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About ISH


Kwantlen's Institute for Sustainable Horticulture (ISH) was created in 2004 to be a partnership of academia with B.C.'s horticultural industries and the community to support British Columbia in meeting demands for a higher level of sustainability and environmental responsibility from horticulture, silviculture, forestry, and urban landscapes. We understand "sustainable horticulture" as a system built on the pillars of environment, economy and culture: a system in which:

  • Resources are kept in balance through conservation, recycling and or renewal
  • Practices preserve horticultural resources and prevent environmental degradation to the site of use as well as off-site land
  • Production, profits and incentives remain at acceptable levels
  • Community is an integral part of the system

Our Goals:

  • Work in collaboration with industry to consolidate and advance British Columbia’s position as a leader in sustainable horticulture research, development and application
  • Build a network of academia and industry for collaborative research in sustainable horticulture
  • Provide a forum for third party informed analysis on sustainability issues
  • Enrich the educational experience for students in sustainable horticulture

Project Theme Areas:

  • Ecosystem sustainability
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Industrial innovation
  • Community awareness
  • Education and training

News and media releases:

(a list of PDF media releases here)

Horticulture is the intensive cultivation of fruit, nut, vegetable, herb and ornamental plants for human use; food, medicinal and aesthetic.