Vancouver’s Kwantlen Polytechnic launches new bachelor of applied science in sustainable agriculture program

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is now accepting students for its new bachelor of applied science program in sustainable agriculture beginning September 2012.

The program combines classroom and field-based learning designed to prepare students for professions including small scale farming, community organization leadership, government staff, consulting and public service.

"The sustainable agriculture program is an innovative degree program unique to North America,” says Dr. Kent Mullinix, director of sustainable agriculture and food security, Institute of Sustainable Agriculture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. “We are very proud and excited to be offering this forward thinking program, and the level of interest from prospective students has been encouraging. We already have many students accepted into the program.”

"The demand for healthy, locally produced foods and creating a robust regional food system is on the minds of the public and governments alike. This program offers a comprehensive perspective on sustainable food production, crop production, agro-ecosystems management, small farm business planning, and contemporary issues that face society and our food system,” Kwantlen said in a media release.

Students will spend their first two years learning about fundamental dimensions of our natural and social environment, biology, ecology, geography, agriculture and food. The second half of the program emphasizes hands on learning where students will spend most of their time at a teaching and research farm. Through participation in crop and animal production and year-round agro-ecosystem management classes as well as community-based research and internships, undergraduates will become knowledgeable of the scientific, practical and business elements of sustainable small scale, human intensive, alternate market farming.

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