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SYLLABUS PROGRAM

This combination of top-tier mentorship and a robust educational framework is designed to provide you with unparalleled insights into sustainable agriculture.

Explore the complete program syllabus for an in-depth understanding of what CANOPY offers. Please note that the content is subject to change. 

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3-DAY IN PERSON RETREAT

Farm Design & Management

Farm Design Strategies for Small Ecological Diversified Farms

Instructor: JM Fortier

This module explores the core principles of small farm design, including optimal field and infrastructure layout, efficient water usage and supply, ergonomic daily labour practices, best practices for greenhouse and tunnel setup, and appropriate technology for small-scale farms. These foundational concepts aim to reduce maintenance time and costs, improve operational efficiency, and boost overall productivity.

Advanced Growing Techniques

Diversified Greenhouse Production for the Market Garden

Instructor: Catherine Sylvestre

Learn how to plan diversified greenhouse production and support clients in implementation. This workshop provides detailed guidelines for profitable production of main greenhouse crops, and methods to assess and improve clients’ current greenhouse operations.

Advanced Growing Techniques

Nutrient Management for Insect & Disease Prevention

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Instructor: John Kempf

A comprehensive workshop examining actionable, foundational regenerative practices to manage nutrition and alleviate insect and disease pressure in a myriad of crop types.

Global Consulting Potential

Fostering Your Purpose in Sustainable Agriculture

Instructor: Julian Giacomelli

Uncover core values and purpose in sustainable agriculture through guided exercises and reflective practices. This module covers strategies for aligning personal passions with professional goals and includes case studies of purpose-driven leadership.

Global Consulting Potential

Empowering Communities Through Agriculture

Instructor: Julian Giacomelli

Engage and empower local communities in sustainable agricultural practices. Focus on building partnerships and networks to support community-driven agriculture and promoting social justice and equity in sustainable agriculture leadership.

Global Consulting Potential

Unleashing Consulting Potential and Market Opportunities for Small Organic Farms

Instructor: Julian Giacomelli

Explore the landscape of consulting opportunities in small-scale organic farming, understand market trends, and gain actionable insights for growing a successful consulting business in this niche.

Business & Marketing Insights

How to Market Yourself As An Expert

Instructor: Lizianne Fortier

Transform a passion for farming and education into a thriving business. Focus on marketing oneself and one’s expertise, attracting aligned customers, creating high-ticket offers, and establishing authority in the field, ultimately turning knowledge into a profitable venture.

Business & Marketing Insights

Equipping Small-Scale Farms: Mastering Budgeting and Investment Strategies

Instructor: Laurence Harnois

Learn the fundamentals of farm budgeting and effective investment strategies for small-scale farms. Equip yourself with tools and techniques to support farmers in financial planning, ensuring sustainable and profitable farm operations.

6-WEEK ONLINE MODULES

Farm Design & Management

Farm Design Strategies for Small Ecological Diversified Farms — Part 2

Instructor: JM Fortier

Participate in a follow-up session including discussion and Q&A on Part 1 topics. Learn to use Google SketchUp and access the Market Gardener Institute’s design library, enhancing planning and visualization capabilities for farm layouts and structures.

Advanced Growing Techniques

Mastering Crop Planning with Heirloom

Instructor: Heirloom

Learn how to assist farm clients in creating year-round crop plans using the Heirloom app. This workshop covers defining financial goals, creating multiple crop successions, and maximizing space use while balancing the workload throughout the year.

ADVANCED GROWING TECHNIQUES​

How to Set Up a Farm Crew for High Efficiency

Instructor: Catherine Sylvestre

Learn how to create a framework for efficient work on the farm. This workshop covers the essentials of organizing workflows to maximize each worker’s abilities. Explore methods to divide responsibilities and tasks, establish clear weekly rituals for work execution, and ensure accountability. Discover strategies for delegation and performance management in a farm environment. Leave equipped with practical tools to assist farms in creating customized crew delegation systems, enhancing overall productivity.

BUSINESS & MARKETING INSIGHTS​

Strategic Planning

Instructor: Julian Giacomelli

Learn a strategic planning framework to support farm owners in their entrepreneurial journey. This module covers vision, business objectives, budgeting, financial analysis, and results monitoring, ensuring comprehensive support for farm business growth.

BUSINESS & MARKETING INSIGHTS​​

Marketing for Small Farms

Instructor: Lizianne Fortier

Discover how to market farm products effectively by understanding customer needs and presenting products as solutions. Develop and assess marketing plans including: signature offers, ideal customers, strategic pillars, and brand image. Conduct competitor analysis and create commercial offers. Guide your clients to utilize storytelling, employ social media strategies, and use authority platforms to boost sales and brand consistency.

Global Consulting Potential

Conscious Communication

Instructor: Spiralis

Enhance communication skills to improve interactions at work. Gain tools to express oneself clearly, refine listening skills, navigate conflicts, and foster collaboration and connection in working relationships. Learn the basic notions of non-violent communication: Empathic listening, Authentic expression and Self-connection.

“We have the power to shape a healthier, more sustainable future.”

— JM Fortier

Join us on this bold journey with CANOPY!
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