As promised, some of the Manitoba Farm Mentorship program activities will now be housed under the Harvest Moon Society. Here, the MFM-inspired on-farm internship program continues to offer important opportunities for aspiring farmers interested in learning hands-on practical skills before starting a farm.
Below are short profiles from Manitoba (and Saskatchewan) farm mentors available for 2013. If you are interested in contacting one of these mentors about an on-farm internship, please read through the details of our internship program and submit an application. Your $30 application fee will give you access to detailed mentor profiles indicating what each mentor expects from and offers to interns.
Internships through the Harvest Moon Society are geared towards people who live in and intend to farm on the Canadian prairies. We direct other interns and volunteers to national and international mentorship programs including SOIL and WWOOF.
|Almost Urban Vegetables: 12-acre sustainable CSA and market garden located in St. Norbert. Certified under Local Food Plus, and using simple greenhouses and other season extensions, as well as vermicomposting, and laying hens. One internship spot available between May to mid-October. Commitment required: 3-5 months, 6 hours/day, 5 days/week. Stipend, room and board included.|
|Blue Lagoon Organics: 27-acre certified organic farm located in St. Francois-Xavier. CSA, field crops, 4-season greenhouse, market garden, laying hens, meat birds, turkeys and ducks. Two internships available between May and October. Commitment required: 2-6 months, 8 hours/day with farmers’ markets, 5.5 days/week. Stipend included.|
|Blue Sky Farm: Sustainable and natural farm located in Sanford. 160 acres with 30 bison and 800 chickens in summer. 2 internships available from May to end of October, working a minimum of 3-4 hours/day. Room, board, meat and vegetables provided. Stipend negotiable.||(no photo)|
|Boundary Creek Farm: 80-acre non-certified, trust organic, sustainable/natural farm with 8 acres under vegetable production, located in Winnipeg Beach. Animals for meat and value-added products, CSA, greenhouse, market garden, and subsistence farm. Two internships available between May to October for a minimum of 4 months. Commitment required: 30-40 hours/week, with three-week trial period. Stipend included.|
|Coyote Ridge Farm: Certified organic farm located in Canora, Saskatchewan. 11 quarter sections, 7 in organic grain and 4 in pasture, 65 cow-calf pairs. Internship available for a minimum of one growing season, and no longer than 6 months between May to November. Minimum wage in exchange for working every possible day during seeding and harvest seasons; time off during non-peak periods to be negotiated.|
|Harborside Farms: 800 acres of non-certified, trust organic, sustainable/natural farm located in Pilot Mound. No chemicals used. Animals for meat and value-added products, greenhouse, mixed farm, subsistence farm. One full-time internship available April/May to November, and three part-time internships available: April/May, June/July, or August/September. Stipends included.|
|Interlake Meadows Farm: 240 acre mixed farm in Gimli with grassfed Galloway beef, u-pick berries, pastured chickens, and a market garden. Two internships available anywhere from 1 to 7 months between end of April and November, working 5 days/week. Stipend available.|
|J Berard Garden: Certified organic operation located in Notre Dame de Lourdes, with 2 acre market garden, 1/2 acre small grains and vegetable seed production, and 28 acres alfalfa hay. Two internships available from end of April to end of November, and one internship from July to September, working 8 hours on weekdays, and at market every other Saturday. Stipends included.||(no photo)|
|Jonathan’s Farm: 4+ acres located near Winnipeg Beach with trust organic vegetable CSA and market garden. 1-2 internships available starting April/June and going until late September/October. Commitment required: 45 hours/week. Stipend included.|
|La Finca: 1.5 acres of non-certified organic farm with vegetable CSA, market garden, field crops, greenhouse, laying hens, and small meat chicken flock. Up to 3 internships available for one weekend to 6 weeks between mid-March and mid-October. Commitment required: 6 hours/day, 5 days/week or full weekend.|
|Landless Farmers Collective: 0.6 acres wih possibility of expanding, located on public land in River Heights in Winnipeg. Trust organic, pedal-powered CSA with part-time, full-season internships preferred from May to mid-October.|
|Littlepath Farm & Market: A small yet intensively managed and sustainably focused market and direct delivery vegetable farm located in the Little Saskatchewan River valley servicing Minnedosa and the Riding Mountain area. We manage two large gardens equaling three acres with a seven plot rotation. We have rustic accommodation or camping available for one person or a couple for duration of one to four months. Apprentice hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. five days a week.|
|Stonelane Orchard: Sustainable, natural, pesticide-free farm located just 1 mile east of Steinbach. 65 acres with 25 acres in cultivation, free range chicken to be introduced in 2012. Up to two internships available between April/May to October for a maximum of 6 months. Room and board available for one intern Monday-Friday. Work hours in spring are 8:30 to 5:30 Monday-Friday, extended to 6:30 am during picking season. Stipend available based on experience and commitment.|
Like What You See?
If one or more of our mentors interest you, apply to be an intern through our program. Completing our application process shows respect for our mentors who spent valuable time compiling their detailed profiles. It also allows us to continue offering this unique program, and supports sustainable agriculture in Manitoba. If you have concerns about the application fee, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org