YA Apprenticeship 2024: Red Deer, AB – Steel Pony Farm

Posted by Kolby Peterson on December 07, 2023 2 Comments

Are you an aspiring farmer wanting to learn about market gardening, feeding hundreds of people, lean farm management, all while being a part of a tight-knit farm team?

Steel Pony Farm is offering a unique apprenticeship rooted in the growth of top-notch veggies but also in the human spirit. Join their team!

About the Farm

Steel Pony Farm is an 8 acre market garden which grows a diversity of vegetables for a CSA program and for wholesale. Mike Kozlowski grows his veggies with an emphasis on soil health and high nutrient density. Production models include full-till, minimal-till, and no-till where appropriate.

In addition to their own produce, Steel Pony purchases and resells a large variety of local products that it includes in its box program. From honey to coffee, beef to yogurt, kefir to jams, they are on a path to creating a whole-food hub in Central Alberta.

tractor bucket with lots of garlic in it
About the Apprenticeship

Steel Pony is a busy and diverse operation which serves the local community high quality food. This apprenticeship will teach skills in CSA market gardening such as crop planning, seed selection, vegetable production, and both direct and wholesale marketing. Mike is passionate about good soil health translating to healthy vegetables, and so you will learn applied soil health principles, soil amendments, and various cropping rotations. In this apprenticeship, you will become familiar (and no doubt well fed!) with numerous vegetable crops well suited for central Alberta climate.

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.

organic farmers kneeling in vegetable field

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.

MARKET GARDENING DIRECT MARKETING & Wholesale Marketing
COMMUNITY SUPPORT AGRICULTURE MODEL Low-Till & no-till vegetable production
COVER CROPPING GARLIC GROWING AND SEED SAVING
WEED MANAGEMENT GREEN HOUSE MANAGEMENT
POST HARVEST HANDLING SOIL FERTILITY / NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT
NUTRIENT DENSE FOOD PRODUCTION LEAN FARMING
Mike Kozlowski, owner of Steel Pony Farm
Photo: Mike Kozlowski, owner of Steel Pony Farm
Housing, Stipend, and Duration

Housing will be off farm and apprentices are responsible for  finding their own housing. Red Deer is just a few minutes away.  A stipend will be paid depending on length of stay and expertise. You will work alongside other staff and employees. This apprenticeship is 6-8 months.

About the Community

Red Deer is a hop, skip, and a jump from Steel Pony Farm and has full services and amenities. It is a bustling city with many unique developments such as the Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project food forest and pollinator gardens.

Check out Steel Pony Farm on their socials @steelponyfarm & the web

More Details about this Apprenticeship and How to Apply 
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. 

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