Are you ready to learning about farming?

Ignatius Farm has been training folks in organic agriculture since 2002. You can join the movement that is creating circular local food systems and healthy farming systems that tackle climate change!

Are you getting into small plot agriculture or ecological agriculture? Have you always wanted to do a farm internship but it didn’t fit into your schedule? Are you building your farming knowledge and want specialized workshops? Are you looking to dive into a farm business but need some guidance? Ignatius Farm has options for you!

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  • Do you have time and a craving to deep dive into learning farming skills, framed with training in the language, application, and farm business basics? Do an IGNATIUS FARM INTERNSHIP! Mid-April – late November. This foundational experience is packed with full-time learning and working as part of the Ignatius Farm team. Over 100 alumni of this program are now farming and advocating for better food systems. Read the Internship Information package and apply! You will grow and eat a lot of delicious food, contribute to all aspects of the Farm, and enjoy the many community and networking connections of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre, including CRAFT Ontario. Scroll down for curriculum details. *Deadline is extended to Feb 24, 2020 to allow additional participants! See job posting here*

  • Do you want that training, but can’t commit to an internship?  New for 2020: the IGNATIUS FARM NEW FARMER TRAINING PROGRAM. With collaboration from Everdale and the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO), Ignatius Farm has restructured the intern farm education program in order to advance new farmers and anyone interested in farming, gardening, and food advocacy. The program offers over 25 half-day workshops and field trips to local farms and food businesses. Participants begin with foundational knowledge, then learn about specialized aspects of farming, and end with a focus on establishing farm businesses.  Join for a single workshop, term, or the entire program. Scroll down for the curriculum schedule.  Registration opens March 2020 at EFAO.ca. Contact farmeducation@ignatiusguelph.ca for more details.

  • Do you want to complement your courses with hands-on gardening at your own pace and schedule? Ignatius Farm has 3 acres of COMMUNITY GARDEN PLOTS, starting at 100 ft2. You can rent a plot and apply your learnings directly. Review the Community Gardens page and register online or drop by!

  • Do you have a bit of time available and prefer hands-on learning with others? See the inside farming scoop by volunteering with the farm team on occasion or regularly. WORKING SHARES receive a CSA share in exchange for volunteering weekly!  Groups are also welcome. Email farmoutreach@ignatiusguelph.ca to get in the field.

  • Do you have decent farming knowledge and skills and are ready to launch your farm project? IGNATIUS FARM RENTS FIELDS to new and established businesses and organizations. Review the Acreage Rentals Request for Proposals and submit your plan! Fill in your knowledge gaps with a workshop from the New Farmer Training Program.

Ignatius Farm’s New Farmer Training Program!

  • Ignatius Farm interns participate in the full program with all fees covered
  • CRAFT SW ON (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) monthly workshop-field days are integrated into this program and offered to the public for the first time
  • Become an EFAO member and benefit from lower fees!

Sample Program

Term 1: April 22-23, 29-30, (9-12pm & 12:30-4:30pm)

  • 5+ Workshops, 1 field trip
  • Provides foundational knowledge and language for basic farm work.
  • Sample workshops: The Language of Local Organic Food Systems, Intro to Organic Growing, Soils, Botany, and Traditional Land Use.

Term 2: Wednesdays, May-Aug (9-12pm & 12:30-4:30pm)

  • 8 Workshops, 7 field trip days
  • Teaches the application of farm language & knowledge.
  • Sample workshops: Spring Indoor Growing, Pest & disease management, Irrigation, Field & Bed preparation, Weed management, Harvest & postharvest handling, Crop rotations, cover crops & green manures, Indoor fruiting crops, Ergonomics/farmer health, Equipment maintenance.

Term 3: Wednesdays, Sept-Oct (9-12pm & 12:30-4:30pm)

  • 6 Workshops, 5 field trips
  • Expands beyond basics to build skills for a specialized farm.
  • Sample workshops/field trips: Apiculture, Permaculture, Livestock(various), Flower production, beer/cider production, value-added products.

Term 4: November 10-12, 17-19 (9-12pm & 12:30-4:30pm)

  • 10 Workshops, 1 field trip
  • Provides entrepreneurship training for operating a farm business.
  • Sample workshops: Farm Design, Business planning, Field design and crop planning, Production system management, Budgets & Record keeping, Marketing and distribution, Financing, Land access, Privilege and Oppression in Agriculture.

This program is gratefully funded by a Seed Grant through the Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

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