The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) Program is based on the idea that learning about food and agriculture can't just be done in the classroom. The program offers a wide range of opportunities for students to get outside and gain practical experience, in every year of the program.
Experience begins with the first-year course, SAFS 1001H, which includes time out-of-doors, learning about agricultural research at the Trent Experimental Farm, as well as visits to the Trent Market Garden and Trent Vegetable Garden. It continues in upper-year courses in the program: several of these, such as SAFS 3240H, Agricultural Entomology, SAFS 3560H, Soil Science, and SAFS 3650H, Soil Management and Conservation, include time spent in the field, learning about practical aspects of agricultural systems. Other courses, such as SAFS 2350H, Ecological Agriculture, SAFS 2360H, Agriculture and Agricultural Alternatives, and SAFS 3370H, Organic Agriculture, include field trips to farms in our region. SAFS 3340H, The Canadian Food System: Community Perspectives and Experiences, provides opportunities to work with food organizations in our community.
In the final year of the SAFS Program, SAFS 4200H, The Edible Campus, provides opportunities for students to get involved in food and agriculture activities on campus, by working with the Trent Market Garden, the experimental farm, the Seasoned Spoon, and other units at Trent. Students in their final year also have a wide range of opportunities to pursue their own research projects, through reading courses, community-based research projects, or thesis projects.
And finally, the SAFS Program's Specialization in Small-Scale Farming offers students an intensive 12-month education in the practical details of farming – including a summer-long placement on an agricultural operation. It's a great option for any student that would like to become a farmer!