This program is a combination of in-class learning and experiential practicum time.
Classes consist of the following core component that will be delivered over the course of the season with each having field-based learning. An excellent team of practical-minded, experienced, skilled and dedicated teachers to support and guide students' learning and skill building experience has been assembled. Students can expect to be given readings, but classes do not have grades/exams/assignments nor award academic credits. Many topics such as sustainable agriculture systems, farm safety, mechanization, construction, cover crops, resources and certifications, farmscaping, habitat enhancement etc. will be integrated into core courses as appropriate.
- Market Crop Production
- Soils, Water & Compost Management
- Integrated Pest Management
- Farm Animals - Poultry, Pigs, Ducks
- Apiculture - Beekeeping
- Fruit Tree Production
- Farm Business Planning and Marketing
- Farm Tools and Machinery
- Indigenous Food Ways
All Farm School students will also participate in a minimum of 350 hours of practical crop production and post-harvest experience under the direction and/or supervision of Farm School staff or other community mentors. Practicum will also involve personal projects and special events. The majority of practical farming experience will occur at the TFS Farm with the opportunity of conducting self-directed projects with the support of experienced farm staff.
Farm address: 4990 28th ave, Delta
Both in-class and practicum learning take place at the Tsawwassen Farm School teaching farm. Students will also have an opportunity to take part in (optional) field trips visiting other farms in the Lower Mainland region. Farm School incubator plots are also on the site which allows current students to interact with incubator farmers and be a part of the farming community.
Program duration: Mid-March to Mid-November
- Mid-March to Mid-April: Thursday to Saturday, 9am to 2pm
- Mid April to End of September: Wednesday to Saturday, 8am to 2pm
- End of September to End of October: Thursday to Saturday, 8am to 2pm
- November: Friday and Saturday, 9am to 2pm
The Farm School program operates as a cost-recovery program where all fees go back into developing the farm and education program. Our cost/fee structures are competitive with similar programs. Students must be enrolled as a Cohort students, committing to the whole 9 months of the program
Cohort Students: $5000
These students are committed to and sign-up for the full program core classes and practicum. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due at the time of application and the balance of $4,500 by the start of classes or in scheduled payments.
Cohort Students may also be eligible for incubator farming sites.
Couples, an incorporated entity, or community organization may qualify to be considered as one enrollee with one designated representative eligible to attend individual core classes. Contact us to see if you or your group qualifies. Payment of tuition through installments is an option, please contact the Farm School Coordinator for more information.