Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture at UBC

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2018 UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture – APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN!  

Imagine your own small farm, a small cottage, fresh eggs from your chickens, growing, healthy organic vegetables and fruits…  If that sounds good to you, then maybe it’s time to stop dreaming, and take action!  Make your dream a reality by enrolling in the 2018 UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture.

The UBC Farm Practicum can be taken as either a six-month (April – October), or as a four-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 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.   

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.  Academic credit (6-9 credits) is available.     

For more information, and to apply, please see the  UBC Farm Practicum website All applications received by October 2nd will be considered for Early Admission.  All applications for the Regular Deadline pool are due by November 5th.  Please note: You do not have to be a UBC student or post-secondary student.    

Practicum Open House at the UBC Farm is scheduled for September 16th, 12 pm – 2 pm to provide you with a forum to ask questions, meet current practicum students, and receive a tour of the site.  No registration is required.  Events also occurring at the Farm on Sept 16th include a special themed Farmer’s Market at the UBC Farm between 9 am – 1 pm, as well as a workshop on Soil Biology (10:30 am – 12:30 pm, advanced registration required).  To stay informed of our latest updates regarding UBC Farm Programming (including the Practicum Program), please sign up for our weekly newsletter.

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