Posted by Justin Girard on November 08, 2022

Spend your summer with the pigs, cows, and chickens at Green Beach Farm & Food on the beautiful prairie near Strathclair MB. A farm job and a great learning experience with an opportunity to be out on the land interacting everyday with nature.


Green Beach Farm & Food is located near Strathclair, Manitoba – Treaty 2 Territory

Green Beach Farm & Food is a fifth generation mixed livestock & grain operation, with 2 houses in the main farmyard; the farm now manages 5 quarters of land. About half of their annual crop acres are certified organic grain production and the other half they grow various feed crops for grazing, winter cattle feed and feed grain. The farm includes: 70 head cow-calf operation, with about half of these calves sold through the auction mart and 10-15 animals per year are grass-finished and direct marketed, direct market of 30-50 pastured pigs annually, 600-700 pastured chickens, and 100-120 laying hens. The farm strives to continue to improve the health of their agroecosystem using regenerative practices in order to increase productivity and profitability. Green Beach Farm values a good work-life balance, enjoying the work, and taking good care of the land and animals.


About the apprenticeship:

Green Beach would like an apprentice to work & learn side-by-side the farm crew on a daily basis, covering almost all farm skills, including but not limited to: Daily feed & water for laying hens, broilers, pigs, horses including daily pasture moves for some; Collecting & washing eggs; Seasonal garden work (planting, weeding, mulching, harvesting, rotating chickens throughout garden); General farm yard maintenance (operating zero-turn mower and trimmer); Participate in management of our cattle (calving, tagging calves, setting up/moving water stations, basic water pump maintenance, basic solar system maintenance, daily moves to new pasture using temporary electric fence, daily health & wellness checks); Assistance during seeding & harvest (duties dependent on experience & comfort level, large equipment operation is not expected); assistance with larger seasonal farm projects (installing/fixing/removing permanent fencing, etc.); Assistance with all aspects of direct market meat & egg sales. They are excited to hear about what the apprentice wants to learn, and are open to tailoring their experience to accommodate those goals.

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.

above: Zack                        Below: Jason and Karen

About the farm mentors:

Zack Koscielny – 25 years old, B.Sc. Agroecology, P.Ag., Soil Health Academy Graduate. Zack works and lives on the farm full time with his partner Kennedy Moffat. When Zack is not farming, he enjoys playing fiddle or mandolin, camping and playing volleyball.

Karen Gamey-Koscielny, Zack’s mom, also lives on the farm but works off the farm part-time as a social worker and in her private counselling practice. On the farm she enjoys riding and training horses which they use with cattle moves.

Jason Koscielny, Zack’s Dad, works part-time off the farm as a paramedic. Jason’s main role on the farm is mechanic and general fixer. His recent ‘hobby’ is collecting and fixing jeeps. Jason also loves camping.

Kennedy is is teaching full-time in Strathclair as the high school science teacher. She enjoys the garden & the baby animals, as well as camping when not on the farm.
Zack’s sister, Emma-Jean, is nursing at the Neepawa Hospital and is actively involved in the farm whenever possible. Emma-Jean has been training two horses and enjoys camping & music in her free time.
Zack will be the main mentor on the farm and the apprentice will also, to a lesser degree, be working with Kennedy, Karen, Jason & Emma Jean depending on what needs to be done as well as apprentice’s interests.

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.

raising Pastured pigs direct marketing meat
raising pastured chickens Tractor skills and maintenance
raising Laying hens Gardening
fencing & rotational grazing (multiple livestock species) seeding / growing / harvesting grain
calving (cows) / farrowing  (pigs) pasture health

Skill required of the apprentice
*A strong desire to learn is a must
*Accepting/following direction
*Independent worker who will take the initiative
*Attention to detail
*Ability to perform manual tasks (i.e., lifting 55lbs feed/seed bags)
*Valid Driver’s license,
*CSA approved safety boots, appropriate farm clothing for work in all conditions (long sleeves & pants, hats or other head gear), good work gloves, reusable water bottles, personal towels & toiletries, personal cell phone with good protective case

Housing, Stipend and Duration
*Primary accommodation available at Zack & Kenny’s house – second floor bedroom, private bathroom, office/workout room (third spare room upstairs may be used occasionally for company)
*Laundry, Internet, family library (at Karen&Jasons), Hot tub, Vehicles (TBD with apprentice), Private lake property (rustic cabin, tenting, canoe), bicycles, pleasure horseback riding (TBD with apprentice), use of 5th wheel camper wherever parked
*Shared meals daily (breakfast, lunch, supper) with either Zack&Kenny or Jason&Karen with food provided by the farm.
*Meal prep, cooking & cleanup will be shared with apprentice. Apprentice will provide their own snack food.
*Apprentice will have access to farm products (beef, pork, eggs, vegetables) for days off/away from the farm if they wish.
*Payment of $12/hr with a 40 hour work week
*Apprentice pays $600/month for room & board and $100/month in mentorship fee,
(Mentorship fee may vary depending on apprentice goals & expectations, as well as grants received)
*6 months Early April – Early October, willing to negotiate to accommodate university students
*The farm only expects a 40 hour work week, although this may not always come in the form of 5, 8 hour days.
*Will need to work some week ends and may have different days off each week. This is flexible with apprentices personal schedule and can be discussed.

About the Community and Land
Green Beach Farm & Food are located 3 miles south of Strathclair, R.M. of Yellowhead. 1 hour from Brandon and 45 minutes from Riding Mountain National Park. Basic amenities (groceries, fuel, etc.) are available in Strathclair. The family also owns a small piece of pasture on Salt Lake, approximately 2 miles from the main yard and there is a public beach and campground at the south end of Salt Lake.

The Gamey & Koscielny families are very involved with the Strathclair Agricultural Society.  The annual Fair is in July, which will provide opportunities for the apprentice to volunteer as well as network in the community with other farmers.

Green Beach acknowledges that their farm is located on Treaty 2 land near Keeseekoowenin First Nation and in the traditional Metis lands.

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 31st, 2023

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