The University of the Fraser Valley’s Agriculture Centre of Excellence at its Chilliwack campus at Canada Education Park will include a greenhouse, barn, and associated infrastructure constructed to LEED (Leadership Energy and Environmental Design) standards. Venues for agriculture teaching and innovation include:
A 250-square-metre demonstration barn to provide a centre for hands-on practical experience, demonstrations, and research opportunities for seven types of animal husbandry.
A 400-square-metre glass greenhouse to provide a multi-use facility, incorporating features such as growth chambers and laboratories, and enable research partnerships with UFV’s biology and geography departments, and practical research into crop ‘beneficials’ (for example, friendly bugs).
A controlled and focused environment to conduct field and lab exercises, support research and project activities required for undergraduate courses. Facilities that meet the requirement of a managed safe bio-secure zone.
Facilities for new trades and technology programs in agriculture automation and agriculture heavy duty mechanics.
In addition to the greenhouse and barn, the project includes provision of site services for the buildings and purchase of new agriculture automation and farmwright equipment.
Provincial Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk (right) tours UFV’s new Agriculture Centre of Excellence with UFV executive director of campus planning Craig Toews.
See ISSUE Page 29 for an article on UFV's Centre for Agriculture Excellence by Tom Baumann, UFV's Agriculture Department Coordinator