By Charles Z Levkoe and Michael Ekers Originally published in the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario’s May-June 2016 newsletter, Volume 37, Issue 3. This article is the third in a series that describes the increasing numbers of non-waged interns working on ecological farms across Ontario. As farmers welcome those seeking seasonal farm experiences as a way to share knowledge and skills and to meet labour demands, our research has been exploring the broader implications of these trends. In this article, we look at who exactly is being trained to farm through ecological farm internships and the potential impact on the future … Continue reading #foodandlabour 3/3: Food Justice and The Face of Ecological Farm Interns in Ontario
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!
Looking For Farm Apprentices This Summer? Look No Further! Who We Are: An enthusiastic group of 5 future farmers, looking to develop the necessary skills to start our own farm. We are a cohesive, well educated, hardworking, friendly, dynamic group that lives and works well together. Collectively, we have more than 7 years of farm experience, 5 BAs, 2 MAs, 5 years of communal living and a wealth of relevant skills, from lacto-fermentation to carpentry to CSA management to raising chickens. Although all of us have worked on farms in the past, we’d like to transition … Continue reading Apprentices Seeking Farm