Stein Mountain Farm in Lytton, BC is seeking an apprentice for the 2020 season!
About Stein Mountain Farm
We are located in the Fraser Canyon in a beautiful , natural, off grid setting. We have been farming organically since 1985. We are a family farm working together to grow quality produce for the Vancouver markets. We grow many varieties of heirloom tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onions, eggplants, cucumbers, carrots, beets, squash, basil, melons. We have 60 varieties of heirloom apples. We grow cherries, plums, pears, apricots. We use a tractor and tiller for cultivation and bed making, and rely on hand weeding, hoeing, wheel hoe for weed control. We have 6 high tunnels in production and 8 acres of ground crops. In recent years we have begun to use landscape cloth and some plastic mulch to help with weed control and heat for crops that need it. We sell at 4 Vancouver markets per week.
We are certified organic with NOOA. We use cover crops, organic fertilizer, rock dust, worm castings for soil enhancement. We use mostly open pollinated, organic seed.
We are looking for apprentices who want to learn about organic farming, and are willing to put their heart into the seasons crops. We all feel proud of the produce we take to market and hope that apprentices will share in this sense of accomplishment.
Apprentices will take part in planting, transplanting, bed making, trellising tomatoes and cucumbers, weeding, irrigation, harvesting, and cleaning produce for market.
Instruction & Education
We work alongside of apprentices, as well as giving opportunity for independent work. Instructions are given and demonstrated as we work together. Extra time can be spent after hours for those who want to learn bookkeeping. Market experience is included occasionally.
We have a great library for apprentices to use. There are many educational Organic farming books.
There are 5 experienced farmers that will be willing to share their skills and knowledge.
Duration: Start date is mid April to early May and goes until the end of October.
Hours: 8 hours per day approximately, 6 days per week.
Stipend: Apprentices receive $200.00 per week.
Room & Board
Apprentices are given their own cabin for the season with minimal power for lights and charging. WiFi is available. We have an outdoor shower, outhouse and washing machine. There is a great pond for swimming. Food is provided for all meals. We eat a wonderful vegetarian lunch together and apprentices are responsible for making there own Breakfast and Super in there own cabins. Cooking facilities are available in each cabin. We have children that join us in the day’s activities.
Please send us a resume, cover letter and references to Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Experience is not needed but enthusiasm is!
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