Young Belgian to work on Olde MacKenzie Farm

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Last February, the Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard (CIF) announced its new AgriInterCulture project, a recruitment program that matches agriculture students or graduates with farmers in the province.

The CIF has matched Ana Lerchs Salazar from Belgium and the Olde MacKenzie Farm in Rose Valley. 

Originally from Brussels, Ana came to PEI on July 3. She has a bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering in Forest and Nature Management and a master’s degree in Bioengineering in Agricultural Sciences from Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech.

AgriInterCulture is perfect for this young agricultural engineer. “I will have the chance to get concrete experience, work with farmers and practice my profession’s English vocabulary while learning about a new culture, a new place that I don’t know anything about. I will have the opportunity to learn a lot about managing a farm and the way of life on the Island.”

Carey and Jeff Wood, owners of Olde MacKenzie Farm, decided to take part in AgriInterCulture because of the lack of workers in the province. “Ana will have the chance to do all kinds of work on the farm, like weeding, planting, harvesting, washing, weighing, packaging, preparing CSA baskets and working in the greenhouses," Carey said. "Once a routine has been established, she’ll be able to suggest improvements. I’m sure that will happen quickly.” 

The Wood family plans to include Ana in family activities. This will also be an opportunity to reduce a little stress that the family has been experiencing, so they can concentrate on other aspects of the farm and spend a little more time together.

(The purpose of AgriInterCulture is to contribute to the economic development of PEI’s agricultural industry while providing a better supply of qualified labour (as interns) to local farmers. The project also supports the demographic growth of the Acadian and Francophone community, as some participants may decide to stay in PEI after their internships if they can secure another work contract.)

If you are a farmer and would like an intern, please contact Noëlla Richard at 902-439-7998 or agriinterculture@gmail.com

 

 

 

Organizations: Carey and Jeff Wood

Geographic location: Belgium, Rose Valley, Brussels

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