Why study sustainable agriculture?
The global, industrial agriculture system is focused on generating excessive profit, and not on feeding people. We need a renewable way of farming to ensure more people have access to healthy food. And the world needs leaders and entrepreneurs who want to create positive change for their communities.
Human-focused farming can feed neighbourhoods just like yours. And it starts here, with your desire to learn about growing food in a sustainable way.
What is possible
Food systems touch every aspect of life
Together we can build a new, carbon negative food system. One that sees farmers using sustainable, regenerative, and organic practices. One that feeds friends and neighbours in our own communities, rather than shipping our products around the world. And one that’s economically viable, paying producers fairly and creating rewarding jobs.
But 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.
From the classroom to the farm
Turning thought into action and receive an educational experience unlike any other
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.
But soon enough, 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.
Separating the wheat from the chaff
Not your ordinary team of academics
This program is built on a core set of values by a group of dedicated educators. Our instructors live and breathe sustainable agriculture and these academic activists are focused on disrupting the status quo.
Taught by these industry experts, 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. 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.I'm ready to Register