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YA Apprenticeship - The Dog's Run Farm

ABOUT THE FARM The Dog’s Run Farm is located on Treaty 1 territory near Clearwater, MB. // The Dog’s Run Farm encompasses just under twelve acres on a beautiful valley, with a small unnamed creek, or run, at the bottom, plus 37 acres of rented pasture. Their two farm dogs enjoy roaming the creek, which from a birds eye view resembles a dog’s head. This is how the farm got its name. // Colin and Katie raise Dorper sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, laying hens, geese, miniature donkeys, a horse, as well as a few cats and their dogs. The grow a large garden for flowers and vegetables for their own consumption. They are always looking for ways to make their farm more efficient and their home more welcoming. // Colin and Katie are motivated by commitments to regenerative agriculture, their community, and skills and knowledge that have been passed down through generations. They practice rotational grazing techniques, which helps lands to recover and improve in relationship with the animals it feeds. They also enjoy practicing skills such as carpentry, canning, soap making, tapping Manitoba maples for syrup, and gathering food from the wild. // About the Apprenticeship // The apprentice will help with day to day operations of the farm. The main on-farm enterprises are livestock for meat and eggs, including pigs, sheep, poultry, as well as hand made all-natural soap. Animal duties would include moving pens and fencing for pasture on a regular basis, feeding and watering chores, loading and sorting of animals, poultry brooding care, assistance with lambing etc. The apprentice will also help with construction and maintenance projects on farm, including fencing, small construction projects, repairs, etc. The apprentice will also help with garden maintenance, food preservation, weeding and be involvement in meal prep and clean-up. // We are passionate about food, and maintaining the health of our family, animals, soil, and the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The prospective applicant would be welcomed into our family for the period of the internship, and would be considered a valued and integral member of our team. // As part of the apprenticeship, you will meet with other apprentices across Manitoba who are part of the Young Agrarians Apprenticeship program. Field days, learning opportunities and potlucks will be planned with this group at each hosts farm. You will be provided with a learning fund to support travel or other learning opportunities you wish to pursue.
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