As the season progresses most of your training will be held at the farm direct seeding crops and transplanting seedlings in the market garden. You will also learn intensive greenhouse production methods of growing crops such as tomatoes and peppers. Participants will learn about crop management, developing skills in irrigation, weeding, Integrated Pest Management and disease control.
In September you will be taking Business Planning and Entrepreneurship courses ending in November. This program is designed for newcomers to gardening, as the curriculum starts with the basics and builds on that knowledge as the season progresses. You do not have to be a North Island College Student to apply. This Market Gardener Training Program is open to everyone!
Market Gardener hours are made up of time in the greenhouse, market garden and farmers market. During your Market Gardener training, you will work with other members of the program to manage the market garden at the Shelter Farm, as well as managing your group’s collective garden plot.
Here is the eligibility criteria for the funding:
Participants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or protected persons (as designated under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act) entitled to work in Canada.
• Temporary foreign workers, international students, working holiday visas, or other temporary residents are NOT eligible to participate
• Permanent residents are persons who have immigrated permanently to Canada but have not become Canadian citizens
• Protected persons, as designated under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, are eligible provided they have a valid work permit
Participants must be at least 15 years old, unemployed or underemployed (part-time, seasonal or casual) and seeking training to obtain a job in the industry.
Here is a list of criteria to be eligible for the funding:
• Individuals facing barriers to employment such as former inmates, chronically unemployed, etc.
• Older Workers 55+
• Persons with disabilities
• Refugees and protected persons
• Youth at risk including youth in care or former youth in care (aged 15 to 29)
• Underrepresented populations supported:
• Indigenous persons
• Landed immigrants to Canada within the past five years
• Women training in underrepresented fields such as Trades, Natural Resources or Technology
• Youth (aged 15 to 29)
Contact the Farm Manager, Guy Langlois, directly for more information. Register today!
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