The Varieties of Training Opportunities

The Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries offers a variety of training opportunities that are generally commodity specific. Commodity organizations, in turn, inform their members of such opportunities. Other training courses are offered by the community colleges of New Brunswick in certain specialized areas such as pesticide training. The New Brunswick Soil and Crop Improvement Association (NBSCIA) offers a number of one-day training seminars throughout the year.


For longer-term training, the Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture (formerly the Nova Scotia Agricultural College) offers a number of programs, including a Diploma in Enterprise Management and a Bachelor of Technology, in addition to its four-year Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program.


For more information, visit www.dal.ca/faculty/agriculture
or call 902-893-6600.

  • The Centre for Continuing and Distance Education operated by Dalhousie University offers a variety of courses online and in class that may be of interest to beginning farmers. These courses include Exploring the Small Farm Dream, Tractor Safety, the Modern Shepherd, and a number of courses on organic farming. For more information, contact the Centre for Continuing and Distance Education at 902-893-6666 or visit 



  • Opportunities for agricultural training in French are available at the following universities and colleges:

-Université Laval Quebec City, Quebec 418-656-2131 https://www.ulaval.ca

-Institut de technologie agroalimentaire has two campuses:

-La Pocatière, Quebec 418-856-1110 – St Hyacinthe, Quebec 450-778-6504

-Several CEGEPs in Quebec also offer opportunities in post-secondary education in agriculture.

-Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) has five campuses around the province. Its website is: www.ccnb.nb.ca


  • SOIL Apprenticeship Program: Stewards of Irreplaceable Land (SOIL) is the only national farm apprenticeship program in Canada, with more than 75 farms participating. SOIL promotes apprenticeships which transfer lasting knowledge to both the farmer and apprentice. To access application forms and to view a full listing of farms offering apprenticeship opportunities, visit: www.soilapprenticeships.com.


  • For a comprehensive directory of agricultural training opportunities across Canada, see the website www.agritalent.ca or call the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council at 1-866-430-7457 (toll-free).

  • Holistic Farm Business Planner and Regenerative Farming Certificate programs: hayesfarm.ca/education. 

    Hayes Farm's Regenerative Farming Certificate is a holistic community-led farm program that provides the skills, expertise and support to practice human-scale agriculture. By demonstrating this model of seasonal food production, the program addresses local food security, financial responsibility, and personal and spiritual fulfillment. Interns are immersed in all aspects of a small working farm, full time for 18 weeks. Program content is delivered 70% on-farm and 30% in a classroom setting. 

    Hayes Farm's Holistic Farm Business Planner (HFBP) course is designed to refine your farm vision and provide sharper focus for your future farm operations, while making sure to include the various activities in your life that bring you joy. Upon successful completion of all 10 HFBP sessions, participants will have a personalized, realistic, profitable, and fulfilling farm plan.

    To find about more about Hayes Farm programs, or with general inquiries, contact hayesteachingfarm@gmail.com.