EcoFarm: Winter Fundamentals

Farming is a year-round business. Winter is the time to take stock, plan and prepare for the next season. This course provides practical training in plant propagation, proper tool use, and value-adding product processing (fermentation). On an ecofarm, winter work includes biodiversity and restoration.

EcoFarm: Winter Fundamentals - for people, planet, and profit - is a special hands-on experience. Learn the benefits of certified organic agriculture, how to enhance on-farm biodiversity and native species habitats, and healthy food processing.

This 5-day course covers the groundwork for year-round Ecofarming - from sourcing organic seeds and media, all-season crop planning to growing and processing food working in harmony with nature.

After this course, students will be able to:

  • Start growing food using certified organic methods
  • Propagate crop and native plant species
  • Ecofarm using knowledge of local ecology, native plants and wildlife
  • Manage soil health in the West coast winter
  • Use and maintain hand tools for farming
  • Process and handle food safely
  • Learn the benefits of fermentation
  • Practice fermentation to process healthy food
  • Effectively brand and market your business
  • Plan year-round food production

Bursaries are available for this course. Contact

Course Location: Haliburton Farm, 741 Haliburton Rd, Saanich, BC

Internships at Haliburton Farm available upon course completion.

Course Dates: EcoFarm: Winter Fundamentals

For more information about this course please contact Professional and Continuing Studies