The Permaculture & Policy Session lasts for 3 months and is the third and final component of our City Farm School (CFS) Apprenticeship Program. Beginning  September 3rd and ending November 10th, this session focuses on harvest and transformation techniques for medicinal plants and end of year produce, permacultural methods of design, fruit forest landscaping, how to save seed and the science of seeds, how to use gardening and growing as a source of community engagement and what is happening locally and globally in terms of food sovereignty and systems. It takes place in the NDG farm at the Loyola Campus.

This stream requires 60 hours over the course of three months. If you are interested in applying for the full internship program, please go here. You do not have to be a Concordia Student to apply.  This internship is open to everyone over the age of 18!

What you can expect to learn from this programme:

  • fundamental practices of organic vegetable gardening
  • principles of garden design and collective management
  • working with local populations and food
  • an understanding of local food systems, opportunities and challenges
  • how to design and facilitate workshops


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, policy makers, activists, chefs and horticulturalists.  The goals of these workshops are to help add depth to the practical training provided in the internship. Since this is the third series of our full internship, newcomers will also have an additional workshop at the beginning to give them an introduction to topics already covered in our Greenhouse & Garden sessions.




Loyola Saturday September 8th 11:00am – 4:00pm Urban Beekeeping
Loyola Saturday September 29th 11:00am – 4:00pm Food Forests, Permaculture & Food systems
Loyola Saturday October 20th 11:00am – 4:00pm Seed Saving & Sovereignty
Loyola             Saturday October 27th            11:00am – 4:00pm     Medicinal Plants & Closing the Garden

*Some small changes may be made to the workshop topics.



All students must fulfill 60 apprenticeship hours between September 3 and November 10 to complete this session.   Apprenticeship hours are made up of garden and kitchen shifts, market shifts and your final workshop.  Hours spent in the Saturday workshops do not count towards the total number of apprenticeship hours. The schedule will be made with you, and will not fluctuate, allowing you to plan vacation time and work around the garden.

Garden Shifts

During weekly garden shifts students will work directly with the CFS coordinators on the upkeep of both their collective garden plots and the Loyola Farm. As a compliment to the full workshop schedule, our staff will offer a series of “mini-workshops”.  During the mini-workshops we will focus in on some key technical skills, taking advantage of the smaller garden shift groups.  We will also use this time to facilitate discussions on current goings-on in the world of Food Security and Urban Agriculture.  You will need to complete 40 hours of garden shifts during this session.

Garden  – One 4 hour shift per week

Mondays shift a 9:30am – 1:30 pm
shift b 1:30pm – 5:30pm
Wednesdays shift c 9:30am – 1:30 pm
shift d 1:30pm – 5:30pm
shift e
1:30pm – 5:30pm


Market Shifts

Bringing your produce to market is one of the most rewarding aspects of this apprenticeship.  Ever popular with our neighbours our ultra local market will take place once again right on site at the Loyola farm.  We will be partnering with the NDG food depot to set up mobile markets in the community.    Students are expected to help in all aspects of the market – promotions, harvesting, packaging and selling.  At the beginning of the  session, students will be presented with a sign-up sheet listing all of the markets we will hold.  Students  will sign up in advance for the markets they will attend. You will need to complete 12 hours of market shifts in this session.


City Farm School Market: (Tuesdays 2pm-6pm) Ever popular with our neighbours, our ultra local market will take place once again right on site at the Loyola farm.  This market happens weekly throughout the entire season and is solely stocked with produce from our gardens.

Good Food Market:  satellite market at St Raymond (Thursday 2pm-6pm OR 3:30-7:30) City Farm school apprentices will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the good folks of the NDG Food depot while volunteering at their weekly market.  This market boasts a real community feel and features lots of local and organic produce for sale at very affordable prices.

Verdun CAUS market: (Dimanche 11h à 15h) Organisé par La Coopérative Abondance Urbaine Solidaire (CAUS). La coopérative vise à créer l’abondance pour les citoyens autant en alimentation saine et locale qu’en éducation et en relations sociales. Le marché fermier des berges aura lieu dans l’espace vert aux berges entre les 4e et 5e avenues (à l’est du restaurant Crescendo).

Student led Workshop

This is a very exciting and important part of the school.  It is where you, the students, get to experience the excitement of working with people who just want to learn more about urban agriculture! Working in pairs all CFS students will host two workshops.  The workshops will be offered free of charge and will be open to community to attend.  Each pair will decide upon a topic related to urban agriculture that is of interest to them and will design and facilitate one workshop that presents this topic.  The students will then present this one workshop on two separate occasions.  The first will be held on your home turf – at the Greenhouse or at the Loyola Farm.  For the second presentation of the workshop, you will go out into the world to show your stuff(!)  by working with another community organization or group of your choosing. Students will receive support from the CFS coordinators in all aspects of this process, including helping you to find a community group to work with, if needed.  A schedule of available dates for your first workshop will be provided and students are asked to select their date and topic. Do not be afraid, this is a very fun part of the school! You will need to complete 8 hours in preparing and giving the workshop.

Click here to see the workshops some of our past interns have created!



APPLY: Please fill out the application (linked here) completely and email a copy of your CV and a brief letter of interest to When Applying, please put PERMACULTURE SESSION in your header.

COST: $275 What does the cost cover? The tuition covers the cost of the 4 workshops, materials such as readings and transformation 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 interns, so are working to develop a sustainable model to help those who need support financially and will do our best to match your request. Please download and fill out this bursary application and email it to Please submit this at the same time that you complete the application above.