Kent Mullinix, PhD, Director
Kent Mullinix is the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The ISFS is an applied research and extension unit focusing on sustainable agriculture and food system as an integral and foundational element of sustainable societies. Kent conceived and led the development of the B.A.Sc. Sustainable Agriculture degree at KPU, the Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School and The Richmond Farm School, and KPU’s new Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems and Security. He is an Adjunct Professor in The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development.
Kent attended the University of Missouri where he earned a B.S. in Agriculture, M.S. in Horticulture and Ph.D. in Agriculture Education. He also earned a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Plant Science. He is a Professional Agrologist – British Columbia Institute of Agrologists. Before joining KPU, Kent held the Endowed Joint Chair in Pomology and was an Associate Professor (fruit crops production/ degree program administration), Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Washington State University. Prior he was a fruit crops research specialist for the Universities of Missouri, Minnesota and Kentucky.
Kent has lived and worked on a diversified family farm in central Missouri, owned and operated (with his family for 15 years) a pear orchard on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains, and for 14 years provided direct oversight for the planning, establishment and management of a 45 acre organically farmed apple, sweet cherry, and peach teaching and demonstration orchard in north-central Washington.