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.
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.
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.
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:
- Soil data
- Working with medicinal plants
- Curriculum development for children’s programs
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.
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
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
ELI - UBC Explore English Immersion Program
IS648F12A - Sustainable Food: Urban Agriculture and Global Systems
SM001S12A - UBC Summer Institute in Sustainability Leadership
Thank you for providing us with feedback on your experiences with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems. This valuable data will be aggregated, and used to inform decisions related to improving our research and teaching programs at the CSFS.
Your responses will be kept confidential, and will only be shared with our Academic Coordination team (Dean, Academic Director, Academic Coordinator, and Academic Assistant).
If you have any questions or concerns about the nature of the information collected in these surveys, or how it will be used, please contact email@example.com.