Wheelbarrow Farm provides full-time employment to four people and also several apprenticeship positions.
We are a company that allows for and encourages worker ownership. A young farmer can start as an apprentice, then become a manager and eventually a partial owner. This is one way in which we encourage a sharing of the profits among all farm workers and allow for access to farmland that would be untenable for many young people in the GTA.
We are fully staffed for 2021, but feel free to email us for future openings!
Apprenticeships are a great way to explore your farm dream and learn some useful skills. If you are thinking about getting into farming or just having a really large garden, this is your place to start.
Apprentices live at the farm during the growing season, working and learning alongside the staff and volunteers. In exchange for your efforts in the field (5 days/week) we teach you everything that we know, we feed and house you, we provide 6 full days of field-trip workshops on other farms and we also do many on-farm workshops. We also provide a $500/month stipend.
Apprenticeship positions are available from May to October.
Accommodations are private cabins or a private room in the main house.
Fun stuff: We are close to lakes, trails, and Toronto. There is a swimming pond on the farm. Jam space for musicians. Campfires. Vegetable baseball.
Many of our former apprentices have returned to work on the farm as employees following a successful first season!
Wheelbarrow Farm is a part of the CRAFT program - a network of educational organic farms.
Here are some of the areas you will gain knowledge in:
Tractors and implements (including our new SOLAR-ELECTRIC tractor!)
Small-scale market gardening tools
How to plant, care for and harvest 40 different vegetables
Planting trees and propagating perennials
Electric motors and alternative energy
To apply for an apprenticeship, please send a resume and cover letter to wheelbarrowfarm (at) gmail .com
We offer volunteer opportunities through the WWOOF Canada program. We also offer volunteer opportunities without participating in the WWOOF program.
Volunteering at Wheelbarrow Farm involves commiting to a minimum 2 week stay at the farm. During your stay, you will live and work alongside the farmers, managers and apprentices. We offer a private room or cabin, food is provided and a small travel bursary is provided to cover your transportation costs to and from Toronto. You are expected to work 6 hours/day, 5 days a week.
Join our lively crew of young farmers excited about creating a sustainable and restorative agriculture!