Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain skills and knowledge that match the ecological values you hold? Are you feeling the farming bug, but not quite ready to take the plunge and launch your own business? Peter and Mary Lundgard and their farm manager Lilli Klamke (a fellow-young farmer herself) are excited to provide you with a meaningful apprenticeship experience in your path to becoming a farmer.
About the Farm
Nature’s Way Farm, a 640 acre farm close to the banks of the Peace River in northern Alberta. Covered by aspen, birch, spruce, pine, and willow shelter belts, this farm provides wildlife habitat for moose, deer, beaver, foxes, coyotes, grouse, partridge, and migratory birds. This farm includes a livestock operation with cattle, sheep, pigs, dairy cattle and a farm garden. It also operates a alfalfa seed and leaf cutter bee operation. The farm is certified organic and certified humane.
About the Apprenticeship
Through this one-year (period of 8 months from April 21st until December 21st possible) apprenticeship, you will learn about grass-based farming, planned grazing of cattle, sheep and hogs, pasture calving, lambing and farrowing, animal nutrition and low stress livestock handling. Learn about seasonal grass-based dairy and dairy processing. An Agrarian Apprenticeship would be incomplete without learning about soil building, including mineral balancing soil and making mineral rich compost.
Nature’s Way Farm will also expose you to Holistic Management, a framework used by many farmers to make socially, environmentally and ecologically sound decisions. The family also values traditional nutrition following the teachings of the Weston A. Price Foundation. From time to time, this farm also hosts WOOFers, interns and others coming to learn.
As part of the apprenticeship, you will meet with other apprentices across Alberta who are part of the Young Agrarians Apprenticeship program. Field days, learning opportunities and potlucks will be planned with this group at each hosts farm. You will be provided with a learning fund to support travel or other learning opportunities you wish to pursue. You will also be invited to attend the 2018 Organic Alberta Conference .
Skills this farm has to teach:
The following skills are being offered by this farm. While you’ll get exposure to many of these areas, it is likely that not all will be covered. Apprentices will work to identify the skills they want to develop to a learning plan with the host farm.
|livestock husbandry||managing for soil fertility|
|livestock health||compost making and application|
|low stress livestock handling||direct marketing|
|leaf cutter bee management||Food self-sufficiency & gardening|
|Grazing management||operating farm equipment (tractors)|
|forage seed production||fencing|
|field crop production and harvest (ex: baling silage and hay)||carpentry|
Housing, Stipend and Duration
Apprentices will live in a separate house that is furnished and includes appliances. A monthly stipend will be offered. This is a 1-Year Apprenticeship.
About the Community
The farm is close to the town of Peace River that has full services, shopping, indoor swimming pool, and community theatre. There is a campground just across the river accessible by ferry where locals go horseback riding, 4 wheel biking, hiking, and canoeing on the river. In the winter there is a ski hill and cross country skiing. The farm itself is close to Grimshaw, AB which is 172 km northeast of Grande Prairie (2 hr drive) and 512 km northwest of Edmonton (6 hr drive).
Deadline January 31st, 2017.
Interested in an Apprenticeship but this isn’t quite the right one? Check out other Young Agrarians Alberta Apprenticeships being offered in 2017 here.