The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is currently seeking applicants for the position of Organic Agriculture Research Assistant- Soil & Plant Sciences. ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) is a research and extension unit at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)– Richmond campus. Through our integrated program of applied research, extension programming, and community engagement, we investigate and support regional food systems as a key element of sustainable communities. We focus predominantly on British Columbia but also extend our programming to other regions. Organic Agriculture Research The ISFS is involved … Continue reading FARM JOB: TSAWWASSEN, BC – Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at KPU, Organic Ag Research Assistant
Kwantlen Polytechnic University presents this Short Course: Business Planning for a New Farm. Managing your farm as a business is an important but often neglected component of operating a farm. Recent research shows that farmers who create and use business planning are more confident, more profitable and more able to take advantage of new opportunities. This short course will introduce participants to the concept of farm business planning through some practical, hands-on exercises. Teaching content will reference Ministry of Agriculture resources, primarily the New Farm Start-Up guide, and introduce participants to options for further support through the Ministry. Save the dates and … Continue reading March 1, 8, & 22: Short Course – Business Planning for a New Farm
Do you want to get more involved in the politics surrounding our food system? Do you have a burning farm issue that needs attention? We invite you to attend the National Farmers Union Region 8 Annual Convention which will be held Sunday September 24, 1:00pm – 6:00pm 2017 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University – in the Melville Centre for Dialogue, Rooms 2550A and B, 8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond, B.C. The Convention commences with registration on Sunday at 1 P.M. Registration fee is $5.00/person at the door, coffee and snacks included. Resolutions on current policy issues may be presented to this Convention and those passed will be forwarded to National Convention for debate … Continue reading SEPT 24: RICHMOND, BC – National Farmers Union Region 8 Annual Convention
Want to learn to grow and save seed? Get connected with seed savers and growers at the BC Seed Gathering! WHEN: November 3-4, 2017 WHERE: Kwantlen Polytechnic University Campus, 8771 Lansdowne Rd, Richmond, BC REGISTER: bcseedgathering.eventbrite.ca FOR MORE INFO: www.bcseeds.org/gathering “Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are seeds, and the harvest can either be flowers or weeds.” ~ Unknown Join us at the BC Seed Gathering to let your thoughts blossom into beautiful flowers—and beautiful weeds—because let’s be honest here, many weeds are edible and perform many important functions on Earth. Moreover, seeds provide food for fuel to feed our thoughts. The … Continue reading NOV 3-4: RICHMOND, BC – BC Seed Gathering
“Growing food, farmers and community.” This is the motto of Tsawwassen Farm School. We had our second successful year last year and we are gearing up for another awesome year! 2016 was our first year really attending farmers markets in Vancouver, Delta and Richmond; participating in VFM Direct and managing a 50-person CSA. We aim for even higher goals this year! Our students learnt a lot and some will be taking on an incubator plot to start their own farm business, and others have found other pieces of land. We hope to continue cultivating farmers and building our community. Our … Continue reading Want to farm but don’t know where to start? Take the Tsawwassen Farm School!
The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwanten Polytechnic University is offering a weekend workshop on the cultivation of Asian medicinal herbs in the Pacific Northwest. The course instructor will be Peg Schafer of the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm.
Do you keep birds? Learn how to keep your poultry healthy! Keeping Your Flock Healthy is a free course intended for owners of small flocks who wish to learn more about poultry diseases and ways to prevent them. This course will focus on health and biosecurity related to small lot poultry production. Participation at all four evening sessions is requested. Evening sessions take place on: Thursday November 12th (6-8pm) Thursday November 19th (6-8pm) Thursday November 26th (6-8pm) Thursday December 3rd (6-8pm) There is no course fee and all members of the public are welcome to attend. Space is limited; please pre-register by October 30th. Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/keeping-your-flock-healthy-tickets-18518742056 Keeping … Continue reading November 12 – December 3: Keeping Your Flock Healthy Workshop Series, Langley, BC
Join KPU’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems for an evening in conversation with former Chair of BC’s Agricultural Land Commission, Okanagan farmer, and long-time proponent of BC agriculture, Mr. Richard Bullock. Bullock will share his vision for a strong BC agriculture future and give guidance on actions that can be taken towards it. The event will feature an opportunity for audience Q&A. Please register for FREE on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/richard-bullock-on-the-future-of-bc-agriculture-tickets-17521204394 Date & Time: Tuesday, July 28, 7-9pm Location: KPU Richmond Campus Room: Melville Centre for Dialogue (2550A) NOTE: KPU Richmond Campus is easily accessible on transit via the Canada Line (Lansdowne … Continue reading July 28: Richard Bullock on the Future of BC Agriculture, Richmond, BC
Free public presentation with Mark McAfee, spokesperson for the Raw Milk Institute in California. RAWMI is committed to being the most-trusted source of information for and about the raw dairy industry. Whether you’re a dairy farmer looking for help in producing the highest quality product, a consumer trying to make an informed decision about this important source of nutrients, or a legislator or regulator building your knowledge of the raw milk industry … you’ve come to the right place. The talk will include: – Current legal issues surrounding raw milk in BC – Raw milk best practices on the farm … Continue reading For the Love of Farm-Fresh Milk with Mark McAfee of the California Raw Milk Institute