Volunteers and Internships
For many years, Abbondanza has hosted volunteers and WWOOFers (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) from Canada and far beyond.
Many volunteers create a lasting relationship with Abbondanza and come back for return visits. The work is rewarding, the learning is both fun and profound, the pond is refreshing, and the conversation over Gwynne's spectacular home-cooked meals is a real treat.
In addition to the volunteers, Abbondanza farm also employes an intern for the farming season intern (May-October), and applications are welcome.
Here's the job description:
This is a unique experience for a person or a couple who want to immerse themselves in the experience of living and working on a small highly diverse farm, where the focus is not only on production but on education and learning.
I am ready to offer the right person(s) the opportunity to contribute to the life of the farm, by bring their own projects here and if the fit is right, to make this a longer-term partnership.
The position includes a private room in my home and all your meals shared with the house.
I am looking for someone(s) who has already had some experience working on a small farm and is ready to go the next step in assuming more responsibility for all aspects of food production, both plants and animals.
I am looking for someone(s) who will assist in all aspects of food production, both plants and animals.
That would involve collaborating with me in:
*selecting what is to be grown
*creating planting maps
*developing a seasonal calendar for seeding, planting and harvesting
*assessing work force needs
As well as sharing responsibility for:
*managing production of seedlings and crops in the greenhouse
*keeping on top of weeding and pest or disease control
*our seed saving activities that include working with The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
*overseeing the needs of the sheep and poultry
*running a daily task list and managing work assignments
*facilitating a positive and efficient work environment
*providing leadership and quality control for work crews
*organizing the weekly harvest for our Saturday market
*participating in the tasks required for the smooth running of our collective domestic life
*You are comfortable communicating in both French and English
*You have a driver’s license.
*You truly enjoy living and working together with new people.
*You absolutely love the challenge that farm work provides.
*You must experience on an ecological vegetable farm.
*You have experience in the work required for a full production season.
*You have strong people management skills.
*You are good at establishing priorities and seeing tasks through.
*You are committed to all aspects of community food security.
*You love doing research to find solutions to plant problems as they occur and to keep on learning about agriculture.
*We work five and a half days a week in the high season and together we will determine an equitable work schedule that balances your needs with the weekly production demands.
*I have WiFi, a great CD collection, laundry facilities and a terrific swimming pond right here on the farm.
*We eat our meals together –everyone helps with meal prep- and I am a terrific cook.
*We like to have fun, swim, visit places in the region, and make music together.
*I would also welcome your pursuit of a personal project here such as growing medicinal herbs or producing a specialty food product.
*You will be paid $700 a month with a $500 bonus for completing the season.
This position could be just the start of a longer partnership.
Interested in visiting and/or working at Abbondanza?
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“I WWOOFed at Gwynne's farm for 2 weeks and loved every minute – definitely my favourite WWOOFing experience so far! She is a wonderful and interesting woman, and her farm is so vibrant, and full of colour and wildlife. I learnt a lot about biodiversity and heirloom varieties, and she patiently answered my stream of questions and taught me so much. I have so many good memories of swimming in her beautiful pond every day, eating wonderful food (she's an amazing cook), drinking coriander cocktails, going to her friend's cottage, learning about stone walls at Doug's, trying to catch the ducks... She is a brilliant host, making you feel very at home on her farm and including you in her life. I only wish I could have stayed longer (but hopefully I'll be back!).”
Abbondanza through the eyes of WWOOFers
“Courtney and I spent 8 days with Gywnne and it was truly a fantastic time. This land is beautiful and bountiful and a great place to work and relax. Gywnne's ornamental kitchen garden demonstrates her knowledge and passion about organic farming and gardening. We stayed in the house and ate amazing garden-to-table meals with Gwynne and her friends. She is quirky, generous, kind hearted, hilarious and all around a wonderful woman. It was truly a home away from home experience. We had the opportunity to collect eggs in the morning, visit her at the farmer's market, explore Mansonville, prepare meals, read on the porch and help out with the many projects on the land of Abbondanza Farm. WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, ABUNDANT AND DELICIOUS!”