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Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Cultivating our Sustainable Future

The only program of its kind in North America!

Our sustainable agriculture program combines a mix of classroom and farm-based learning.

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Sustainable Agriculture

Be a leader in shaping a sustainable food system for tomorrow!

Our Program

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems uniquely integrates the science and art of agroecosystem management with deep exploration of the many human and ecological dimensions of food systems through classes, practical training on our certified organic teaching and research farms, community engagement and student research projects.

Our People

Our faculty and staff all share a deep personal commitment to sustainability and have applied their expertise to create a values-based program focused on training and inspiring change makers and leaders in sustainable food systems.

Our Values

  • Sustainability is an imperative that must be addressed
  • Recognition and dignity to all perspective and ways of knowing (ie. Western science, indigenous and traditional knowledge)
  • Education and the co-creation of knowledge are necessary to foster change
  • We have a responsibility to prepare and train engaged citizens that understand a the complexity of sustainable societies
  • Accuracy and truthfulness are the only basis for constructive discourse
  • Good, wholesome, nutritious food is a basic human right
  • Empowerment of underrepresented people in agriculture

Our Partners

We believe it is essential that all members of society engage in the growth of our sustainable future. We actively partner with government (municipal, provincial and federal), non-profit organizations, businesses, farmers and citizens. If you would like to partner with us, visit our Collaborate With Us page. We look forward to hearing from you!

News & Events

Oct 30 / 2017

Langley, B.C. – Red and black – the colours in Kwantlen Polytechnic University's logo – are the new green.

KPU has won the...

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Aug 3 / 2017
ISFS associate researcher Naomi Robert

What are the backyard chicken bylaws in Vancouver? How about Squamish, or Victoria? The answer is now just a click away.

The Institute for...

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Apr 21 / 2017
KPU named Top 100 Greenest Employers in Canada by Mediacorp

Going green is a way of life at KPU.

With an onsite farmers’ market, an intercampus shuttle, rainwater harvesting, green walls and roofs, as well as 16 degrees and 6 diplomas related...

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Mar 30 / 2017

By Corry Anderson-Fennell

Many things in life are optional, but food isn't one of them.

That's why the findings of a new research report by the Institute for...

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Feb 1 / 2017
Dr. Mike Bomford, KPU agriculture instructor

Richmond, B.C. – Food matters. Each day people make decisions about what to eat, where to eat, and how to eat. Those decisions shape a food system...

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Sep 21 / 2016

Delta, B.C. – Students are digging right in to their post-secondary education in sustainable agriculture while still in high school, thanks to a new partnership between...

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07/20/2016 - 12:30

Join Tom Philpott of Mother Jones Magazine and Michael Bomford of the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems program of KPU for a rich, thought-provoking conversation about what the future of...

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08/22/2016 - 19:00 to 20:00
KPU Science World Speaker series

Honey bees are amazing creatures. They are clever, social insects. Along with the native pollinators, they account for up to 1/3 of all of the food they we eat. We will look into the lives of...

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May 31 / 2016

Starting May 31, there will be a new farmer's market at KPU Richmond each Tuesday from 3 - 7pm. The Kwantlen St. Market will feature a diversity of vendors, including local...

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