- Apprenticeships -
Currently there are a few ways you can learn with us here at Wild By Nature. Your guide is a seasoned mentor in botanical medicine, organic gardening, horticulture therapy, nutrition and healthy lifestyle practices, self sufficiency and homesteading in the city. Learn more about her here.
Currently full for the spring season:
At the moment, drop in group workshops are on hold until health and safety make it permissible.
Please read below for details.
Wild By Nature is an urban homestead in east Toronto. Our methods are based on permaculture principles. We garden organically and follow biodynamic practices. We strongly believe it is possible and vital to grow your own food and medicine in the city. We operate with a growth mindset and are ever curious to discover what we can learn each day in the garden.
We are a family of three and we live in our little cottage like bungalow with our cat.
We have a large pie shaped lot nestled in a residential neighbourhood. There is a huge ravine system right across the street that we regularly enjoy. There are all amenities that are expected in an urban setting, including public transit, grocery and health food store and whatever other conveniences you might wish for, all within walking distance.
Things you could learn in your time here:
Organic, biodynamic and permaculture methods and principles
Soil building, care and regeneration
Starting seeds- indoor and out
Hardening off plants and transplanting seedlings
Plant care and pest/disease management
Harvest and processing techniques
Whole food cooking
Medicinal herbs- growing, care and preparation
Everything you ever wanted to know about herbal tisanes
Season extenders- Cold frames, greenhouses
Pollinating plants and cut flowers
Companion and rotation planting
All about mulch!
Garden planning and design/build techniques
Plant identification- fruit and vegetable plants, edible “weed” harvest, invasive species management, ornamental and native plants
How to be resourceful with everything you do
How to improvise in almost any situation
Living more with less
Our part in our micro ecosystem as well as the world
Syncing your rhythm to nature’s rhythm
Monthly Mentorship Meetings
This series will be less work focused and more discussion, observation and query based. We will be touring the garden and observing and learning about the processes, changes, growth and challenges of the garden ecosystem, while learning how it changes through the season. There will be ample time for questions and discussions.
These monthly in-person mentorship meetings will begin in June and run until October from
3 - 6pm on the fourth Saturday of each month. The dates are:
The fee is $500 for all five workshop days, with limited bursaries available. This is only available as a series, attending one meeting is not an option at this time. The group will be a maximum of 5 people.
Does this interest you?
We will host a free one hour mini info session on Saturday June 05 at 3pm for you to see if this is what you are looking for. Next year, we will offer a more committed mentorship program, so this 5 month experience will be a great foundation for that.
To apply or ask questions please contact us here
Currently filled for Spring 2021
Weekly Volunteer Position
This is a 3hr weekly commitment (at a day and time we mutually agree to) between April and November.
Terms of Apprenticeship:
You will learn by working alongside Maria as while working in the garden. You will also be given tasks to learn by doing, so being able to work self directed is important. You may also be working alongside other volunteers or apprentices. There is always time for questions and discussions.
This volunteer position is available between April and November - a minimum 12 week (continuous) commitment is required.
Live/Work Urban Homestead Apprenticeship
This is a unique opportunity to live on site and work 10 hours per week in exchange for and tailored apprenticeship and subsidized lodging.
Terms of Apprenticeship:
In exchange for your time helping us, you will have abundant learning opportunities as well as lodging for a subsidized rent. This includes a furnished (with linens) private room in a fully furnished basement apartment shared with one other person. Kitchen (fully equipped), bath, work and living space are your own and shared with one other. All utilities, high speed internet, and laundry machines with supplies are included. You would be responsible for providing your own food, but as the season progresses, you can harvest surplus from the garden. The work schedule is flexible and can be worked out to be of mutual benefit, though some tasks are better done at certain times of the day.
You will learn by working alongside Maria as we work in the garden. You will also be given tasks to learn by doing, so being able to work self directed is important. There will be no formal classes, but plenty of opportunity and support for self directed learning, time for questions and discussions, and access to a library full of books relevant to growing plants and homesteading lifestyle that you are welcome to borrow.
The rent subsidy is available between April and October, which reduces the rent to $500/month. If we mutually agree that you would like to stay on until the next season, rent for your space would be $900/month between November to March.