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.

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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.

Anticipated program dates:

April 27, 2020 through August 28, 2020

Hours:

32 hours per week:

Monday to Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm (with 1 hour for lunch)

Fridays 9:00am to 1:00pm, plus scheduled rotating evening and weekend farm checks.

*As this program has proven to be physically and mentally demanding (as well as highly rewarding!), rotating days off will be scheduled depending on the final size of our 2020 cohort.

Final day of RFC 2019

2020 RFC application form - .pdf format

2020 RFC application form - .docx format

WE ARE PROCEEDING WITH A MODIFIED PROGRAM TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. WE ARE WORKING AS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE TO GROW FOOD FOR OUR COMMUNITY. 

In partnership with Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI), two (2) Indigenous participants are being sponsored to take the 18-week RFC program. It is our hope that these bursaries will allow two Indigenous learners to participate in this program who may not otherwise be financially able.

The Program

With a balance of in-field and classroom time (roughly 70:30), program interns are actively involved in feeding local people through a community farm. Small teams of interns will take on ownership and management of small field blocks in order to gain practical experience and deepen their knowledge in the following areas:

Regenerative Crop Production
Beyond the Farm
Farm "Non-Economics"

Agriculture and climate change

Agricultural practices and models

Blanket exercise

Ecosystems

Food preservation

Food systems, social systems and health

Gleaning

Impacts of colonization on food

Intro to permaculture

Peasant agroecology and food sovereignty

Plant pathology

Season extension techniques

Seeds

Seven Sisters

Carpentry

Composting

Crop planning

Farm safety

Fertility management

Greenhouse management

Indigenous plantings and medicines

Integrated pest management

Plant propagation

Pollination sanctuaries

Practical growing skills

Seeds

Spreadsheet literacy

Three Sisters planting

Wild edibles, foraging, and wildcrafting

Working with nature, soil, and water

Land and agrarian reform

Managing a prosperous community farm

Marketing, sales, promotion, and food distribution practices

Political economy of agriculture

Solutions for small-scale organic growers

State of the family farm

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Rotating Farm Roles

Throughout the program, teams of interns will be trained to take on the rotating farm roles of:

Field Manager: understand and interpret the crop plan, maintain weekly task list, record field data, maintain veggie inventory, general field equipment management, etc.

Food Distribution Manager: help to manage veggie box logistics, generate harvest lists, manage harvest station and CSA pickup schedule, etc.

Farm Maintenance Manager: irrigation, tool, infrastructure, and wildlife management, etc.  

Human Resources Manager: crew morale, division of labour, communication between on-farm roles, safety, maintaining evening & weekend schedules, etc.

Community Outreach Manager: relationship building on & off farm, organizing volunteers on-farm, engaging community partners, etc.

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 goals.

  • No farming experience necessary!

  • Strong work ethic, time management, adaptability, and problem-solving skills are all necessary on our 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 as of April 27, 2020

Membership


We are able to provide this unique experiential learning opportunity while addressing our community’s food security needs by collecting membership fees for our Mother organization, NB Community Harvest Gardens. Your membership includes access to additional benefits of being an NBCHG member. 

Though the value of the 18-week program is at least $3,000, the 2020 RFC program is being offered for $2,000. The fee may be paid in full or in installments throughout the internship period ($500 deposit due upon acceptance, plus $500 due on each June 1st, July 1st, and August 1st).

Contact us to learn more!

Contact us at hayesteachingfarm@gmail.com for answers to any and all of your questions, or to arrange a farm visit at any time of year. 

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