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Teaching and Research Farms

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems students work on several teaching and research farms.

KPU FarmsGarden City Lands

The Garden City Lands are an extraordinary 55.2 hectares (136.5 acres) of open space located within the Agricultural Land Reserve, just east of KPU's Richmond campus. KPU's Department of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems is working with the City of Richmond to develop a Teaching and Research Farm on eight hectares (20 acres) of the site. The farm will highlight diversified, sustainable, regenerative, and organic production practices adjacent to the population centre of downtown Richmond. Students will study and practice at the Garden City Lands while working toward their Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Agriculture.

KPU Orchard

The KPU Orchard is a 3.3 hectare (8 acre) farm at the south end of Gilbert Road, on the South Arm of the Fraser River. The site includes certified organic teaching land used for fruit and vegetable production by students in the Richmond Farm School, and by students completing their Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Agriculture. It is also home to KPU's Richmond incubator farms, where program graduates can trial their farm business plans while mentoring each other.

Campus Terrace Gardens

The Richmond campus terrace gardens offer an accessible, high-visibility, growing space. Students working toward their Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Agriculture use the garden to grow high-value crops suited to small-scale production, including lettuce, spinach, and other salad greens. The garden's well-drained soils and warm micro-climate allow production of cool-season crops through much of the fall and spring semesters. 

TFN Farm

KPU's TFN Farm School is located on an eight-hectare (20 acre) farm owned by the Tsawwassen First Nation. The certified organic land produces a wide array of student-grown fruit, vegetable, and animal products. It is also home to incubator farms, where program graduates can trial their farm business plans while mentoring each other. The TFN Farm School prioritizes indigenous applicants.

Farm

Area (ha)

Soil type

Garden City Lands 8 Sandy clay loam layered over peat
KPU Orchard 3.3 Shallow muck over Ladner silt loam
Campus Terrace Gardens 0.04 Sand
TFN Farm 8 Ladner silty clay loam