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KPU Farm Schools

KPU Farm Schools consist of Tsawwassen First Nation and Richmond. Each offer a distinct 7-8 month program that provides students with a strong foundation in the principals and practices of regenerative farming. These programs focus on hands on, experiential learning alongside industry professionals, supported by classroom learning to prepare students for a career in the industry. 

Which farm school is right for you?

 

Tsawwassen First Nation (established in 2015)

The Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School is a partnership between KPU and Tsawwassen First Nation and is an intensive immersion into high production farming within a diversity of topics and specialties. Our certified organic farm is both an educational and working farm that sells its products through various Vancouver Farmers Markets, restaurants and a 100+ member CSA produce box program. 

Key aspects:

  • 7 months, 3-4 days per week 
  • April through October 
  • 350 hours of field-based learning and 250 hours of classroom learning 
  • 20-acre site with - vegetable, livestock and perennial crop production and incubator plots 
  • Certified organic production farm selling vegetables, fruit, eggs and meat to the local community
  • Medium-scale production (incorporates both mechanical and hand-scale techniques)
  • Incorporates an Indigenous perspective to food systems
  • Multiple 1/4-½ acre blocks are reserved for Incubator farmers after graduation 

 

Richmond (established in 2010)

The Richmond Farm School is an educational and working farm that focuses on lean urban farming - small-scale, intensive, high value, and cost-effective crop production with minimal infrastructure and capital investment.

Key aspects:

  • 8 months, 1 day per week March through October
  • 250 hours of experiential field-based learning, supplemented with classroom learning
  • 6-acre site showcasing small-scale, high value, intensive vegetable, herb and cut flower production
  • Multiple 1/4 acre blocks are reserved for Incubator farmers after graduation 

 

Visit the individual program pages for more information:

Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School

Richmond Farm School