Why study sustainable agriculture?
Connect your passions with skills to build a career that contributes to a more sustainable food system. From science and engineering to policy and business, knowledge can make you a powerful force for change. Program graduates find work not only in agriculture, but also in fields as diverse as planning and development, resource management, research, politics, government, non-government organizations, and other related businesses.
We want to partner with you to create a more sustainable food system that
- is place-based
- is community-focused
- represents diversity in scale, markets, and cropping systems
- serves, engages, and empowers everyone
Food systems touch every aspect of life
It’s not just about training farmers. Our sustainable agriculture program encourages you to connect your passions to whatever you want to do. From science and engineering to policy and business, knowing the challenges of our food system makes you a powerful force for creating a new, sustainable one.
Program graduates find work not only in agriculture, but also in fields as diverse as planning and development, resource management, research, politics, government, non-government organizations, and other related businesses.
From the classroom to the farm
KPU is home to the only agriculture program in Canada that has all its 4-year degree curriculum focused on organic production. Your journey starts with the fundamentals, such as math, biology, chemistry, and geography, as well as concepts in sustainable agriculture and food systems.
Throughout your degree you’ll be immersed in a living agriculture laboratory — our teaching and research farm. All of our production classes teach organic management and our field courses are all taught on our certified organic farms. You’ll participate in crop and animal production, year-round agro-ecosystem management classes, and practical training in our seed lab. Beyond the farm, you’ll develop the business, sales, and marketing skills necessary to manage a sustainable agricultural farming business.
A team driven by shared values
This program is built on a core set of values by a group of dedicated educators. Their applied, hands-on approach to reimagining agriculture prepares you to tackle issues like food security and climate change, both on and off the farm. 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 leaders in sustainable food systems.
- Sustainability is imperative.
- Good, wholesome, nutritious food is a basic human right.
- Co-creation of knowledge fosters citizen engagement and positive change.
- Pursuit of accuracy and truthfulness are critical for constructive discourse.
- Science is enriched by honouring diverse perspectives and ways of knowing.
Engage with us!
Working together as a community, we can build a more sustainable food system. We collaborate with government (municipal, provincial and federal), non-profit organizations, businesses, farmers and citizens. You can partner with us through research, volunteering or hiring a student.
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