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.

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Our Mission

The Hayes Farm is a community farm and educational space that aims to foster a thriving and resilient culture of local food growers, eaters, and supporters.
Our human-scale regenerative farming model advances food security and food sovereignty, socioeconomic responsibility, environmental accountability, and prosperity of purpose in the local community. We will accomplish this by integrating Wabanaki wisdom & food ways, principles of land-based learning, and deep-rooted connections and responsibilities to our Earth Mother.

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Regenerative Farming SPRING Semester
Getting Started

 

10 weeks

April 18 - June 24, 2022

25 hours/week

Tuesday – Thursday 8am-4pm

Friday 9am-1pm

+ additional rotating evening & weekend checks

20 classes & 190+ hours on farm

  • Crop Planning 101

  • Three Sisters Planting

  • Working with Nature

  • Working with Water

  • Working with Soil

  • Working with Energy

Regenerative Farming SUMMER Semester
Grow Like a Pro

 

10 weeks

June 27 - September2, 2022

25 hours/week

Tuesday – Thursday 8am-4pm

Friday 9am-1pm

+ additional rotating evening & weekend checks

18 classes; 190+ hours on-farm
 

  • Native Corn

  • Plant Propagation

  • Pollinators

  • Indigenous perspective on Seed Sovereignty

  • Making Medicines

Regenerative Farming Fall Semester
Planning for Success

10 weeks

September 12 - November 18, 2022

25 hours/week

Tuesday – Thursday 8am-4pm

Friday 9am-1pm

+ additional rotating evening & weekend checks

28 classes & 155+ hours on farm

  • Season Extension

  • Holistic Farm Business Planning (HFBP) classes 18:

    • Qualitative Planning: Using a holistic approach, these sessions will give both new and experienced farmers the tools to create a comprehensive vision for their farm business. It will help identify any missing elements they need to have to develop a successful agricultural operation. 

    • Quantitative Planning: From setting sales projections to creating a final field operations calendar, these sessions will enable farmers to finalize their farm business plan by setting realistic sales targets and establishing a detailed, individualized plan on how to achieve those numbers. 

Regenerative Farming WINTER Semester
Beyond Hayes Farm

10 weeks

February 6 – April 14, 2023

25 hours/week

Tuesday – Thursday 8am-4pm

Friday 9am-1pm

 

40 classes; 105 hours on-farm

  • Fertility Management

  • Agroecology and Food Sovereignty

  • Agriculture and Climate Change

  • Permaculture Principles and Design 101

  • Political Economy of Agriculture

  • Managing a Prosperous Community Farm

  • Agricultural Practices, Systems, and Models

  • Solutions for Small Scale Growers

  • Impacts of Colonization on Food Systems

  • Plant Pathology and Common Plant Diseases in our Area

  • Land and Agrarian Reform

  • Alternative Economies in Practices/Indigenous Perspective on Economics

  • Basic Carpentry Skills

  • Seeds

Frequently Asked Questions

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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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  • 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?

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  • 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?

Updated 2022 program details coming
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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

Here is what some of our interns have had to say about the program over the years