Grassroot Organics is a multi-generational family farm in Woodville Ontario (Kawartha Lakes). Our focus here is the market crops, followed by foraged wild edibles. We grow (too) many different types of vegetables, herbs and fruit – in passive greenhouses, coldframes, and out in the fields. We sell the majority of our goods at a very busy farmers’ market in Toronto, to a handful of fine dining restaurants, and our CSA programs.
We expect our interns to work full 8 (to sometimes 10) hour days, 5 days a week (sometimes 5.5 days a week!), in all types of weather, sometimes independently and sometimes as part of the farm work crew. Having some previous experience in vegetable production would be great, but a keen interest in learning the ins-and-outs of organic produce production works too. We are a young family farm so working with/around children is a must.
We prepare our fields with a tractor, but once that is done much of our work is more on the hand-tool-close-to-the-soil kind of scale. Types of jobs/training interns should expect…
· field preparations
· cover cropping / crop rotation
· crop planning
· irrigation crash course
· seeding / potting up
· harvesting/washing/packing of produce; post-harvest handling
· weeding (using an assortment of tools/methods)
· identification of plant health
· general barn chores / poultry husbandry (including incubation/hatching)
· help at a busy farmers’ market in Toronto
· farm bookkeeping (if interested)
· marketing / working with restaurants (if interested)
We can provide a meal or two a day, produce and proteins from the farm, and we will also supply a bi-weekly stipend; the aim of the stipend is to off-set your living expenses, to try and achieve a ‘cost neutral’ learning experience.
We are a young group here with lots of spunk. So if you love the outdoors and getting your hands dirty this could be a really fun learning opportunity!