Institute for Sustainable Horticulture
Kwantlen's Institute for Sustainable Horticulture (ISH) is a partnership of academia with B.C.'s horticultural industries and the community to support British Columbia in meeting demands for a higher level of sustainability and environmental responsibility from horticulture, silviculture, forestry, and urban landscapes. We have two research groups and run a hands-on education program called the Richmond Farm School:
- The Bio-Controls Research Group works in a leading-edge research facility on Kwantlen's Langley Campus where they focus on the development of microbial insect pathogens (fungal and viral) which will provide growers and landscape care providers with biological solutions to pest problems and help improve the sustainability of our agri-food systems.
- The Sustainable Food Systems Research Group is an applied research arm based out of Kwantlen's Richmond Campus. The Group’s applied research, extension, and education focus is on regional-scale, human intensive food systems. Our past and current work falls under two categories: MESA projects and Bio-Regional Food Systems projects.
- The Richmond Farm School is a 10 month agricultural training program. The program's philosophy emphasizes local production, processing and distribution, human-scale systems that provide sustainability to local farms, and natural production methods that steward ecological recourses.
To learn more about our two research arms, projects and researchers, please browse our website.