We are now receiving applications with Ignatius Farm for the 2017 season. Please read our Internship Information Package to get a feel for our program and whether an Ignatius Internship is a good fit for you. Inquiries welcome year-round.

In 2002, we initiated our Ignatius Farm internship program, as well as the CRAFT Ontario network of ecological farms offering internships. We are proud of our own structured educational program, as well as our long-standing contribution to the CRAFT program.

Internships: Principles & Practices of Organic Agriculture

Each year, Ignatius Farm takes on interns for the growing season. Novice internships (full season and 4-month) and Senior internships are available. The interns are an integral part of our farm team. Interns are primarily focused on our Community Shared Agriculture project, a 19-acre organic vegetable operation that supplies produce to approximately 275 participating members. Interns may have further specializations throughout the farm. The hands–on internships are complemented by a structured learning program, participation in the CRAFT Ontario program, and involvement with the CSA community.

We seek individuals who have a keen desire to learn about growing food organically, who are interested in building friendships and community, who are enthusiastic, curious, and open to new ideas. Successful applicants should anticipate working hard within a cooperative team environment. Read more about our Guiding Principles to consider if our farm would be a good fit for you.

Internship Details

Interns are a key element of the CSA and can expect to contribute and learn skills in greenhouse management, field production methods, harvesting, distribution, planning, and working together with the shareholders.  Some take on specialized roles in education planning, harvest logistics and produce sales, cover crops, perennials crops, community garden plots coordination, and volunteer coordination. All applicants need to be fit, have good stamina, be flexible, and be team players.

We are committed to making our internships an educational experience as well as a working one. Through bi-weekly workshops, active participation in the CRAFT program, supplementary field trips, mentored field walks, intern field responsibilities and skill evaluation, we aim to build a solid foundation of understanding sustainable agriculture.

The internship positions include a modest stipend, shared housing as desired, and vegetables in season. Full internship details are found in our Internship Information Package.

Past interns are pursuing careers as organic farmers, academics, consultants, educators, and social/ecological activists.

What is CRAFT Ontario?

The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farming Training (CRAFT) is a network of local organic and bio-dynamic farms whose aim is to provide opportunities for interns to learn sustainable, small-scale agriculture production. The CRAFT program offers on-farm training and networking to the interns of all regional CRAFT farms. Established in 2002, the Southwestern Ontario node operates monthly field days, which include a potluck lunch, a group activity, a workshop, and a field tour. Further details can be found at CRAFT Ontario. Applications are made directly to individual farms for internship positions.

Resources

Nurturing New Farmers: A Practical Guide to Hosting Interns and Mentoring the Next Generation of Farmers

written by Catlin Hall and edited by Sheila Globus. This is an excellent guidebook for those who want to offer internships on their farm.  File size is 3MB. Download Nurturing New Farmers 2015.

Oh, to Grow: An Education Primer for New Farmers.

This second edition is written by Jacinda Fairholm and edited by Simon Jacques. We provide a copy of this to our interns every year and to many interns throughout the CRAFT Ontario network of farms with interns. An introduction to organic agriculture.  File size is 3MB. Download Oh to Grow! 2015.