YA Apprenticeship 2024: Lady’s Hat Farm – Castor, AB

Posted by Kolby Peterson on December 07, 2023 1 Comment

Spend your summer helping out under the endless skies of Central Alberta in fields of flowers. Lady’s Hat Farm is looking for an apprentice this upcoming spring and summer. Lady’s Hat Farm works closely with two other farms under the umbrella of The Prairie Farm Project – an informal co-operative of farms in the area that hosts dinners, plans workbees, and markets collaboratively.

About the Farm & Apprenticeship

Lady’s Hat Farm produces seasonal and ecological cut flowers and is also home to a floral studio where Nikki designs arrangements for weddings, weekly bouquet subscriptions, and dries thousands of stems for wreaths in the fall and winter. Fresh flowers are sold for bouquet subscriptions and weddings from late-May to mid-September. Farm-dried floral creations (such as wreaths) are offered in the fall and winter, and ready-to-grow seedlings are offered in the spring to help launch others’ flower dreams.

At Lady’s Hat Farm, the apprentice will learn the process of starting seeds and caring for seedlings in a greenhouse setting, transplanting, harvesting and arranging flowers, as well as some livestock husbandry.

As part of the apprenticeship, you will meet with other apprentices across Alberta 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.

Learn more about Lady’s Hat Farm at https://www.ladyshatfarm.com/ and on instagram.

About the Farmer

Nikki is the farmer, florist, and owner behind Lady’s Hat Farm. She found her way back to her parent’s farm in 2017, after studying and working in journalism. Over the years, she’s fallen deeply in love with everything floral and everything fuzzy – and in finding a way to love these things in a way that also regenerates the land, builds community and encourages other young women to pursue a career in farming.

Nikki Wiart is a third generation farmer in her seventh season.

Skills this farm has to teach

The following skills will be offered by Lady’s Hat Farm:

Greenhouse managementflower farming
starting + transplanting flowers + vegetablesfloral arranging
succession plantingHARVESTING & PROCESSING

Requirements of the Apprentice 

The apprentice must have their own car.

Housing & Stipend

Stay tuned!

About the Community

Lady’s Hat farm is located between open prairies and sage-filled badlands and wild blue skies, near Castor, Alberta. Castor is the nearest town and has all of the amenities – grocery stores, gas stations, outdoor pool, gym, etc. A farming community, Castor is incredibly welcoming to new faces, and is supportive of the Prairie Farm Project – especially the farm-to-table dinners!

The Prairie Farm Project crew – from left to right: Brett, Jenna, Nikki, Dana, and Ian

More Details about this Apprenticeship and How to Apply 

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – deadline is January 31, 2024

Interested in an Apprenticeship but this isn’t quite the right one? Check out other Young Agrarians Prairie Apprenticeships being offered in 2023 here. 

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