ClearWater works with young adults to help them find their way towards work in a nature-related field through innovative apprenticeship programs and immersive experiences. We provide an individuated mentoring environment that supports each person’s journey to find a vocation that is meaningful to them. With the farm, forest, field and lake as a backdrop, we use the inherent challenges presented by the natural world to leverage learning and personal growth.
Young Agri-Preneur Program
Young Agri-Preneur Program is multi-year apprenticeship that provides subsidized access to housing, equipment and land, combined in early years with a basic wage, under the mentorship and guidance of experienced farmers who embrace a regenerative approach to agriculture. This program is ideal for young adults with some form of post-secondary education who have come to realize that they may want to commit their lives to growing healthy food in a way that restores soil quality to promote long-term sustainability and, can demonstrate their seriousness and ability to follow through on their intentions. To inquire about participating, please communicate with
|Age:||22-29 years old|
|Time:||April or May to November 2020;
subsequent years depend on first year success.
Financial arrangements: ClearWater will provide onsite subsidized housing and a basic wage in year one. In subsequent years, participants will gain access to land to farm for their own account.
Starting in 2021, we anticipate launching a “Young Natur-preneur” Apprenticeship Program in Outdoor Education.
Youth Artist Residency Program
The Loons in the Willows is a weekend interdisciplinary artist’s residency taking place at the ClearWater farm food forest and yurt, set on the edge of Lake Simcoe in Georgina, Ontario. Artists will be guided through the basics of harvesting and cultivating natural materials and walked through some basic strategies for application in community and environmental arts practices. Each participant will be given space and time to create an installation that will reside in our children’s forest and playground, and be interacted with by numerous local kids. Camping on the stunning lakeside property over the weekend, artists will be facilitated through nature connection routines, and build a sense of community.
This year’s theme will be ‘emblems of migration’. We all migrate internally and externally, in landscapes which overlap with others. As we encounter each other and the organic materials of this world, each participant will be encouraged to leave memorials and emblems of this meeting, celebrating and departing.
This program is ideal for artists and educators who are fascinated by the intersection between the arts and the natural world. To inquire about participating, please communicate with
|Ages:||22-29 years old|
|Cost:||$270 + HST|
|2020 Dates:||May 15th-18th|
Mushroom Workshops invite you to discover who lives under the soil, in the dark, and under the bark. We will explore outdoor cultivation of edible mushrooms, intercommunication between trees and fungi, and scientifically-sound methods of growing mushrooms at home. For more information, contact
|Time:||6pm – 9pm|
|Cost:||Sliding scale from $50 – $100|
|2020 Dates:||May 11th, June 2nd, 2020|