Our Internship program at Cavaleiro Farm offers students and recent graduates practical, hands-on experience to learn what it takes to build and run an ecological farm.
As an intern, your classroom is a 65-acre farm just outside Toronto. The benefits are countless—project support, access to a community of members and local food businesses, not to mention accommodations, food, and a monthly stipend.
Our Internship program is affiliated with CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) in South West Ontario.
Read on to learn if this internship was made for you. Or apply now if you’re ready to take the next step.
Textbooks to the real world. We bring theory and practice together so you can learn how to run a local, ecological farm.
Want Practical, Hands-On Experience?
Does this sound like you? You:
• Are enrolled in or have graduated (within a year) from a program related to farming, environmental studies, forestry or agricultural land management
• Are aligned with permaculture and agroecological growing
• Have had previous experience on a farm (strong asset)
• Are seeking to work on a project related to growing crops, building, green business, community engagement or similar topic.
If so, read on to learn how Cavaleiro Farm can support your continuing education and career goals!
How It Works: An Exchange of Benefits
Your Offering to the Farm
Commit to an internship term
We require a minimum of two months and ideally look for a four- to five-month term with interns (it takes time to learn!). Internships can occur at any time of the year.
Complete your work days
Interns work 5 days a week, 8 hours a day. Assisting with some farm and animal tasks are required. (You receive two days off per week, plus vacation days.)
Work with our animals
Assist with some farm and animal tasks. We’ll make sure you get enough time to work on your own project. And you never know, you might just fall in love with the animal work!
Come ready to learn
Have an open mind and try your best. The farm life can be challenging and throw the unexpected your way—it’s a great opportunity to adapt and grow!
Our Commitment to You
Choose a project to work on during your internship, and receive guidance and feedback that is personalized to your goals.
Project resources and tools
Get access to land, equipment, and tools to execute your project on the farm.
Eat fresh from the farm’s produce, including veggies, eggs, and sometimes meat from our chickens, pigs and lambs. Trips to the town supermarket can be arranged. Interns are responsible for cooking their own meals.
If you want the full farmlife experience, stay in the farm’s trailer or camp outside during your internship!
Receive a $400 stipend each month of your internship to help towards your expenses. (Although you’ll find that living the farm life usually means spending less!)
Join our monthly Member Days, be part of a network of supportive relationships, and accelerate your learning through collective experiences.
CRAFT program perks
Visit and learn from other farms in South West Ontario who are participating in the CRAFT internship network.
Get outside. Sleep under the stars. Wake up to nature.
A Snapshot of Our Previous Interns
From a Master’s in Forestry, Harjeet spent his internship working with trees and the sheep. Together, these important farm systems are part of a sustainable approach to managing land and producing food.
Janice spent over 7 months on the farm learning all about herding sheep and lambing. She holds the record for sleeping outside under the stars. Just ask the sheep, they totally loved her.
Want to learn where your food comes from? Pursue a more sustainable lifestyle? Get involved in the local food movement? This could be your next step.
Ready To Apply For Your Internship?
Are you ready to take the next step in your farming journey? Just hit the button below to start your application to become our next intern. We look forward to hearing from you!