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Farm Schools

Registration for the 2018 season is now open!

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What is Farm School?

The Farm Schools are 9 month practical training programs solely focused on training new farmers. It will get you started in sustainable, small scale farming and direct marketing. Through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on work on the farm, you will take your first steps into this exciting career, gain essential farming skills, and network with our vibrant local agricultural community. Our innovative program is inspired by the vast diversity of industry, individual farmers, scale and the future of food production.

The programs prepare people with any background for a career in farming, and as such have no application requirements or prerequisites. Farm schools are for novice farmers, backyard growers, gardeners, and folks who have never planted a seed before. Whether you want to become a farmer, or simply want to learn more about growing food, farm school will give you the knowledge to grow confidently

Make this your year of change with one of our local farm schools:

  • Richmond Farm School - located at the Richmond Incubator Plots, BC (established in 2010)
  • Tsawwassen Farm School - located in Tsawwassen and offered in partnership with the Tsawwassen First Nation (established in 2015)


Which farm school is right for you?

Tsawwassen:

The Tsawwassen Farm School is a 20 acre working farm school and incubator plot teaching site. This 4 day a week, Wednesday to Saturday program, is an intensive immersion into high production farming. This program focuses on a diversity of topics and specialties. The farm sells to restaurants, fulfills 100 weekly food boxes (CSA), multiple farmers markets and directly to customers.

4 days per week
Medium-scale production, wide selection of varieties
4 acre market garden and 2 acre orchard, with livestock
Working production farm

Richmond:

The Richmond Farm School focuses on small-scale, intensive, high value crop production. Classes for this program are one day a week on Saturdays. Learn how to grow within an urban environment such as front lawns, backyards, and small plots of land 1/4 -1/2 acre. Production will be focused on vegetables that are high in demand and value, have a quick turn around and are relatively easy to manage. Lean urban farming focuses on efficient and cost-effective practices, minimal infrastructure and low capital investments.  

1 day per week
Small-scale, intensive and selective vegetable production
1/4 - 1/2 acre plots
Lean urban farming

 

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