Informal Learning

Thanks for your interest in our informal learning opportunities! Our online drop-in sessions are now available (see below!), and we are assessing volunteer opportunities on a case-by-case basis.

If you are looking to commit to a regular volunteer opportunity, please reach out to discuss training and commitment. Stay safe and eat well!

There are lots of ways to join us at Hayes Farm without committing to a full-time or formal program. Take a look at our informal opportunities below, including Growers' Guild sessions, drop-in learning, and volunteering. 

Drop-in Sessions

We are excited to be bringing back our public offering of drop-in learning sessions as of this week. Of course, these still can only be offered online, but we have about a month of e-learning under our belts, and are now comfortable to open our virtual doors to you, and are thrilled to be doing so!

Most sessions are discussion style, with some power points and formal delivery. 

Advance registration (at least 1 day prior) will be required, and participants will receive an email invitation to join online via Zoom. Each workshop is from 9-11:30 am. With your $20 annual NB Community Harvest Gardens membership, all sessions are ONLY $5!! 

See the full schedule in the calendar below, and contact for registration, payment details, or any other questions. We hope you'll come learn with us this season!

See the full 2020 schedule with descriptions and details here.

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We are always looking for extra sets of hands and extra  minds to help us work toward our mission, and to simply get things done. Whether your interest is 'in the weeds' on farm, connecting with community, helping on veggie pick up days, early season help in the hoop house, logistics, or organizational structure and governance (etc., etc., etc.!), we would love to have you as part of our team!

Volunteer opportunities can be one-time only or routine, and we love to host groups for team building and community days of action. 

If you are interested in volunteering with us at Hayes Farm, please get in touch with the Hayes Farm Coordinator (Claire) at Can't wait to hear from you!


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Growers' Guild Sessions

Our winter Growers' Guild sessions are not workshops. Instead, we are gathering like-minded people - from beginners to professionals - to discuss a common topic. Hayes Farm invites you to talk with us, while we provide resources and networking opportunities to further you in your individual learning and understanding.


Look below to see what was offered through winter 2020 as an example of what may be to come this winter!
Participation is by donation to Hayes Farm.

Q&A; all things Hayes Farm

  • farm direction past/present/future

  • programming information

  • food distribution

  • volunteer opportunities

  • we will encourage participants to ask questions and provide input for Hayes Farm direction

Crop Planning 101 + Garden Resource Sharing

  • talk about/introduce various tools for planning your garden for meaningful harvests throughout the entire growing season (and beyond)

  • sharing contacts/sources for farm and garden inputs – tools, seeds, fertilizers, packaging, equipment, mulch, compost, potting soil, poultry gear, poultry feed, etc.


  • this session will coincide with Permaculture Atlantic's monthly 'permachat' - all are welcome!

Post-harvest Handling & Veg Storage

  • both in the field and for storage; what to do with your harvests to make sure they last

  • cold storage, root cellaring, and processing

  • community veg storage discussion

Fruits and Vegetables A-Z

  • growing tips, harvesting tips, post-harvest handling, and storage

  • favourite varieties, novel varieties

  • how to eat, lore, and seed saving, etc

Wild Harvesting and Foraging 

  • local wild edibles and seasonality

  • harvesting and respect

  • wildcrafting and medicines


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