Regenerative Agriculture (Gr.12)

The Regenerative Agriculture program is the first of its kind in British Columbia. This program allows you to gain practical experience on farms or ranches of your choice, learning hands on skills for the enterprises you are interested in pursuing. From beef and sheep production to pasture poultry or pork as well as greenhouse vegetable, fruit and berry enterprises — the program has host farms for you.

The core of the program is gaining a solid foundation in business and enterprise management as well as learning how to practice regenerative agriculture in a variety of ecosystems and production systems. In-class and/or online courses in business and enterprise diversification teach you to how to assess, select, and develop each enterprise, in order to plan for success. Business courses include strategy, financial management, marketing, and human resources while natural resource science courses include biodiversity, soil health, range ecology, grazing management, riparian management, and many others. The tools you gain will allow you to build and manage a diversified and resilient farming operation or agricultural business in BC, across Canada or around the world. For more information, visit TRU - Regenerative Agriculture.

Although a formal application for this program is submitted during the student’s grade 11 year, it is essential that planning begin in their grade 10 year when the student is selecting courses for their grade 11 year.   

Who Attends: Any district student with a school recommendation and who meets the criteria listed in the TRU Start Application

Date: Students attend their first year during their grade 12 year. The certificate program (33 credits) involves an additional (Summer) semester. The diploma program (63 credits) involves a second year after high school graduation.

Location: Online (with Thompson Rivers University - Williams Lake Campus) and work experience on farms and/or ranches. First two days of classes are on-site at a ranch outside of Williams Lake.

Fee: All ancillary fees are the responsibility of the student. Please see application for estimated costs. Fall and Winter Semester tuition for the student's grade 12 year is paid by SD73 to TRU. The tuition for the third semester (Summer) and the additional year is the responsibility of the student.

Application Fee: $32.27 to be included with submission of completed application (Cheques payable to "SD73")

Application Due Date: February 1, 2024

Application form TRU Start - Regenerative Agriculture Application (Please print ONE-SIDED and write legibly in blue or black ink)

Students enrolled at Barriere Secondary School, Chase Secondary School, Clearwater Secondary School, or Logan Lake Elementary Secondary School may apply for the Rural Student Billet Homestay program. For more information and to express an interest, please visit here.
Expression of Interest forms are to be submitted to your school TNT Coordinator along with your program application form.

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