Knowledge and Agency

Knowledge is our ability to acquire awareness, familiarity, or understanding of food (including where, how, and by whom our food is produced and distributed). Agency enables our ability to act upon that knowledge in order to enhance both our own and our community’s food security and health. Our community is strengthened and residents are empowered through the connections we make when we share and celebrate food.

Educational programs and resources provide opportunities for knowledge, skill-building, and sharing that enhance the ability of individuals and communities to become food secure. This includes knowledge, skill-building, and sharing opportunities (available to residents and to workers in the food system), and facilities (such as kitchens, gardens, meeting rooms, dining rooms, food storage, and distribution space) available for public use.

Farmer and food production training programs

Type Agency Program Contact Location Notes
Apprenticeship Kootenay Permaculture Institute Permaculture Apprenticeship Program Gregoire Lamoureux
spiralfarm@yahoo.com

R.R.#1 Winlaw V0G 2J0 The Kootenay Permaculture Apprenticeship Program is...
Apprenticeship Stewards of Irreplaceable Land (SOIL) Stewards of Irreplaceable Land (SOIL) Mary-Alice Johnson
info@soilapprenticeships.org
(250) 642-3671
P.O. Box 807 Sooke, BC Canada Canada-wide V0S 1N0 SOIL is non-profit organization that acts as a liaison...
Apprenticeship UBC Farm Sowing Seeds for the Future
ubcfarm.seeds@gmail.com

Vancouver This eight month, part time (600 hour) practicum offers...
Apprenticeship WWOOF - World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms WWOOF - World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms


World-wide Willing Workers on Organic Farms offers the opportunity to...
Training BC FOODSAFE Secretariat; BC Association of Farmers' Markets MarketSafe BC Camosun College, Continuing Education and Contract Training
foodsafe@foodsafe.ca
250-370-4781
4461 Interurban Road Province-wide MarketSafe is a food safety training program for farmers...
Training Gaia College Diploma in Organic Land Care Heide or Michael Hermary
info@gaiacollege.ca
250-709-2229
2485 Koksilah Rd Cowichan Station V9L 6M7 Courses integrate essential knowledge of ecology,...
Training Institute for Sustainable Horticulture Richmond Farm School Dr. Kent Mullinix
kent.mullinix@kwantlen.ca
604.612-1252
Richmond The Farm School prepare people to engage in human scale,...
Training Kootenay Permaculture Institute Permaculture Design Course Gregoire Lamoureux
spiralfarm@yahoo.com

R.R.#1 Winlaw V0G 2J0 The Kootenay Permaculture Design Course is regarded as an...
Training Kwantlen College - Langley Campus Institutute for Sustainable Horticulture
horticulture@kwantlen.ca
604.599.3254
20901 Langley By-Pass Langley Kwantlen's Institute for Sustainable Horticulture (ISH...
Training Linnaea Farm Ecological Garden Program
school@linnaeafarm.org
(250) 935-6717
Box 98, Mansons Landing, B.C. Cortes Island V0P 1K0 Linnaea Farm's 30 acres include orchards and...
Training Okanagan College Viticulture Program


Penticton The Viticulture program provides individuals with the...
Training Olds College various programs and courses
info@oldscollege.ca
Toll-free: 1-800-661-6537
4500 - 50th Street Olds, Alberta T4H 1R6 Olds College offers programs in Agriculture, Animal...
Training Organic Farming Institute of British Columbia On Line Science and Technology; Field Training
sclark@ofibc.org
250 938-7634
PO Box 247 Keremeos V0X 1N0 OFIBC courses are designed for farmers by experienced...
Training Small Scale Food Processor Association Food Safety Systems Implementation (Processor) Program
info@ssfpa.net
1-866-547-7372
Province-wide Food Safety Systems Implementation (Processor) Program...
Training University College of the Fraser Valley Agriculture Department Agriculture
agriculture@ucfv.bc.ca
604-795-2813
45635 Yale Road Chilliwack V2P 6T4 Diploma and certificate programs include some courses on...
Training and Apprenticeship OUR Ecovillage Sustainable Food Production
info@ourecovillage.org

Shawnigan Lake The Sustainable Food Production program is for participants...
Training and Apprenticeship Boundary Bay Earthwise Garden EarthWise
info@earthwisesociety.bc.ca
604-946-9828
3rd Avenue and Boundary Bay Road Tsawwassen (south Delta) The Earthwise Society is a not-for-profit organization...