Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture

 *For full program details, please refer to the UBC Farm Practicum Overview

UBC Farm Practicum students gain a rich complement of hands-on learning and classroom-based theory.

UBC Farm Practicum students gain a rich complement of hands-on learning and classroom-based theory.

The UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture is an eight-month experiential learning program designed for aspiring farmers, urban gardeners, environmental educators, and students with an interest in applying their learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems. Students bring a diversity of backgrounds and life experience to the practicum. Our program graduates share a vision of livelihoods and lifestyles grounded in sustainable and community-based food systems.

 

Where is it?

Seed saving workshop

Seed saving workshop

The practicum program is hosted at the UBC Farm, a living laboratory of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. The UBC Farm is the site of the majority of farming activities, guest speaker presentations, and classroom sessions. Practicum students also have the opportunity to travel to a number of local farm operations, produce distributors, and farmers’ markets to provide a regionally grounded food system context, and to make personal connections with experienced food growers.

2009 practicum students on a field trip to Salt Spring Island

2009 practicum students on a field trip to Salt Spring Island

Visiting the Farm

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit the farm and meet UBC Farm staff prior to applying to the practicum. This gives applicants a better understanding of the hands-on nature of the program, along with a better sense of the UBC Farm community. Interested participants are invited to join in a volunteer session and participate in the vibrant learning community we foster.

Applications

We are pleased to announce that our 2014 Practicum student team has been formed and we are no longer accepting applications this year.

Check back in August 2014 for our practicum open house-tours schedule and for the re-opening of our online applications.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the program, please send us an email.

General inquiries: ubcfarm.practicum@ubc.ca.

Program Coordinator: DeLisa Lewis

Media

  • CBC story on the program and Practicum graduates.
  • A current student’s description of her first day of the practicum.
  • Current student, Christine Hardi, writes about her experiences in the 2013 Practicum class in her blog.
  • Karly Pinch (2013 student) has also been keeping a great blog documenting her experiences in the practicum.

 

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