Sitting on the sidelines – it’s not something we do in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. We are actively involved in creating a better, more sustainable world through research and education. Our students and researchers are out in the community, sharing their knowledge and expertise on a wide range of critical global issues.
This past summer we piloted a unique course on food security and the engagement of aboriginal communities. What made this course special was that it was developed and delivered in partnership with a community organization, The Ustlahan Social Society. Students worked alongside Squamish First Nation members on a garden project. The result? They had an impactful, meaningful learning experience and made a visible difference.
Experiential learning opportunities such as this community garden project give our students practical skills that serve them well when they graduate. Skills that allow them to make their mark.
Take Janice Elliot. Learning about food security issues, coupled with her desire to contribute to her community, led Janice to develop her own urban farm business after she completed her BSc Agroecology degree in 2008.
Our faculty members are also focused on creating positive change. Assistant Professor Judy McLean and Associate Professor Tim Green’s study on international nutrition in Cambodia examines how farmers can combine aquaculture and home gardens to produce more affordable and nutritious food and gain the tools they need to improve agricultural practices and nutrition.
The desire to make a difference is at the heart of everything we do at LFS and it’s inspiring to see the affect we’ve had on communities around the world – and the affect those communities have had on us, as well.
Murray B. Isman, Dean