Type of farm?
Livestock (All Animals)
We will provide you with food, accomodation and training and start apprentices on award wages ($550 per week) to be varied depending on experience and performance
We are located in the Scenic Rim, 1.5 hours south of Brisbane, and 1.5 hours inland from the Gold Coast. Our property of 385 acres is located right by Burnett Creek, looking out over Mount Maroon and Mount Barney; a great starting point for bush walking and climbing. It is 14kms to the local small shop at Rathdowney and 30kms to Boonah where there are shops, hotels, Art gallery and a thriving café culture.
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Your first contact with us should be an email to email@example.com. Please email about yourself and include:
Where are you now?
Can you speak and understand English? OK? Good?
When would you like to commence the 4 months?
What skills do you already have?
What kind of jobs have you done in the past?
Do you have any medical conditions? Allergies? Injuries?
Do you smoke?
Do you have a drivers licence?
A resume would also be helpful.
We will respond to all applicants by email or phone call, and will have a phone or personal interview with some applicants.
A wide range of food is provided. That includes our own pasture raised, organic fed chicken, eggs and beef, as well as vegetables and salad grown without chemicals in our garden. The rest of our food is bought locally as much as possible. Coeliacs are catered for and other special requests will be accommodated if possible.
A positive attitude, keenness to learn, alertness and initiative to be shown and a good sense of humour. Apprentices and Interns must be compatible with our core values: Integrity, Innovation, Commitment/ Passion, Quality and "Substance over form".
You will learn why and how we manage our farm the way we do, gain the practical experience, and there is access to quite a library of reference material, including a lot of the Polyface /Joel Salatin books. You can learn quite a lot around regenerative agriculture and regenerative land management techniques.
We will also share financial and business information that can help you consider feasibility of a similar enterprise, and learn to run a farm totally.
Learning to run an enterprise stacking (using the land for more than one product) farm in all aspects including elements of the establishment phase and expansion phases of such an enterprise. That includes all aspects of:
Pastured, organic fed egg production - gathering eggs; sorting and packing eggs; feeding watering and care of layers and guard goose, settling in new layers and relocating “feathernet” temporary electric fencing.
Pastured, organic fed broiler/meat chicken production - day-old chicks care in brooder, feeding watering and care of broilers, building broiler shelters, making feeders, assembling water systems.
Pasture fed beef - managed grazing, branding, weaning.
Maintaining and developing a fruit and vegetable garden.
Maintaining and utilising a composting system.
Operating our Lucas Portable Sawmill and slabber.
Helping with our on-farm shop (it runs 2 Sundays a month 10-12), and our market stall.
Normal farm maintenance.
Slashing paddocks with a John Deere 6430 Tractor and Topper.
Expectation of 8 hrs per day 5 days pw; being on a farm those hours are spread through the day. The rest of the day can be used for relaxation or education at your discretion.
We are seeking an apprentice and an intern to work with us on our farm as we create and develop our enterprise following in the style of Joel Salatin / Polyface Farms regenerative and holistic farming processes. You will have the opportunity to learn both the physical farming skills and the business/financial skills needed to run an "enterprise stacking" farm. We have done 3 days training with Joel in Australia 3 and we are 16 months into the establishment of the enterprise stacking system.
Due to increasing business we are looking to add an intern and an apprentice to our team of backpackers or Helpx volunteers-all accommodated on the farm. We would prefer at least a 12 month appointment for an apprentice, and we are willing to consider shorter terms for interns.
This position has longer-term career prospects as you could develop into the manager of our farm, or go on to participate on some "share-farm" or "herd-share" basis that gives you your own "fiefdom" as Joel Salatin advocates.
We currently combine beef cattle, laying hens in a caravan, broiler chickens, a Lucas Portable Sawmill, and very small vegetable garden which we want to expand. We have a development path planned with plenty of variety available including things such as getting a micro-abattoir licenced for processing our own chickens, re-certifying our commercial kitchen (bought from the mining industry in a 40' shipping container, and with a 40'/12 meter x 27'/8 meter verandah constructed beside it, which could be an alfresco restaurant), a desire to keep bees and other plans.
We practice Low Stress Stock Handling and our animals are ethically and humanely treated.
We plan to build sufficient economic activity so the farm will support its own small community of 4-8 team members and interact with and draw help from the local community. By our example we hope to make a difference to farming and regenerative land management practices in this region, and our chickens are already organic though not certified.
We want to play a part in educating the public about good quality organic food and how it is produced, including the transparency of farm walks, open days, farm shops held on the verandah beside the commercial kitchen and participating vigorously in the Scenic Rim's "Eat Local Week" activities (we are booked in for 5 elements of participation this year).
For more detailed information on us and our farm see www.aytonfarm.com.au and our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7MvtGIPRloHOQ24MRv3LqA . There is further information on our Facebook page: Ayton Farm and Instagram: Ayton_Farm. There is information for volunteers on our helpx listing at http://www.helpx.net/host.asp?hostid=45836&status=new.
Our core values are: Integrity, Innovation, Commitment/ Passion, Quality, Substance over form