately three years ago and this will be their first year hosting an apprentice.
Apprentices will have two days off per week. Regular working hours are 8 hours per day.
Accommodation is in a separate one bedroom cabin. There is a shared kitchen and bathroom. Meals will be shared. A moderate stipend will be paid.

Sundre, AB

 

Farm #13

Primary production: Grassfed beef and lamb, raw honey, eggs and various value added products
This farm accepts couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
Apprenticeship Term: Stays of 2 weeks or longer in exchange for room and board
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter
 

We are young farmers in southwestern Manitoba, raising beef cattle, sheep and a beekeeping operation for farm sales, as well as laying hens and a vegetable garden for personal household consumption. Our activities are largely pasture-based, with emphasis on adaptive planned grazing, regenerative soil-building practices, and raw honey production based primarily on alfalfa, clover & wildflower sources.

We base much of our decision-making on Holistic Management principles and continuous learning. We strive to develop a sustainable and viable farm business that is largely based on direct marketing sales to local, regional customers, to whom we sell raw honey, grassfed beef and grassfed lamb. We look forward to sharing what we have learned so far since establishing our farm 7 years ago with a person or couple who has aspiring interest in having their own farm or apiary one day.

We are surrounded by beautiful areas to explore, and have opportunities for apprentices to visit and experience other small farms in the area, for a more diverse and holistic experience. We have a separate dwelling for guests, a cozy octagonal building with basic amenities. We are ideally looking for someone who is able to commit to working with us for 2 weeks or longer in exchange for room and board..

Location: Cartwright, Manitoba

 

 

Farm #16 

Primary production: Produce, seeds, eggs, chicken, pork & grains.
This farm accepts couples or families
This farm offers a stipend
Accepts apprentices: May to November
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

This farm is a highly diversified operation located on 160 acres of rolling prairie and parkland approximately 70 km. northwest of Calgary and about 60 km. away from the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains. In addition to the cultivated acres, there are 35 acres of native prairie with two ponds and some forest. Our farm business is owned and operated by husband and wife team Kris and Tamara. The farm produces cereal grains, forage crops, culinary herbs, vegetables, eggs and meat products, all of which are produced organically and certified biodynamic by Demeter Canada. Our products are marketed locally, via a CSA, other box programs, retail stores, restaurants and at a Farmers' Market. Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn skills associated with all aspects of running a very diverse commercial farming enterprise, including animal husbandry, machinery and equipment operation, 4-6 acres of vegetable and seed production, marketing and more.

There is plenty of beautiful countryside to explore, especially in the foothills and mountains to the west. 

Apprentices have separate accommodations and a communal straw bale building for cooking, laundry, showering and recreation. A monthly stipend is provided as well as a season end bonus, available only to those who stay for the entire length of the growing season, which is May 1st to November 1st. Career opportunities are available for the right person.

Location: Carstairs, AB.
 

Farm #21

Primary production: mixed veggies and herbs
This farm does NOT accept couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm offeres a stipend
Apprenticeshp term: May to October
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

Our farm is a 10 acre family farm, owned and run by our family – the Almost Urban team! We are located in St. Norbert, Manitoba, right on the south edge of Winnipeg. Our vegetables are grown in the fertile, nutrient rich clay soils of the Red River Valley. Eight years ago, we left our urban lifestyle to follow our dream of growing food and living simply. We settled in Manitoba, appreciative of the fresh air, natural surroundings, and friendly people.

Marilyn has twenty years growing experience, including a Certificate of Permaculture. She coordinates the “what we’ll do” – choosing the vegetable varieties, timing, monitoring plant health and more. As an engineer by trade, Bruce manages the “how we’ll do it” – the logistics of materials, water, harvesting and equipment. 
We use no pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilizers. Most of our implements are hand operated so we burn very little fuel in our operation, since we strive to live on current sunshine! We nurture the soil by adding compost and growing green manures.

The intern has a separate room and sleeping space in a trailer located beside the house. All meals and washroom facilities, laundry are shared. Interns also share some household chores such as dishes or preparing meals. These are equitably distributed amongst everyone living on farm. We are a gluten-free house, although people can supply their own items if desired too.

Location: Winnipeg, MB

 

 

Farm #23

Primary production:  pasture-raised livestock - cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry
This farm accepts couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm pays a stipend

Our farm is a pasture (grass)-based livestock farm. Wian has more than 10 years experience with raising poultry and stock dogs. Originally from South Africa, Wian came to Canada with a farming dream. Lydia is originally from Winnipeg MB. She has studied soil science and environmental sciences and has a Master's degree in Natural Resources Management. 

The farm is run on several hunderd acres of leased pasture land in western Manitoba. Through an ecological lens there is a major focus on soil health. We practice management intenive grazing techniques in a multi-species grazing system. We are a "Salatin" style operation with pastured-poultry, pastured-turkey, pasture-raised hens, grassfed beef, grassfed lamb and forest raised hogs. We direct market all of our meats. Our farm is part of a larger Holistically Managed ranch which may provide additional learning opportunities in custom grazing cattle.

We love learning and working toward our shared goals. We are looking for the right candidate that is keen to work, learn and teach.

Location: Dunrea, Manitoba

Farm #24

Primary Production: organic veggies
This farm does not accept couples or families
This farm offers minimum wage
Apprenticeship dates: May-October
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

This farm grows organic veggies to supply a group of CSA customer, some restaurant and other wholesale. The farm is 21 acres, located 9 km east of the town of Vulcan. The McGregor lake is 15 min drive east of the farm in the middle of the prairie. I grow a wide variety of organic veggies in the greenhouse and outside. I have a degree in agriculture and my cross country ski coach experience has given me plenty of practice in teaching. The farm has just been bought and there is lots to learn in terms of how to start a farm and resolve any problem. You will share the house with my kids and me and a seasonal worker.

Location: Near Vulcan, AB

 

Farm # 25

 


Primary Production:  Certified Organic Vegetables / Certified Organic Grass Finish Beef
This farm accepts couples
This farm offers $700 - $1200 per month depending on experience and/or willingness to learn
Apprenticeship term:  May 1 to October 1
This farm has signedSOIL's host charter

Depending on the apprentice and what they wish to learn or focus towards, will determine who or what areas of our farm they will work with. Working as apart of the team is mandatory and some one on one time is also necessary.

Location:  Lac la Biche, AB

 

 

Farm #26

 

Primary Production:  Fresh pastured poultry, lamb, ,pork, eggs, milk, yoguart, kefir, fermented vegetables, butter. wild edibles foraged on property
This farm does not accept couples
This farm does not offer a stipend/wage
Apprenticeship term:  April 15 to September 28

Pastured Livestock operation incuding poultry, sheep, jersey milk cows, pigs,goats, guardian dogs. We take seriously using organic practices. We try to live and learn as we go how to be self sustainable in producing our own food which is healthy for us and providing some for the community as well. Also in the infant stages of permaculture gardening and are so excited about this. we also love wild food foraging and the practices of fermentation both with dairy and vegetables, Animal care, food sustainability and preservation, processing animals, are all something we do on our farm with 20 yrs experience, We are located about 7,5 miles west of a town called Rocanville,

Rocanville, Sask