tricycle acres permaculture internship opportunities 2013


We had such a fabulous internship experience last year that we are happy to announce we are expanding and developing our 2013 program!  We are currently accepting applications for 3-6 week internships for the April-October 2013 season. This is your chance to get your hands dirty implementing permaculture principles in paradise!

We are going into our fourth season of growing food and building here in the Kootenays, and are looking for eager and hardworking interns to help us implement more permaculture techniques, test theories and explore new integrated systems. Essentially we want WWOOFers who want to dig in to permaculture hands on! We have 1/3 of an acre of organic primary gardens, which employ many interesting techniques; guilds, sheet mulch, companion planting, herb spiral, hugelkultur, etc… along with a newly guilded fruit system, the foundation of a food forest, many established fruit trees and vineyards, 2+ year round creeks, and over 6 acres of mossy diverse mushroomy forest.

Here is a video glimpse of our stunning mountainside smallholding, made as part of Verge Permaculture Grad Series:

Our projects this year have been broken down by season (see below) and we have a pretty clear-as-dirt idea of  what we’ll be doing in these time blocks, and encourage applicants to consider activities and timing when applying.

Early Spring:

  • pig-aerator / pork butchery
  • woodworking / carpentry / pole building
  • greywater cell / willow bed implementation
  • firewood / chainsaw skills + chopping, hauling + stacking
  • seed starting / garden planning / transplanting / soil blocking
  • planting expanded perennial food system
  • Valley Permaculture Guild – permablitzing, tour ,learn and implement at other local farms

Early Summer:

  • soil building / compost tea brewing based on Soil Food Web research
  • garden planting / transplanting /guild building
  • woodworking / carpentry / pole building
  • wild crafting
  • foraging / harvesting early berries
  • pond system / rabbit tractors
  • rotational animal fencing systems
  • Valley Permaculture Guild – permablitzing * tour, learn and implement at other local farms

Late Summer / Fall

  • harvest , harvest, harvest! / seed collecting
  • canning / drying / preserving
  • mushroom foraging
  • root cellaring / cellar building
  • woodworking / carpentry / pole building
  • firewood / chainsaw skills + chopping, hauling + stacking
  • Valley Permaculture Guild – permablitzing* tour, learn and implement at other local farms

We currently have 26 laying heritage hens, as well as 2 working dogs who keep the beasties away (bearscoyotes & cougars to name a few). We have a pig who is currently living off site, but will be joining us here in the early spring for some rooting work and then as a key participant in a pig-in-a-day butchery class. We plan to expand our animal systems again this year, including rabbits (round two), as well as ducks and a pond system.

As a tricycle acre intern you will enjoy mainly vegetarian from scratch home cooking but the occasional ethical omnivore meal makes it’s way to the table (unless of course you don’t eat meat then we can easily accommodate this). The  focus of most every meal here is eating seasonal organic and local whole foods. Your host is passionate about food and blogs regularly at eatingwithSOLE .You’ll drink and wash in living mountain fresh creek water from the source, and enjoy a magical forest full of wildlife, wild edibles and medicinal plants, right in the heart of the Kootenays most diverse and wonderful community, with it’s ample art, music, learning living events, Rivers and lakes, beaches and mountains to explore.

Your hosts have a wealth of knowledge to share: Shauna is a Certified Permaculture Designer, and Dylan is a Master Carpenter with skills in fabricating just about anything out of just about anything. Shauna was a successful bakery owner in her city life and is passionate about cooking, baking, canning and food preservation, gardening and fiber arts. Together we have a good amount of alternative building experiences including: undertaking an earthship internship, building with straw bale and cobb, composting toilets, waddle and daubyurt buildinglog building, and of course our favorite building material… GARBAGE! We are a young small family eager and open to constant learning and exploring of new ideas. We also have an extensive permaculture / building / growing / cooking / primitive skills / fiber arts library which can be accessed during your stay. We also have an extra canoe and bicycles interns can use on hot and sunny days off.

In 2012 we hosted 8 interns throughout the season and enjoyed the ups and downs of growing food and building in rain and sunshine, and have more than memories to show for it. Accompanying us throughout the 2013 season will be our farm hand Jordan who came to us as an intern last April and hasn’t left! He brings a solid and broad foundation of both permaculture theory and hands-on implementation experience. Jordan is a Certified Permaculture Designer and has extensive knowledge in soil building and composting, building and site layout, and alternative agricultural and has experience with a wide array of permaculture principles and techniques. He is now heading up our internship program and has become an integral part of the Tricycle Acres team.

Applicants should have reasonable amount of permaculture knowledge, and should be physically able to dig, shovel, lift and haul heavy piles of materials (largely organic inputs). Applicants should also be prepared for near off grid living; no TV, limited internet, limited access to power, be comfortable using a composting toilet outhouse, and a dreamy outdoor shower house. We expect interns to not create or bring unnecessary wastes onto our site. We expect any intern to follow the permaculture ethics, and understand that those are our guiding principles. Interns would work 5 days a week, approx 5 hours a day weather and project permitting. Lunch, dinner and accommodations are provided, but interns will need to prepare and provide their own breakfast and are responsible for all of their own dishes, as well as contributing with cleaning and dishwashing in the kitchen (to keep your cook happy).

Interested in applying? Download the pdf Application Info Sheet to check out the process below…  our deadline is >>> EXTENDED<<< April 1st!


5 thoughts on “tricycle acres permaculture internship opportunities 2013

  1. Hey there, my name is Margarita I am just completing my diploma in Greenhouse and Nursery production here in the Fraser Valley. Before I took this on, I had 6 years of WWOOFing experience, and have worked on a variety of permaculture and sustainable farms in Canada and Europe. I would be very interested in coming to check your place out, I live in Balfour in the summers usually, however there is unfortunately the financial aspect…is your internship program basically just trying to attract skilled and committed WWOOfers in the way that there is no payment? Or do you guys offer some sort of financial incentive as well?

    • Hi Margarita,

      Our internship program has been set up to position Permaculture Designers in a open learning and experimental developing farm. We offer our interns the chance to implement and explore techniques and concepts they may have otherwise only read about. We work as a team to design, plan , and implement many techniques. We encourage interns to develop ideas and use this land as a place to test theories. Meanwhile we support them with healthy and hearty organic meals and provide unique and natural accommodations along with lots of recreation. As we are not yet earning any income at all from our homestead we offer no financial incentive, yet we support our interns in creating financial opportunities for them selves, this year our core team plans to grow a market garden crop to take to market, and we are happily supporting those efforts, which will benefit them financially.

      I understand the challenges of toiling away weeding row after row of cash crop in a field of a profitable farm as a WWOOFer and not being paid for your efforts. We like to think of homestead as a learning – working – growing – permaculture smallholding, therefore the education is key and integral, and very few days are spent weeding the hours away. 🙂

      • Thanks so much for the prompt and awesome reply, this sounds like a really amazing opportunity I will definetly keep it in mind.

  2. My name is Venkatesh Dharmraj. Presently,looking to travel and learn from many permaculture sites. I have visited Australia, Thailand and China. I was part of introducing permaculture in Fang, Thailand for a Children’s Home – Sila Home for 54 underprivileged children. I have sponsored a designing for a community farm in Lincang China, along with Bretch and Nick of Panya PRI. I am completing PDC in Panya PRI IN May. I would like to be part of your valley farm opportunities for 6 weeks any time during August to October end. I am looking to learn best practices in many Perma sites and my vision is to take permaculture to many places and spread the concept of permaculture, which I believe is the future. Please email me and let me know about your programs and the dates I can travel to your valley farms.
    Looking forward to your early response.
    Best regards,
    Venkatesh Dharmraj.

  3. Hello my name is Markus and I will be in BC from mid July to early August I just completed a 2 week permaculture certification course and am looking for any opportunity to get some hands on experience of permaculture methods. I am happy to be helping anyone who is helping bring permaculture into the awareness of the masses, hope to hear from you soon!

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