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Our City Farm School Market is BACK!

 

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Come join us at the Loyola quad on Tuesday, June 12th from 4-6 pm for the launch of our City Farm School (CFS) farmers market! City farm schools ultra local, ecologically grown produce is cultivated by our apprentices, who are training to be the next generation of small scale Farmers. Markets will take place every Tuesday from June 12- October 30.

 
This year our location has CHANGED to be at the Loyola quad instead of the Solar house. Come on by for some good vibes, veg, and to pick our brains on gardening queries. This week’s market will have : arugula, mesclun, lettuces, cilantro, radishes, kale, Swiss chard, and more!
 
Are you downtown? Don’t fret- starting Wednesday June 20, the CFS produce will come to the ev courtyard every Wednesday from 11:30-2:30. 
 
See you there!
For more information, please email FourSeasonsGrowing@ConcordiaGreenhouse.com
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EPIC Seedling Sale

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Saturday, May 18th and 19th, 11am – 7pm at the Concordia Greenhouse!

Our annual Epic Seedling Sale continues with even more varieties available! All our seedlings are grown and cared for by the City Farm School team as part of their apprenticeship in organic city farming at the Concordia Greenhouse.

We have over 100 different vegetable varieties and 32 different flowers, herbs and medicinal plants. The prices will range from $2-5 dollars per plant.
We will also be selling some house plants and mushroom kits.

We welcome back guest vendor Neumark Design, selling perennial vegetables, fruiting shrubs, native plants. etc. To learn more about their available varieties visit: www.NeumarkDesign.com/Nursery

Bring boxes, bags, a cart or a friend to help you carry your seedlings home! Please note that there may be long lines as this event has become very popular!

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We we also be selling our seedlings at this event: Marche de Mai

 

Help Us Fundraise!

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What we do
We aspire to strengthen the urban agriculture movement at Concordia and in greater Montreal by growing local produce using ecological pracitces, providing experiential learning opportunities through volunteering, internships and jobs, and networking with other like-minded individuals and organizations.

Our tea atrium is a public space available for studying, plant appreciation, drinking our herbal teas and attending events including educational workshops and music nights. The space offers seating and tables, a beautiful plant collection and demonstrates systems like hydroponics, a balcony garden and a solar dehydrator.

Why we need your help!
Concordia’s greenhouse was built in 1966, facing South-West for optimal sun exposure and where it wouldn’t be blocked by shade from surrounding buildings. It’s composed of a series of separate glass compartments along a corridor, and includes specialized equipment for heat control, automatic watering and latticed blinds for sunlight control.

Over time this equipment has lost functionality, resulting in an unregulated climate. On hot days, the temperature can reach 50 degrees Celsius, resulting in crop loss and difficult working conditions.

Replacing the climate control system will provide optimal conditions for plant growth, research, and community use of our lounge.

The university has agreed to contribute half of the estimated $40,000 cost. We need your help to close the gap, and bring us one step closer to bringing new life to this valuable community resource.

Any amount is appreciated!

Click here to read more OR DONATE!

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2018 Summer Semester Opt Outs

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The Concordia Greenhouse is a fee-levy group at Concordia University. The majority of our funding comes from an undergraduate fee levy. Undergraduate students pay $0.24 per credit each semester so that we can exist, be open to the public, and offer amazing services and programming for our users.

Should you wish to opt-out of funding our organization, you can email us info@concordiagreenhouse.com or call 514-848-2424 x. 5134.
Should you wish to opt out, please bring your student ID card and student account record during the opt-out period and we’ll provide you with a refund. Refunds will be provided in cash at the fee levy rate of $0.24 per credit/per semester (for undergrads.)
You can provide your student record in different ways: by showing your academic record via your own laptop or mobile phone; by logging onto to your myconcordia portal from a computer at our office; or by providing a printout of your record.
We can provide access to those with reduced mobility if you contact us to make an appointment.

Farm to Market Apprenticeships!

REGISTRATION now open until May 4th at Noon

The Market Garden Session lasts for 3 months and is the second component of our Full Apprenticeship Program. Beginning June 4th and ending August 25th, this session focuses on urban farming and entrepreneurship through local markets. Through the summer season, interns work on the land to grow their own produce, develop a communal garden and sell it markets.  It takes place at the NDG farm at the Loyola Campus.

This stream requires 60 hours over the course of three months. If you are interested in applying for the full apprenticeship program, which begins each year in March, you can check out the full program requirements here. Please note that this is Session Two in the full market program. You do not have to be a Concordia Student to apply.  This internship is open to everyone!

What you can expect to learn from this programme:

  • fundamental practices of organic vegetable gardening
  • principles of garden design and collective management
  • experience with managing, promoting and operating a market stand
  • an understanding of local food systems, opportunities and challenges

 The programme is divided into two main components – Workshops and Hands-on Apprenticeship.

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EDUCATION

Workshops

This series of workshops is designed to familiarize student with the main theories, concepts and practices of organic agriculture.  The workshops will be presented by a number of experienced organic farmers, permaculturalists, and horticulturalists.  The goals of these workshops are to help add depth to the practical training provided in the apprenticeship. Since this is the second series of our full apprenticeship, newcomers will also have an additional workshop at the beginning to give them an introduction to topics already covered in our Greenhouse Session.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

LOCATION

DATE

TIME TOPIC
       
Loyola Saturday June 16th
11:00am – 4:00pm Crop Planning
Loyola Saturday July 7th 11:00am – 4:00pm Pests & Disease Management
Loyola Saturday August 4th 11:00am – 4:00pm Food Preservation & Transformation
Loyola Saturday August 25th 11:00am – 4:00pm Field Trip to Farm
       

*There will be a holiday week from June 23rd to July 1st.

Some small changes may be made to the workshop topics

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APPRENTICESHIP

All students must fulfill 60 internship hours to complete this session.   Apprenticeship hours are made up of garden shifts and market shifts.  Hours spent in workshops do not count towards the total number of apprenticeship hours. The schedule will be made with you, and will not fluctuate, allowing you to plan vacation time and work around the garden. During your apprenticeship, you will work with other members of the school to manage the Loyola market garden, as well as managing your own collectively run garden plot.

All students complete 60 internship hours between  June 4 and August 25th to complete the Farm to Market Session.  The schedule will be made with you, and will not fluctuate. The garden shifts will be selected by you before the program begins – they will comprise 44 of your 60 hours.   The remaining 16 hours will be made up of Market shifts.   To select your market shifts you will be presented with a list of dates when our markets will occur.  You will then be given the opportunity to to sign up the markets you will attend in the first two weeks of the session.

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Garden Shifts

During weekly garden shifts students will work directly with the CFS coordinators on the upkeep of both their collective garden plots and the Loyola Farm.   As a compliment to the full workshop schedule, our staff will offer a series of “mini-workshops” in the garden.  During the mini-workshops we will focus in on some key technical skills, taking advantage of the smaller garden shift groups.  We will also use this time to facilitate discussions on current goings-on in the world of Food Security and Urban Agriculture.  

Collective GardensBack by popular demand… collective garden plots!  We have divided one of our main gardens into 6 smaller garden plots. Students will be placed into groups of 5 and will be responsible for designing, planting, and managing the garden plot throughout the year. CFS staff will be meeting with you on a regular basis to discuss the progress of your garden, make suggestions, and answer your questions.  You will be allotted some time each week during the garden shifts to work collectively on your plot with your team members.

Loyola  Farm:   In this garden students will have the opportunity to work in a functioning market garden.  During the garden shifts students will participate in implementing our crop plan to maintain the productivity of the garden.  You will select which garden shift you prefer during registration.  These shifts will remain constant throughout the entire program and cannot be changed as they also determine your collective garden group.

GARDEN SHIFT OPTIONS ( One four hour shift a week, Select one shift)

MONDAYS Morning Shift: 9:30am – 1:30pmAfternoon Shift: 1:30-5:30pm
 WEDNESDAYS Morning Shift: 9:30am – 1:30pmAfternoon Shift: 1:30-5:30pm
 FRIDAYS  Afternoon Shift: 1:30-5:30pm

During registration you will select which your weekly shift.  Once assigned, your shift cannot be changed.

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Bringing your produce to market is one of the most rewarding aspects of this apprenticeship.  Ever popular with our neighbours our ultra local market will take place once again right on site at the Loyola farm.  We will be partnering with the NDG food depot to set up mobile markets in the community.    Students are expected to help in all aspects of the market – promotions, harvesting, packaging and selling.  At the beginning of the summer session, students will be presented with a sign-up sheet listing all of the markets we will hold.  Students  will sign up in advance for the markets they will attend.  Each student must complete a minimum of 16 hours at the markets between June 4th and August 25th.

City Farm School Market: (Tuesdays 2pm-6pm) Ever popular with our neighbours, our ultra local market will take place once again right on site at the Loyola farm.  This market happens weekly throughout the entire season and is solely stocked with produce from our gardens.

Good Food Market:  satellite market at St Raymond (Thursday 2pm-6pm OR 3:30-7:30) City Farm school apprentices will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the good folks of the NDG Food depot while volunteering at their weekly market.  This market boasts a real community feel and features lots of local and organic produce for sale at very affordable prices.

Verdun CAUS market: (Dimanche 11h à 15h) Organisé par La Coopérative Abondance Urbaine Solidaire (CAUS). La coopérative vise à créer l’abondance pour les citoyens autant en alimentation saine et locale qu’en éducation et en relations sociales. Le marché fermier des berges aura lieu dans l’espace vert aux berges entre les 4e et 5e avenues (à l’est du restaurant Crescendo).

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APPLICATION

REGISTRATION now open until May 4th at Noon

TO APPLY: Please fill out the application form here completely and email a copy of your CV and a brief letter of interest to cityfarmschool.media@gmail.com. When Applying, please put SUMMER SESSION in your header. 

COST: $275 What does the cost cover? The tuition covers the cost of the 4 workshops, materials such as readings and supplies students take home, as well as the training you will receive from the CFS coordinators.

BURSARIES: We are offering a bursary program for those who need financial assistance and a bursary application is available here. We will need your bursary application at the same time as your application to the program. For more information, please email cityfarmschool.media@gmail.com

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Medicinal Herbs Apprenticeship

City Farm School (CFS) is ready to accept new applications for our Medicinal Herbs Apprenticeship program 2018! CFS is an urban agriculture learning program and food sovereignty organization aiming to empower the Montreal community through organic and locally grown produce. This program uses our Loyola medicinal herbs garden to teach apprentices about a variety of plants and their capacity for healing and wellness.

In these courses, you will learn how to grow, use and transform a few local herbs over this introduction to herbalism course.  Taking place at both Loyola City Farm School over the course of 6 months, students will learn the basics of how to grow, harvest, preserve, transform and apply some common herbs such as Yarrow, Raspberry Leaf, Lemon Balm, Marshmallow, Lavender, St-Johns Wort, Comfrey and more. We will also learn how to make, salves, balms, tinctures, throat lozenges, syrups and suppositories to just name a few. There will be courses on botany and plant identification, ethical practices in cultivation and wild-crafting, as well as introductory classes focused on physiology and phytochemistry. Best of all, apprentices get to learn by working with and caring for the plants each week!

Apprenticeship applications open here:  http://www.cityfarmschool.com/introduction-to-herbal-pharmacy/