Organic Farming Program
May 17 - June 21
Our farm will be delighted to guide newcomers in the discovery of organic farming, or share and exchange with more experienced fellows the joys of our work. Interns at the farm take part in our Organic Farming Program that gives the basics of organic agriculture and sustainable practices for a farm, be it for aspiring future farmers, backyard gardeners or any person interested in learning on the subject. In complement of the practical learning done at the farm, there are theory intensives to support those learning.
Therefore, participants take part in garden work from the sowing stage to maintenance, irrigation, using efficient weeding techniques, harvesting, and marketing. Doing so, interns gain skills in maintaining a farm by hands-on, learning-by-doing approach. Once a week, the theory classes further comprehension about larger topics such as basic ecology and the needs of plants. Down earth aspects are shared as well, for example, soil life, cover cropping, crop rotations, season extension, integrated pest management (IPM), post-harvest considerations and so on. Additionally, participants can help in the farm’s complementary enterprises (chicken coop, small fruits, berries, sugar bush, and shiitakes) depending on their area of interest and the season in which internship is taken. Moreover, as the farm is within an ecovillage, participants will get the chance to experience its lifestyle.