Posted by Sara Yagelniski on December 03, 2021


Tee Two Farms is located near Kelliher, Saskatchewan – Treaty 4 Territory

The Thompson family has been farming in the Parkland area since the late 1800s. The land has provided a healthy, desirable life and sustained 5 generations and the 6th is now arriving. Paula and Duane live on the farm and have 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren. Their son, Cole and his wife, Michelle, and their baby, Ty farm with Duane and Paula. Their son Adam recently came back to the farm to be a part of the crew. Their daughter Shelagh, is a nurse and lives up the road with her family, and their daughter Holly farms with her partner near Vanscoy. Duane’s parents David and Carole still live on the farm and are enjoying retirement.

The farm is a cattle ranch and a crop and pasture rotation. The family enjoys integrating the cattle on the land to improve soil health. They grow canola, oats, barley, peas and wheat.  The cow herd rotates around the annual crop fields in the fall and winter and the aftermath is an important component of their diet. The farm goals are to run a profitable operation and provide a desirable lifestyle and environment for those that chose to be involved.

About the apprenticeship:

The farm is a very diversified operation and there will be a wide range of jobs including equipment operation (field work and feeding cattle), cattle handling, fencing (mostly electric) being observant and communicating well with the team. Each of these provides a skill and learning opportunity.

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:

Duane will be the main mentor, while the apprentice will get to work with the rest of the crew too. Duane truly enjoys teaching people what works for their farm and to see the results. As a young person, Duane had a couple informal mentors that truly changed his life and continues to see their impact on his operation daily. He appreciates that mentor friendship and is happy to pass on the mentoring care where he can. He enjoys being around young enthusiastic people and says he enjoys learning from them as well

Paula has retired after 30 yrs of nursing and being the main care giver raising the children. Duane came back to his parent’s operation in 1988. Their son, Cole, is very mechanical and looks after much of the repairs and service. Adam is working into the roll of cattle manager.

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.  

Winter feed for cattle maintenance of machinery
FEncing & rotational grazing silage and feed
Annual and perrenial crop rotation soil health
Calving, caring for calves  Cattle nutrition
grain farming (seeding & Harvest) livestock watering systems

Skill required of the apprentice:

Most importantly the apprentice comes with a desire to learn and a positive attitude.
A valid drivers license.
An apprentice having their own vehicle, would be helpful.
Cattle and equipment experience is not required, but would be an asset.

Housing, Stipend and Duration:
*Housing options:
– the family owns 2 fully furnished houses in Kelliher (10km from the ranch) that would be available.
-or a camper trailer in the yard for summer.

*All employees are responsible for their own meals except in busy time when the team works after supper, then the family will provide the evening meal.

*April-Christmas (flexible)

*Wage is to be determined and will be discussed in the interview

*Flexible off time if notified in advance and not during crucial times and most weekends will be off.

About the Community and Land:

The nearest town is Kelliher a small community with a big heart.  The community is known for the community Rodeo and ball tournament. But of course, with Covid that all came to a stop. Birch Lake is nearby and a 9 hole golf course, and within a half hour up to 3 hours is what they think is many of the best camping spots in the province.

Tee Two Land & Cattle is located on Treaty 4 lands. These are the territories of the Nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation.

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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