This program is a combination of classroom learning and experiential field-based learning.
The program consists of nine core courses that will be delivered over the course of the season. Each course pairs classroom theory with field-based learning on the TFS farm. Courses are taught by a team of practical-minded, experienced, skilled and dedicated teachers that support and guide students' learning and skill building. Students can expect the occasional project or supplemental reading to complete outside of program time in order to enhance understanding of classroom concepts. However, classes do not have grades/exams/assignments nor do they 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
- Soil Science
- Integrated Pest Management
- Livestock - Laying hens, Hogs
- 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: 4900 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 dates: April to October
- Wednesday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
- Occasional Saturdays subject to guest speakers availability
- Some STAT Holiday weekends are observed
Full tuition is $5000 (excluding GST)
*NO extra costs for textbooks, materials or supplies etc.
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 student, committing to the whole duration of the program.
A non-refundable deposit of $1000 is due at the time of enrollment acceptance to the program, then the remaining balance is due by April 2021.
- "Certificate of Completion" upon fulfilling minimum attendance requirement throughout the program
- 350+ hours of hands-on, instructor led educational time and 250+ hours of classroom learning
- 1 CSA share per week, valued at $500 (Community Supported Agriculture / weekly food boxes)
- Access to the 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.