Expand your classroom with experiential learning
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems provides leadership, guidance and support for teaching and learning on topics related to sustainable food systems, where sustainability encompasses social, economic, cultural and ecological pillars.
Planning to bring your class to the UBC Farm? Looking to book a tour?
Fill out our Booking Form for Field Trips, Lectures, Tours, and Course Collaborations! We need to know when classes are on site for safety reasons, and it helps us plan our educational programming appropriately to make sure your class has the best experience possible.
CSFS Programs and Services
The CSFS provides indoor and outdoor spaces such as agricultural fields, conservation forests, and classrooms for teaching activities at the UBC Farm and MacMillan 170A.
For information on research and teaching space booking fees and policies, please see Academic Space Use Guidelines. To book space contact our Site Coordinator.
The CSFS works with UBC students and instructors on collaborative community projects that enhance experiential learning and address critical food systems issues from a diversity of lenses (food security, sustainable food systems, health promotion, renewable energy, ecology, climate change, etc.).
Please contact a member of the Academic Programs team for more information on developing Community-Based Learning projects with CSFS.
Examples and Resources
For more information regarding CBEL projects, refer to the Centre for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) website. For examples of Community Based Learning projects, see the SEEDS Sustainability Library. SEEDS Projects gives students and faculty the opportunity to partner with UBC operational staff in order to advance campus sustainability through impactful projects.
From applied animal biology to business entrepreneurship, the Farm is an important place of learning and practice for many classes.
To host your class, lab, or course activity at the UBC Farm, please visit our Field Trips and Course Collaboration Request page.
View a list of UBC classes that engage with CSFS and the UBC Farm.
Invite a CSFS expert 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 on our CSFS experts check out our Associate Members on our People page.
To book an in-class presentations, please see our Tour and Class Lecture Request Form.. Find Academic Services fees here.
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 Tour and Class Lecture Request Form. View our Academic Services fees
Looking for non-university tours?
If you are an elementary or secondary school teacher find out about school field trips here. If you are a member of the general public find out about our community group tours here.
Instructional Resources and Opportunities
Just Food Educational Resource: Food Justice Learning Modules
The Just Food resource was born from a group of students’ desire to incorporate an equity lens into their learning, and to address the injustice they saw in their daily lives. It consists of learning modules on food systems and a facilitator’s guide. A diverse range of topics are covered, including agriculture, food studies, nutrition, and more.
Check out the student-led resource here.
Sustainable Food Systems on Campus
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems created open educational resources that can be adapted to any discipline, by anyone at UBC or elsewhere. These case studies provide an experiential and place-based learning opportunity by exploring and understanding a food system asset at UBC.
Find teaching materials to engage your students with the campus food system.
Are you curious about local food systems initiatives?
Find a compilation of learning resources relating to topics such as Community Gardens, Civic Agency, Children's Programs, and more!
Start exploring local food assets and networks.
UBC Farm Forestry
About half of the UBC Farm is second-growth forest and it is a rich area for learning and research. The Faculty of Forestry is a partner with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm, and offers instructors and students opportunities to teach and learn about cultivating forest stewardship.
How students can get involved with the CSFS
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 on internships, courses, volunteering, student groups, and more.
If you are interested in incorporating a UBC Farm volunteer opportunity in your learning activities, please contact email@example.com.
Develop your understanding of the connections between food, health, society and the environment, and gain tools to solve complex food systems problems locally and globally, with the UBC Minor in Sustainable Food Systems.
Students completing the minor are immersed in experiential and interdisciplinary learning opportunities, involving several departments and faculties across UBC, as well as off- campus partners.
This 18-credit minor is available to all Land and Food Science undergraduate students in their 2nd year or above.
1 Required Course
Land, Food, and Community II: Principles and Practice of Community Food Security
4 Required electives
12 credits. Choose at least one course from each set, for a total of 4 courses.
SET 1 - 11 courses
e.g. BIOL 343 Plants and Peoples, SOCI 423 Sociology of Food
SET 2 - 10 courses
e.g. APBI 360 Agroecology II, FNH 309 Food Process Science
SET 3 - 5 courses
e.g. APBI 414 Animals and Global Issues, FRE 306 Introduction to Global Food Markets
1 Required capstone
Capstone in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Land, Food, and Community III: Leadership in Campus Food System Sustainability
Food Systems Career Development Course
Apply to the UBC Minor in Sustainable Food Systems before March 31, 2020. Questions? Please contact LFS Advising.
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