Position: Organic Farming Internships in Ontario
Type: Full-time seasonal – for more details see the farm descriptions below
Organization: CRAFT SW Ontario (www.craftontario.ca)
Location: Southwestern Ontario
If you’re ready for a full, hands-on experience that will immerse you in ecological farming then you’ve come to the right place. CRAFT Ontario is your gateway to a farming internship experience that will change your life. Whether your dream is to have your own organic farm one day or just want to learn some food-growing and hands-on skills that can be applied in other careers and lifestyles, a farming internship is a powerful experience that will equip you with the tools and insights to make a real difference in the world.
Each CRAFT farm operates independently and offers its own internship with individualized agreements around such things as living and eating arrangements, stipends, work hours, and training methods. For more details see the farm descriptions below contact individual farms directly to apply or ask further questions.
Cedar Down Farm
Cedar Down Farm offers a positive and challenging internship position for an individual who is keen to learn how to market garden through hands-on experience. 165 summer and 100 winter CSA shares. We provide an intensive work-to-learn experience that will get you familiar with all aspects of running an organic vegetable farm, from planning to field work to customer service.
Everdale (Two internship locations: Hillsburgh (rural) and Toronto (urban))
Everdale is CRAFT’s only tuition-based internship. We follow an intensive training curriculum that includes project work, field trips, and seminars as well as experiential learning on our diverse farm. The Rural and Urban SFC programs both include seminars, field trips and project work, as well as on-farm training days.
Fertile Ground CSA
5 acres certified organic vegetables near Waterloo. 100+ member CSA & farmers’ market with a focus on community-building and participation. Small flock of laying hens and beehives.
Fiddle Foot Farm
5 acre CSA & market garden, organic and biodynamic principles & practices, mixed livestock, season extension. Scenic Niagara Escarpment location, north of Orangeville.
Ignatius Farm CSA
250 member vegetable CSA, structured education program including bi-weekly field trips, workshops and hands-on farm training; team-oriented farming. 1 km from Guelph.12 years of internship experience.
The Living Centre
We use the practices of ecology, forest gardening and Permaculture. Offers positions to two experienced organic gardeners for a period of 5 to 6 months from May to early October.
The Living Centre Forest Garden interns are given leadership responsibility. Focusing Forest garden projects, maintaining and managing garden activities and playing a supportive role in the education of others during our Forest Gardening trainings. Our internship program includes attending all Forest Gardening training intensives.
40 acre farm operating a 120 member CSA, going to 2 Farmers Market and offering an expanded education program that includes vegetable production, animal husbandry, food preservation, tours of local farms and one day per week to work on your chosen intern farm focus.
Mapleton’s Organic Dairy
400 acre certified organic dairy farm located 25 min NW of Elora. We milk 75 cows, raise laying hens, broilers, pigs, sheep, goats and turkeys. We have an on-farm processing facility where we make ice cream and yogurt. Our farm is open to the public and we run a number of events and tours.
Marvellous Edibles Farm
We are looking for 3 interns who share our philosophy of accessible and affordable food and who will be involved in every aspect of our farming operation, from seed starting, planting out, irrigation, weeding, harvesting, post harvest care marketing and preserving the excess harvest. For those who are interested we are happy to mentor the business side of farming, and what it takes to own and run a small farm without having to work out of the farm.
Meeting Place Organic Farm (Positions filled for 2014)
100 acre farm near Lucknow; Horse powered mixed livestock operation, small apple orchard, retails freezer meats by seasonal home delivery; Certified organic. 2014 positions filled.
Orchard Hill Farm (Positions filled for 2014)
Horse-powered CSA for 200 members with on farm pick-ups only. We are happy to share the
lessons of our 30 years of farming and to teach the many skills (from crop planning on paper, through field and garden work, to harvest and marketing) that young farmers require to get started on their own.
Persephone Market Garden
50+ member CSA. We practice intensive crop rotation, relay cropping and intercropping and our fertility management is based on integration with livestock (sheep, horses and laying hens), as well as cover crops.
Plan B Organic Farms
50 acres of Certified Organic mixed veggies, 5 greenhouses for season extension. We also harvest from a 4 acre organic vineyard, for our 500 + member CSA and 3 weekly farmers’ markets. Located in rural part of Hamilton.
Reroot Organic Farm
Certified organic 100 share vegetable CSA and farmers’ markets, pastured pork and poultry, grass-fed beef, free-range laying hens and small apiary.
Saugeen River CSA
Saugeen River CSA: 80 acre Biodynamic farm. Six acre garden powered mostly by draft horses, for CSA and Market. Small herd of Highland cattle, pigs, chickens, ducks and a good time for all!
Shared Harvest Community Farm and Education Centre
7 acres mixed veggies, 32 week 80 member CSA, Dufferin Grove Farmers Market, certified kitchen, canning, fermenting food, chickens, community education centre, stilt walkers, greenhouse and not-for-profit org. focusing on community building.
Whole Circle Farm
Biodynamic, 9 acres mixed veggies and year-round greens for a 46 week CSA & year-round markets, flour, maple syrup, cows, pigs, chickens and a highly respected education program.
What is CRAFT Ontario?
CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) is a collaboration of organic and biodynamic farms whose aim is to provide opportunities for interns to learn more about sustainable small-scale agricultural production. The CRAFT program offers on-farm training to the interns of all regional CRAFT farms. Monthly CRAFT field days include a potluck lunch, a group activity, a workshop, and a field tour.
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