The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) is a research institute based on KPU’s Richmond, BC, campus. Through our integrated program of applied research, extension programming, and community engagement, we investigate and support regional food systems as key elements of sustainable communities. We focus predominantly on British Columbia but also extend our programming to other regions.
Our applied research brings forth pertinent information and perspectives on sustainable agriculture and regional food systems. ISFS’ multi-disciplinary team investigates the agricultural and food production potential, economics, policy, planning, and ecological sustainability of regional food systems.
Our extension programming (knowledge transfer) provides information and technical support for farmers and other food system stakeholders. Current programming includes workshops, talks and conferences, the development of farm business management tools, and our Richmond and Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School programs.
Community engagement is central to ISFS’ programming, much of which involves community and industry organizations, as well as municipal, regional district, and First Nations governments as partners and collaborators.
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