Learning Opportunities with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems offers experiential learning opportunities to a diverse community of people. We offer programs, classes and resources from Community Workshops to Student Internships, Children and Youth Education to the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture.
How students can get involved
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems provides many for-credit and not-for-credit opportunities for students to get their hands dirty and learn about the food system. Get information below on internships, courses, volunteering, student groups, and more.
What are the kids learning at the UBC Farm?
From gardening their plots in the children’s garden, to identifying bugs along the agroforestry trail, there is a bounty of hand-on activities for kids in our child and youth programs. Field games, seeding in the greenhouse, baking with farm produce, fort-building, composting, apple picking, chicken feeding, berry picking, potato hunting and medicine making just to name a few.
PSST! Our children’s programs are in high demand, any spots released will be first announced in our UBC Farm Newsletter.
FarmWonders is our innovative child and youth food literacy program committed to experiential learning at the UBC Farm. We offer unique experiences including spring and summer day camps and year-round field trips that allow children to explore the wonders of the food they eat, from field to fork.
Intergenerational Landed Learning
The Intergenerational Landed Learning Project merges educational research and school curriculum to teach about and promote environmental stewardship, healthy diets and lifestyles, and social development.
Think&EatGreen@School supports teacher food literacy professional development through school-year workshops and Summer Institutes. The program offers small grants to schools and non-profit organizations and also supports research on food literacy and food access.
Discover British Columbia's Progressive Food Community with Feeding Growth
Through community engagement and education activities, the Feeding Growth community of food leaders, supporters, businesses, and organizations works together to amplify the local food economy by assisting the producers of exceptional, healthy, sustainable, and socially responsible retail and packaged goods companies.
Indigenous Initiatives at the UBC Farm
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) at UBC Farm is located on the unceded ancestral territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people, whose guidance and collaboration is vital to all activities on the Farm.
Four Indigenous initiatives have their home at the UBC Farm: Tal A’xin: Maya in Exile Garden, established in 2000 as one of the longest-running community-based projects at the UBC Farm, Tu’wusht Garden Project, initiated in 2005 with partner Vancouver Native Health Society, xʷc̓ic̓əsəm: Indigenous Health Research & Education Garden, part of LFS Indigenous Research Partnerships, and the Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness Program (CRUW), developed in 2011 by Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society. Each year, these initiatives bring thousands of visitors to the Farm and engage hundreds of UBC students through academic connections such as class visits, group projects, graduate research, and directed studies.
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