KPU and Tsawwassen First Nation partner on Farm School

February 11, 2015

The Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) has partnered with Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) to develop a Farm School on a 20-acre working farm on the TFN. The 10-month program begins in the spring, and offers classes in crop production, soil and water management, animal husbandry, small farm carpentry and welding, tractor and equipment maintenance, business planning and marketing, and Indigenous food systems. Students that successfully complete the first year of the program gain access to half-acre incubator farm plots for 3 years, as well mentoring and shared resources. “The Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School fuses sustainable agriculture and traditional Indigenous food systems as vital tools to build community and create the kind of critical dialogue and action around the future of food and earth stewardship,” said Kent Mullinix, Director of ISFS. Once fully operational, the farm will include market crops, small livestock, organic practices, an orchard, and a traditional medicine garden. KPU News Release