Farm #8

Products:  Apples, apple juice, garlic
This farm accepts couples.
This farm offers a stipend.
Apprenticeship term:  March 1 to October 31
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Pledge

We farm 20 acres in the BX area overlooking Vernon and the lakes in the North Okanagan. Our main crop is apples with 6 acres of high density trees growing mainly Gala and Ambrosia. We are just starting to establish another 6 acres of low density plantings based on permaculture principles mixing fruit varieties and companion plants.

 We are transitioning the orchard to organic status and marketing our own produce including through local farmer’s markets and our CSA network. There seems to be a sanctuary element to the farm to as chickens, ducks, sheep and rabbits have begun to accumulate from various livestock settings, retiring here to help graze the pasture, deal with insects and build the soil.

 The farm has an awesome view and is located adjacent to the BX trail network, with over 50 kms of trails along BX creek, through neighbouring farmlands and along the Silver Star foothills overlooking the valley and Swan Lake. We have bikes available for getting into town or out to the lakes in summer, some helpers even hitchhike up to Silver Star mountain in the winter.

 There are plenty of opportunities for apprentices to learn about growing apples including permaculture techniques, storage, packaging, sales and marketing while contributing towards the farm. This year we are focusing on soil building, replanting a section of the existing orchard and establishing the first phase of the new orchard.

 We are looking for positive energy helpers with initiative who will be involved in all aspects of the farm, working largely along with us with some independent work for a total of approx 35 hours a week. We have a few accommodation options depending on the season from a room in the house to airstream trailer or even a tipi. There is also a monthly, increasing stipend.

Location:  Vernon


Farm #10 

Primary Products:  Vegetables and Herbs
This farm accepts couples.
This farm pays $12 - $15 per hour
Apprenticeship term:  March 1 - October 31
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Pledge

An alumus of two apprenticeships, I've been farming for ten years. I operate my organic market garden on a five-acre lease in Kelowna, in BC's Okanagan Valley. It's stunning here--look it up. I produce mixed veggies & herbs for local restaurants and a weekly veggie program for families. My farm is a beautiful place to work. My farm is profitable. The work environment is fun and respectful. And the farm is right in the heart of Kelowna, population 120 000+.

I'm looking for enthusiastic helpers for the 2018 season. They will be involved in all aspects of the farm's management. Past experience on a market garden would be great, but is not essential. 

My helpers will be paid a wage of at least $12 per hour, and up to $15 depending on various factors. I do not offer on-farm accommodations, but can offer advice for finding a rental nearby. 

This is a learn-by-doing apprenticeship, but I'm a good teacher, and motivated helpers will find me very committed to their learning.

Recreational opportunities are myriad around here. Cycling, hiking, swimming, darts, all the recreations.

Thank you.

Location:  Kelowna

Farm #11

Primary Products:  Pork, eggs, garlic
This farm accepts couples.
Apprenticeship term:  May 1 to September 30 Paid position for 5 months depending on funding and apprentices for 1 month, 2 to 3 months preferred.
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Pledge

Our Internship is your chance to live and learn on an off-grid Permaculture farm and Earthship located in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. Our main focus for 2019 will be setting up a small scale hemp farm. As an intern here you will strengthen your relationship to the earth and your personal role in self- sufficiency and food production. Through a daily schedule of hands-on work and learning you will learn valuable skills in organic farming, natural building, gardening, animal husbandry and community living.

Work that we need help with depends on the season but in 2019 will focus on helping Brian with the hemp project, caring for animals and gardening. We have a large raspberry patch, gardens for home use and winter canning/preserving and 4000 garlic cloves in the ground. We have a young small permaculture style orchard/food forest, with 20 fruit trees, we employed mulch swales to harvest run off water, lasagna gardening, hugelkulture and a cover crop of dynamic accumulators to build soil. Woofer accommodation is in a heated camper. We work hard and play hard. Days end with free time, hottubs and bonfires, we like to also help our wwoofers see the area with occasional hikes or a trip to the lake.... We welcome wwooffers skilled in building to assist or take on projects: Sauna, Shop, Greenhouse... (not sure which will be completed this year) as well as those who are independent, interested in Permaculture, gardening, animal husbandry and cooking!
There are 3 other groups in the area building EARTHSHIP type homes that you can check out- we are all young, friendly and sharing ideas.

Facilities: Community kitchen (wildlife protected) Cob oven for pizzas! (Sunday is pizza night!) Below ground fridge cellar and keg chiller ;) Propane fridges Two organic gardens for food production, tons of raspberries and a few fruit trees. Greenhouse Bonfire and biochar making Pit Outdoor HOT shower Creekside wood fired hot tub (2 person max) and NEW orchard 5 man hot tub!!! Creekside dugout pool (is nice on the hot days) Numerous lodging options in campers/RV's, a loft or endless camping sites if you prefer setting up in your own zone Water, we have an amazing clean spring fed creek Satellite internet is available and we are in cell service range.

Location:  Golden, BC


Farm #14 

Primary production: Mixed vegetables, primarily storable root crops, also hay and cattle.
This farm accepts couples
This farm may be able to accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: April to November
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Pledge

Small mixed farm nestled in the mountains of south central BC. Marketing mixed vegetables through farmers' markets, local stores and home delivery system. One interesting aspect of our system is the exclusive use of horses for the field work. 

Though the horse team does the heavy pulling, there is a phenomenal amount of human labour done on the farm. If there is a hard way and an easy way, chances are I'm doing it the hard way. The development of the farm has been based of substituting labour for capital. An example of such would be splitting out fence post and rails as opposed to purchasing them. Another example would be the haying, which is all loose hay. The horses pull a mower which cuts the hay, then it is raked, again the horses help out with that project. Then any and all handy humans get involved with forking the hay onto sledges and then up into the hay mow. Just like work on a hot July afternoon.

The benefit for you is to learn a number of handy skills. Pole construction, cedar splitting, weeding, horsey skills, weeding, marketing, organizing distributions and harvest schedules, aspects of a nano dairy and beef production, pasture management etc. All useful for starting your own farm on a financial shoe string.

Another interesting aspect of the farm at this time is that I'm interested in exploring the option of agriculturally motivated land partners.

Location: Edgewood, in the Kootenays


Farm #15

Primary products:  fresh produce
This farm accepts couples.
This farm pays wages.
Apprenticeship term:  March 1 to November 1

We have a 25 acre farm mostly planted in a diversity of tree fruits from Cherries, apricots, plums, peaches pears, apples, then a good crop of berries,& ground crops  We have love for planting something new. Our location is isolated in a pristine environment with Snowy Mtn at our back door and the Similkameen river below.  

Work/Learn Description:

The winters are largely spent pruning , and composting trees with a few building and renovation projects . Some packing apples and dried fruits. Late winter to early spring Our green house is going to burst into life with our garden plants of herbs, tomatoes, peppers, and squash etc. Later Spring is spent planting out in the garden, blossom thinning in the orchard, weeding , irrigating , Summer brings the fruits of our labor with sweet cherries starting it off. The heat of summer means we get up earlier to beat the heat. With the beginning of fruit means farmers markets get into full swing, and our team focus is on getting everything picked and sorted. Our goal is filling the trucks and trailer for the trip to Vancouver . Harvesting our diversity of goodies takes us all the way to November . Then farm clean up, gathering wood, stoking fires, fix it & build it projects struggle to get at the top of the list. .

A want to attitude, enjoys physical activity
Healthy & Strong
An interest in organic agriculture.
Energetic, hard-working and highly self motivated
Ability to work alone or with others
Previous work experience/education in agriculture is a plus but not a necessity
Drivers license is a plus

Location:  Cawston