Agriculture

Take a short course

Learn a new skill

Grow your knowledge in a variety of basic agricultural techniques. Short courses are offered through UFV Continuing Education.

Register now:

Call 1-888-823-8734 or 604-504-7441 and quote course number.

Chickens on a Hobby Farm

Cost: $99

Chickens are easy to care for, make excellent pets, eat bugs, and can provide you with a steady supply of fresh eggs. Master the essentials of chicken care, including knowing about breeds, hatching and growing baby chicks, designing a coop, choosing the best feed, and protecting your flock against predators. This class is the ultimate guide to keeping chickens for pet lovers, hobby farm owners, and suburban farmers alike.

Chilliwack campus — Canada Education Park

Apr 20 | 20218, 1 session, Sat, 8:30 am-12:30 pm

Registration opens Dec 3

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register
Floral Design Basics 1

Cost: $749

Develop a fundamental knowledge of flower arranging, and familiarize yourself with common plant names. Learn about floral tools and supplies, the care and handling of flowers, preparation and planning, and plant identification and design. Please bring scissors, wire cutters, and a paring knife to the first class to make your own floral arrangements to take home. Flowers and floral supplies are included in the course fee. Flowers and supplies are included in the course fee.

Purchase the following required textbooks from the UFV Bookstore:

  • AIFD Guide to Floral Design
  • Principals of Floral Design

Abbotsford — Aerospace Centre

Jan 2-Feb 4 |20201, 10 sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30-10 pm

Registration opens Dec 3

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register
Floral Design Christmas

Cost: $749
Prerequisite: Floral Design Basics 1

Try your hand at a variety of Christmas designs. Learn about Christmas-related product information, cone identification, Christmas trees, and seasonal designs—including table centrepieces with candles, Christmas wreaths, door hangings, and one-sided arrangements. Find out about fertilizers and pesticides for house plants. Most supplies included in course cost.

Purchase the following required textbooks from the UFV Bookstore:

  • AIFD Guide to Floral Design
  •  Principals of Floral Design

Abbotsford — Aerospace Centre

Nov 19-Dec 19 | 80010, 10 sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30-10 pm

Registration now open

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register
Floral Design Special Occasions

Cost: $749
Prerequisite: Floral Design Basics 1

Learn the skills needed to decorate with a variety of materials other than flowers, and to incorporate floral and non-floral products in to an arrangement. Topics include historical background of special holidays, product information, hospital guidelines for flowers, plant identification, and designs. Flowers and floral supplies are included in the course fee.

Purchase the following required textbooks from the UFV Bookstore:

  • AIFD Guide to Floral Design
  • Principals of Floral Design

Abbotsford — Aerospace Centre

Feb 6-Mar 13 |  20007, 10 sessions, Mons, Wed, 6:30–10 pm (no class Feb 18)

Registration opens Dec 3

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register
Floral Design Sympathy and Church

Cost: $749
Prerequisite: Floral Design Basics 1

Learn to create funeral arrangements and other church decorations. Topics include plant identification and designs such as casket sprays, funeral bouquets, wreaths, baskets, and church bouquets. Also get guidelines to make sales and process invoices. Flowers and floral supplies are included in the course fee.

Purchase the following required textbooks from the UFV Bookstore:

  • AIFD Guide to Floral Design
  • Principals of Floral Design 

Abbotsford — Aerospace Centre

Mar 18-Apr 17 | 20008, 10 sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30-10 pm

Registration opens Dec 03

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register
Floral Design Weddings

Cost: $749
Prerequisite: Floral Design Basics 1

Learn fundamental skills to produce wedding bouquets and arrangements. Topics include marketing, including sales and advertising, as well as plant identification and designs for all around, contemporary, and hand-tied bouquets, hair flowers, corsages, and church arrangements. Flowers and floral supplies are included in the course fee.

Purchase the following required textbooks from the UFV Bookstore:

  • AIFD Guide to Floral Design
  • Principals of Floral Design 

Abbotsford — Aerospace Centre

Apr 24-May 29 | 20110, 10 sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30-10 pm (no class May 20)

Registration opens Dec 03

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register
Goat Handling

Cost: $99

Domestic goats not only make wonderful pets, but they can also be a source of income for hobby farmers and homesteaders. Learn all about breeds, behaviour, feed and nutrition, hoof trimming and dehorning, first aid, deworming, breeding, kit care, and milking. This information-packed workshop can help you avoid costly mistakes and confidently raise healthy goats for pleasure or profit.

Chilliwack campus — Canada Education Park

May 25 | 40162, 1 session, Sat, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Registration opens Dec 3

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register
Holiday Centerpieces — NEW

Cost: $115
Prerequisite: The following workshop is not part of the Floral Design certificate and are open to participants from all skill levels.

Learn how to select seasonal florals to design and create a custom
seasonal centrepiece for your home or for a gift. Bring scissors and
wire cutters. Fee includes other supplies.

Abbotsford — Aerospace Centre

Nov 29 | 80208, 1 session, Thu, 6–9 pm,

Registration now open

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register
Introduction to Beekeeping

Cost: $495

Bees are an integral part of our environment and play a key role in B.C.'s agricultural industry. This 30-hour course offers an introduction to beekeeping management, bee biology and behaviour, crop pollination, and bee disease and pest management. The class includes lab time to help you learn how to identify and control diseases. In addition, a field visit provides you with hands-on experience. The course also provides insight into other types of bees, including bumble bees and solitary bees. Reference materials are provided. No previous experience required.

Abbotsford — Aerospace Centre

Mar 12-Apr 4 | 20219, 8 session, Tue & Thu, 6:30-9:30 pm

(Additional 2 sessions, Sat, Apr 13 and 27, 9 am-12 pm)

Registration opens Dec 03

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register
Introduction to Mushrooms — NEW

Cost: $245
Prerequisite: None

Identify wild mushrooms of the south coast of B.C. with experienced mycologist Dr. Sharmin Gamiet. Work through the dichotomous keys that are frequently used in mushroom identification and review a list of references used to identify mushrooms. Develop a solid understanding of the differences between choice, delectable, and poisonous mushrooms. A list of references used to identify mushrooms is provided. Purchase David Aurora’s Mushroom Demystified from the UFV Bookstore in Chilliwack. This introductory course is an excellent foundation for those pursuing careers in eco-tourism, culinary arts, wild crafting and ecology. A field trip is included to get first-hand experience. Date and time will be determined in class, based on weather conditions.

Chilliwack —Trades and Technology Centre

Fall 2019

 

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register
Pesticide Applicators Certificate — Landscape & Ag

Cost: $549

Learn the laws and bylaws that regulate the use of pesticides and prepare to write the Provincial Pesticide Applicator's Certification Exam for Landscape or Agriculture. One Exam (Landscape or Ag) is written on the last day of classes.

Purchase the following package for the first day of class from the UFV Bookstore:

  • Canadian Pesticide Education Program Applicator Core Manual, British Columbia, 2011 edition

Chilliwack campus — Canada Education Park

Apr 15-20 | 20033, 4 session, Mon, Wed, Fri, 6-9 pm, Sat 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Registration opens Dec 03

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register
Pruning Workshop

Cost: $99

This six-hour hands-on workshop covers basic pruning techniques applicable to a wide variety of plant material. Participants work on different trees, ornamental shrubs, and a fruit tree to learn to make proper cuts. Dress for the weather and bring your own pruners, such as secateurs or loppers.

Abbotsford campus

Feb 9 | 20031, 1 session, Sat, 10 am-4 pm

Registration opens Dec 3

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register
Soap Making

Cost: $115

Learn the basics of old fashioned soap making and make your own basic cold process castile soap. Participants will learn the basic steps, from safety, weighing, bringing to trace, adding scents and exfoliants and using molds. All materials and supplies are provided. You are welcome to bring your own scented oils. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes, including long sleeves. Please bring hand towel to insulate your soap for 24 hours after class. Take home 2 pounds of soap, recipe, techniques and confidence to make your next batch at home.

Chilliwack —Trades and Technology Centre

Feb 23 | 20192, 1 session, Sat, 10 am–2 pm

Registration opens Dec 03

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register

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