Medicinal Herbs Apprenticeship:
June 10 – October 17 2022

Application deadline: Wednesday May 25th




Loyola Friday June 10th 10:00 – 2:30 Introduction: Herbs, Anti-oppression, Interactions & contraindications & vocabulary 
Loyola Friday June 24th 10:00 – 2:30 Botany, Plant IDs and Transformations 101
Online Friday July 15th 10:00 – 2:30 Respiratory & Gastrointestinal pathophysiology
Online or Loyola (TBC)
Friday July 29th 10:00 – 2:30 Immunity, Adaptogens & the Neuro-endocrine system
Online Friday Aug. 12th 10:00 – 2:30 Cardiovascular system: Herbs & Nutrition for Heart Health
Aux Champs Qui Chantent Saturday Aug. 20th 9:00 – 4:00 Field Trip!!! =)
Loyola Friday Sept. 9th 10:00 – 2:30 Sexual & Hormonal Health
Loyola Friday Oct. 7th 10:00 – 2:30 How to close down a Perennial Garden: Roots, Seed saving & winter remedies


*Some of the workshops will be held online over Zoom or Jitsi. Small changes may be made to the workshop topics and locations (online vs. at Concordia’s Loyola Campus).
*We will be visiting La Ferme Coopérative Aux Champs Qui Chantent in Brownsburg QC for a field trip on Saturday Aug 20th. Please let the coordinator know if you have a car and are able to offer carpooling to and from the farm.
*There are 2 holiday weeks scheduled when students are not required to do garden shifts. These weeks will be July 3 – 10 and August 28 – Sept 4.

Apprenticeship Hours
All students must fulfill 60 hours of apprenticeship and attend the Friday workshops. Hours spent in our Friday workshops do not count towards the total number of apprenticeship hours. Apprenticeship hours are made up of garden shifts and kitchen/transformation shifts. The schedule will be made with you, and will not fluctuate. Shifts are listed below. You must commit to ONE weekly shift for the entire season:

MONDAYS   shift A
  9:30am – 12:30pm
  shift B
  1:30pm – 4:30pm

In order to receive your certificate you must complete the 60 apprentice shift hours and attend the Friday workshops and Aug 20th field trip. You must be on time for the workshops. Lateness of more than 30 minutes without notification will be considered an absence. Should you miss two workshops, you will not receive your certificate. You will be responsible for signing in and recording your own hours.

Garden Use
Our perennial garden in Loyola is a wonderful and established space that flourishes each year with care from our staff and apprentices. It is, however, a teaching garden and therefore changes hands each year. As an apprentice this year, you have free use of the site during your shift hours and whenever you feel motivated to come out to the garden with staff! After this year of your training, new apprentices will be using the space.

In addition, there will be opportunities for you to bring herbs home with you, but please consult with the coordinator before taking items home. These are used for community workshops or sold to cover operating costs of our continued programming, so we will need to check our stock before dividing up materials.

Student-Led Workshop/Project
This is a very exciting and important part of the program. It is where you, the apprentices, get to experience the excitement of working with people who want to learn more about herbalism! All CFS students will host a workshop or create an agreed-upon project in the Fall. Each person will decide upon a topic related to herbalism that is of interest to them and will design and facilitate a workshop/project that presents this topic. Workshops will be offered free of charge and will be open to community to attend and will be given on our sites or at a community organization. You have the option of giving your workshop alone or in a small group/pair. We will provide some options for locations for where you could give your workshop. Do not be afraid, this is a very fun part of the school!

Covid-19 Protocols
As the public health situation continues to evolve, we thank you in advance for your understanding as we adapt our plans accordingly. We will keep you updated on our Covid-19 safety measures. If you have symptoms, test positive or have been in contact with someone who tests positive, please be in touch with the coordinator and do not come to class.

Mutual Respect
As a group we will develop a group agreement on the first day of class to define how we want to learn together, however we have a zero tolerance policy for harassment, inclusive of racism, sexism, homophobia or transphobia (etc). Our program is meant to be a space where we can learn together, so we ask for a commitment to mutual respect.

We acknowledge that Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands and give honor and gratitude to those who stewarded and continue to steward this land. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters of Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal, historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations.

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 the coordinator for an interview / information session.
  3. Confirm your schedule and make your first payment by the agreed upon deadline.

The cost of this apprenticeship is $550. Your payment can be made in two equal installments – the first installment is due by June 10th to secure your place in the program. The second installment is due by July 11th. Payments can be made by cash, e-transfer, or cheque. Any cancellation up to and including the start date (June 10th) will be fully refunded.  Cancellation after this date will not be refunded. What does the cost cover? The tuition covers the cost of the workshops, materials, supplies students may take home, as well as the training you will receive from the City Farm School teachers.

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 let us know in the application process if you are in need of a bursary.

Apply NOW!

To apply please follow the links below and fill out the application form by the specified deadline and take note of when the interview times are. In addition to the application form, you will be asked to email us your CV and a brief letter of intent. If you have any questions about the application process or the program, please send them to

Application form:

You do not have to be a Concordia student to apply. This apprenticeship is open to everyone!



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