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.
Anticipated program dates:
April 27, 2020 through August 28, 2020
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
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.
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
Agriculture and climate change
Agricultural practices and models
Food systems, social systems and health
Impacts of colonization on food
Intro to permaculture
Peasant agroecology and food sovereignty
Season extension techniques
Indigenous plantings and medicines
Integrated pest management
Practical growing skills
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
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
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 for answers to any and all of your questions, or to arrange a farm visit at any time of year.