Farm Facts and Furrows

Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative

Are you looking to hire a student or a graduate to work on your farm or to help with your community or organization’s environmental concerns?  If so, the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative may be of interest to you. The Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative will help fund internships for post-secondary graduates and high school students working in the agriculture or agri-food industry. These internships would include activities or projects that benefit the environment by improving soil and water quality, reducing greenhouse gases and supporting biodiversity on the agriculture landscape. The Initiative applies to farms, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, associations, indigenous organizations that are legal entities and universities. Funding is available through the following two streams:  

Green Farms Stream: Farm operators could receive up to a maximum of $10,000 to hire an intern that is 30 years old or younger, including high school students, to implement projects that are environmentally beneficial. Green Internships Stream: Employers in the agricultural sector, but not directly on-farm, could receive up to a maximum of $16,000 per intern.  The intern must be a post-secondary school graduate and the project must involve environmentally beneficial activities, services or research in the agriculture sector.  Below are some examples of projects that would typically be environmentally beneficial activities: Natural Waterway Erosion Control; Creek and Stream Crossings; Native Plant Establishment; Protecting High Risk Erodible and Saline Soil; Multi-Producer Erosion Control; Water Flow and Erosion Control; Fencing to Protect Surface Water; Relocation of Livestock Confinement; Farmyard Run-off Control; Riparian Area Grazing Management and Fencing; Native Rangeland Grazing Management and Fencing. If you are interested in this type of support, I would encourage you to visit their website at or contact them directly at the toll free number 1-866-452-5558 or by email at