APPLICATIONS CLOSED FOR 2017!! Check our 2nd and 3rd session pages.

The City Farm School Internship Program is designed to create urban organic farmers interested in taking growing veggies for markets, while also working collectively to design and manage a typical scale community garden plot. This year we are offering the full season internship as well as three distinct learning sessions broken up throughout the season.  If you are interested in applying for the full internship program continue reading, otherwise check out our shorter sessions here, here, or here.

Beginning in early March, students will embark on an eight-month long internship season that begins in our downtown greenhouse, moving out to our urban farm on the Loyola campus in late May and ending in early November.  This program is ideal for someone thinking about applying for farm work outside of the city in the near future, but would like to sample the experience while remaining in the city. This program is ideal for newcomers to gardening, as the curriculum is designed to start with the basics and build on that knowledge as the season progresses. If you already have spent extensive time working on organic farms, then this school may not be ideal for you. But if you are interested in learning more and possibly want a career in farming then this school will be a great stepping stone towards those goals. You do not have to be a Concordia Student to apply.  This internship is open to everyone!

This year, we are partnering with the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre (LSRC) to offer a certificate of completion to all interns that fulfill the 180 hours required of the program. This certificate will not appear on a Concordia academic transcript but will be approved by the directors of both the LSRC and City Farm School.

What you can expect to learn from this program:

  • fundamental practices of organic vegetable gardening
  • principles of garden design and collective management
  • experience with managing, promoting and operating a market stand
  • technical training in greenhouse growing and seedling production
  • an understanding of local food systems, opportunities and challenges
  • how to design and facilitate workshops

 

The program is divided into two main components – Education and Internship.

EDUCATION

Workshops

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, food policy experts, and horticulturalists.  The goals of these workshops are to help add depth to the practical training provided in the internship.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

LOCATION

DATE

TIME TOPIC
Greenhouse / Downtown Campus Saturday March 11th 10:30am – 2:30pm INTRO Plants and Greenhouses 101
Greenhouse / Downtown Campus Saturday March 25th 10:30am – 4:30pm Compost and Soil Science
Greenhouse / Downtown Campus Saturday April 8th 10:30am – 4:30pm Fertility and Pest Management in Greenhouse
Greenhouse / Downtown Campus Saturday April 22nd 10:30am – 4:30pm Garden Design
TBA weather dependant Saturday May 6th 10:30am – 4:30pm Mushrooms & Plant Propagation
Loyola Saturday June 3rd 10:30am – 4:30pm Crop Planning
Loyola Saturday June 17th 10:30am – 4:30pm Pests & Disease Management
Loyola Saturday August 5th 10:30am – 4:30pm Beekeeping 101
Loyola Saturday August 19th 10:30am – 4:30pm Field Trip to Farm
Downtown Kitchen 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 Medicinal Plants                                              

 

*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. 

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INTERNSHIP

All students must fulfill 180 internship hours (60 hours per session), attend all Saturday workshops and host a student-led workshop,  to complete the internship and receive their certificate.  Internship hours are made up of greenhouse shifts, garden shifts, volunteer shifts,  market shifts and your final workshop.  Hours spent in  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. During your internship, you will work with other members of the school to manage the Loyola market garden, as well as managing your own collectively run garden plot.

Greenhouse & Garden Shifts

From March to May students will work in the Concordia Greenhouse with the Vert-ta-Ville seedling project that produces thousands of seedlings annually for community gardens and agriculture organizations around Montreal.  During these work sessions, students will work directly with the Greenhouse Staff to learn about seedling production and greenhouse growing. Greenhouse shifts will begin March 13th and end on May 26th.

When the snow melts and the soil thaws, intern shifts switch out to the Loyola garden in NDG and keep the same schedule as the greenhouse 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” in the garden.  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.  

Collective Gardens: Back by popular demand… collective garden plots!  We have divided one of our main gardens into 6 smaller garden plots. Students will be placed into groups of 5, and will be responsible for designing, planting, and managing the garden plot throughout the year. CFS staff will be meeting with you on a regular basis to discuss the progress of your garden, make suggestions, and answer your questions.  You will be allotted some time each week during the garden shifts to work collectively on you plot.

Loyola  Farm:    In this garden students will have the opportunity to work in a functioning market garden.  During the garden shifts students will participate in implementing our crop plan to maintain the productivity of the garden.  You will select which garden shift you prefer during registration.  These shifts will remain constant throughout the entire program and cannot be changed as they also determine your collective garden group.

 

Greenhouse & Garden 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
During registration you will select your shift.  Shifts cannot be changed once assigned.

 

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 2016, 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 begining 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.  Each student must complete a minimum of 12 hours at the markets between May 29th and August 25th.

 

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 a workshop in the Fall.  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, food policy, DIY skills, or something relevant that is of interest to them and will design and facilitate a workshop.  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. Do not be afraid, this is a very fun part of the school!

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APPLICATION / REGISTRATION

APPLICATIONS CLOSED FOR 2017!! Check our 2nd and 3rd session pages. 

COST: $700 (can be paid in 2 installments, half upon registration, and the second half by the first of April) What does the cost cover? The tuition covers the cost of the 12 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. For more information, please email cityfarmschool.media@gmail.com.

When applying, please put FULL GARDEN INTERNSHIP in your header. To register, all students must fill out the application form, and email a CV to cityfarmschool.media@gmail.com 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.

Notes: Holidays – each student will be allowed to schedule 2 weeks of holiday time where they are not expected to attend any garden shifts or workshops.

 Example Schedule : Outdoor portion  – In this example the student has chosen Monday Garden Shifts  and Tuesday Market Shifts.  Because of their choice of Monday garden shifts they have been assigned to collective garden group A. Click to enlarge.

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