School of the Environment

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

Work to advance the study of sustainable agriculture in real-time by getting your hands dirty in Trent’s rooftop gardens and experimental farm, a 33-acre living laboratory located right on campus.

Discovering new ways to grow our food sustainably has become an increasingly crucial global challenge. By studying sustainable agriculture, we can work together to create food systems that are responsible, justice-oriented, efficient, effective, and viable. In this program, you’ll examine the links between farm and table and their implications for people, the economy, and the planet. Learn about the challenges and benefits of producing and distributing healthy, affordable food in sustainable ways, while preparing for a career in which you can affect change and positively impact your community.

Accelerated Master's Degree

Earn your M.Sc. in Environmental & Life Sciences in only 12-16 months after graduating from your B.Sc.

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A. (Honours)
  • B.Sc. (Honours)


  • Peterborough


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  • Make your mark in our engaged student community by joining the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Society, Trent Apiary, or Food Services Sustainability Committee
  • Join a new crop of entrepreneurs working in the Trent Market Garden, which provides fresh vegetables to cafeterias right here on campus, or volunteer with the student-run organic café The Seasoned Spoon
  • Work alongside leading experts in the field and complete impactful community research projects
Sustainable Agriculture students working in Trent's Rooftop gardens

"Trent is the only school in Canada that offers an Arts degree in Sustainable Agriculture."

Helen McCarthy

Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Agro-Tourism Operator
  • Community Food Activist
  • Food Policy Analyst
  • Land Use Consultant
  • Organic Farmer

Popular Courses:

  • Environmental Implications of Agriculture
  • The World Food System
  • Ecological Agriculture
  • Soil Science
  • Culture and Food
  • Nutritional Anthropology
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Sustainable Agriculture students working in Trent's greenhouse

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%

Program Requirements:

  • SBI4U for B.Sc.
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