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Internship Positions Available

Positions available: Fulltime Fullseason Internship-2

Duration: Mid April – Mid November (can be extended if desired)

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 100 vegetable shares a week for our CSA, and also sell vegetables directly from our farm store. Chicken, beef and eggs are sold from the farm store when available. We keep geese to help with grass cutting and tend to a young, small orchard, which is not yet in production.

Position description:

We are seeking 2 solid persons with clear minds to help with farm tasks this summer. Vegetable production, harvest and processing will make up the core of the workload. We use a walk-behind Grillo tractor and hand tools in the garden, so the work is quite physical. There are also daily animal chores to share, as well as general upkeep and maintenance tasks to carry out. Examples include fencing, mucking out animal enclosures, mowing, cleaning up storage and work areas, gathering firewood, applying biodynamic preparations, etc.

The typical workweek is Monday to Friday, in addition to Saturday farm store duties on a rotational schedule. We typically start work at 8am or 7am, depending on the time of year. Everyone is expected to take a turn preparing lunch for the rest of team, which is our biggest meal of the day. To avoid working in the heat, we often break from noon to 2pm. Depending on the season, weather and workload, we typically finish field work around 6 or 7pm. Some tasks may exceed normal work hours such as animal chores and garden irrigation duties.

Compensation:

In exchange for a commitment to a full season, a dedicated work attitude and an eagerness to learn, a weekly stipend of $100/week is offered on top of room, farm produce and basic groceries. You are responsible for your own snacks, treats and specialty food items. 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 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 bonus when you complete your season at the prearranged time.

Accommodations:

Ideally, full season interns live at the farm. You will have your own private bedroom, as well as access to wireless internet and our laundry machine. We will be sharing the house kitchen, but you are encouraged to use the summer kitchen outside during the warm parts of the year. This implies a willingness 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 bring to it. Send it along with any questions to: info(at)riverglenfarm.ca

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