Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on an organic vegetable farm known for the unmatched flavour of its veggies? Are you wanting to learn about growing a variety of root veggies using organic soil stewardship? Cam has been on the land for over 50 years, and is looking forward to working with someone who wants to learn how to feed others and preserve healthy farmland.
About the Farm
Carrots by Cam grows a diversity of root vegetables (though the main focus is on carrots) for retail, delivery services, and restaurants in partnership with Poplar Bluff Organics. Cam grows his veggies with an emphasis on soil health, organic stewardship, and rejuvenating the land. The farm is located by Carseland, Alberta.
About the Apprenticeship
From seeding in early May to Harvesting until Halloween, the apprentice will spend time tending all stages of growing vegetable crops. This will include seeding carrot trials, weeding strawberries, and working with wheeline irrigation in the spring for fertigation. Mid summer, the apprentice will help with mowing for beautification and weed control, and seeding cover crops. Later in the summer, the apprentice will help water and care for the new shelterbelt, prep for tourist visits, and help with the long table dinner held with Open Farm Days. In the fall, harvest, grading, sorting, and packaging vegetables is on the to-do list. Cam will share his knowledge on improving soil health, using practices such as minimal tillage, plant diversity, soil testing, and integrating livestock.
As part of the apprenticeship, you will meet with other apprentices across the Prairies who are part of the Young Agrarians Apprenticeship program. Field days, learning opportunities and potlucks will be planned with this group at each host’s farm.
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 to a learning plan with the host farm.
|Crop planning & rotations||crop storage & preservation|
|irrigation set-up/use||Low-Till & no-till vegetable production|
|COVER CROPPING||seedbed preparation|
|WEED MANAGEMENT||making Compost & compost tea|
|POST HARVEST HANDLING||SOIL FERTILITY / soil testing|
|NUTRIENT DENSE FOOD PRODUCTION||basic equipment operation|
Requirements of the Apprentice
The apprentice is open minded and able to step out of their comfort zone. They have a serious interest in agriculture, and want to learn and take pride in their work.
Housing, Stipend, and Duration
Housing will be on farm in a holiday trailer with the full range of hookups. The apprentice will have access to internet, laundry, and services in Cam’s home. The apprentice will need their own transportation and will be responsible for their own meals. Produce from the farm will be available, and garden space will be provided if the apprentice wants to grow their own garden.
The apprenticeship will be from May 1 until October 31, and a wage will be provided. The apprentice will be working 5 days a week, 8 hours a day.
About the Community
Carrots by Cam is a hop, skip, and a jump to the hamlet of Carseland, and a 20 minute drive to Strathmore, which has all services and amenities, and some fun events to boot! The farm is 8 km away from a beautiful Bow River valley for outdoor adventures. Calgary is less than an hour away.
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. Apply by January 31, 2023.
Interested in an Apprenticeship but this isn’t quite the right one? Check out other Young Agrarians Prairie Apprenticeships being offered in 2023 here.