Heavenly Roots Farm on Salt Spring Island, BC is seeking apprentices for the 2021 season!
About Heavenly Roots Farm
Heavenly Roots Farm is a market garden supplying fresh fruits and vegetables to a CSA program, two weekly markets and via wholesale to small retail stores on Salt Spring Island, BC. We are members of the BC EcoSeed Co-operative, a collaborative of farmers and seed growers. Together, we grow and market seeds through an online catalogue to farmers and gardeners in our region.
We lease land at two sites: At the Burgoyne Valley Community Farm we grow the majority of our annual vegetable crops. We have a small apple orchard and produce raspberries, blueberries, tayberries and blackberries at Haywire Farm on Dukes rd.
Our goal is to participate in a local food system that values community, ecology and health. With this in mind, we grow without the use of pesticides or herbicides, use a no till/low till production system and seek to increase access to locally grown, regionally adapted seeds. We enrich our soils with organically certified amendments, compost, manure, mulches and yearly cover-cropping.
We need apprentices who love plants and are obsessed with food and farming!
- Our ideal apprentice is hard working, diligent, and can execute tasks in detailed manner at a fast pace.
- Must be able to take direction from verbal instructions, and is comfortable asking questions and clarifying tasks.
- Having some experience with physical labour and using garden tools is a huge asset.
- Be willing and able to lift ~50lbs safely and repeatedly
- Calm under pressure
- Enjoys cooking and eating
Apprentices will assist us with all of the daily activities of our farm business. Tasks include:
Seeding, seedling care, managing micro-greens, bed preparation, applying compost, transplanting crops, cultivating and weeding, operating the seeder and transplanter, irrigating crops, installing trellis & row cover, moving tarps, pruning and trellising crops, harvesting, picking fruit, wash & pack, setting up the farmer’s market, attending CSA pick-ups, maintaining clean spaces, and interacting with customers.
Apprentices may also take on extra tasks according to their skills and interest.
Apprentices will be instructed in a hands-on manner with supervision from one of the farmers until their proficiency allows them to work independently.
We will complete a few sessions sitting down around the table to discuss planning details like crop rotation, determining seeding dates, seed ordering, and business topics related to the apprentice’s interest.
We invite apprentices to come prepared with their own learning outcomes for the season, and we will help them to fulfill their goals with mentorship, instruction, and hands-on opportunities.
Additional Learning Resources
Apprentices have full access to our small library of farming books, ebooks, and an online farming course.
Our community is brimming with experienced growers who have similar or different focuses to ourselves. We can provide connections to our community and love to share tours and social meetings with other farmers and apprentices in our community. Seeing other farms is a great way to imbibe a diversity of approaches to farming and gardening.
Room and Board
A room in our family home is provided and apprentices will share kitchen and washroom space with the farmers and their two roommates. This is a communal living situation where the upkeep of the house is shared. All household members are expected to clean up after themselves, participate in regular chores, and be respectful in communal spaces.
Apprentices are provided with fruits and vegetables from the farm and regular kitchen staples (ie. milk, bread, rice, eggs, pasta, beans etc.) Shared meals and cooking for one another is encouraged though not necessary, and the farm team will rotate cooking duties for lunch during the work days. We have had a communal potluck dinner every Wednesday and invite our apprentices to participate in this fun tradition.
We can accommodate vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free lifestyles and are happy to be considerate of food allergies in our shared meals. We are however a household of gluten, dairy and meat eating people, so applicants should be aware these items will be in use in the kitchen.
We have two dogs that will want to be your new best friends. Hopefully you like dogs.
Term: Start: May 1st, 2021, End: October 31st, 2021
Hours per Week: 35-40 hrs / week, Monday-Friday
Stipend: Stipend is $600/month, with $50/week gas stipend if you drive your own car to work. We supply a bonus at the successful completion of the apprenticeship, commensurate with the season’s sales.
How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org detailing your interest in pursuing an apprenticeship and a current resume. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have while applying. We’d love to talk!
Apprentices will need to complete a video chat interview. We are not doing interviews in person at this time.
Deadline to apply: March 30th, 2021
When applying, please indicate that you saw this posting at Youngagrarians.org.
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