Fertile Ground is a small, organic vegetable farm operating on a beautiful 100 acre property near Waterloo, ON. Our mixed production includes 10 acres of garden (with 4 in vegetable production annually), pastured laying hens & ducks, 40 acres hay, and honeybees. We partner with a mixed livestock producer who provides pastured meats to our customers as well. We grow a wide variety of vegetables for our 250 member CSA, as well as a few local cafes and retail customers. We are committed to community-building and drawing people into the story of their food. We have an active volunteer base, wonderfully supportive CSA members, and are always looking for ways to create opportunities for community interaction and involvement.
An Internship is a Work-for-Learning Exchange
No prior experience required, but must have a keen interest in experiencing a full season immersed in the hard work of organic farming. Physical strength and stamina are important, as is commitment to a full season of working and learning. Expect the work to be physically and mentally demanding, with long hours outdoors in all weather. We will provide a quality educational experience (detailed below) which draws on the experience of our Lead Farmer and staff. In addition, a full-time novice intern will receive room and board as well as a stipend of $400/mth + room/board. Senior interns with prior farming experience are eligible for a higher stipend ($650+/mth) and may choose a special area of focus for the season. Positions run May 1-Nov 1 (or potentially May 1- Sept 1)
We are committed to developing an educational focus and level of responsibility that matches with experience level & interests. As members of CRAFT Southwest Ontario, our interns have the opportunity to participate in monthy educational field trips with other farm interns. We also facilitate 3-4 additional field trips/season and offer regular on-farm workshops on a variety of topics such as crop planning, crop rotations, farm finances, seed saving, cover cropping and botany.
Interns are involved in learning and taking responsibility for tasks in the following areas:
- Greenhouse management & seedling production
- Seeding and transplanting
- Weed management & pest control
- Harvesting & postharvest handling
- Soil building practices & fertility management
- Pastured poultry care (with possibility for additional livestock experience working with our mixed livestock partner - pigs, cattle
- Infrastructure building & maintenance
- Volunteer supervision & mentoring
- CSA distribution
- Training on our 2 FarmAll tractors (as deemed appropriate)
Housing can be provided on farm: private sleeping/lounge area with shared kitchen/bathroom. For those who prefer to live off farm, a rent contribution of $400 may be available in addition to the monthly stipend amount. The farm is a 15-20 minute drive from KW. Must provide own transportation. (Also accessible by bike for the very keen.)
Please send a letter of interest and resume (including timeframes for relevant experience) to Angie Koch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviews generally take place January-February but may be ongoing until positions are filled.