North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program > Participating Mentor Farms

Saugeen River CSA is a small enough farm that apprentices get to experience a wide range of farming activities, and we are always trying new things. The focus is raising plants for the CSA and market, but the animals play an integral role in the life of the farm. We are in the process of converting the farm into as much draft horse power as possible. We are also part of a local vegetable seed growers network “Seeds of Transition.”

Our farm has always had a balance of production farming and education. Our educational efforts have ranged from hosting and teaching apprentices each season, to providing workshops for the general public, conducting entire courses in biodynamic farming and gardening, hosting school groups and farm tours.

Size of farm: 80 acres

Diversity of produce and livestock: 5 acre CSA market garden for 70 families summer and 35 winter, with vegetables, herbs, flowers and soft fruit. Small grain and dry beans. Hay and pasture. Scottish Highland cattle, small flock of laying chickens, and four draft horses.

Skills that can be learned: See Saugeen River CSA's skills checklist.

Apprenticeship Details:  Currently there are two apprentice positions at the farm. The first is what I have called a “Mentored Management” position. This is for someone who perhaps has been through a couple years of apprenticing and is wanting to take on a bit more responsibility, but is not ready to take on a farm of their own yet. The idea is that I would share my experience in managing a farm and coach someone in the art of prioritizing. This position runs from at least the beginning of March, to the end of November, but may be for a full year depending on the circumstances.

The other apprentice position is for anyone excited to learn about biodynamic farming and may or may not have any previous experience.

Mentor Farmer: Cory Eichman

Address: 314399 Hwy 6 RR 1 Durham, Ontario N0G 1R0 Canada

Phone: (519) 369-3567