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Program Updates

KPU Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems has a new quarterly newsletter distributed every January, April, July and October. The newsletter includes current news, research updates, events, as well as student and staff profiles. If you are interested in contributing an article or event, please contact the editor Anna Rallings.  Click here to see all current and past volumes of the newsletter.

Projects & Opportunities

Each student in the Sustainable Agriculture program is required to participate in land or community based research, but we also encourage you to get involved in projects that excite you. If you are a community, government or private organization and you are interested in having a student help you on a research project, please don't hesitate to contact us

Note: Dates on calendar show final date for submission of applications, please click on posting for details.

For ongoing employment, internship and volunteer opportunities, check out these local websites and list serves: 

Listservs with job postings: BC Food Systems NetworkVancouver Urban FarmersCOMFOOD


KPU Student Led Research Grants

Any student currently enrolled at KPU is eligible. Applicants must intend to return to KPU as an undergraduate student in the semester immediately following the completion of the research project. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada. They must be a Canadian Citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or an international student with a valid study permit. Students wishing to apply must be associated with a faculty member. The faculty supervisor must agree to supervise the project, and ensure that it complies with university policies. Awards can cover any expenses related to the research project or to its dissemination.  Awards can range to a maximum of $1,500 per student. Travel awards presented only for student travel to a conference in order to present a poster or paper based on their research. For co-a For co-authored papers, we can only entertain applications for travel awards from one author. For more details, please see the Application Procedures.


Check the Events calendar for upcoming events organizing, sponsored or supported by KPU Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems. Here are some upcoming highlights:

Awards, Scholarships & Bursaries

KPU offers a wide range awards ranging between $250 to $20,000 — in all, the university offers over $2,000,000 each year to students to help support their goals. Applications are taken online each year in January. There are also many external and direct awards offered outside the university, you can find listings here. In addition to these general awards, our students have access to an increasing number of special awards. Please check back regularly to see new awards posted and contact KPU Student Awards & Finance to apply for these and other awards.

  1. Richmond Garden Club Award — The Richmond Garden Club is pleased to offer an award to a student registered in the Richmond Farm School program. Criteria: preference given to a resident of Richmond; financial need.  Applications will be accepted by the Horticulture Department. Amount: $500. 
  2. Lee Lockwood Award for Sustainable Agriculture — With citizens of planet Earth facing the perfect storm of major population increase, climate change and aquifer depletion, topped off by the challenges to current agricultural practices by peak oil, it is imperative that alternate and sustainable agricultural methods be developed for use close to populations who require same. This award is an assist to making a career in Sustainable Urban Agriculture in its various forms an attractive alternative to current industrialized agriculture.  Criteria: enrolled full-time in any year of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Agriculture program at KPU; CGPA of 2.50 or greater; demonstrated financial need; submission of a narrative on sustainable agriculture (maximum 5 pages). Amount: 2 x $1,000.  

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