Farm # 1     

Main production: vegetables, berries, fruit, herbs, flowers and seed crops. To a lesser extent, poultry.
This farm accepts couples.
This farm offers a stipend.

Learn all the skills you need to operate your own farm. Originally homesteaded in 1910, this 15-acre certified organic farm has 3-4 acres in cultivation growing a variety of vegetables, fruits, berries, herbs, flowers, as well as a large seed collection for our seed company. We often have laying hens, and six greenhouses (3 are moveable). You will gain the knowledge and confidence to manage a major field and greenhouse (overseeing crops from seeding to harvest) and take part in selling produce at farmers’ markets, through a box program, and to local restaurants. You will also learn about seed production and marketing through both on and offline platforms. 

The owner of the farm has farmed since 1990 and is an experienced teacher who has taught farming courses at the local college. Our farm team is amazing and you will receive training from multiple farmers with many different and complementary skills to share.

Apprentices live together but have their own room in a lovely old farmhouse or in our cob house. The farm is near the small town of Sooke with beautiful beaches and a great community.

Location: Sooke, B.C. 45 km west of Victoria (50 minutes drive).

Farm #2

Primary products:  chickens, eggs, pork, beef, dairy, fruit, vegetables
This farm accepts couples.
This farm cannot accommodate children.
This farm offers a stipend.
Apprenticeship term:  Feb 1 to Oct 1
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Pledge

Apprentices will work and live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Vancouver Island. They will learn first hand, the tools necessary to become a farmer. We are not hobby farmers. We eat, live, and sleep farming.. this is all we do. And we learned from some of the world's best! Our farm is a 73 acre diverse mix of pasture, silvopasture, permaculture orchard, market garden, ponds and wetlands, forest. The area around us has beautiful beaches, rivers, forests, hiking, snowboarding/skiing, surfing, whale watching, fishing and more.

 We are located about a 10 minute car ride to the closest amenities. A personal vehicle is suggested if you want to explore Vancouver Island. If you don't bring a vehicle, there are great bus systems to get you around and we have bikes. We are in the Comox Valley region.

 We are looking for a hard working apprentice to join our team. You should be a fast paced, quick learner who can take the initiative. You will learn directly from the farmer and then be responsible for directing wwoofers in farm tasks. We expect full effort during the short 6 hour day since we generally work over twice that amount. The work can be hard but the food and atmosphere is great.

 The successful candidate(s) will have simple accommodations and excellent food. They will be immersed in a full farm experience with other wwoofers.

Location:  Black Creek

 

Farm #3   Full for 2018 Season

This farm is full for the 2018 season.

Primary Production:  Vegetables, herbs, berries
This farm accepts couples.
This farm offers a stipend.
Apprenticeship term:  April 1 to October 31
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Pledge

Located just 10 minutes from Duncan, BC we are close to hiking, biking and river swimming, this farm is located on 3 1/2 acres of flat land. We have use of 3 commercial greenhouses (both in ground crops and a seeding house), plus one acre of field in production. We farm year round, growing a multitude of veggies, herbs, berries and fruit. A wide range of skills will be learned - crop rotations, seeding, planting, harvesting, caring for chickens and turkeys, with an option to come to market and learn the sales end of things. Expect to work a full 40 hours/ week (8 hours a day). Work is quite physically demanding. We provide a stipend, which will be decided depending on skill level, experience, etc. Accommodation is a small 8x8 cabin.

Location:  Duncan

 

Farm #4 

Primary production: mixed veggies and herbs
This farm does not accept couples
This farm is unable to accommodate children
This farm offers a minimum wage or higher
Apprenticeship term: May 1 to October 31
This farm has signed SOIL's Host Pledge

The farm is a 37-acre, certified organic farm. Ten acres are devoted to vegetable production, producing over 50 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs. We offer shares in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program to customers on Vancouver Island and in the City of Vancouver. We also sell to restaurants and at farmers markets. 
The farm sits along along French Creek and the historic E & N Railway on Vancouver Island, BC. Nestled in the shadow of Mount Arrowsmith the farm receives more sunshine than most of Vancouver Island. This has lead to many locals referring to this area as the “banana belt.”
The farm sits between Qualicum Beach and Parksville and is near some of the best biking, hiking and fishing on Vancouver Island. 
We have a diverse innovative farming operation, which requires a wide range of skills: greenhouse seedling production, field planting, weeding and harvesting, produce deliveries, and building an repairing infrastructure. Be prepared for physically demanding work.

We may consider someone looking for an April start date.  We offer room and board on the farm and in trailers on the farm.  Meals will be provided. We will eat as a crew once a day at lunch. For all other meals, apprentices are welcome to use the food from the farm. A stipend will be provided each month.
While some exposure to commercial agriculture is preferred, it is not required as long as one has a good attitude and work ethic.

Our ideal candidate has:

• A serious interest in farming as a lifestyle and/or livelihood
• Physical ability to carry out farm tasks
• Lots of energy and highly motivated
• A mind for efficiency
• Open and positive communication skills
• Open to learning
• A friendly personality and willingness to spend time with customers, chefs, and CSA members
• Sense of humour

Location: Parksville, BC

 

Farm #5

Primary Production: Organic Heritage Field and Greenhouse Vegetables; Greens; Cut Flowers; Annual and Perennial Herbs; Tree Fruits; Assorted Berries; Table Grapes; Melons;  Honey Production; Organic Eggs;  Poultry; and a Pollinator Garden.
This farm accepts couple
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: short-term  or year-round opportunities

This Farm has been in production for the past 30 years. It is a 23-acre certified organic farm serving the community with an annual veggie box program; a daily on-farm market;  selected restaurants with weekly deliveries;  a Summer Family U-pick program;  training opportunities for new farmers;  as well as providing social space for community farm events.

The farm hosts on and off-farm markets; a Spring and Fall Veggie Box Program; and a Family U-pick Operation for all crops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week.  We encourage staff to assist and mingle with picker families to gives them opportunities to become familiar with local food production.   We encourage new Canadians families to practice their English; become familiar with local food production and the possibilities of farming and food production in their new life in Canada.  

The farm has introduced a Farm Skills Questionnaire for use by all farm workers to help them and the farm to place these people correctly in the farm team and to guide us in providing additional training where it is needed.   As we move along in the farm’s development and the owners age, the questionnaire will help us select farm members to make up a Farmer Co-operative who will carry the farm into the future.   We are currently seeking experienced farmers who may wish to consider organic farming as a career;  or use their employment time on the farm to learn about food production so that they can maintain a year-round sustainable garden.    

The farm is a short cycle ride from Nanoose Community Centre and on a bus line linking the communities of Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Lantzville, Nanoose, Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Nanaimo is the home of Vancouver Island University, close to most recreational facilities, beaches & hiking or biking trails.

Location: The farm is located at 1960 Stewart Road, off Northwest Bay Road in Nanoose, 25 km northwest of Nanaimo, which is a 30 minute drive, but also served by a regional bus route. Very countrified when  we arrived here 30 years ago, but rapidly becoming urbanized.

 


 

Farm #7

Main production: Apples, Berries, Milk, Yogurt, Cheese, Beef, Lumber, Vegetables,
This farm accepts couples, and may be able to accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: looking for someone year-round
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

An opportunity for an enthusiastic and skilled family, couple or individual to be part of a mixed organic farm community. The 300 acre homestead on Cortez Island provides a healthy environment and teaches us to be more self sufficient. A large garden, greenhouses, a woodlot and sawmill, orchard, milk cows and beef cattle, goats, pigs, laying hens, and an alternative energy system. As many as six families and varying numbers of Wwoofers participate in the farm year-round, creating a dynamic, diverse and enthusiastic community. Great access to hiking, biking, swimming and fishing!

We invite you to a world where people live in rhythm with nature and its seasons, grow and process their own food, raise their own livestock, make a small ecological footprint, using many modern tools for doing so (like alternative energy and some pretty good bicycles). We invite you to come and live with us and learn with us.

Location: Cortes/Whaletown BC. Cortes Island.

 

Farm #8

Main production: Market garden, garlic, apple orchard. 
This farm offers a stipend.
This farm does not accept couples
Apprenticeship term: April to October
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

Located on Salt Spring Island, our farm is a 13-acre Conservation Partner family farm run by Sue Earle. Our property is close to a lake, ocean, bus route and town. Our focus is on producing organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and seeds, which we sell at two markets, as well as to local businesses. We are also involved in agritourism: bus accommodation, furnished tipi, bicycle camping and event rentals.

Sue is aided by 10 years of farm experience with her beloved partner, John,  who passed away in June 2012, leaving the farm in our family’s hands. John spent 20 years on the farm, diligently transforming thistle and reeds to the now spectacular two+ acres of fertile farmland we grow on.

We believe in the passion and integrity that comes from organic food production. With an emphasis on teamwork, we seek apprentices who will joyfully embrace our small farm community. We live to create harmony, beauty and sustainability in the world, and share this message through our loving production of food.

Location: Salt Spring Island, BC.

 

Farm #9

Primary production: Vegetables, berry fruits, seeds, herbs, flowers and preserves
This farm cannot accept couples or accommodate children
This farm does not offer on-farm accommodations
Apprenticeship Term: April to November
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

This farm is located adjacent to the Northeast end of Prospect Lake at the base of the Saanich Peninsula. It is a four acre farm nestled in the woods with an abundant wildlife habit. There is a ½ acre market garden with numerous varieties of berries, perennial herbs and flowers, mushrooms and a large variety of annual vegetable crops grown for seed and food. A small greenhouse is used for vegetable starts in spring and heat loving crops in summer. Jobs are varied, numerous and always open to creativity. Learn from an active and experienced farmer growing vegetables, berries and seeds for the farmers market, also producing value-added products for sale. There is a focus on seed preservation and growing for and supporting seed groups in the area. An apprentice would be needed one or two days per week in exchange for learning and a bountiful lunch but would need to find accommodation elsewhere. 

Location: Victoria, BC. 13 km north of Victoria, 20 minutes drive.

 

Farm #10

Primary production: mixed vegetables and fruits, pork, hay, cut flowers
This farm accepts couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: May 1 to October 1
This farm has signed SOIL's host pledge.

We are a certified organic, mixed vegetable and small livestock operation on 40-acres of rich valley soil on Vancouver Island. The farm is also home to abundant wildlife and native fauna, beautiful riparian corridors, and a long stretch of creek. River swimming and access to the TransCanada Trail are a short hike or bike ride away, as is access to great bookstores, cafes, and a vibrant downtown area. 

In addition to living on the farm in rustic, off-grid accommodation, apprentices participate in a wide range of tasks aimed at building sufficient skills, knowledge and experience to help solidify the next steps in a pursuit of farming as a lifestyle or a livelihood. The lead farmer has 20 years experience as a certified organic grower as well as a strong background in new farmer training, soils and agroecology.

We offer a limited number of shorter term, 10 weeks and part-time apprenticeships to applicants without prior farming experience, as well as full season and full time apprenticeships with negotiable stipends and end-of-season bonus for experienced and /or highly motivated applicants. Key qualifications for this farm apprenticeship include: strong work ethic, consistently positive attitude in the face of challenges and conflict, outdoor working and/or living experience, excellent communication skills, attention to detail, the capacity to master new and varied tasks.

Location: near Duncan, BC

 

Farm #12   


Primary production: vegetables, small fruits, seedlings.....
This farm accepts couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: April 1 to October 31
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

Join an established farm near Victoria that makes a decent profit on 2 acres. Learn all aspects of market gardening and commercial production; seeding, succession planting, irrigating, weeding, harvesting, packaging, seed saving, planning, record keeping, selling, eating and enjoying, from a farmer of 20 years. Farmer takes apprentice’s education seriously and each apprentice will have an area of responsibility. Weekly discussions involve you in planning and troubleshooting. Farmer is experienced in annual and perennial field crops as well as greenhouse growing, and she sells produce at two vibrant weekly farmer's markets. She works closely with two other farmers in the area and they run a marketing business together. There will be opportunities to meet the larger community and other farm apprentices. Live in your own comfortable and private accommodation separate from the house with an outdoor kitchen, cob oven, and composting toilet. You may also come on a daily or part time basis if you have your own housing. Property is a total of 5 acres and located near the ocean, hiking trails, and lakes. Please make contact if you are positive, self-motivated, respectful of others, a hard worker, a non-smoker, and are seriously considering organic agriculture in your future!

Also available:  

Seeking manager for established 2 acre certified organic farm on the Saanich Peninsula, Vancouver Island. Owner has been farming for 20+ years and would like to take a back seat. Great opportunity for experienced farmer to step up to management without the difficulties of establishing a new farm. Must continue to run the farm as certified organic and work with our established marketing business, Saanich Organics. Owner will help with planning, shopping for supplies, mentoring apprentices, some labour, and weekend watering.

Pay is $13/hr for 40 hrs/week plus unlimited access to produce. Hours are Mon-Fri 9-5. At this time there is no accommodation available at the farm.

This farm has been in operation at this location since 2006. We have approx .5 acre in 4 unheated greenhouses and approx 1.5 acres in field crops. We grow 30-40 different crops and emphasize succession planting to have a steady supply of short term items. Salad greens, tomatoes, strawberries, leeks, peppers, carrots are some of our bigger crops.

We do a lot of tomato plant sales (and other starts) in Spring for a commercial outlet as well as our own farm stand. We use a tractor and spader for the bulk of our cultivating, and a rototiller for bed prep and path management. Irrigation is through a mix of drip lines and overhead watering.

We market all our produce through a farmer partnership via our  CSA, restaurants and grocers, and 2 Farmers Markets. The owner will stay involved on this level, therefore much of the sales will be off the manager’s plate and manager can be focused on production.

We are usually a core group of four including one other employee, one or two apprentices and volunteers that come and go. Our team is a hard working, progressive, communicative, fun loving, inclusive, and community oriented group and we welcome more of the same☺

Location: Saanichton, BC. 23 km north of Victoria, 25 minutes drive.

Farm #15  Not Currently Accepting Applications

Primary products:  Organic vegetables, fruits and free range eggs
This farm is not able to accept couples.
This farm offers a stipend/wage.
Apprenticeship term:  May 1 to October 20

We are a 18 Acre organic farm located on Saltspring Island on the west coast of British Columbia. The ocean is just minutes walk from our place. There are also several swimming lakes within biking and walking distance. There are some good hiking trails in the area,

The market garden manager has been farming for 4 yrs now. He does not of a traditional agriculture degree. His background was in music before becoming a fulltime farmer.
There is a garden to plant and harvest which will keep us busy throughout the season. We also keep busy with animal husbandry. This includes a flock of free range hens and herd of sheep.
We offer a comfortable trailer with kitchen and bathroom, to our farm helper. It sleeps 2.
Most days that you work lunch is provided and the rest of the time fresh farm vegetables and eggs are available.

Location:  Salt Spring Island

 

Farm #17

Primary production: veggies, berries, eggs
This farm accepts couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm offers a minimum wage or higher
Apprenticeship term: 4/15 to 11/15
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

This is a certified organic farm growing mixed vegetables, blueberries, and laying hens on 7 acres of a beautiful 20 acre property in Central Saanich. Other farming operations share this property, so it is a lively farming community. The farmer is looking for apprentice(s) considering organic farming as a potential career. Ideally, an apprentice would stay for the entire season, from spring planting in April to weeding our winter crops in October or November. If you're interested in learning all aspects of organic farming -- growing, harvesting, marketing, and even preserving crops for the winter, this might be the place for you. The farmer is flexible, and will work out details like meals and work schedule with the apprentice(s). In 2018, there is no on-farm accommodation available. The farm is close to Victoria and Sidney, near bus routes, and we have a bike to lend.

Location: Victoria, BC. 22 km north of Victoria, 25 minutes drive.

 

Farm #19     Full for the 2018 Season

This farm is full for the 2018 season.

Primary production: Certified organic native plant and other market crop seedlings, seeds, fruit, herbs, flowers, vegetables, free range eggs.
This farm does not accept couples. It cannot accommodate children.
This farm doesn't offer on-farm accommodations
Apprenticeship term: May to September
The farm has committed to SOIL's Host Charter

This Certified Organic Community Farm has 8 businesses on 9 acres and a wetland. All fall under the umbrella of a registered non-profit organization with a mandate to support growing pure food, education, demonstration of certified organic agriculture in harmony with the eco-system, community and stewardship of the ALR and wetland. The farm has five farming partnerships, 2 nurseries and a local nutrition business. The farmers are an experienced group who enjoy working together and are willing mentors. The permanent building on the site (not suitable for residence) has kitchen and washroom facilities, and is used as a shared facility for washing produce, events and for education purposes, Board and Farmer meetings. The farm offers a Farm Stand shared by all the farmers, a Food Box program and shared tables at local markets.

**Please note that due to a commitment to local food security and employment programs we are participating in, we can only be considering residents of BC as candidates for an internship here.

Location: Victoria, BC. 10 km from Victoria, bus route, cycling route, 12 minutes drive.

 

Farm #22

Primary products:  feeder calves, freezer beef and lamb, wool, vegetables and fruit for home consumption
This farm is not able to accept couples.
This farm offers a stipend.
Apprenticeship term:  May 1, 2018 possibly year round

Our farm is located on one of the smaller southern Gulf Islands, and is "off the grid", as well as having NO ferry service. It has been farmed by our family since our grandfather bought the land in 1925. We are three sisters working as partners in the land. Our land consists of 100 acres of fenced pasture and hayfields, and 800 acres of forest, with miles of shoreline, many beaches, and a 5 acre lake. As well as the cattle and sheep, we keep horses, a donkey, and Border Collie dogs. The island is in the centre of the Gulf Islands, with great hiking, boating, and kayaking. Accommodation is a 5th wheel trailer with an addition, which has a generator as well as solar power, and propane appliances. For an apprentice, the wage is $14 an hour plus the accommodation provided, more for an experienced person. Time off is usually flexible. We are really searching for a steady experienced person to work full time year-round on the farm, but will take an apprentice to train for the job if this would work out. Work includes care of the cattle and sheep, including calving and lambing, carpentry and fencing, machinery operation, maintenance, and repairs, ploughing and reseeding pastures and hayfields, cutting firewood, building maintenance, harvesting and hauling hay for winter feed and work in the vegetable garden and orchards. The job would suit a fit and strong outdoor person with a genuine wish to live in such a situation and learn all that is involved in running a livestock farm.

Location:  Prevost Island

 

Farm #24  

Primary Production:  Fresh and Frozen Blueberries, Dried Blueberries, Blueberry Preserves and other value added productsFresh and Frozen Wild Pacific Salmon - and related value added products (fillets, smoked salmon), Fresh Vegetables and Fruits from the Garden
This farm accepts couples
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship Term:  May 1 to Sept 30
This farm has signed SOIL's Apprenticeship Host Charter

Our Farm is near a lake for swimming, kayaking, etc. There are bikes and a canoe available.. We are just a few minutes from the ocean. Our Cabin has a modern kitchen and bathroom, and a large deck to sit and watch the farm life from. Food is provided, to be cooked in your own space, and we eat together often! We use mainly fresh garden veggies, seafood, and organic local farm products. The farm is 26 acres, a historic farm since the 1880's. Although apprentices will learn all aspects of fruit and vegetable growing, the focus will also be on the Blueberry operation learning skills from the ground up - including growing organically, disease and pest management, scouting, picking, weighing, grading, packing and delivery. As well, marketing and management skills will be taught. Priority would be given to the right person or couple who may consider staying on with year round accomodation, and a Manager or Leasor role, although we will take on apprentices who may not have long term goals, as well. Our focus is also looking for someone who might want to continue as the farm handyman/manager or possibly lease operator in the future. 

Location:  Port Alberni

 

Farm #26 

Primary production: sheep, grain, hay, meat birds
This farm accepts couples
This farm pays a wage of $15/hour

We have an established sheep, hay and grain farm, with both direct and wholesale marketing. Our farm involves all aspects of sheep farming, including  a slaughter plant. We also have 150 acres of hay, 30 acres grain, and meat chickens. This is not an apprentice position. I am looking for someone with the interest and capacity to learn to manage, and in a few years operate this farm as I age. 

We have a lovely setting, 15 miles from Victoria. Great weather, fantastic landscapes and no bugs. Work varies with the seasons, but requires strength and physical fitness. Equally important, it requires the interest in the business side of the farm. It is not simply a job that you work 6 hours a day and go home.This is a special place. 

We will pay $15/hour to start, but we do not offer room and board. We can assist you in finding accommodations nearby.

Location: Metchosin, BC

Farm #29

Primary production:  Fresh and processed vegetables, fruits, nuts
This farms accepts couples.
This farm may consider accepting children.
This farm offers a stipend.
Apprenticeship term:  March 15 to October 1

Our farm is a 32.5-acre project on Hornby Island, BC. Some of what's here includes: 

  • permaculture nursery with dozens of unique fruit, nut, medicine, and timber species for outplanting into the agroforest
  • 2-acre ecological market garden and greenhouses
  • 25 species medicinal herb plot
  • pastured poultry and holistically managed sheep
  • bee hives and meadows with clover and wildflowers
  • organic gourmet and medicinal mushroom operation with 7 species
  • fruit and nut trees
  • oceanfront agroecosystem
  • pond and riparian agroecosystems
  • wildcraft forests of mature douglas-fir, red cedar, fir, red alder
  • plenty of Nature  
  • 28-foot yurt for integral educational experiences

The Earthlab is a living experiment. I apply permaculture and ecopsychological principles and tools to create sustainable and permanent living systems. The main aim is the genesis of Care - for earth, and people, and triple bottom-line profit as these aims are met.

Keen, able, and open apprentices are welcome to inquire. 6-8 hours a day, 5 days per week. In exchange you gain permaculture and regenerative organic farm experience, and spend time in a gorgeous place. Quality food will be provided, sometimes with family members and sometimes independently. Your accomodation will be in the yurt or studio, depending on availability. 

Well-come!

Location:  Hornby Island

 

Farm #30     Full for 2018 Season 

This farm is full for the 2018 season.

Primary production: Mixed Produce, Cut-flowers
This farm does not accept couples
This farm cannot accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend
Apprenticeship term: March 15 to October 31
This farm has signed SOIL's host charter

We are seeking three apprentices to join us next season on our diversified 24-acre farm on beautiful Salt Spring Island. We cultivate 2.5 acres of organic vegetables, cut flowers, and berries and raise small quantities of heritage breed pork, poultry, and lamb. We sell our products through a 50-member CSA, weekly farmers markets, grocery store contracts, and specialty flower orders. This is a high-energy farm that is run by a dedicated young farm family and is a hub of community activity.

Apprentices will work alongside us in all aspects of the farm, including seeding, planting, weeding, irrigation, harvesting, preparing CSA boxes, attending farmer’s markets, and caring for livestock. The emphasis will be on learning by doing, general discussions on theory, and mentoring with the farmers.

To be a good fit for our farm, apprentices must have a strong work ethic, a love of food, a positive attitude, and a genuine interest in learning how to farm. Apprentices will receive housing in a separate suite in the main farmhouse or one of two small cabins, a monthly stipend, and access to vegetables, berries, meat, and eggs from the farm.

Location: near Ganges, BC

 

Farm #33   Full for 2018 Season

 

This farm is full for the 2018 season.

Production: Mixed vegetable, blueberries, and asparagus
This farm accepts couples.
This farm may be able to accommodate children
This farm offers a stipend.
Apprenticeship term: March to November
This farmer has signed SOIL's host charter

Our farm  is a 26 acre certified organic farm located about 6 km north of Courtenay, BC. We have two cleared fields surrounded by a buffer of forest. We grow 1.25 acres of vegetables, 1 acre of blueberries for harvest and U-pick, and 0.25 acre of asparagus. We utilize five hoop houses - two of which are movable - for year-round vegetable growing, seedling propagation, and hot crop production. Our produce is sold through a 150 share CSA, at farmers market, and to restaurants. The farm is secluded and quiet but is only a 30 minute bike ride or 15 minute drive into town. We are also very close to a large forested park along the coastline.

We are a hub within the organic growing community in the Comox Valley. If you are considering moving to this region, interning at our farm is a great way to experience the area. Our goal is to grow nutritious food, connect with our community, and educate the next generation of growers.

Our Interns are involved with all parts of the farm’s vegetable production and distribution. Interns will work alongside our experienced Farm Manager to complete weekly tasks include seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, processing/packing produce, and record keeping. Once confident, Interns are expected to be able to complete jobs without constant supervision. We do much of our work with hand tools and utilize a walk behind BCS tractor for larger tasks. Interns will have the opportunity to be involved with the sale and distribution of our produce through farmers’ markets and CSA pickup.

We aim for a weekly classroom learning sessions to support the daily learning that happens in the field. Occasionally, this becomes a bi-weekly activity when things are very busy on the farm. We aim to cover all the basic knowledge needed to run a mixed vegetable farm. This includes soil basics, crop planning, food safety, weed identification, greenhouse management, and more. Class topics can be influenced by the Interns’ interests and opportunities to take advantage of local conferences, workshops, and guest speakers will be utilized.

In addition to farming activities, Interns can develop skills in food preservation, fermenting, and cooking. We make products like garlic scape jam for sale and kimchee/sauerkraut for on farm use. Once per week, during the school year, we volunteer at the local school to prepare a fresh lunch for 150 students.

Accommodations in a separate house from farm owners is provided. It includes shower/bath, living room, kitchen, laundry facilities, and individual bedrooms.

Location: Courtenay, BC

 

Farm #34   Full for Spring  May Take Applications Later

Primary products:  eggs and vegetables
This farm accepts couples
This farm offers accommodations and a stipend
Apprenticeship term:  Year round

Our farm is on the most beautiful Vancouver Island. We offer a strong learning environment with the opportunity to work with a team of farm owner/operators, employees, other interns, and international volunteers. Our business has grown over 6 years with pure passion from us as owners. Our goal is to encourage interns in a life-long agricultural journey and to better understand issues facing agriculture today. Accommodation with room and board and a monthly stipend are offered. Eggs and vegetables are our main products, and we self market 80% of what we produce. We look forward to welcoming you to farm with us.

Location:  Cobble Hill