The UBC Farm Practicum can be taken as either a seven-month (April – October), or as a five-month (April – August), experiential-learning program. The program is part-time (approximately 20 hours per week), and is designed for aspiring farmers, urban gardeners, environmental educators, and students with an interest in applying their learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems. The program is often taken as a non-credit Certificate program; however, 6-9 academic credits are available for interested students.
Participants gain a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and a network of incredible people to support them along the way. The main approach to learning within the program is hands-on practice. Participants carry out seasonal farming activities with leadership provided by UBC Farm staff in the greenhouses, gardens, fields, orchards, and at our farmers’ markets. In addition, the program includes numerous guest speakers, field trips to various farming operations within the province, and access to a plot at the UBC Farm for individual and shared production.The UBC Farm is a 24-hectare gem, the largest urban farm in Vancouver, British Columbia, and situated on a site with numerous research, educational, and community outreach activities. Please see the UBC Farm Practicum website for detailed information:
All applications received by September 24th will be considered for Early Admission. All applications for the Regular Deadline pool are due by October 27th.
Please note: To enroll in the Practicum program, you do NOT have to be a UBC student or post-secondary student.
A Practicum Open House will hosted at the beginning of the fall season before the application deadline. This year, our Open House at the UBC Farm will occur on September 14th, 12 pm – 2 pm. We will provide a forum to ask questions, meet current practicum students, and receive a tour of the site. No registration is needed. If your schedule permits, we encourage you to arrive at 12 noon, so you can experience the entire Open House — but arriving anytime between 12- 2 is acceptable. Please look for our tent and table by the entrance to the Farm.
To stay informed of our latest updates regarding UBC Farm Programming (including the Practicum Program), please sign up for our weekly newsletter. If you miss this year’s Open House, we also offer public tours of the Farm every Saturday at 12 noon (June-Nov). Again, no registration is needed. Meet at the information booth at our Farmer’s Market.