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YA Apprenticeship - Boundy Farms Ltd.

ABOUT BOUNDY FARM Boundy Farm is located near Cartwright, Manitoba – Treaty 1 Territory // The goal on the farm is to increase and promote life and not to control or restrain nature. Nick and Angela recently relocated from another farm to the farm they are on now, they are having fun building infrastructure, fencing and installing water systems. The land is a mix of native pasture, poplar woodland, and crop land that they look forward to putting in more and more effort to regenerate. The farm is also home to 180 beef cows, 280 sheep, 400 meat chickens seasonally and 30 laying hens. // They market some freezer beef, eggs and meat chickens direct to consumer, And the grain, like most grain operations, they market in bulk. // They have a great goal of adding to and building an ecosystem that truly maintains itself without external inputs. Another goal is to provide more customers with nutritious food. They enjoy working with livestock and find the work rhythm really flows with the seasons, having some rest time in the winter. // About the apprenticeship: // The farm has a lot of diversity so the learning will be diverse and great! In March, there are around 120 cows who calve. 280 ewes have baby lambs in late May and early June. The apprentice will be right there in the thick of it while the cows and sheep are having babies. The apprentice will also get a chance to brood and raise chickens from start to finish, caring for the birds would be the apprentices main responsibility after lambing and would entail daily moves of the chicken tractors and feeding watering etc. Grazing moves of all livestock will also be part of the job. The farm also has grain land where they grow many different crops including intercrops and cover crops. The apprentice will get to learn the what’s and why’s of what the farm grows and the theories their practices. // 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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