We are serving up 25 classes organized by season from Late March to October. Click on the following images to browse our seasonal classes, or the Topics below to browse by category. Click REGISTER to see all of SPEC's workshops. Participants can choose courses that appeal to their interest or sign up for the full program. We also offer course packages at discounted rate. All courses aim to build on participant experiences and foster collaborative learning including hands-on experience.
The Farmer Field School (FFS) concept is a proven approach to increasing farmer understanding and practicing of sustainable agriculture practices. Developed originally by the UN-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the 1980's, this participatory education model has been adopted by small-scale agriculture producers in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
New and experienced backyard gardeners, urban farmers, community food activists, and sustainability entrepreneurs are invited to participate in a series of courses or a single course. One of SPEC’s goals is to engage students in thinking about the larger food system. Participants can sign up for individual classes or they can save money by enrolling in course packages.
The electricity used for all classes offered at the YWCA Metro Vancouver is offset with renewable electricity created on local farms in British Columbia. To find out more about how Cowpower Farms produce renewable electricity that helps to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, divert food waste from landfills and strengthen local farming visit them at www.cowpowerbc.com.