Learn to farm with experienced farmers in Kawartha, Northumberland and surrounding area through the
Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT)
“I learned more as a farm intern in my first month than I ever imagined I could…the best kind of ‘farm school’…I discovered everything from planning a farm business to birthing goats to soil testing to battling flea beetles.” ~ Kawartha CRAFT intern
Start your 2020 farm experience with us!
Our eastern Ontario region is a thriving agricultural area with a growing number of small-scale farming operations responding to the rising interest in the local food movement. Our ecological farming community has joined together and is working cooperatively to provide education and support for prospective future farmers. As a CRAFT intern you will live, work and learn on a farm for a full growing season, with invaluable opportunities to learn necessary skills by working alongside experienced farmers.
Our farmers are currently producing CSA shares, fresh produce, berries, garlic, herbs, chicken, eggs, ducks, turkey, guinea fowl, beef, pork, lamb, sprouts, grains, flours, honey, maple syrup and much more. Their expertise includes Heirloom fruits and vegetables, Heritage breed livestock, green power, biodynamic, organic and sustainable farming practices.
All internships must involve an exchange of labour (by the intern) for education and hands-on farming experience (from the farmer). Each farm may organize its internship as they see fit. Individual farms operate independently so the living arrangements, stipends, work hours and training methods for interns are specific to each farm.
The internship includes monthly educational field trips to the other area CRAFT farms to experience various other farming enterprises, as well as providing an occasion to interact and network with the other interns. Throughout the growing season more opportunities will arise for interns to have further hands-on experience on additional farms in the region.
*CRAFT farmers are not required to be certified organic, but they must farm and teach according to organic principles.
The key statements from these principles are:
- PROTECT the environment, minimize soil degradation and erosion, decrease pollution, optimize biological productivity and promote a sound state of health.
- REPLENISH and maintain long-term soil fertility by optimizing conditions for biological activity within the soil.
- MAINTAIN diversity within, and surrounding, the enterprise, and protect and enhance the biological diversity of native plants and wildlife.
- RECYCLE materials and resources to the greatest extent possible within the enterprise.
- PROVIDE attentive care that promotes the health and behavioural needs of livestock.
- MAINTAIN the integrity of organic food and processed products from initial handling to point of sale.
We specifically reject the use of genetically engineered/genetically modified organisms in their practices and are either certified organic or have adopted organic farming principles.
Thanks to GoodWork for posting our many available Farm Internship Positions!