The 2016 UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture – Apply Now! 

Posted by Kristen Nammour on October 26, 2015

Students working the field at UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture

Have you ever dreamed of having your own small farm, a small cottage, fresh eggs from your chickens, growing, healthy organic vegetables and fruits?  If so, then maybe it’s time to stop dreaming, and take action!  Make your dream a reality by enrolling in the 2016 UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture. 


A student shows off their muddy hands at the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture

Situated within the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm, within the faculty of Land and Food Systems, the UBC Farm Practicum is an eight-month (part-time, March-October), experiential-learning program, designed for aspiring farmers, urban gardeners, environmental educators, and students with an interest in applying their learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems.   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. The program includes numerous guest speakers, including several UBC professors, and field trips to various farming operations within the province.  Please note: You do not have to be a UBC student or post-secondary student.   


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.  Tea Making with the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture students