Every year we host interns and woofers who want an immersive experience into our work and daily life. Ideally we would have a couple from mid-April to the end of October, as well as 2 or 3 interns from early May to mi-september. Please read on and contact us for more details.
The long-term position has a few more criteria attached to it, but it also brings more knowledge and responsibilities. We need someone to commit to the season, from mid-April, to the end of October, if possible. The apprentice will experience all the steps necessary to running a commercial garden: establishing and following a calendar, seeding and caring for seedlings, greenhouse cultures, bed preparation, transplanting, irrigation, season extension, identifying pests and disease, weeding, harvesting, washing and storage, order preparations, closing for the winter, etc. After such an experience, the apprentice has sufficient knowledge and skill to begin a garden of their own. The ideal candidate is healthy, sociable, while at the same time capable of working on their own, willing to share in the chores for the upkeep of the communal living space, and generally a happy person keen on learning. No prior experience is necessary. Please contact us in the winter to make a plan.
Apprentices and helpers are expected to work 30 hours per week (6 hours per day, 5 days per week; usually Monday to Friday. However, hours and days are subject to change depending on everyone’s needs). A cooperative attitude is the fuel for a smooth functioning community.
Example of a typical work day:
8:00 am Breakfast
8:50 am mini-meeting
9:00am Start Work
12:00 Lunch, Cleanup and Break
1:00 pm Continue work
4:00 pm End of work day, put away tools
5:00 pm Prep Dinner
6:00 pm Dinner & Cleanup
Even though the work day is over, helpers are expected to contribute to the cleanliness of the communal spaces i.e.: living room, kitchen & bathroom.
Our accommodations are simple: an A-frame in the forest and two large Soulpad tents on wooden platforms. All meals are shared communally.
For the shorter-term helpers: Helpers are expected to work 6 hours per day, 5 days per week, for a minimum stay of one month. We try to go by the motto “hard work, no stress,” as well as trying to be mindful in our everyday activities. And we have lots of fun doing it! You will be happy sleeping and listening to the frogs and rustle of leaves in our Soulpad tents in the forest.