Here at Lunar Rhythm Gardens we offer a diversified farm experience. We have a family run farm operation that covers 150 acres. On our farm you will find a 5 acre vegetable plot grown according to the National Organic Standard, but not certified. This 5 acre vegetable garden supplies a 100 member Summer CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) program, two farmers markets; Port Perry and Lakefield, as well as a 50 member Winter CSA box program. We also have a herd of 30 beef cows, raise pork and chickens; both laying hens and meat birds. We grow our own grain and hay for our livestock.
The vegetable operation has been growing for six years now supplying fresh high quality products to consumers within the City of Kawartha Lakes and Durham Region. Jessica Foote who manages the vegetable operation has been farming for 20 years having first worked alongside her father, before gaining much experience on various operations from dairy to horse farms, and other vegetable farms. What makes the farming experience here at Lunar Rhythm Gardens especially fun is the fact that most of the primary tillage, garden prep, and weeding is done with Jessica’s team of four draft horses: Calvin, Peg, Mr.Gray, and Lenny. Jessica gained her primary teamster skills logging in the bush for 4 years, before transferring them to horse farming in 2008 at Orchard Hill Farms. Jessica now enjoys sharing these skills with interns on her own farm operation. Dave Foote, Jessica’s father who runs the cow calf operation has been farming for 52 years, and has a great deal of skills in animal husbandry and machinery maintenance to share.
In a season at Lunar Rhythm Gardens you would expect to gain experience in any of the following; greenhouse management, seeding, transplanting, bookkeeping, weeding, haying, calving, general animal husbandry, horse care and driving skills, marketing, maple syrup (depending on the season) and much, much more.
We generally take 2 to 4 interns and provide room and board. The housing provided is self-contained campers for individuals and a communal eating facility. Food supplied comes from the farm and staples such as bread, butter, flour, and milk will be supplied. Anything extra or specialty items are the interns’ responsibility. A 400$ a month stipend is also provided. The growing season starts March 1st and runs till Nov 1st, and interns are welcome to start anytime after March 1st. We will accommodate those going to Universtiy or College that can only start in April and must be done by Sept.
To join us for a growing season!
Contact: Jessica Foote
253 Gray Road