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*Applications for our  2018 Summer Farm to Market session and Fall Permaculture and Policy session will open in April and August respectively. 


Please read everything below thoroughly before applying:

The Greenhouse Growing Session lasts for 3 months and is the first component of our Full Apprenticeship Program. From March 9 until May 26th, this session focuses on the skills and sciences behind greenhouse growing, soil, and seeds. It takes place in the downtown Concordia Greenhouse located at the top of the Hall Building.

This stream requires 60 hours over the course of three months. If you are interested in applying for the full apprenticeship program, please go here. You do not have to be a Concordia Student to apply.  This internship is open to everyone!

What you can expect to learn from this programme:

  • fundamental practices of organic vegetable gardening
  • technical training in greenhouse growing and seedling production
  • an understanding of local food systems, opportunities and challenges
  • how to work with soil and what makes for healthy growing conditions


The programme is divided into two main components – Workshops and Hands-on Apprenticeship.



This series of workshops is designed to familiarize student with the main theories, concepts and practices of organic agriculture.  The workshops will be presented by a number of experienced organic farmers, permaculturalists, and horticulturalists.  The goals of these workshops are to help add depth to the practical training provided in the internship.




Greenhouse / Downtown Campus Friday March 9th 5:30pm- 7:30pm Introduction & Mixer
Greenhouse / Downtown Campus Saturday March 24th 11:00am – 4:00pm Compost and Soil Science
Greenhouse / Downtown Campus Saturday April 7th 11:00am – 4:00pm
Fertility and Pest Management in Greenhouse
Greenhouse / Downtown Campus Saturday April 21st 11:00am – 4:00pm Garden Design
TBA weather dependent Saturday May 5th 11:00am – 4:00pm Mushrooms & Plant Propagation
 TBA  Saturday May 26th  Afternoon End of Session Party!

*Some small changes may be made to the workshop topics



All students complete 60 apprenticeship hours between March 11 and May 26 to complete the Greenhouse Growing Session.  The schedule will be made with you, and will not fluctuate. The greenhouse shifts will be selected by you before the program begins – they will comprise 44 of your 60 hours.  For the remaining 16 hours, you will be presented with a list of dates and activities which you can sign up for in the first two weeks of the session.  These activities will vary from helping coordinators with public volunteer sessions, to promotions for our seedling sale, to assistance at the seedling sale.  During your internship, you will work with other members of the school to manage seedling growth and to think on crop plans and how these seedling could be put to use.

Greenhouse Shifts

From March 11 to May 26 students will work in the Concordia Greenhouse to produce thousands of seedlings for the public and to community gardens around Montreal.  During these work sessions, students will work directly with the Greenhouse Staff to learn the skill of seedling production and greenhouse growing.

Greenhouse Shift – One 4 hour shift per week

Mondays shift a 9:00am – 1:00pm
shift b 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Wednesdays shift c 9:00am – 1:00pm
shift d 1:00pm – 5:00pm
shift e
1:30pm – 5:30pm
During registration you will select your shift.  Shifts cannot be changed once assigned.




*Our 2018 Summer and Fall apprenticeships will still be open for applicants this year. Read more about them and when to apply here and here.

COST: $275 What does the cost cover? The tuition covers the cost of the 5 workshops, materials such as readings and supplies students take home, as well as the training you will receive from the CFS coordinators.

BURSARIES: We are offering a bursary program for those who need financial assistance. We don’t want cost to be a limiting issue for students, so we will try and meet your request as fully as our budget permits. To apply, please download and fill out this form and email it back to Please be sure to send this at the same time as you submit your application, otherwise we may not be able to process it in time.

When applying, please put GREENHOUSE GROWING INTERNSHIP in your header. To register, all students must fill out the application form. We will host interviews at the beginning of February after all application have been received. All students will be notified within a week of their interview if they have been selected for the school.