YA APPRENTICESHIP 2022: CARTWRIGHT, MB – BOUNDY FARMS LTD.

Posted by Sara Yagelniski on November 25, 2021

Do you love working with animals and have you always wanted to work on a farm with livestock? Baby cows? Baby lambs? Baby chicks? Nick and Angela  from Boundy Farm welcome you to come get the feel for working with multiple species of livestock on their family farm. A good mix of open prairie and bush, this is a great place to spend your summer and learn all about raising animals in a way that can benefit the land!

ABOUT BOUNDY FARM

Boundy Farm is located near Cartwright, Manitoba – Treaty 1 Territory

The goal on the farm is to increase and promote life and not to control or restrain nature.
Nick and Angela recently relocated from another farm to the farm they are on now, they are having fun building infrastructure, fencing and installing water systems. The land is a mix of native pasture, poplar woodland, and crop land that they look forward to putting in more and more effort to regenerate.  The farm is also home to 180 beef cows, 170 sheep, 400 meat chickens seasonally and 30 laying hens.
They market some freezer beef, eggs and meat chickens direct to consumer, And the grain, like most grain operations, they market in bulk.
They have a great goal of adding to and building an ecosystem that truly maintains itself without external inputs. Another goal is to provide more customers with nutritious food. They enjoy working with livestock and find the work rhythm really flows with the seasons, having some rest time in the winter.

About the apprenticeship:

The farm has a lot of diversity so the learning will be diverse and great! In March, there are around 120 cows who calve. 170 ewes have baby lambs in late May and early June. The apprentice will be right there in the thick of it while the cows and sheep are having babies. The apprentice will also get a change to brood and raise chickens from start to finish, caring for the birds would be the apprentices main responsibility after lambing and would entail daily moves of the chicken tractors and feeding watering etc. Grazing moves of all livestock will also be part of the job. The farm also has grain land where they grow many different crops including intercrops and cover crops. The apprentice will get to learn the what’s and why’s of what the farm grows and the theories their practices.

As part of the apprenticeship, you will meet with other apprentices across Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta who are part of the Young Agrarians Apprenticeship program. Field days, learning opportunities and potlucks will be planned with the Manitoba group at each hosts farm.  You will also be invited to attend a regenerative or organic food conference during or following the apprenticeship.


About the farm mentors:

The Boundy family is Nick, Angela, and their kids, Jayse and Macey.
Nick and Angela will be the two mentors. Nick will be the main mentor, his role is business management and vision setting, crop planner, grunt, and equipment operator. Angela has her own cow herd that she manages, she is the book keeper, she organizes and takes sale orders for produce.

Skills this farm has to teach:

The following skills are being offered by this farm. While you’ll get exposure to many of these areas, it is likely that not all will be covered. Apprentices will work to identify the skills they want to develop through a learning plan with the host farm.  

GRAIN FARMING & cover crops GARDENING
FEncing & rotational grazing brooding and raising chickens
raising sheep & lambing pasture raised chickens
Raising cattle & Calving livestock nutrition
multi-species grazing livestock watering systems


Skill required of the apprentice:

*Work clothes and appropriate footwear.

Housing, Stipend and Duration:

*The farm house has a basement available with it’s own bathroom/shower.
*Rented housing in cartwright would also be available ( 6 mile drive from home yard)

*Internet and  laundry would be available at their house.
*There is a library in cartwright.
*If the apprentice decides to live in town they would require their own vehicle to travel to work.
*Shared meals would be available.
*Wages / Stipend to be determined
*Mid March to Nov 1 – flexible start and end dates.
*Apprentices would be expected to work 6 days a week.
*Time off would hopefully be limited to a max of 1 week long periods


About the Community and Land:

The farm is 6 miles from Cartwright. There is a grocery store, restaurant, bakery, ag and auto repair shop, gas bar, drug store, post office, ranch supply store, daycare, school in town. The community is mostly farmers and rural folk. The neighbours look out for each other and its a good spot to be.

Young Agrarians recognizes the unresolved Indigenous land title and rights in the diverse territories in what is today called Canada. As we live and work in the context of and in response to a colonial system of laws and policies, it is important to acknowledge the historical and ongoing impact of agriculture and land enclosure on Indigenous lands and food systems. In this context, we acknowledge our collective responsibility to position Indigenous Peoples and their experiences with coloniality, in a narrative of reconciliation that places ecology, land stewardship, and Indigenous land title and rights at the forefront – if we are to sustain the Earth’s ecosystems in today’s rapidly changing climate.

Our deepest hope is that the future of our food systems is diverse, interconnected, and resilient, embraces people of all walks of life and sustains the water, plants, and creatures in ways that benefit and work alongside Indigenous Peoples and narratives and ways of knowing and caring for the land.

This farm, like many others, is surrounded by agricultural cultivated land, uncultivated land, Indigenous people and voices from non-settler walks of life. We encourage everyone to build relationship with the land and community that surrounds the place where you will be learning.

More Details about this Apprenticeship and How to Apply 

Deadline to apply > January 31, 2022

Contact Sara (program coordinator) for questions: manitoba@youngagrarians.org

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