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Urban Homesteading ​/Organic Gardening ​/Permaculture Apprentice

Job in Toronto - Ontario - Canada
Company: Wild By Nature
Full Time position
Listed on 2021-05-10
Job specializations:
  • Outdoor/Nature/Animal
  • Production
Job Description & How to Apply Below
Position:  Urban Homesteading / Organic Gardening / Permaculture Apprentice
URBAN HOMESTEADING This is a unique opportunity to live on site and work 10 hours per week in exchange for apprenticeship and subsidized lodging. Your guide is a seasoned mentor in botanical medicine, organic gardening, horticulture therapy, nutrition and healthy lifestyle practices, self sufficiency and homesteading in the city.

About us:

Wild By Nature is an urban homestead in east Toronto. Our methods are based on permaculture principles. We garden organically and follow biodynamic practices. We strongly believe it is possible and vital to grow your own food and medicine in the city. We operate with a growth mindset and are ever curious to discover what we can learn each day in the garden.

We are a family of three and we live in our little cottage like bungalow with our cat.

We have a large pie shaped lot nestled in a residential neighbourhood. There is a huge ravine system right across the street that we regularly enjoy. There are all amenities that are expected in an urban setting, including public transit, grocery & health food stores within walking distance and whatever other conveniences you might wish for.

Things you could learn in your time here:
Organic, biodynamic and permaculture methods and principles

Soil building, care and regeneration

Starting seeds - indoor and outHardening off plants and transplanting seedlings

Plant care and pest/disease management

Harvest and processing techniques

Whole food cooking

Medicinal herbs - growing, care and preparation

Everything you ever wanted to know about herbal tisanes

Season extenders
- Cold frames, greenhouses

Pollinating plants and cut flowers

Companion and rotation planting

All about mulch!

Garden planning and design/build techniques

Plant identification - fruit and vegetable plants, edible “weed” harvest, invasive species management, ornamental and native plants

How to be resourceful with everything you doHow to improvise in almost any situation

Living more with less

Our part in our micro ecosystem as well as the world

Syncing your rhythm to nature’s rhythm Terms of Apprenticeship:

In exchange for your time helping us, you will have abundant learning opportunities as well as lodging for a subsidized rent. This includes a furnished (with linens) private room in a fully furnished basement apartment shared with one other person. Kitchen (fully equipped), bath, work and living space are your own and shared with one other. All utilities, high speed internet, and laundry machines and supplies are included.

You would be responsible for providing your own food, but as the season progresses, you can harvest from the garden. The work schedule is flexible and can be worked out to be of mutual benefit, though some tasks are better done at certain times of the day.

You will learn by working alongside Maria as we work in the garden.

You will also be given tasks to learn by doing, so being able to work self directed is important. There will be no formal classes, but plenty of opportunity and support for self directed learning, time for questions and discussions, and access to a library full of books relevant to growing plants and homesteading lifestyle that you are welcome to borrow.

The rent subsidy is available between April and October, which reduces the rent to $500/month. If we mutually agree that you would like to stay on until the next season, rent for your space would be $900/month between November to March.

Background of your mentor:

Maria Solakofski is a self taught food and ecological pioneer, who has been involved in the local food community for 25 years. Some of her unique leadership initiatives and experiences include:
Founding Guerrilla Gourmet, a slow food movement forging connections with local farmers and food enthusiasts

Mentoring people of all ages and from all walks of life with enthusiasm, patience and compassion

Selling home grown fresh herbs and home made herbal products at farmer’s markets

Establishing systems to provide seedlings through her own nursery

Designing and overseeing the installation of residential and public teaching gardens

Building community and growing resilience through public gardening initiatives

Creation and delivery of children’s garden programming

Running a flourishing local food catering business

Headlining cooking classes focused on local food and seasonal harvests

Growing herbs, edible flowers and herbs tisanes to supply restaurants

Composing bespoke home grown cut flower bouquets for events and special orders

Conceiving recipes and organizing workshops on herbal medicine and edible cosmetics How to apply:

Please express your interest by submitting a few paragraphs about yourself to (Please contact us using the "Apply for this Job Posting" box below)  and include: what you would like to learnwhat you wish to contributeanything else you feel relevant about yourselfyour résume if you wish, but not necessary Please indicate you saw this posting at FoodWork.

You can find out more by visiting our webpage:
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