Photo: 2017 Steel Pony Apprentice, MacKenzie, and 2018 Steel Pony Apprentice, Julie
Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on a vegetable farm? Are you wanting to learn about market gardening and lean farm management? Steel Pony Farm is offering a unique apprenticeship, join their team!
About the Farm
Steel Pony Farm is a 7 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. Steel Pony is located on the Tamara Ranch just south of Red Deer which also supports two other farm businesses, Prairie Gold Pastured Meats, which raises grass-finished beef, pastured pork, and eggs, and Field to Fork, which raises pasture poultry. Tamara Ranch is a unique hub of new and young farmers, supported by the owners Tom and Margaret Towers.
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 Alberta who are part of the Young Agrarians Apprenticeship program. Field days, learning opportunities and potlucks will be planned with this group at each hosts farm. You will be provided with a learning fund to support travel or other learning opportunities you wish to pursue. You will also be invited to attend the 2018 Organic Alberta Conference
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|
|COMMUNITY SUPPORT AGRICULTURE MODEL||WHOLESALE MARKETING|
|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|
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. It is a bustling city with many unique developments such as the Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project food forest and pollinator gardens.
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. Apply by February 28, 2019.
Interested in an Apprenticeship but this isn’t quite the right one? Check out other Young Agrarians Alberta Apprenticeships being offered in 2019 here.