Regenerative Farming Internships

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 Internship 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.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN & PROGRAM SPACES ARE STILL AVAILABILE- SEE BELOW TO APPLY!
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Our Intention

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.

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Regenerative Farming SUMMER Internship (RFSI)

 

18 weeks

April 26 - August 27, 2021

32 hours/week

Monday – Thursday 8am-4pm

Friday 9am-1pm

+ occasional evening & weekend checks

*As this program has proven to be physically and mentally demanding (as well as highly rewarding!), RFSI interns will get rotating days off depending on the final size of our 2021 cohort.

$2,500

What does this include?

  • all instruction on-farm and in class 

  • loads of hands-on experience in all aspects of our human-scale community farm (focusing on summer crop production)

  • mentorship and networking with many talented and knowledgeable individuals

  • consideration for 2022 on-farm incubator plot

  • new friends and new perspectives

  • free access to surplus veggies!

Regenerative Farming FULL Internship (RFFI)

 

31 weeks

April 26 - November 26, 2021

32 hours/week

April - August:

Monday – Thursday 8am-4pm

Friday 9am-1pm

+ occasional evening & weekend checks

September - November:

24 weekday hours farm time

+ 8 hours Holistic Farm Business Planner 

*As this program has proven to be physically and mentally demanding (as well as highly rewarding!), RFFI interns will get 1 full week off over the course of the internship.

$3,500

What does this include?

  • everything included in the RFSI (see above/left) PLUS

  • customer relations and feedback

  • fall harvest, storing crops, fall garden close-up, and winter bed prep

  • Holistic Farm Business Planner course (more  information available here)

  • a deeper dive into intern-chosen topics

  • tailored mentorship and leadership skills

*One (1) $3,500 bursary is available from JEDI for Indigenous applicants - see below to apply!

Frequently Asked Questions

COMMITMENTS, ETC.

What are the program dates?

How much time is on farm? How much time is In class?

Will I need to work evenings and/or weeeknds?

 

Do I get any time off?

 

What is the schedule?

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PROGRAM CONTENT, ETC. 

  • What is the difference between the RFFI and the RFSI?

  • What can I expect at the end of the program?

  • What will I learn!?

  • Is there homework or grading?

  • What's a day in the life like for an intern?

  • Who are the instructors?

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  • What are the program dates?

  • How much time is on farm?

  • How much time is spent in class?

  • Will I need to work evenings and/or weekends?

  • Do I get any time off?

  • What is the schedule?

THIS AND  THAT

  • Is your program accredited?

  • Are accommodations offered?

  • I'm a minor - can I still participate?

  • How will I be safe considering COVID-19

  • How many people will be participating?

  • How do I get to and from the farm?

  • Do you have animals on the farm?

  • Do I need farming or gardening experience?

  • What does the program fee cover?

  • What do I need to bring?

  • Is there a payment plan option for program fees?

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 future goals.

  • No farming experience necessary!

  • Strong work ethic, time management, adaptability, and problem-solving skills are all necessary on our community farm

  • Computer/tablet/phone and internet access

  • Word processing, basic spreadsheet literacy, and cloud file management (Google Drive)

  • Participants must be prepared to work physically demanding long hours outside in all kinds of weather

  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older as of April 26, 2021

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

Be sure to apply as soon as possible, as our 20 intern positions will be filled on a rolling basis until positions are full. We aim to complete enrollment for the 2021 season by March 26, 2021.

Apply now!                                                                                      Apply now!

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JEDI Bursaries 
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Thanks to the Joint Economic Development Initiative's commitment to education and training, they are offering full ($3,500) bursaries for up to three (3) Indigenous applicants to our full season Regenerative Farming Full Internship program in 2021.

It is our hope that these bursaries will allow Indigenous learners
to participate in this program who may not otherwise

be financially able.

See the application online here, and be sure to include it with your full program application (above). Two incredible learners benefitted from JEDI bursaries in the 2020 season - see their stories here.