[sust-mar] New growers wanted - market gardening as a career, self employment / incubator, Antigonish, Nova Scotia (local accom. assistance)
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Seeking: New growers
Type: training/mentorship for gardening self-employment
Organization: St Martha's Garden
Location: Antigonish, Nova Scotia (if you are from out of the area, we will do our best to help you find a place to live nearby)
The St Marthas New Grower Program is seeking applicants who want to pursue gardening as a career. The garden is set up with raised beds, irrigation, deer fence, and greenhouses. It is mostly managed with plastic tarps and landscape fabric on raised beds for weed control. Beginning this year, we plan to have an additional acre in mechanically cultivated row crops. Total area in production is two acres.
A unique aspect of this program is it is mostly self-driven, with mentorship support.
A barn near the garden houses many tools, including a BCS walking tractor and implements. There is also a walk in cooler and a vegetable processing area. High quality compost, cover crop seed, electricity and water are included. Mentorship from two experienced market gardeners is a key component of this educational program.
Each participant pays a fee of $4,000 or 50% of gross sales, whichever is less. Participants also purchase seeds, fuel and other consumables. In 2017 two people working full time had total gross sales of $40,000 on one acre. Knowledge, hard work and weather in the growing season are factors that determine what income can be made. Applicants should be able to support themselves financially until harvests from the garden exceed startup expenses. It is also helpful to have access to a vehicle for transporting produce to market.
If you are in transition between apprenticing on farms and starting your own market garden, or if you have some experience growing vegetables and need to learn all aspects of market gardening this is a perfect learning opportunity for you. If you are from out of the area, we will do our best to help you find a place to live nearby. The Bethany Garden is located right in the dynamic town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, home of St Francis Xavier University.
Please apply ASAP! This position will be open until filled.
To apply, send a cover letter, and resumé to Jen Greenberg:
jenredfox at gmail.com
We cannot accept applications from outside of Canada.
For more information, photos, and a video, see https://bethanygarden.wordpress.com/
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