Farm Intern Position Available
Positions available: First year intern, Second year+ intern
Duration: April – mid November
Riverglen Farm is an organic/biodynamic farm located in Ottawa’s Greenbelt, just 20 minutes drive or 1 hour bike from downtown. This 112 acre heritage site is located in the west end of the city, surrounded by Greenbelt forest and wetlands, on the banks of the Ottawa river. We pack about 80 vegetable shares a week for our CSA, and also sell vegetables directly from our farm store, along with chicken, beef and eggs. This year we are putting more emphasis on our farm store sales and expanding our grass-fed beef operation.
We are seeking 2 solid persons with clear minds to help with farm tasks this summer. Vegetable production and harvesting up the core of the workload. We use a walk-behind tractor and hand tools to tend our two acre garden made up of permanent, raised beds. Work with animals includes providing daily feed and water, egg collection, and moving our pastured beef and chickens through our rotational grazing system. Maintenance and upkeep of the property and infrastructure is addressed as needed, such as fences, buildings, lawn, flower gardens, etc.
The typical workweek is Monday to Friday, in addition to Saturday farm store duties on a rotational schedule. Depending on the season and the day’s workload, we typically start work at 8am or 7am, and take a lunch break of 1 or 2 hours. Everyone is expected to take a turn preparing lunch for the rest of team, and we usually call it quits for the day around 6 or 7pm. Some tasks may exceed normal work hours such as animal chores and garden irrigation duties.
In exchange for a commitment to a full season, a dedicated work attitude and an eagerness to learn, we offer a weekly stipend, a room in our house or camper/trailer, farm produce, farm meat and eggs, and basic groceries. It is very important to the farm’s operation that interns complete their season, so please take this commitment seriously. In return, we will take the time to train you on various tasks and tools as they evolve through the seasons, provide access to a library of books, take you on monthly visits to neighbouring farms and spend time answering your questions and explaining how we plan and manage our operation. To show our appreciation and to help you on the next step of your journey you will be awarded a $400 end of season bonus. Our weekly stipend can vary depending on your prior farming experience. Please contact us for more information.
Ideally, full season interns live at the farm. You will have your own private bedroom, or your own camper/trailer, as well as access to wireless internet, laundry, canoe (we’re on the Ottawa river), bicycle, walking trails, beach… We will be sharing the house kitchen, but you are encouraged to use the summer kitchen outside during the warm parts of the year. Please be prepared to participate in house cleaning chores.
How to apply:
Write a few paragraphs about the reasons why you want to join the farm crew and what you feel you have to bring to it. Send it along with any questions to: info(at)riverglenfarm.ca