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 #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 #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   

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 #13

Primary production: Grassfed beef and lamb, raw honey (for marketing); eggs, vegetables (personal use)
This farm accepts couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
Apprenticeship Term: Stays of 2 weeks or longer

This farm offers a stipend
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 also started a family in the Fall of 2017 with a new baby boy!

We base much of our decision-making on Holistic Management principles, regenerative agriculture goals 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 and a modest stipend.

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 does accepts couples
This farm offers a stipend.
Apprenticeship term: May through October

Our farm is a pasture (grass)-based livestock farm operated by first generation farmers Wian Prinsloo and Lydia Carpenter! Wian and Lydia have more than 10 years experience raising livestock. 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 Master's degree in Natural Resources Management. 

The farm is run on several hundred acres of pasture land in southwestern Manitoba. Through an ecological lens there is a major focus on soil health. We practice management intensive grazing techniques in a multi-species grazing system. We are a "Salatin" style operation with pastured-poultry, pasture-raised hens, grassfed beef, grassfed lamb and pasture 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 with cattle.

Location: Dunrea, Manitoba

  

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