Agriculture Training Program off to a good start

Participants in the Agriculture Training Program have enjoyed plenty of sessions and activities in the two weeks since the program kicked off. Twelve participating newcomers are from Eritrea, India, Iran, Nigeria, Syria, Uganda, and Ukraine.

Interest in the program is high – two Ukrainian participants in Corner Brook are joining training through online classes! ANC was, as always, happy to accommodate to include as many interested people as possible. Hopefully, some day soon, West Coast farmers will have the benefit of the newcomers’ keen interest and strong farming experience.

In the most recent sessions, instructors from the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture taught program participants about soil fundamentals of NL. A site demonstration at O’Brien Farm explored how to make the soil more productive for various agricultural needs.

The cohort demonstrates incredible enthusiasm for the program and sees excellent prospects as their future career possibility. Apart from the agriculture modules, some participants shared their desire to establish a farming business of their own. Each participant brings along great experience in the field, which varies vastly within the context of agriculture and farming. Through this program, they will have the opportunity to learn the basics of agriculture from industry-leading instructors, have mentorship training from prominent business owners and obtain a paid internship.