Learning Resources

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems provides a suite of academic services to the University of British Columbia and other university and college communities.

Immerse yourself in the landscape of a working farm and community engagement hub to learn about a wide range of sustainability topics. Tours are held on site throughout the year, are a minimum of one hour in length, and can be tailored according to your curricular objectives. To book a tour, please fill out our Course Collaboration Request Form.

Academic Services fees are available here.

Invite a CSFS expert staff member to present a guest lecture to your class. Presentations are generally an hour long and held at the UBC Point Grey campus throughout the year. Our Academic team would be happy to work with you to tailor the guest lecture presentation to meet your course objectives and interests. For more information on booking in class presentations, please see our Course Collaboration Request Form.

Academic Services fees are available Academic Services fees are available here.

Community Service Learning (CSL) projects seek to engage students in collaborative community projects and hands on experiential learning by providing opportunities to work directly with the UBC community and beyond on critical food systems issues. From course based projects, directed studies, and immersive internships, there are many ways for students to learn about locally and globally significant issues in food security, sustainable food systems, health promotion, renewable energy, ecology, climate change, and much more.Please contact a member of the Academic Programs team for more information on CSL projects.

The CSFS provides indoor and outdoor spaces such as agricultural fields, conservation forests, and classrooms for teaching activities. For more information on research and teaching space booking fees and policies, please see Academic Space Use Guidelines and contact our Academic Programs team.

A land-based project at UBC Farm is any research, teaching, or community-based land use beyond one-time use. For more info and to submit a proposal visit Project Proposals.

If you want to get your course involved with the UBC Farm fill out the Course Collaboration Request Form. Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Academic Programs Team for more information.
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For Students

For Credit Internship Openings

The UBC Farm Career Development Internship engages UBC students with their local food system and creates opportunities to experience the working environment of a food sustainability focused organization. Selected interns will receive credits towards their UBC degree while increasing their understanding and knowledge of food systems research, from organic agriculture to food production methods, food-focused community engagement, and business management.

Directed Studies

Design your own learning! You create the project idea and approach a potential supervisor. Receive 300- or 400-Level Credit. Past Directed Study topics include:
  • Birds
  • Seed-saving
  • Soil data
  • Working with medicinal plants
  • Curriculum development for children’s programs

Volunteer Program

Much of the great work that happens at the UBC Farm is made possible by the continued support of the farm’s dedicated volunteers. The UBC Farm volunteer program provides UBC students, staff, faculty members, and members of the wider community the chance to gain hands-on experience in many aspects of small-scale sustainable farming. Most volunteer opportunities are available during the main growing season (May-October).


  • Academic, paid positions
  • Includes hands-on field positions
  • Gain Work experience
  • 10-20 hours a week, up to 35 hours during the field season (June-August)
  • Visit UBC Careers for more info.

Current Teaching Collaborations

From introductory tours to course based projects to immersive internships, here is the whole suite of ways to learn about locally and globally significant issues in food security, sustainable food systems, health promotion, renewable energy, ecology, climate change, and much more.

APSC 261 - Technology and Society I

APSC 262 - Technology and Society II

APSC 364 - UBC as a Living Laboratory

CIVL 202 - Civil Engineering II: Social context of infrastructure

Susan Nesbit, Faculty of Applied Science, Department of Civil Engineering

Carla Paterson, Faculty of Applied Science

FIPR 549A - Master's thesis

ITAL 101 - Introduction to Italian

ITAL 102 - Italian Intermediate

SOCI 464 - Social Movements

SOCI 495A/ANTH 409A - Advanced studies in sociology

SOCI 495A/ANTH 409A - Immigrant Vancouver Ethnographic Field School

Marvin Cohodas

Anneliese Schultz

Eagle Glassheim

Master's in International Development

ENDS 401 - Environmental Design Studio 3: Institution(s)

CNPS 599C - Counselling Psychology Master's Thesis

EDCP 323 - Outdoor & Environmental Education

EDCP 362 – Curriculum Design and Evaluation: Practical and Theoretical Issues

EDCP 585: Theories and Dimensions of Place-based Learning: Ecohumanist, Critical and Indigenous Lenses

EDST 588 - Environmental Philosophy and Education: Adult Environmental Education

EDUC 200 - Global Citizenship

EDUC 430 - Enhanced Practicum

Tracy Friedel

CONS 370 - Aboriginal Forestry

FRST 100 - Sustainable Forests

FRST 305 -Silviculture

FRST 444 - Managing Agroecosystems for Biological Diversity and Agroforestry

FRST 449 - Directed Studies

FRST 557 - Site Level Forest Land Management

John G. Worrall

Thomas Sullivan

Stephen Mitchell

APBI 260 - Introductory AgroecologyFRE 302 - Small Business Management in Agri-food Industries

APBI 318 - Applied Plant Breeding

APBI 402, SOIL 502 - Sustainable Soil Management

APBI 360 - Agroecology II

APBI 460 - Managing Agroecosystems for Biological Diversity and Agroforestry

APBI 497 - Directed studies

GRS 497 - Regional Directed Field Studies

LFS 250 - Land, Food & Community I

LFS 450 -Land, Food, and Community III

LFS 497 - Directed studies

LFS 649 - Doctoral Dissertation

PLNT 549 - Master's thesis

PLNT 649 - Doctoral dissertation

Andrew Riseman

Hannah Wittman

Sean Smukler

Sandra Brown

Maja Krzic

Judith Myers

Alejandro Rojas

James Vercammen

Tanya Wahbe,

Thomas Sullivan,

David MacArthur

Gwen Chapman

BOTA 649 - Doctoral dissertation

ENVR 200 - Introduction to Environmental Science

BIOL 416 - Conservation Biology

BIOL 323 - Plants and People

SUST 101 - Introduction to Sustainability

Jedediah Brodie

Shona Ellis

ELI - UBC Explore English Immersion Program

IS648F12A - Sustainable Food: Urban Agriculture and Global Systems

SM001S12A - UBC Summer Institute in Sustainability Leadership


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