WoodGrain Farm has a unique internship opportunity in farmsteading and market gardening skills to offer an individual or couple with a strong interest in growing food, homesteading and rural living. We are a traditional small-scale mixed farm, focused as much on self –sufficiency as we are on growing food for market, in a beautiful and wild part of the northern Coast Mountains. In exchange for your help, you would be immersed in every aspect of farm life throughout the season (aside from occasional wwoofers, you would be our only help on the farm), and live as we do: eating fresh farm food that follows the season, living in our spacious and quiet self-contained guest cabin perched on a knoll overlooking the gardens and farm, and flowing along with rhythm of farming season – intensive at times, but balanced out with time to play in the wilderness or sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labour.
We eat what we grow: organic vegetables from the acre of market gardens and greenhouse; bread and baked goods from the heirloom grains we grow and mill; milk and cheese from the Jersey cow; eggs from the henhouse; salmon from the river; and occasionally meat from sheep and cows that keep the farm fertile.
We sell certified organic vegetables, flour and lamb at two Farmers’ Markets, however the focus is on finding a measure of self-sufficiency in food, energy needs, and building materials here on the farm. We’re 25km from town, near the end of a dirt road. The Kispiox Valley is home to a vibrant, eclectic community of old-time ranchers, back-to-the-landers, First Nations, and all around interesting folk.
Jonathan previously had a popular organic bakery on Vancouver Island and helped set-up a small social-enterprise bakery in town, and has done extended stints wwoofing and cross country cycling . Jolene is a biologist currently wrapping up a Masters in organic pest management, and has done extensive field work throughout BC, Alberta, and the Yukon. She is also an organic farm inspector and has a passion for foraging wild mushrooms.
There’s lots of pictures of the farm through the seasons at www.woodgrain.ca/journal. If this strikes a chord , email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any past rural experience and what you would hope to gain from a season on the farm.