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#foodandlabour 2/3: Squaring the Circle? Education, Work & Farm Internships

Posted by Moss Dance on June 17, 2016

Credit: Alyse Blair

By Michael Ekers and Charles Levkoe Originally published in the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario’s March-April 2016 newsletter, Volume 37, Issue 2. Are agricultural internships and volunteer positions strictly about addressing farms’ labour needs or are they a new model of farmer education and social movement building that is taking place beyond the confines of urban centres and post-secondary institutions? On the one hand, there is no doubt that forms of non-traditional labour are about work. There are many cases in which interns are working upwards of 60 hours a week on farms performing the labour that would normally be associated … Continue reading #foodandlabour 2/3: Squaring the Circle? Education, Work & Farm Internships

#foodandlabour 1/3: Ecological Farming with Interns and Volunteers in Ontario

Posted by Moss Dance on May 17, 2016

Farming through Interns and Volunteers

By Michael Ekers and Charles Levkoe Originally published by Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario in Ecological Farming in Ontario, Volume 36, Issue 5. There are increasing numbers of interns, apprentices and volunteers working on small- and medium sized ecological farms across Ontario, but also across North America and Europe.  More and more, farmers are looking to young people seeking farm experiences as a way to train the next generation of farmers and meet the labour demands of their operations.  As readers will surely know, interns often exchange their labour for room and board, a stipend and importantly, training in organic, … Continue reading #foodandlabour 1/3: Ecological Farming with Interns and Volunteers in Ontario