The new Cowichan Agriculture Training Program continues to grow and flourish with current interns now thoroughly oriented and ready to begin their farm placements. These enthusiastic participants are eager to get their hands in the soil (or foot in the barn) at farms in the Cowichan region.
The past few weeks have been filled with personal and team development work, group dynamics, workplace, farm and tractor safety, as well as standard first aid. Interns have spent time learning “the basics” at KinPark Youth Urban Farm. From transplanting and watering to weeding and mulching, they have experienced a truly hands-on introduction to ecological growing practices.
Upcoming introductory themes include pest and weed identification and management as well as crop planning and rotation. And everyone is looking forward to diving into the Organic Master Gardener program in mid-June!
Guests that have come to teach and inspire our interns so far include Deb Nikula, Don Maroc, Ken LeCroix with FARSHA, Javan Bernakevitch and Donna Cottell. St.John’s Ambulance facilitated a great first aid certification session. We’ve also visited several local farms: the Happy Goat, Bird’s Eye Cove, Mossy Banks, and tomorrow, Tatlo Road Farm. So many thanks to all of these folks who have contributed such a wealth of knowledge and experience to this program already!
For more information about this pilot program give us a call today!
Stephanie: 250-748-8506 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.