Farm School Stories Vol. 1 – Making a difference

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The Farm School is an integral extension education program of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The program is dedicated to teaching people of all backgrounds, experience and professions the science and art of small-scale, biodiverse, ecologically sound organic farming. At the end of the program, students have the knowledge, skills and confidence to start their own farm operations and become important actors of the food system.

Watch our promotional video to see what our students do at the farm!



May 16th, 2018

2018 is an exciting year for our farm school programs as we have two programs with full cohorts. The Richmond Farm School was on hiatus for 2 years due to the restructuring of the curriculum. We launched the program this year and immediately received a full registration. Both programs, Richmond and Tsawwassen, have full cohort of 14 students each with a growing waiting list for 2019. This is increasing proof that the desire for people to be involved in the local food system, advance resiliency in the food system and to get reconnected with working on the land is growing.

What have the students been learning so far?

Beekeeping

Brian Campbell teaching students about the anatomy of bees, the importance of bees and other natural pollinators for the ecosystem and food system, and our students taking turns in handling and inspecting bee hives. Our Richmond students also caught a swarm of bees for the first time!

Land preparation and planting

The farm is our classroom. Students setting up the caterpillar tunnels which will be planted with tomatoes and eggplant. They are also learning about crop planning, seeding, management of hogs and chickens. The year is just starting and they have so much to learn!


Staff Highlight

Not only is the program creating opportunity for people to take the first step in learning about the food system and growing food, we have an exceptional team of instructors who have extensive agriculture background and are passionate in transferring their knowledge.

Daniel Garfinkel
Richmond Farm School Manager & Instructor

edfDaniel is is deeply passionate about food,  farming, and community. He has been growing, cooking, and educating for nearly a decade. His dedication to the local food movement is highly contagious and evident through his work as a chef, Master  Gardener, Beekeeper, Permaculturist, farmer, educator, and consultant. His non-conventional path of learning has  led him to both applying and expanding his knowledge at multiple farms locally and abroad in search of new sustainable agriculture practices. Daniel is also the founder of Vancouver  Farming Co., a non-profit farming organization dedicated to feeding the members
of our community who need it  most, first.

 

 


Sarah Clements
Tsawwassen Farm School Market Crop Production & Practicum Instructor 

23690310601_e694f27da8_oSarah’s formal food systems education began at UBC where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Land and Food Systems as well as the Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture at the UBC Farm. Sarah spent three seasons working at the UBC Farm as the Practicum Mentor, CSA manager, and manager of several production fields. She also worked for Victory Gardens Vancouver, building food gardens in the city and teaching people how to grow food in their own backyards. Sarah is passionate about growing local, sustainable food and hopes to empower BC’s next generation of organic farmers! In her spare time, she enjoys singing and playing fiddle in a bluegrass band.


Community Supported Agriculture Vegetable Boxes

**Get your weekly box of certified organic vegetables for the summer now!**

Both programs operate on a fully cost-recovery basis where all proceeds go back into supporting the operation, the students and the staff. On top of being an educational farm, we are also a working farm where we have various revenue streams including selling at the farmers markets, individual vegetable boxes and to restaurants around Metro Vancouver. These are important revenue streams for supporting the program and to demonstrate the business aspect of farming to students. Our students take part in attending the markets, harvesting and packing the vegetable boxes.

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We deliver to three KPU campuses (Surrey, Richmond, Langley), East Vancouver and Tsawwassen. The subscription of these boxes run from mid-June to the end of October. Every week, you get a box of freshly harvested organic vegetables from the farm delivered right to your office! We are only one month away from the first box and spots are filling up very fast, so don’t miss out!

All our veggies are certified organic!

For more information and to sign up, visit our website.


If you have any questions regarding the programs or the vegetables boxes, please don’t hesitate to email me at caroline.chiu@kpu.ca.

Caroline, Farm School Manager

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