We are seeking host farm mentors in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba for the 2024 Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program! Join us for an info night to learn all about hosting an apprentice on your farm. Meet our team of apprenticeship coordinators, and hear from seasoned host farm mentors about their experience with the program. We welcome anyone who has hosted apprentices in the past or is considering it for the coming year. Bring your questions! Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 Time: 7:00 PM MST and 8:00 PM CDT Location: Online – link will be emailed to registrants Cost: Free! Not able to … Continue reading OCT 18, 2023: ONLINE – Host Farm Info Night
It’s been another fantastic apprenticeship season! This year, the program partnered with 17 host farms across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba offering 18 aspiring farmers hands-on training and educational experiences. The Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program started in Alberta in 2016, and in Saskatchewan and Manitoba in 2021. To date, we have had 89 apprentices working with 72 host farm mentors, all offer something unique. These apprenticeships create the opportunity to learn about ecological land stewardship practices while developing a network of community and support. Through this program, participants gain an understanding of what it takes to create viable farms that are … Continue reading Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program: 2023 Reflections
Having an apprentice can be a rewarding experience, but it isn’t for everyone. Knowing your goals and your farm systems can tell you if an apprentice or an employee is a better fit for you. The skills needed for you to manage a paid apprenticeship or an employee often overlap, since in both cases there is a labour and learning component. However, the difference is the emphasis. You might not fit 100% into one side of this checklist or the other, but it should help you to reflect on what might be best for you. You might be looking for … Continue reading Is an apprentice or employee a better fit for your farm?
Elk Root Conservation Farm in Vallican, British Columbia is seeking three interns for the 2023 season! ABOUT Elk Root Conservation Farm Elk Root Conservation Farm (ERC) is a ‘beyond’ organic regenerative demonstration farm located adjacent to the ancestral Sinixt village site of n’kʔáwxtən, in Sinixt təmxwúlaʔxw and within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) at the confluence of the Slocan River and Little Slocan Rivers. Our farm offers educational workshops focused on ecological stewardship, wildlife conservation & habitat restoration, honey bee wellness & wild pollinator gardens, sustainability, ‘beyond’ organic regenerative gardening, biodiverse farming practices and local food security. Elk Root Conservation … Continue reading INTERNSHIP: Vallican, British Columbia – Elk Root Conservation Farm
Ravensong Seeds & Herbals in Black Creek, BC is seeking an intern for the 2023 season! ABOUT Ravensong Seeds & Herbals Ravensong Seeds & Herbals is a small farm and home business producing herb seeds for organic growing, nursery plants, and herbal products such as tinctures, salves, and hydrosols. All seeds, as well herbs for our products, are grown on our two acre property with a focus on stewardship practices. After a decade of attending farmers markets, Ravensong now focuses mainly on selling through their online store. This year the farm plans to reopen their small herb plant nursery for … Continue reading INTERNSHIP: Black Creek, BC – Ravensong Seeds & Herbals
Heavenly Roots Farm on Salt Spring Island, BC is seeking an apprentice for the 2022 season! ABOUT Heavenly Roots Farm We are a small-scale fruit, vegetable and seed farm growing organically and using ecological practices on Salt Spring Island, BC. We grow our field crops on a 4 acre site in the Fulford Valley. This is leased land, part of the Burgoyne Valley Community Farm which is owned by the Salt Spring Farmland Trust Society. We live about 10 minutes away. Here, we live, wash & store our produce, propagate plants, and harvest from blueberries, raspberries, tayberries and the fruit … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: Salt Spring Island, BC – Heavenly Roots Farm
Mandalay Farm in Whitehorse, Yukon is seeking an apprentice! ABOUT Mandalay Farm The farm is 20 minutes north of the city of Whitehorse, on the banks of the Yukon River. We have two flocks of Brown free range laying hens for a total if 4000 birds. Our CFIA licensed grading station allows us to sell our eggs commercially into stores, bakeries and other commercial establishments. The summer sees us growing grains and hay. Up to this winter we have cared for 50 horses that spend the summer in hunting camps. We are a farm that believes in reducing the Yukon’s … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: Whitehorse, Yukon – Mandalay Farm
We are excited to share this report on ecological farm internships edited by Charles Z. Levkoe and Michael Ekers. Contributors to the report are farmers, past interns, non-profit organizations, and lawyers. The goal of the report is to “assess the implications and trajectories of the non-monetary exchanges of labour and education, among other things, taking place on ecological farms.” Read the report here: Ecological Farm Internships – Models, Experiences and Justice – Levkoe and Ekers (Interactive) The report takes a broad view of ecological farm internships—accounting for the need for labour on small farms, the educational benefits, as well as the risks and drawbacks … Continue reading Ecological Farm Internships: Modes, Experiences, and Justice
Position: Apprentice Farm Manager, Avalon Organic Blueberry Farm Location: Alberni Valley, Vancouver Island About Avalon Organic Blueberry Farm Avalon Farm is a 22 acre farm, with 1.5 acre certified organic blueberries, 5 acre hay field, large organic gardens; seeking a long term farm manager to allow the owners to ease into retirement. Accommodation is available year round, and the property has several acres of land that could be used for additional farming operations for the successful candidate if desired. It is intended that 2017 provide an apprenticeship and training opportunity, with full farm management undertaken in 2018. Accommodation is available in … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: Port Alberni, BC – Farm Manager Apprentice, Avalon Organic Blueberry Farm
Some apprenticeship alumni on why, and how, the apprenticeship model needs to be tweaked. Audio contained within!