Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) Programs

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) Programs

Cultivate sustainability for tomorrow’s food systems

Do you wish to become an active participant in making a difference in the world? Change how you think globally and act locally? Acquire skills in ecological food production, a comprehensive understanding of how agroecosystems work, and earn an internationally recognized “Permaculture Design Certificate”?

If so, a program in SAFS is for you!

Because Bishop’s University is located in an agriculturally rich environment, students have opportunities to visit, collaborate with, and benefit from farmers in the Estrie region. In fact, the SAFS programs puts a particular emphasis on field experience.

Furthermore, unlike other agricultural programs, the emphasis of the SAFS programs is on improving the sustainability of all aspects of agriculture and food systems – focusing on the social, economic and environmental aspects of agriculture in order to help students develop a thorough understanding of food systems from farm to table and beyond.

Courses offered will examine many aspects of modern agriculture and food systems, including scientific, entrepreneurial, and social issues, as well as global food security and climate change impacts. The SAFS courses incorporate real-world experiences to develop the skills needed to achieve a successful career as an agriculturalist, entrepreneur, food policy specialist, researcher, or in many other professions.

Learn more about our Educational Farm.

We currently offer two programs in SAFS:

Option #1) Minor in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (24 credits)  (MINAGR)

The SAFS minor may be taken with one of the following majors:

  • Geography (B.A.)
  • Environmental Studies (B.A.)
  • Environmental Science (B.Sc.)
  • Or any other major at Bishop’s University

See the Academic Calendar for details on majors.

Course requirements for minor:

  • AGR 100  Intro to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
  • AGR 130 Environmental Implications of Agriculture
  • AGR 333  Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
  • Additional required: Any 5 courses (15 credits) from the list of AGR coded course (see list of AGR-coded courses).

Option #2) Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (30 credits) (CONAGR)

The certificate is a stand-alone 30-credit program, not associated with a degree major.

Course requirements for certificate:

  • AGR 100  Intro to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
  • AGR 130 Environmental Implications of Agriculture
  • AGR 333  Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
  • Additional required: Any 7 courses (21 credits) from the list of AGR coded course (see list of AGR-coded courses).

Apply now for the certificate program

Anticipated Future SAFS Programs*

  • B.A. Major in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, 60 credits
  • B.A. Honours in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, 72 credits
  • B.Sc. Major in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, 84 credits
  • B.Sc. Honours in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, 90 credits

*The B.A. and B.Sc. Majors and Honours programs in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) were approved by the University Senate in December 2018, and are currently under external review. They are expected to be launched in fall 2022.

Possible career paths

  • Agritourism operator/entrepreneur
  • Agribusiness manager
  • Organic farmer/market gardener
  • Agricultural consultant
  • International development agent
  • Food security analyst
  • Agroecology scientist/researcher
  • Coordinator/educator of community agriculture program

For more information, please contact:

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Dr. Darren Bardati

Full Professor – Department Chairperson

Dr. Bardati earned his PhD and Master’s degrees at McGill University, and a BA Honours in Geography from Bishop’s. Since 1996, he has taught resource and environmental management courses in the Department of Environment and Geography. His research interests revolve around agroecology and sustainable foods systems, adaptation to climate change, and water management. He and his family enjoy living on a small farm where they tend large gardens, save heirloom seeds, and raise a variety of animals.…Contact Information and full bio
Phone: 819-822-9600 ext. 2462

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Dr. Bardati earned his PhD and Master’s degrees at McGill University, and a BA Honours in Geography from Bishop’s. Since 1996, he has taught resource and environmental management courses in the Department of Environment and Geography. His research interests revolve around agroecology and sustainable foods systems, adaptation to climate change, and water management. He and his family enjoy living on a small farm where they tend large gardens, save heirloom seeds, and raise a variety of animals.

Dr. Bardati’s website

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Dr. Jane Morrison

Assistant Professor

Dr. Morrison earned her PhD at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (BarcelonaTech) in Agroecology and her MSc at McGill University in Integrated Water Resources Management. She holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with an Environmental Engineering Minor, also from McGill University. She undertook a year of funded post-doctoral research at Bishop’s University (supervisor: Dr. D. Bardati), and won the prestigious NSERC and FRQNT awards, before being hired as BU’s Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program’s Strategic Innovation Faculty member.…Contact Information and full bio
Phone: 819-822-9600 ext. 2352

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Dr. Morrison earned her PhD at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (BarcelonaTech) in Agroecology and her MSc at McGill University in Integrated Water Resources Management. She holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with an Environmental Engineering Minor, also from McGill University. She undertook a year of funded post-doctoral research at Bishop’s University (supervisor: Dr. D. Bardati), and won the prestigious NSERC and FRQNT awards, before being hired as BU’s Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program’s Strategic Innovation Faculty member. Dr. Morrison’s research interests include: sustainable agriculture, agroecology and resilient food systems. Dr. Morrison’s current research aims to improve the sustainability of the agricultural sector by connecting with the local organic farming community in order to understand the current state of the industry, share and mobilize knowledge about best practices, highlight the greatest obstacles for farmers, and determine how farmers can be better supported.

Publications

Blaix, C., Moonen, A. C., Dostatny, D. F., Izquierdo, J., Le Corff, J., Morrison, J., Von Redwitz, C., Schumacher, M., & Westerman, P. R. (2018). Quantification of regulating ecosystem services provided by weeds in annual cropping systems using a systematic map approach. Weed Research, 58(3), 151-164. DOI:10.1111/wre.12303

Morrison, J., Izquierdo, J., Plaza, E. H., & González-Andújar, J. L. (2017). The role of field margins in supporting wild bees in Mediterranean cereal agroecosystems: Which biotic and abiotic factors are important? Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment247, 216-224. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2017.06.047

Morrison, J., Izquierdo, J., Hernández Plaza, M. E., & González Andújar, J. L. (2017). The role of weeds in field margins in supporting wild pollinators in Mediterranean cereal agroecosystems. In M. R. Hernando & A. Z. Aznárez (Eds.), Proceedings of the XVI Congreso de la Sociedad Española de Malherbología: Pamplona-Iruña, October 25-27, 2017. Universidad Pública de Navarra/Nafarroako Unibertsitate Publikoa, 2017. ISBN: 978-84-9769-327-1

Morrison, J., & Friedler, E. (2015). A critical review of methods used to obtain flow patterns and volumes of individual domestic water using appliances. Urban Water Journal, 12(4), 328-343. DOI: 10.1080/1573062X.2014.900090

Morrison, J., Madramootoo, C. A., & Chikhaoui, M. (2014). Modeling agricultural land drainage under spring snowmelt conditions with DRAINMOD. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering41(4), 275-284. DOI: 10.1139/cjce-2013-0416

Morrison, J., Madramootoo, C. A., & Chikhaoui, M. (2013). Modeling the influence of tile drainage flow and tile spacing on phosphorus losses from two agricultural fields in southern Québec. Water Quality Research Journal48(3), 279-293. DOI: 10.2166/wqrjc.2013.053

Madramootoo, C. A., & Morrison, J. (2013). Advances and challenges with micro-irrigation. Irrigation and Drainage62(3), 255-261. DOI: 10.1002/ird.1704