Assiniboine Community College is proud to partner with the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples to deliver a tuition-free Horticultural Production program. 

The program will be delivered full-time at the Parkland campus in Dauphin starting on September 5, 2023.

Learn the totality of food production and focus your interests on three key sectors: fruits and vegetables, greenhouse production and nurseries. Students will gain hands-on experience in Dauphin's newest greenhouse through collaboration with Vermillion Growers.

Create your own customized soil and compost. Grow unusual food plants such as fenugreek, Malabar spinach and Jamaican thyme. Diagnose and treat plant diseases. Improve drainage systems and learn how to increase food production via microclimate studies. Discover how the art of budding and grafting changes the face and function of trees.

Indigenous learners (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) living off-reserve are welcome to apply to the program.

To learn more, click here to register for an upcoming online information session.


Applicants are admitted based on the recommendation of the Program Coordinator using a holistic admission assessment

Next Step

Program Application and Guide (PDF)

No application fee.

Completed applications can be submitted via email to blackbirdcr@assiniboine.net.


For more information or further questions, please contact Charles Blackbird by email at  blackbirdcr@assiniboine.net or by phone at 204.761.3666

Careers & Connections

Career Opportunities

Horticulture is a rapidly growing industry offering rewarding careers in both rural and urban settings across Canada.

Positions open to graduates include fruit grower, vegetable grower, nursery assistant, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) technician, plant propagator, garden centre worker, marketing and sales assistant, and research assistant. Graduates may continue their studies at the diploma or degree level.


Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit the Articulation Agreements page.

Tools & Supplies

Tools and supplies are free to eligible and accepted students of the program.

Courses & Costs

To graduate with a Horticultural Production certificate, students must successfully complete 60 academic credits and 3 practical credits. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline. 

Tuition is free to eligible and accepted students of the program.

Fast Facts

9 months
Program Start
September 5, 2023
Course Load
Program Details
On Campus
School of Agriculture & Environment
1.800.862.6307 ext 6685 (toll free)