Informal Learning

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. 

Growers' Guild Sessions

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.

Drop in to share your insights or simply listen in on the conversation.
Participation is by donation to Hayes Farm.

Sunday drop-in, from 1-3pm @ Multicultural Association of Fredericton, 28 Saunders Street

JANUARY 26 - 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

FEBRUARY 2 - 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.


FEBRUARY 9 - Permaculture

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

FEBRUARY 16 - 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


FEBRUARY 23 - 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

MARCH 1 - Wild Harvesting and Foraging 

  • local wild edibles and seasonality

  • harvesting and respect

  • wildcrafting and medicines

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Drop-in Sessions

Thanks for your interest in our drop-in sessions!  We have completed our 2019 offering, but have lots more coming down the line for 2020 - stay tuned!

This year we are excited to offer select classes of our Regenerative Farming Certificate program to the public. These classes cover a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to!) composting, companion planting, crop planning, integrated pest management, and permaculture principles and design.

See the full schedule in the calendar below, and contact for registration or more details. 

Each workshop is from 8-11:30 am, and unless otherwise noted is in our classroom at the Kinsmen Centre at 141 School Street. An annual membership with NB Community Harvest Gardens is required ($20), and each class is $15. 

We hope you'll come learn with us this season!

See the full 2019 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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