UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture
The UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture is a four to six-month experiential learning program designed for aspiring farmers, environmental educators, gardeners, and students interested in applying knowledge 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. The program is open to all; you do not have to be a UBC student (see details below for minimum qualifications). Click here to see a few practicum alumni profiles!
2018 Graduate - UBC Farm Practicum Field Mentor & Field Lead
After completing the practicum in 2018, Alisha M'Lot jumped right back into the UBC Farm community as a Field Mentor and Brassicas lead. She recently added hoop houses and tunnels to her portfolio at the UBC Farm, and spends her down time cooking farm veggies and hanging out with her deep-ecology book club.
2019 Graduate - Senior Plant Growth Operations Technician
After completing her practicum in 2019, Brianna Thompson went on to work with a research & technology company developing sustainable agriculture solutions. She also works as a coordinator for a produce and security initiative, coordinating yard gardens and purchasing excess produce from local farmers.
2015 Graduate - UBC Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes Lab
Amy Norgaard wrapped up her practicum in 2015 while completing her BSc in Agroecology at UBC. From there, she went on to farmhand with Ice Cap Organics. In 2018, she returned to UBC to complete her MSc in Soil Science. On the side, Amy teaches sustainable soil management with the KPU - Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School and is articling in order to become a Professional Agrologist.
2019 Graduate - Renewal Funds
After completing the practicum in 2019, Gregg Ashby went on to work for Renewal Funds, who invests in sustainable products and environmental technology. He also volunteers in urban agriculture, keeps bees, and serves on the Board of Richmond Beekeepers.
2009 Graduate - Haltwhistle Cheese Co.
After completing the practicum in 2009, Cory Spencer trained with cheese makers in the UK and France. When he returned to Canada, he started a 130-head goat dairy and cheese making operation called Haltwhistle Cheese Co.
2014 Graduate - Lentelus Farms Comox Valley
Dave established Lentelus Farms about half way through UBC Farm’s Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture. The Practicum helped him build many strong connections including with Professor Emeritus and mentor Dr. Art Bomke. Dave now rents three farms in the Comox Valley. He grow grains on one farm to feed his heritage pastured hogs. He also grows certified organic garlic on another farm and this year, he leased a 3rd farm for his lambs and hogs.
2013 Graduate - Twin Island Cider
After completing the practicum in 2013, Katie went on to do a year of mixed-vegetable CSA farming at Farmers on 57th, as well as an orchard internship at UBC Farm. Katie has since moved to Pender Island, where she started Twin Island Cider, a farm-based cidery, with a fellow farm worker she met during her time at the UBC Farm.
About the Program
The Practicum would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the following: West Coast Seeds, Choices Market, Young Agrarians, Vancouver Urban Farming Society, Groundswell, Vancity, Dr. Art Bomke, Gregg Ashby, and Anonymous.
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