City Herbal Apprenticeship Program 2023

   Image of CFS plot, Provided by Kelly Zwicker

Dear friends of City Farm School,

As many of you may know, City Farm School ceased offering the well-loved Market Gardener Apprenticeship in 2022. Because of this, we’ve decided to change our project’s name to the City Herbal Apprenticeship Program (CHAP) to better reflect our current offerings and structure as a whole. CHAP strives to carry on CFS’s legacy of approaching environmental and herbal education as a collective and interactive experience, and aims to continue developing partnerships in urban agriculture while providing financially accessible education.

We are now accepting applications for our 2023
Herbal Apprenticeship Program! 

Are you interested in deepening your understanding of herbal medicine and learning how to grow your own medicinal plants? Our Herbal Apprenticeship Program is your opportunity to do so!

Over the course of four months, from June until October, apprentices will gain hands-on experience tending to our perennial herb garden located on Concordia’s Loyola campus, in addition to learning how to produce a variety of herbal medicines including tea blends, tinctures, glycerites, salves, and infused oils. Apprentices will also attend classes led by experienced herbalists on topics such as botany & plant identification, herbalism & physiology, seed saving, and more.

The City Herbal Apprenticeship Program is for anyone who wants to learn how to grow, identify, harvest, use, and apply herbs in a hands-on, collective setting. We aim to create a safe and supportive learning environment that fosters curiosity, creativity, and community growth. Upon completion of the apprenticeship, apprentices will receive a certificate that recognizes their acquired skills and knowledge as herbal apprentices.

If you are passionate about plants and want to deepen your knowledge of medicinal herbs, this program is for you!

Registration for our 2023 apprenticeship is now open, and the deadline to apply is Wednesday May 24th. We hope you’ll join us!
For more details about the application process, visit our website Any questions can be directed to

Image of herbs and flowers from CHAP plot.


Agro – Jobs and Internships

               Image of CultivAction Plot located at Loyola campus.

Hey everybody! Spring is almost here and with it comes an abundance of various gardening / farming organizations looking for experienced individuals. Below you will find many agro-opportunities that could help grow your level of experience or career. Click on the links for more information!

Santropol Roulant 

Santropol Roulant is a collaborative work environment that values and actively contributes to the professional and personal development of its employees. We prioritize offering paid positions to young people who are passionate about the work and mission of the Roulant, and who bring a great mix of valuable experiences and the desire to develop new skills.

Candidature spontanée – Open Application
Gestionnaire de la Popote Roulante/ Meals-on-Wheels Manager

Volunteer With our Working Groups 

Hamidou Horticulture is a project for the production and sale of ethnic and ancient vegetable plants.

​Are you immigrants or descendants of immigrants? Do you like discovering new plants and flavors? Are you a community or urban agriculture project wishing to grow plants from here, elsewhere and before? For your culinary trials, for your daily life or for your neighbours, we offer you healthy plants grown according to organic standards.

​We also offer consulting services in organic vegetable production.

Courses and Internships 
***Click on the links below***

Summer 2023 Hamidou Horticulture Academie – in partnership with Concordia

Hamidou Horticulture Academie (entire course) – in partnership with Concordia

Spring 2023 Hamidou Horticulture Academie – in partnership with Concordia

Our mission is to facilitate transitions towards food sovereign communities by practicing regenerative agriculture to nourish local populations, cultivate urban green spaces and to support sustainable food production. We offer urban agriculture workshops and community service learning opportunities to empower people with the knowledge to grow their own food and participate in a movement to cultivate a more resilient, just and food secure future. We see our work in the Duff-Court Community in Lachine and at Concordia as a political act and look to create networks of reciprocity and connection with other groups who share a deep commitment to social justice and food sovereignty.

Click on the Courses / Internships Below  

Urban Agriculture Certificate

              Cultivating Urban Greenspaces

         Critical Food Studies Reading Group

           Guided Hands on Learning Experience

Hydroflora is a Montreal based community of diverse entrepreneurs united by a vision of city life wholly infused with nature. This vision we aim to realize through a holistic approach: By creating artistic, innovative, and educational growing installations, designing interior vegetation decor and providing plant care services, by teaching educational workshops, and conducting research and development in alternative growing practices and community wellness.

***Click here for more Information*** 

Monday Volunteer Sessions
(5pm – 7pm)

Come learn from your  local hydroponic experts. Participants are guided through the regular tasks and operations conducted in the greenhouse. 

Work with SAF

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Gender Advocacy

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Anti – Consumerism Week 2023

 Back by popular demand, CSU’s Anti Consumerism Week 2023!!! This year, our theme is Food Sovereignty, Sustainability & Solidarity. Join us for a week-long event filled with hands-on workshops, talks, and presentations to live a more sustainable life!

Workshops include: Dumpster Diving, Plant-Based Cheesemaking, Vermicomposting, and more!

Can’t attend a workshop but still looking to participate? As a fun addition to this year’s ACW, we’re going to be collecting recipes and making an Anti-consumerism recipe book! Submit your recipes and get included in our community recipe sharing! It doesn’t need to be food-based, it can be like a DIY mosquito repellent or how to DIY repair your bike! Submit your recipes to:

*Our recipe book will be accessible for free online or PWYC in print. All proceeds will go to Sankofa farms for their community-plot land.

For any questions or concerns, reach out to:

Houseplants Sale 2023!

We’ve rebooted our house plants sales with our first fundraiser since COVID! Come pick up some plants to help with the winter blues and green up your space! The House Plant Propagation Project aims to provide affordable plants to the Concordia community and beyond, while teaching volunteers about the many aspects of propagation and plant care. Prices range between $4-$20 at most, and some species are in limited supply.

**We do not supply bags so please bring one! However we can help wrap your plant(s) in paper to help keep them safe from the cold.**

Species List 

Cuban oregano (Coleus amboinicus)
Ficus benjamina
Prickly pear cactus (Opuntia)
Variegated prickly pear cactus
African milk tree (Euphorbia trigona)
Basket plant (Calissia fragrans)
Crown of thorns (Euphorbia milii)
Mother of thousands (Kalanchoe daigremontiana)
Pencil cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli)
Philodendron “green emerald”
Zombie fingers (Euphorbia platyclada)
Jade plant (Crassula ovata)
Pilea peperomioides
Aloe plant
Climbing aloe plant
Aloe “coral fire”
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Sansevieria “whale fin” (Sansevieria/Dracaena masoniana)
Sansevieria “starfish” (Sansevieria/Dracaena cylindrica)

Meet Our Vendors!

Co-op CultivAction, a working group of the Greenhouse and a pivotal organization in the urban agriculture movement at Concordia will have a table and some interesting stuff to sell like microgreens (grown locally right here at the greenhouse!), microgreen growing kits so you can start your own at home, potted herbs, herbal teas, and some house plants as well!

Microgreens ($5/ 100g)

Microgreens Kits ($6 – $15)

HydroFlora, a working group of the Concordia Greenhouse, will also be selling lush plants perfect for improving the aesthetic of offices and reception areas. Their new café will be open and selling ethically sourced & locally roasted coffee!

We look forward to seeing all of you, talking about houseplants and their care, and restarting the tradition of houseplant propagation here at the Greenhouse!

**CASH ONLY for Concordia Greenhouse plants.**
**CARDS PREFERRED for HydroFlora plants & coffee.**

End of Year Wrap up and CSAs

We want to thank all the students and community members who participated with us this year. We couldn’t have done it without ya! Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom as we have some job opportunities as well. Hope to see you soon!

Winter Harvest CSA

Click here to register!

Hello Everyone! We are happy to announce registration is now open for our 2023 winter CSA’s. There are two 13 week subscription options with pick up at the downtown Hive Café Solidarity Co-op starting the week of January 9, 2023:

Each week, for 13 weeks, CSA members will receive:

Mushroom 4 oz.

100 g Microgreens

150 g Salad Greens

Something Else: (radish, herb, lettuce, kale, chard, beet, or scallion)

PRICE: $235.00 for 13 weeks.
FIRST PICK-UP: January 9, 2023
LAST PICK-UP: April 3, 2023.

PICK-UP: ***At the Downtown Hive Café Monday to Friday during their  business hours.***

Winter Microgreens CSA

Click Here to Register!

Each week, for 13 weeks, CSA members will receive: 100 grams of microgreens.

PRICE: $75.00 for 13 weeks.

FIRST PICK-UP: January 9, 2023
LAST PICK-UP: April 3, 2023.

PICK-UP LOCATION: At the Downtown Hive Café Monday to Friday during their regular business hours.

Click here for information on Job opportunities at the NDG FOOD DEPOT!


Join us on Tuesday, November 29th 2022 at 6:00 PM for the Concordia Greenhouse Annual General Meeting! This year we will be holding our AGM virtually on Zoom, and you can register via this link.

At this meeting there will be presentations of:

  • Organizational restructuring and constitutional amendments (see below)
  • Reports from collective members and working groups
  • Financial statements for 2020-21, 2021-22 budgets
  • Elections for the Board of Directors (see the application form below)
  • A raffle of house plants and medicinal ointments!

For a more detailed outline of the event, please consult our meeting agenda!



Our board members have a unique opportunity to help move the mission of the Concordia Greenhouse forward, a hub of urban agriculture activity and a public greenspace in the heart of downtown Montreal, making it a pivotal organization among others in the Concordia community.

Take a look at our board application form to become a part of the dynamic team that runs this special place in the heart of the downtown campus!

Applications must be received by Tuesday, November 29th at 5:00 PM.



To integrate our working groups more in the decision making process of the greenhouse, our board created a proposal for an organizational restructuring. To implement these changes we will have to adopt amendments to our constitution, which will allow each working group to have a voting working group representative on the board.

During our AGM, the membership will be voting on these constitutional amendments. Please take a moment to review them before the meeting via this link.

The Greenhouse Is Open Again!

Curated By Dylan Bishop

Our mission is to create value in the Duff-Court Community in Lachine, at Concordia University and beyond by practicing regenerative agriculture to nourish our community, preserve urban green spaces and to support local sustainable food production. We offer urban agriculture workshops and community service learning opportunities to empower people with the knowledge to grow their own food and participate in a movement to cultivate a more resilient and food secure future.

Fall Microgreens CSA is open for registration.

We are growing nutritious and delicious microgreens at the Concordia Greenhouse and offering a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription starting September 5, 2022. For $70.00 CSA members receive: 100 grams of microgreens for 15 weeks. Varieties: Pea, Sunflower, or Mix: (Sunflower, Pea & Radish). Pick up any day of the week at the downtown Hive Café or at the Loyola Farmers Market on Wednesdays.

Sign-up here

 Downtown Concordia Farmers Market 
with CultivAction produce

Concordia Farmers’ Market is back for the fall semester and we are so excited to share all of our new and returning food, craft and produce vendors with you! Make sure to bring a bag with you for your purchases and come enjoy fresh, local and sustainable goodies with us. For more information, you can visit our website

***Market is Wednesday at Loyola from 4-7pm and downtown at the corner of Bishop and de Maisonneuve on Thursdays from 4-7pm.***

Captured By CultivAction

Curated by Hamidou Horticulture

Hamidou Horticulture is a greenhouse project specializing in marginal and ancient vegetables.

Are you an Afro-descendant, immigrant or multi-generational Canadian? Do you like discovering new vegetables and recipes? Are you a community or urban agriculture project wishing to grow marginal plants in your local garden? We offer healthy plants grown according to organic standards for your culinary needs, your daily life and to share with your neighbors.

We also offer consultation services in the production of organic vegetables.

Click here for our website

***Internship Opportunity***

Hamidou Horticulture, through SHIFT Concordia, is looking to expand their team and would like to hire a part-time student intern. Are you a student at Concordia University? Do you have an eye for detail? Are you good with words (both English and French)? Would you like to learn more about ethnic and ancient vegetables? We are looking for the right person to become our next Project Management Intern to work side by side with Hamidou to create and maintain communications materials, as well as track deadlines, follow up applications, and respond to workshop registrants. The intern will also take part in the production and sale tasks to familiarize themselves with the business’ operation.

Please email your resume via

We are also looking for volunteers to help with market tables, greenhouse tasks, and field maintenance. If you would like to volunteer with community based farming for 4 – 8 hours a week please fill out the form on our website –

Check out our Market Hours!!

Marche Fermier Laurier  (August 4 – September 22) 
Every Thursday  3pm – 7pm 

Our mission is to provide a welcoming, organic green space that fosters community by providing experiential learning opportunities within a year-round growing environment.