It’s that time again—after an incredible visit to Wysmykal Farm in May, the Farm Apprentices and Workers Network is heading North to New Brunswick!
Friendly soil-diggers! Friends of soil-diggers! Are you working on a farm this summer as an apprentice or fieldworker? FAWN creates bonds of fellowship and support for aspiring farmers, farm apprentices, and farm workers, as well as a platform for exchanging knowledge and opportunities. We do this through the magic of work-parties and really good cake. It was started out of the recognition that, while the Maritimes have an incredible network of support for beginning and veteran farmers, it’s more difficult for those of us who aren’t yet farming to get access to the same network—hence, a dedicated platform. How does … Continue reading Maritime Agrarians: Join The Farm Apprentices and Workers Network!
Calling all Maritime farm apprentices, farm workers and farming enthusiasts! Do you have a specific farm-related skill or area of knowledge you want to share with the world? Of course you do. Here is your chance to do so! This year’s Tatamagouche Free School will feature – along with amazing local food, wonderful people, music and much more – a series of farming-focused workshops taught by YOU! FAWN is collaborating with the folks at Radical Imagination to organize these workshops but we need your ideas and knowledge to make it happen. If you want to teach a farming-focused workshop at … Continue reading August 27-31: Farm Knowledge-Sharing at the Tatamagouche Free School!
The Farm Apprentices and Workers Network is pleased to announce its third apprentice/worker mixer/potluck/wonderment on 25 July (Saturday), at the Open Sky Co-Operative in Sackville, NB! Where: Open Sky Co-Op, Sackville, NB (Map) When: Saturday July 25, from 11:00 – 16:00ish (Facebook event) What: A tour, a help-out, and a potluck lunch! What to bring: Work clothes (for working), delish food (for potlucking), and perhaps a bathing suit (for canoe-paddling!). Fabulous farmer Norm Hunter, program coordinator for the Open Sky Co-Operative, will take us around the farm’s systems and delve into the Co-Op’s relationship with social entreprise, mental health work, … Continue reading JULY 25: FAWN Meetup – Open Sky Co-Op, Sackville, NB
The Farm Apprentices and Worker’s Network (FAWN) invites all interested and interesting parties to its second monthly meetup on June 21 at Abundant Acres Farm! What: Hoophouse Hoedown, Potluck, and Farm Tour (Facebook event!) When: June 21, 2015 (Sunday), 11:00-15:00 Where: Abundant Acres Farm, 182 Red Bank Road, Centre Burlington, Nova Scotia (Map) What you should bring: Food (for the potluck), work clothes (for the workshop), some strong arms (for high-fiving), and some good old-fashioned farmin’ enthusiasm! Come together with farming apprentices, workers, and enthusiasts for a grand day of socializing and good work! Master farmers David and Jen Greenberg, … Continue reading Nova Scotia June 21: FAWN Apprentice Meetup – Abundant Acres Farm
The Farm Apprentices and Workers Network is delighted and super-duper pleased to announce its first gathering on May 17, at Four Seasons Farm in Maitland, NS! What: Hügelbed Hootenany, Potluck and Farm Tour (Facebook event) When: May 17, 2015 (Sunday), 11:00-15:00 Where: Four Seasons Farm, 8244 Hwy 215, Maitland, Nova Scotia (Map) What you should bring: Food (for the potluck), work clothes (for the workshop), and a hankering for some fun Join apprentices and farm workers from across the Maritimes for a fantastic day filled with food and glory as formidable farming duo Owen Roberts and Sina Wagner from Four Seasons Farm take … Continue reading May 17 – Apprentice Meetup! Four Seasons Farm, Maitland, NS
Are you working on or managing a farm in the Maritime region of Canada this coming season? Do you want to help form a network of engaged, fantastic apprentices and their farmers who meet up to discover new techniques and swap black bean brownie recipes? Hoo, boy. Have we got a plan for you! Here’s the rationale: apprenticeships are lovely, intense periods in every up-and-coming farmer’s education. You get an immense amount of knowledge from farmers, you work hard, you see the same four to six people every day for seven months, and you learn to love it. For those … Continue reading Apprentices of the Maritimes, Unite!
Reflections on the seasonal and transient life of farm apprentices and interns by Bernard Soubry. We had snow the other day in Maitland. I spent a few frantic hours hauling celeriac out of the cold mud and praying that the clouds would break–long enough for us to plant the rest of the garlic in the back field, at least. But after that storm, everything had changed. The farm I’d come to earlier in the season is totally covered now; you can’t work outside without four layers on; the chickens chirp at us angrily in the morning when their water freezes. … Continue reading Where Do Farm Apprentices Go In The Winter? | Notes from Nova Scotia