Sideroad Farm is looking for farm apprentices for the 2015 season. We are a small, family run veggie and pastured livestock operation located in the Beaver Valley, Ontario. We use organic growing principles and our produce is Certified Naturally Grown. Our products are sold at farmers markets locally and in Toronto as well as through a CSA program.
Apprentices will gain experience in all aspects of market gardening including field preparation, soil management, weed management, pest management, planting, harvesting and post-harvest handling. They will also gain experience in livestock husbandry including raising pastured heritage pigs, chickens, layers and beekeeping. Some opportunity to attend farmers markets will be made available to the appropriate and willing apprentices.
We are looking for apprentices to commit to 5.5 days of work/week with Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday as rest days. Workdays will often extend beyond eight hours and may start early in the morning. Our ideal apprentices will be able to commit to a four-month term, starting in May and ending at the end of August. Opportunity to extend into September may be possible. In return, room and board (some meals and/or the ingredients to prepare your own meals) will be provided as well as a monthly stipend of $400. You will be provided with on-the-job training/learning opportunities as well as access to our farm library.
Our ideal apprentices are folks who possess a strong work ethic and are capable of physical work for long hours outside, often performing repetitive tasks. A keen interest in organic/natural farming is a must although prior experience on a farm is not necessary. We are a relatively new farm operation and therefore have many projects on the go. Apprentices who have a knack for building or other handy skills are welcomed! Couples are also welcomed, assuming both parties are interested in an apprentice position.
Please check out the photos on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sideroadnaturalfarm as well as our website for more information about our farm and what we do.
To apply for an apprenticeship, please send your resume outlining relevant skills and experience as well as a cover letter describing your interest in farming and an apprenticeship at Sideroad Farm to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are being accepted now (January 21, 2015) until the positions have been filled.
If you have questions or want to chat about the opportunity, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Cheers and thanks for your interest!
Amy and Patrick Kitchen