The Richmond Farm School (RFS) will consist of multiple core subjects. The majority of subjects will be covered as they become relevant throughout the growing season. Students can expect to be given readings, but there are no exams/grades/assignments nor are academic credits awarded. The benefit of experiential learning is the hands-on, on-farm, industry professional led experience students will gain.
All subjects will be taught with Canadian Organic Certification practices and standards.
- All aspects of Small-Scale Market Vegetable Crop Production
- Soil, Water, Compost and Crop Rotation Management
- Introduction to Plant Health
- Integrated Pest Management
- Introduction to Pasture Raised Livestock Management - Poultry, Pigs
- Introduction to Apiculture - Beekeeping
- Introduction to Farm Business Planning & Marketing
- Farm Tools and Machinery
Topics that will also be covered: sustainable and regenerative agriculture systems, foundations of permaculture, farm safety, mechanization, construction, cover crops, cut flower production, resources and certifications, farmscaping, farm design and planning, habitat and pollinator enchantment, and food politics.
Who is this course for?
The Richmond Farm School has no requirements or prerequisites. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener looking to take your skills to the next level, a novice farmer wanting to gain more knowledge, or have never planted a seed in your life, the RFS will take you through a season equipping you with the skills and confidence to pursue a career in sustainable agriculture.
We encourage all students to have a keen desire to learn, are open to new experiences, and don’t mind getting their hands dirty. You will be surrounded with like-minded, community-focused people. Great discussions will be abundant!
The Richmond Farm School program runs from:
- March to October
- Every Saturday OR Sunday from 9am - 4pm
- STAT Holiday weekends are not observed.
Daily start and end times will vary slightly with seasonal tasks. Lunch breaks will be taken appropriately and breaks will be taken as needed.
The frequency of potlucks and BBQs will be discussed as a group. Optional special off-farm workshops, tours and events may fall on different days.
Opportunities for additional hands-on farming experience on off days are available.
Farm Address: 13840 Gilbert Rd. Richmond
The Richmond Farm School and Richmond Incubator Plots are located minutes away from the historic Steveston Village in Richmond BC, adjacent to the Fraser River, and a short commute from Vancouver.The vast majority of educational time will be at the RFS 1/4 acre plot, located near Gilbert and Dyke Rd. The added advantage of this location is the proximity to the Richmond Incubator Plots where students have the chance to interact with Farm School alumni.
Some off-farm field trips will be planned for around the Lower Mainland, ample notice and ride sharing options will be provided.
Full tuition is $2,300 (excluding GST)
*NO extra fees for textbooks
Our goal for the Richmond Farm School is to educate and inspire new farmers. With this in mind, this program accessibly priced and scheduled. Cohort students are committed to the full length of the program, with the intention of attending every class.
A non-refundable $1000 id due at the time of enrollment acceptance to the program. The remaining balance is due by March 2021.
- "Certificate of Completion" upon fulfilling minimum attendance requirement throughout the program
- 270+ hours of hands-on, instructor led educational time
- 1 CSA share per week, valued at $500 (Community Supported Agriculture / weekly food boxes)
- Access to the Richmond Incubator Plots Program after graduation
- The support of Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Institute of Sustainable Food Systems
- After completion of this program, you will have gained invaluable knowledge and experience, and will be ready to start your journey in being a farmer.