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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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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.**

CSA Pick-ups and Market Stand

Image Provided by CultivAction

Great news, starting June 29th alongside out CSA Pick-ups, anyone will be able to purchase items at our CSA/Market stand. Bunches will be 2/$5 to $3 a piece and quarts or pints will be $5 each (while supplies last).

We should be visible from the Vanier library entrance, look for the green tent. Don’t forget to BYOB: Bring your own bag please!

Wednesdays, 4:00-7:00

Loyola campus in the Quad beside the PY parking lot.