Education & Training

Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN)

ACORN’s Organic Resource Library

Offers free online resources covering the full range of organic agriculture topics from production to marketing of all crop types. You can access the library here: http://www.acornorganic.org/resources/library

Organic Transition Service (OTS)

Through this service, ACORN offers support to new entrants and established producers and processors regarding transition to organic certification and the Canadian Organic Standards. The OTS answers general inquiries regarding organics and organic certification and coordinates farm visits, Kitchen Table Meetings, workshops and webinars. Visit their website www.acornorganic.org for more information.

Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC)

CAHRC offers multiple resources from the Agricultural HRTool Kit, AgriTalent and AgriPathways. https://www.cahrc-ccrha.ca 

Agricultural HR Tool Kit

The tool kit offers step-by-step instructions on how to: Develop an HR plan, Create an HR policy manual, Recruit, select, & hire, Manage people effectively, Develop a succession plan, set compensation & benefit standards, Improve health and safety, Create training & orientation processes and Ensure workplace wellness. Purchasing the tool kit will enable you to access valuable templates and resources. Being an Alliance’s member gives you a 15% discount (regular price $99)!


Find the agricultural training program that’s right for you and your career.


Have you ever thought of a career in Agriculture? With the vast number of rewarding and challenging careers available, maybe it’s time that you should! To learn more about the exciting opportunities in primary agriculture, explore AgriPathways.

Going Global Workshops

The Agriculture Going Global Workshops are an exciting series of instructive workshops created specifically for agricultural producers interested in learning about exporting their products. This new series, developed CAHRC, in partnership with the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), is designed to help individuals make crucial exporting decisions, avoid common pitfalls, and increase their understanding of international trade and foreign markets.

HR Management Workshops

A series of important workshops that provide instruction to employers on establishing effective management practices to get the most out of staff. Topics include Recruitment & Retention, HR Planning, and Organizational Culture.

Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA)

Farm safety training available at any time! These courses range from general safety awareness to specific equipment training, and were developed by the top subject matter experts in the industry. They are a valuable safety resource available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In addition, CASA has developed three different on-line farm training courses specifically designed to improve farm safety. Each course takes approximately 45-60 minutes to complete and offers a quiz at the end of the learning experience. Currently, each course is available in English and CASA is currently working towards offering these courses in French. For more information:http://casa-acsa.ca//training

Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick

CCNB regularly offers webinars in French www.meswebinaires.ca and in English www.mywebinars.ca

CCNB also offers nnline course on being successful in business in the agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors, offered in English and in French.
https://continuum.ccnb.ca/programmes-et-cours/?p=5 (French) & https://continuum.ccnb.ca/programs-and-courses/?p=5 (English).

Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Fisheries

Social Media Toolkit: A Guide for farmers, fishermen, and producers of New Brunswick 2017 Edition. Click here to download the toolkit. 

Hayes Farm (Fredericton) – Holistic Farm Business Planner – September 2020 Start

This 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. This course will teach participants how to create an individualized business plan, but WILL NOT teach growing skills. Upon successful completion of the 35-hour course, participants will have created an individual, realistic, profitable, and fulfilling farm plan. Successful completion will also qualify participants for up to one hour per month of mentor support from December through March. See poster HERE.

This course is best suit individuals or partners who:  

  • are considering starting up a small scale agricultural operation in the near future,

  • are looking to expand an existing ‘home-use’ garden or homestead into a revenue positive operation,

  • have completed the Hayes Farm Regenerative Farming Certificate program and are ready to take the next steps, or

  • are part of an existing family farm and looking to start up their own personal project on the farm

Click here for course outline. For more info visit https://www.hayesfarm.ca/hfbp.

Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie University

The faculty offers courses and programs in various formats – from distance education to classes on campus. Through Extended Learning, the Faculty of Agriculture delivers certificate programs, short courses and workshops in formats that work for agriculture. For more information:http://www.dal.ca/faculty/agriculture/extended-learning.html

Farm Credit Canada

Find a multitude of free articles and videos on the following subjects: Money & Finance, Business Planning, Production, Marketing, Human Resources, Technology & Innovation and Inspiration. https://www.fcc-fac.ca/en/ag-knowledge.html

New Brunswick Community College

Continuing Education

NBCC’s Continuing Education offerings consist of both credit and non-credit courses, certificate programs and professional development opportunities.  Our training opportunities happen year-round and can be found throughout the province and even in your own home with our growing number of online courses. http://www.nbcc.ca/programs-courses/continuing-education

Customized Training

Industries, businesses and organizations proactively collaborate with us to help train their workforce and to design specialized, innovative training solutions. With decades of experience, NBCC is the premiere choice for employers who are looking to train, re-train, or motivate teams to be competitive in today’s marketplace.

Whether you are looking to implement new strategies or update your team’s skill set – NBCC has the experience, tools and instructors to design a training solution just for you.

NBCC specializes in modernizing systems, customized training for industry, building internal certificate programs, train the trainer platforms, and e-learning options. All training solutions are built to support your unique needs and can be adapted quickly.http://www.nbcc.ca/programs-courses/customized-training

University of Maine at Presque Isle

In 2014, the University of Maine at Presque Isle began a Sustainable Agriculture Program within their Environmental Science major.  The program offers hands-on experience with their own agricultural land on campus as well as the construction of a greenhouse.  More details of the program can be found on their website: http://www.umpi.edu/academics/environmental-studies/epscor