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

Oct 5 | 80221, 1 session, Sat, 8:30 am-12:30 pm

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

Cost: $749

Develop a fundamental knowledge of flower arranging and learn the Elements and Principles of floral design. Familiarize yourself with common and botanical plant and flower names. Learn about floral tools and supplies, the care and handling of flowers, and the preparation and planning of floral design. Make your own floral arrangements to take home. Flowers, floral supplies, and a floral toolkit 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

Sep 4-Oct 7 | 80006, 10 Sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30-10 pm

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register
Floral Design Basics 2

Cost: $749
Prerequisite: Floral Design Basics 1

Acquire the skills needed to work independently on basic flower arrangements and expand your knowledge with hands-on experience creating advanced styles of floral design. Learn about sales, pricing, wire services, branding and merchandising. Create your own floral arrangements to take home and enjoy. 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

Oct 9-Nov 6 | 80042, 10 Sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30-10 pm
Thursday Classes: Oct 10, Oct 17, 6:30–10 pm (No class on Oct 14)

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. Create beautiful table centrepieces with candles, Christmas wreaths, door hangings, and one-sided 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

Nov 13-Dec 11 | 80007, 10 Sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30-10 pm
Thursday Class: Nov 14

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

Cost: TBD
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, and special holiday 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

Offered winter 2020, Dates to be announced
Floral Design Sympathy and Church

Cost: $TBD
Prerequisite: Floral Design Basics 1

Expand your floral design skills to create sympathy funeral arrangements and other church decorations. Topics include the importance of sympathy etiquette and traditions, customer care, and creating floral designs such as a casket sprays, church bouquets, wreath designs, and easel sprays. 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

Offered winter 2020, Dates to be announced
Floral Design Weddings

Cost: $TBD
Prerequisite: Floral Design Basics 1

Learn fundamental skills to produce wedding bouquets and arrangements. Topics include magazine worthy wedding flowers, wedding productions, the meaning of flowers, multicultural weddings, and how to develop a wedding business. Create floral designs to wear such as body flowers, floral jewelry, and floral leis; design bridal bouquets, reception flowers, and more. 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

Offered winter 2020, Dates to be announced
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

Nov 16 | 80222, 1 session, Sat, 1 pm-5 pm

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register
Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Workshop

Cost: $99

Get a full overview of how green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) can protect water quality and beautify residential landscapes. Learn about green roofs, bioswales, and the function of rain gardens. Discover how you can design and implement GSI in your residential garden with stunning results, while also protecting your local water supply. The class is taught by career horticulturalist and educator Michelle Nakano. 

Chilliwack —Trades and Technology Centre

Oct 26 | 80277, 1 sessions, Sat, 8 am–2 pm

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

Cost: $245

Identify wild mushrooms of the south coast of B.C. with experienced mycologist Dr. Sharming Gamiet. Work through the dichotomous keys that are used in mushroom identification and review 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 Mushrooms Demystified from the UFV Bookstore in Chilliwack. This introductory course is an excellent foundation for those pursuing careers in ecotourism, culinary arts, wild crafting, and ecology. A field trip is included to get firsthand experience. Date and time will be determined in class, based on weather conditions.

Chilliwack campus — Canada Education Park

Oct 1-15 | 80245, 3 sessions + field trip, Tue, 7–9 pm

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

Cost: $549

Learn the laws and bylaws that regulate the use of pesticides and prepare to write the Provincial Pesticide Applicator's Certificcation exam for landscape general. Exam is written on the last day of classes. 

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

  • Canadian Pesticide Education Program Applicatore Core maunual, British Columbia, 2011 Edutuib
  • Landscape Applicatore Certification manual - 2017 Edition

*Please call 604-847-5602 if you have any questions.

Chilliwack campus — Canada Education Park

Nov 4-Nov 9 | 80234, 4 Sessions, Mon, Wed, Fri, 6-9 pm, Sat, 9 am-3:30 pm

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

Oct 5 | 80036, 1 session, Sat, 10 am–4 pm

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register
Residential landscape Design 1

Cost: $395

Acquire the skills to develop a residential landscape design that extends your lifestyle outdoors. Learn how to use the landscape design process, graphic plans, and the outdoor room concept to create a personalized and inviting outdoor living space of any size. This is the first in a series of courses related to landscape design. This course is perfect for homeowners, tenants, and property managers, as well members of the landscape industry. The class is taught by career horticulturalist and educator Michelle Nakano.

Chilliwack —Trades and Technology Centre

Sep 25-Nov 27 | 80276, 10 Sessions, Wed, 6-9 pm

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

Oct 19 | 80096, 1 session, Sat, 1-6 pm

Phone 1-888-823-8734 to register

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