EDCP 329 – Agriculture In the Curriculum




Agriculture in the Curriculum

Agricultural awareness, understanding the food system, and integration of food and agricultural literacy across the curriculum.

Available for credit | EDCP 329




   Course date: Monday July 18th – Friday July 22nd, 2022

   Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00.p.m. PT

   Format: In person

   Location: 3440 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC

   Register by: deadline extended to July 15, 2022

   Instructor: Joseph Massie

   Academic Contact: Dr. Kerry Renwick


Food is often taken for granted. Many students have a limited understanding of the sources, processes and issues related to food production, and this institute aims to change that.

The BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation works with educators to bring local agriculture to BC’s students. In partnership with farmers, teachers and agriculture specialists, they are committed to teaching students about the story of our food in British Columbia.

Agricultural literacy is associated with three broad educational movements:

  1. place-based education
  2. environmental/ecological education
  3. health literacy and healthy school initiatives

Systems thinking and sustainability are key concepts for consideration. This course explores practical ways to integrate concepts related to food production and consumption, food safety, agricultural issues and sustainability across the curriculum at all grade levels.




Integrate important concepts related to food, the agriculture industry and environmental sustainability into your classroom.

This course examines best practices in implementation, such as pedagogies of engagement, interdisciplinary/integrative studies and outdoor studies. Through active participation, field trips, guest speakers and video presentations, participants will expand their knowledge of agriculture and food concepts, and reflect on their own values and orientations.

Ways to incorporate this new knowledge into existing courses will be explored with ethical defensibility being the guiding principle. The goal is to develop a conception of agricultural literacy that provides the foundation for curriculum projects and professional practice.


Joe Massie

Born and raised in Chilliwack, BC, Joe Massie has been heavily involved in Agriculture for his entire life. He spent his childhood working and playing on a dairy farm and later, on a beef cattle hobby farm. He has owned and raised animals and plants for as long as he can remember. During his youth Joe was employed by a local greenhouse and worked in the floriculture industry for 8 years. He decided to enter the teaching profession and has worked hard to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Education, as well as his Master’s in Education Technology.

Joe currently runs the Agriculture program at Sardis Secondary School in Chilliwack, which includes a working greenhouse and a new Agriculture Learning Centre that includes school gardens, research projects and community supported agriculture gardens. His department works closely with many community members to educate students on real-world Agriculture issues and opportunities.



Course date: Monday July 18th – Friday July 22nd, 2022

Time: 9:00 a. m. – 4:00 p. m.

Format: In person

Location: 3440 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC


Current UBC students

Current UBC students, can register for credit courses using their Campus Wide  Login (CWL),
through the Student Service Centre

Visiting & Unclassified Students

Visiting & Unclassified Students, information can be found here


Mailing Address

Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy
Faculty of Education
University of British Columbia
Scarfe Building 2125 Main Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4 Canada

Important Numbers

Apply for graduate programs:
Alan Jay
Email: edcp.grad@ubc.ca

Apply for undergraduate programs:
Contact the Teacher Education Office

deadline extended to July 15, 2022