CLOSES JANUARY 11th 2020  

Please read everything below thoroughly BEFORE applying:

New for 2020, this stand-alone course will explore many projects ideas for indoor urban agriculture, with a strong focus on how to start and grow your own seedlings for your home herb and vegetable gardens.  Throughout the course students will have the opportunity experiment with indoor mushroom cultivation, vermi-composting, micro-greens, hydroponic growing, houseplants and more!  We will grow over 200 different plant species from seed – allowing time to master the techniques needed for most herb of vegetable varieties.  To do this we will experiment with many different techniques for germinating and growing seedlings – such as soil blocks, germination testing and asexual propagation.   All the while keeping in mind that as urban dwellers, we are often limited in space and sunlight for grow, so we will showcase techniques that are specifically adopted to our Montreal lifestyle.

The course will take place entirely in the Concordia Greenhouse, located in downtown Montreal.  It is ideal for someone who is just starting out gardening and wants to learn the basics, or for someone who has some experience gardening but wants a more solid foundation from which to build their skills.  Focusing on small scale projects and gardening in an urban setting, this course will build confidence in any urban gardener to grow their own seedlings and experiment more at home.

You do not have to be a Concordia Student to apply.  This course is open to everyone!

What you can expect to learn from this program:

  • Fundamental practices of organic vegetable gardening
  • Principles of small-scale garden design
  • Technical training in greenhouse growing and seedling production
  • An understanding of local food systems, opportunities and challenges
  • Basics of home hydroponic growing, mushroom cultivation, micro-green production and vermi-composting

How it works:

There are three components to this course:

1) Weekly Greenhouse Shifts 

From March to May students will work in the Concordia Greenhouse on our seedling project that produces more than ten-thousand seedling each year for community gardens, agriculture organisations and community members around Montreal.  During these work sessions, students will work hands-on with the plants, side-by-side with the Greenhouse Staff to learn about seeds, seedlings, soil and greenhouse growing.  Starting seedlings is where the season begins!

Here you will learn to start all manner of vegetables and herbs right from the source – the seed!  Thanks to our partnership with HydroFlora, we will have access to a fully functional hydroponics room to test out different methods of propagation with hydroponics.  Further, we will be integrating mini-projects on mushroom growing, vermi-composting and others which the students will care for week-by-week to follow their progress as well.

The options for the weekly shifts are below.  Once confirmed your weekly shift will not change for the duration of the course.  The session runs for 12 weeks.  The first Tuesday shift is March 3rd, first Thursday shift is March 5th.  The final shifts are on May 19th and 21st respectively.  The seedling sale will take place over the long weekend in May 15-18th.

2)  Flex Shifts 

To gain more experience with the plants students are asked to sign up for flex shifts where they will take the lead in caring for plants.  At the beginning of the session the coordinators will present you with sign-up sheet where you will sign up for your flex shifts.   The options will include independent work with the seedlings, and a variety of actions related to the seedling sale (promotions, deliveries, set-up, help the day of the sale etc).  Students should note that although these shifts are spread throughout the session, the majority of them are offered towards the end of the session as the plants get bigger and more demanding and for set up and staffing the plant sale during the long weekend in May.

3)  Workshops

This series of workshops is designed to compliment the hands-on learning during the weekly shifts.  In the workshops we will delve deeper into the science and theories that inform the rest of the work in the greenhouse.  As well as take the opportunity to explore other facets of urban agriculture that are not touched on in the the weekly shifts.  The workshops will be presented by a number of experienced organic farmers, permaculturalists, horticulturalists and others with expertise in the field.  The goals of these workshops are to add depth to the practical training provided in the course.

Attendance is mandatory at all workshops.


How to apply:

There are three steps to the application process:

  1. Fill out the application form and submit any additional documents by the specified deadline.
  2. Meet with one of the coordinators for an interview / information session.
  3. Confirm your schedule and make your first payment by the agreed upon deadline.

COST: $275.  The fees can be paid in 2 installments.  What does the cost cover? The tuition covers the cost of the workshops, materials such as readings and supplies students take home, as well as the training you will receive from the City Farm School coordinators.

BURSARIES: We are offering a bursary program for those who need financial assistance. We don’t want cost to be a limiting issue, 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 upload it along with your application.

Apply NOW!

To apply, just follow the links below and fill out the application form by the specified deadline.  Please take note of when the interview times are for each session.  You will be asked to upload your CV in the application.  If you have any questions about the application process or the program, please send them to

*Please note that we will be in contact with applicants that are selected for the interview process.

“Indoor Urban Agriculture Course”: March 3rd to May 21st