Regenerative Farming Certificate
Reconnect with the land and community to find your purpose. This is no ordinary program. If you’re looking to see how food justice, food security, and climate issues play out in the real world, this program is for you. Put your knowledge to work in the fields of Hayes Farm, a working farm in the heart of Fredericton.
Regenerative agriculture enriches the soil instead of depleting it, respects nature instead of exploiting it, captures carbon instead of releasing it, and supports the interconnectedness of every aspect of our food web and communities.
The Regenerative Farming Certificate is a holistic community-led farm program that provides the skills, expertise and support to practice human-scale agriculture. By demonstrating this model of seasonal food production, we address local food security, financial responsibility, and personal and spiritual fulfillment.
The Hayes Farm aims to inspire and mobilize New Brunswickers toward a resilient and thriving food system. We do this in the spirit of honouring Indigenous culture and food ways, integrative principles of land-based learning, and reconnection.
April 29, 2019 through August 30, 2019
35 hours per week, weekdays 8:00am to 4:00pm with half-day Fridays 9:00 am to 1:00pm, plus occasional evenings and weekends.
Mark and our RFC cohort on day 1 of the 2019 program
The application period has now closed. Check back for information about fall programming and the 2020 RFC program application information.
With a balance of in-field and classroom time (roughly 70:30), program participants will be actively involved in feeding local people through a community farm, gaining practical experience and deepening their knowledge in the following areas:
Beyond the Farm
Agricultural practices and models
Food systems, social systems and health
Foraging and wild edibles
Intro to agroecology
Season extension techniques
Small-scale farming and climate-smart agriculture
The colonized food system
Wabanaki World View
Working with nature
Indigenous plantings and medicinals
Integrated pest management
Practical growing skills
Working with soil
Alternative economic models
Managing a prosperous community farm
Marketing and food distribution practises
Solutions for small-scale organic growers
The politics of a “profitable” farm
The state of the family farm
Visiting Greg and Mike at Backyard Mushrooms in Fredericton, NB!
Rotating Farm Roles
Throughout the program, participants will be trained to take on the rotating farm roles of:
Field Manager: weekly task list, crop planning spreadsheets, recording field data, organizing farm crew, post-harvest handling, compost management
Office Manager: recording farm expenses and income, emails, and social media, maintaining market float, managing veggie box subscriber payments
CSA and Market Manager: maintaining market gear, veggie box logistics, communicating with subscribers, managing harvest station, maintaining subscriber list
Farm Maintenance Manager: irrigation management, tool and infrastructure management, wildlife management
Human Resources Manager: crew morale, division of labour, communication between on-farm roles, safety
Community Outreach Manager: organizing volunteers, engaging with community partners, relationship building
Requirements and Qualifications
The farm, used as a tool for critical thinking, democratic citizenship, and skills-building, will be of great life-value for people from diverse backgrounds and motivations.
No farming experience necessary!
Strong work ethic, adaptability and problem-solving skills are necessary on a community farm. Participants must be prepared to work long hours outside in all kinds of weather.
Must be at least 18 years of age or older to apply
We are able to provide this unique experiential learning opportunity while addressing our community’s food security needs by collecting membership fees.
Though the value of the 18-week program is $3,000, the 2019 RFC program is being offered for $2,000. The fee may be paid in instalments throughout the internship period ($500 deposit upon acceptance, plus $500 due on June 1st, July 1st, and August 1st). Financial assistance may be available upon request.
Contact us to learn more!
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