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YA Apprenticeship - Sundog Vegetables

ABOUT SUNDOG VEGETABLES Sundog Vegetables is located near Balgonie, Saskatchewan – Treaty 4 Territory // Adam Bongarzone and his partner Sam, along with their kids Sylvia (10) and Fern (5), live an farm at Sundog Vegetables east of Regina. Their farm is primarily a market garden – vegetables and berries. Small orchard (not yet producing). Lots of new shelterbelt plantings (planting at least a few hundred new trees every year). They started the farm 2 years ago, so everything is still growing! April/May will be preparing soil and planting new trees, perennials, and annual crops. In 2022, this will be shelterbelts, strawberries, asparagus, and raspberries. June will be some planting and lots of weeding. July the crew will start harvesting and August/September harvest will be in full swing, along with end of season clean-up and cover cropping. A fun filled growing season ahead spent in good company with humans and plants! // About the apprenticeship: // Sundog Vegetables follow organic practices even though they are not certified. They grow green manures, cover crops, reduce tillage where possible, apply animal manure and mineral fertilizers. Their plan is to more tightly integrate livestock and expand perennial crops in the future. // Primarily the apprentice will be helping with bed prep (4-wheel and/or 2-wheel tractors), seeding (both field and greenhouse starts), weeding (LOTS of that), harvesting, and washing/packing. There would certainly be some building projects during the year, like building mobile poultry houses. Inevitably some machinery breaks down, which would present learning opportunities. // As part of the apprenticeship, you will meet with other apprentices across Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta who are part of the Young Agrarians Apprenticeship program. Field days, learning opportunities and potlucks will be planned with the Manitoba group at each hosts farm. You will also be invited to attend a regenerative or organic food conference during or following the apprenticeship.
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