Bishop’s unveils new Sustainable ­Agriculture and educational farm proposal

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Bishop’s unveils new Sustainable ­Agriculture and educational farm proposal
Dr. Darren Bardati, Écomestible President Jonathan Pineault, Dr. Brad Willms, and postodoctoral fellow Jane Morrison unveiled Bishop’s new educational farm model proposal to community members at the BU library on May 30. (Photo : Emilie Hackett)

By Emilie Hackett, Special to the Record – Bishop’s University’s Department of Environment and Geography will now be offering a specialization in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) as of this fall. In addition to the new program, Dr. Darren Bardati, Dr. Jane Morrison, and Dr. Brad Willms are hoping to establish an educational farm on BU’s 140-acres of undeveloped land and 20-acres of wetland. The three professors held a discussion panel at Bishop’s on May 30 to introduce the project and answer some of the community’s questions.
Two new courses will be offered as of September 2019 to students who are interested in the world of sustainable agriculture. “For now, the program will be offered as a minor, and perhaps as well as a certificate,” explained Willms. “It takes two years for a new major to be approved in Quebec by the government, so we’re starting off in a realistic manner.” See full story in the Friday, May 31 edition of The Record.


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