Please note: The deadline for applications (2017 season) has been extended. To apply, please send a résumé and letter of intent to Jen Greenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will begin interviews as soon as we get promising applicants.
The Bethany Garden New Grower Program is seeking motivated individuals who want an opportunity to learn about gardening as a career. The garden is set up with raised beds, irrigation, deer fence, and greenhouses. A barn near the garden houses many tools, including a BCS walking tractor and implements. There is also a walk in cooler and a vegetable processing area. High quality compost, cover crop seed, electricity and water are included. Mentorship from two experienced market gardeners is a key component to this program.
Each year, participants pay a fee of $4,000 or 50% of gross sales, whichever is less, and purchase seeds, fuel and other consumables. Knowledge, hard work and weather in the growing season are factors in determining what income can be made but the garden has been able to net $30,000 from May to November. Applicants should be able to support themselves financially. Income for new growers depends on sales from the garden. It is also helpful to have access to a vehicle for transporting produce to market.
If you are in transition between apprenticing on farms and starting your own market garden, or if you have some experience growing vegetables and need to learn all aspects of market gardening this is a perfect learning opportunity for you. If you are from out of the area, we will do our best to help you find a place to live nearby. The Bethany Garden is located right in the dynamic university town of Antigonish, NS.
Below are a few photos from the 2016 season: