Learn the main theories, concepts and practices of small-scale mixed farming. You’ll explore greenhouse propagation, livestock, farm equipment operation, sustainability, along with business management and marketing skills.
Our Small-Scale Sustainable Farming program provides participants with the skills they need to secure employment in the agricultural industry or start their own agricultural enterprises.
Bob Haugen, NIC Continuing Education manager, contract and training services
* Note: TFS-010, WSF-019, MVO-071, and OFA-010 must be completed in the first month of the program.
Prospective students should be able to lift up to 20 kilograms. General physical fitness and the ability to use hand tools for extended periods of time — such as garden hoes, weeding tools and shovels — are also requirements.
How to Apply
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Taught by experienced organic farmers and horticulturalists, this program is designed to familiarize students with the main theories, concepts and practices of small-scale mixed farming. You’ll learn in greenhouse propagation, mixed livestock, farm equipment operation, sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as market garden production.
Students will also develop business management skills, marketing skills as well as crop planning, and budgeting.
With the cost of produce from California continually increasing and a growing awareness of the environmental costs associated with trucking and transportation, there is a huge opportunity for market gardening to expand in the Comox Valley and beyond. This expansion will require trained gardeners to work on the farms and to own and operate market gardens.
This full-time program is offered Monday to Friday during the day time at the Comox Valley campus.
Please come to the first day of class with comfortable clothes and shoes and be prepared to work outside.
NIC offers industry-approved skills training, nationally recognized credentials, networking opportunities, applied skills and knowledge to advance your career.