INTERNSHIPS: Providence Farm, Cowichan Valley, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on March 12, 2015

Providence Farm is seeking four awesome interns to complete the Farm team for the 2015 season!

This is a great opportunity to learn new skills and work with some great people. If you have a keen interest in experiencing a full season immersed in the hard work of organic farming and are committed to working respectfully in an environment with a diversity of people with varying abilities we might be the right farm for you.

Providence Farm is located just 5 minutes East of Duncan, nestled between Quamichan Lake to the North West, Mount Tzouhalem Ecological Reserve and the Salish Sea to the East.

We are looking at a blockbuster season for 2015. We are increasing the market garden by 50% & quadrupling the size of our cutting edge CSA, we are also building our animal husbandry program by adding Dexter cattle to graze and fertilize the fields and raising broiler chickens.

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Interns at Providence Farm are trained by our Farm Manager. Abe has been managing farm operations for 5 seasons, having trained 18 interns and during that time. So our program not only gives the standard opportunity to really push your body to the limits gaining the muscle memory necessary to become a successful field worker, but more importantly you get to work with an experienced educator teaching you the tips and tricks to help you become a successful farmer. In addition to a work-education trade you will get a stipend, housing, communal lunches on weekdays and access to all the veggies and grains we grow. Working approximately 40 hours a week you will get ample time to appreciate a day of satisfying hard work, and still have lots of time to rest and relax and enjoy all that the Cowichan Valley and Vancouver Island have to offer.

Beyond a commitment to growing organic and sustainably produced food, Providence Farm is a non-profit therapeutic community that provides therapeutic programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health challenges and age-related illnesses.

All agricultural field work on the Farm is no longer part of therapeutic programming, instead is a social enterprise reinvesting into the Farm’s core programming.

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Of course you are coming here to farm, but Providence Farm will be a wonderful place to call home during your months here, no matter where you look you will see big smiles, hearty waves and a wonderful sense of community.

Head over to our website and download our internship package (job description, details and testimonials) to get the full picture of what interning at Providence Farm is like. If you like what you’ve heard here, read in the package and seen on our website then fill in the application form and send us your resume. We look forward to receiving your application, meeting you and if we’re a good fit – working with you on what is looking like an amazing summer of farming.

 To connect directly with Farmer Abe:
 EMAIL: or PHONE: 250.597.1421Providence Farm Market