The Food Sovereignty & Transformation Session lasts for 3 months and is the third and final component of our City Farm School (CFS) Internship Program. Beginning  September 4th and ending November 11th, this session focuses on harvest and transformation techniques, how to preserve what you grow, 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 downtown Concordia Greenhouse located at the top of the Hall Building and at 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 – Education and Internship.



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 9th 10:30am – 4:30pm Food Preservation and Transformation
Loyola Saturday September 30th 10:30am – 4:30pm Food Systems & Policy
Loyola Saturday October 21st 10:30am – 4:30pm Seed Saving & Closing down the Garden
Loyola             Saturday November 11th            10:30am – 4:30pm       Plant Medicines .                                         


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

Reading Group:

During the course of the year students will be given a series of readings pertaining to political issues of food and farming. Students will be able to discuss the readings during the lunch breaks of our Saturday workshops.


All students must fulfill 60 internship hours between September 4 and November 11 to complete this session.   Internship 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 internship hours. The schedule will be made with you, and will not fluctuate, allowing you to plan vacation time and work around the garden.

Garden & Kitchen 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. In addition, this session focuses on preserving harvest through drying, cooking, fermenting and transforming foods and herbs. Some of the internship hours will therefore be in the kitchen’s downtown or at Loyola Campus. 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.  

Garden & Kitchen Shift – One 4 hour shift per week

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


Market Shifts

Bringing your produce to market is one of the most rewarding aspects of this internship.  Ever popular with our neighbours our ultra local market will take place once again right on site at the Loyola farm.  New to 2017, 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 summer 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.


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!

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



APPLY by following this link, filling out our application form and emailing your CV to NO LATER than August 22nd!!

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 we have a supplemental program raise money through product sales. For more information, please email

When Applying, please put TRANSFORMATIONS SESSION in your header. To register, all students must fill out the application form, and email a CV to We will host interviews at the beginning of August 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.

Notes: Holidays – each student will be allowed to schedule 1 week of holiday time where they are not expected to attend any garden shifts or market shifts.