+ apprenticeship dates:
April/May - September/October
dates are flexible for the right farm-mate
+ apprenticeship experience:
At Ferme Jobin we believe in sharing our knowledge & skills with others who have a passion and interest in Sustainable Regenerative Farming practices. Our goal within our apprenticeship program is to give aspiring sustainable farmers the know-how & skills to enter in successful farming ventures of their own.
While the apprentice invests their time & energy to be an integral part of the farm practices during their stay, we invest our time to share all we can with each apprentice, focused around their individual farm goals. For the right apprentice, this experience can open future doors to opportunities with Ferme Jobin, including future satellite farms & symbiotic Farm Venture start-ups on our land.
The apprenticeship experience at Ferme Jobin is truly designed for the aspiring farmers out there eager to learn & get involved! We take our apprenticeship experience very seriously and cannot tolerate anyone who is not here for the right reasons - we simply do not have time to waste.
+ hands-on learning:
A typical day here on the farm will vary depending on your individual skills & farm goals! Our operations and daily practices include rising by 6am for breakfast & our morning farm meeting, heading out to move the chicken tractors and feeding the chickens, mixing new feed for the chickens, collecting eggs, moving the egg mobile, as well as moving the pigs & cattle to their new paddocks in our rotational grazing system. After a fresh tasty lunch the fencing will need to be checked and set-up for future moves, eggs will be collected a second time, eggs will be cleaned and properly stored, & customer orders will be filled. Throughout the season we will prepare the land for organic crops, seed organic fields, swath / combine crops for harvest, clean our seed & store it on-farm for sales & farm use.
Depending on the season - cattle are moved year round in our rotational grazing system, calving takes place in late spring, baby chicks are in the brooders late spring, seeding in late spring & early summer, on-farm chicken & turkey harvesting in mid & late summer, grain harvest from mid summer - fall, fall seeding & seed cleaning starts early fall. The hands-on knowledge & skills for each venture will be shared, including the business / economics.
WE MUST NOT FORGET ABOUT THE FAMILY GARDEN!! We have 15 large raised beds & ground veggie plants which we tend each year for lots of fresh produce! We make our own compost & compost teas for the garden, practice vermiculture, and CAN LIKE CRAZY each fall to have lots of canned veggies for winter.
As always - the busy summer season requires hard work, problem solving, & innovative thinking to keep everything smooth & on-track regardless of unforeseen setbacks (weather.... machinery/equipment repairs....). Creative thinking & brainstorming is one of our favourite parts of being on the farm! We are always looking at new ways to improve the farm functions - so bring your ideas - an open mind is a MUST for full cycle organic & regenerative farming!
Each year we undergo new projects & ventures on the farm, which bring lots of excitement and no shortage of tasks to be done! Even our horses, which are just for our fun & enjoyment on the farm require lots of grooming & riding.
There is a rhythm to how & when we do things, and a purpose to why we do things. Processes & Procedures are an important part of keeping the farm organized while moving at a steady pace. We are not your babysitter on the farm nor do we want to micromanage your projects! Everyone learns at a different pace and we will ensure you have all the tools & knowledge to succeed here on the farm in the apprenticeship experience - we trust that you will respect our farm & our processes/procedures during your commitment & stay on the farm.
What a journey it is on the farm - can't wait to share it with you!
+ the details:
EXPERIENCE / QUALIFICATIONS
You do not need to have farming experience to be accepted, however, this role is for an aspiring farmer. We have many ongoing farm ventures, so experience and skills from all different areas are equally important! In 2017 we will be building 2 additional Eco-Farm Cabins - so carpentry skills/interests are a valuable asset!
Most valuable of all is your attitude in this role. An apprentice with very little farm experience but with the right attitude and acceptance will flourish as opposed to an individual with excellent experience and a poor attitude. If you have a poor attitude....please do not apply for this farm experience!!
Ask yourself if you are aspiring to learn how to farm a full cycle sustainable farm - if your answer is "meh....just looking for a fun summer" then this is not the experience for you. While we will have a great deal of fun on the farm - there is a great deal of hard work and dedication to the farm as well.
Couples with shared farming interests are welcome to apply
- 5-5.5 days/week work schedule (55-60 hours/week)
- 1.5-2 days/week OFF (varies between weekdays & weekends)
ROOM & BOARD
- private accommodation at one of our Eco-Farm Cabins
- the Eco-Farm Cabin will be your private space with bedroom, kitchen, & bathroom
- you will eat well during your stay! You have access to all of the meat on the farm (Beef, Pork, Chicken, & Eggs) as well as fresh garden veggies & fruit. Your cabin has a fridge & bbq in addition to meals being prepared for you!
- Water, Snacks, & Toiletries are provided for your cabin at all times - you may take what you need for your cabin!
- Leanna teaches Yoga - you are welcome to attend any Yoga classes during your stay!
- FREE Room & Board
- $$ based on experience STIPEND $400 up to $1200/month with Performance Advances
- access to one of our vehicles for your use if needed