Intergenerational Landed Learning
We are committed to growing opportunities for more intergenerational communities to learn from the land and each other here and around the world, but we can’t do this work without your help!
Less than an hour long commute from their homes in east Vancouver, a group of eight year old tends their garden at the UBC farm. Like most inner-city children, they have never been on a farm, let alone had the opportunity to sink hands into the earth and experience the satisfaction of growing their own food. As the sun warms their bodies, the children begin to see how the steaming soil they tend is connected to the air they breathe; how a Vancouver afternoon rain helps nurture their planted seeds and how the natural world where they live, play, and garden is connected to the food, laughter, and joy they share with family and friends.
Funded solely by grants and donor support, the Intergenerational Landed Learning on the Farm for the Environment Project (ILLP), in collaboration with UBC’s Faculty of Education, is giving children in Vancouver’s urban centre the chance of a lifetime. This initiative offers authentic outside-of-the-classroom learning opportunities for children, as they work side by side with a diverse group of people of many ages who have spent their lives learning from the land.
The ILLP is an award-winning teaching, learning, and research initiative that unites collaborative teams of elders, younger adults, and school children in learning with and caring for the Earth. Participants grow, tend, cook, and share food at UBC Farm and explore the connections among human and non-human communities, places, and local environments.
Situated on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) People, the ILLP strives to follow Musqueam protocol, learn from Indigenous ways of knowing, and carry on traditional practices of caring for the Musqueam lands.
The project was featured in The Star Vancouver on April 26, read the article here.
Challenges & the Impact of Your Support
Unfortunately, some of our grant applications have not been successful this year and we are now facing a budget shortfall, and an uncertain future. We continue to apply for grant funding, but this type of funding takes time and we need immediate funding in order to continue with our current operations. We are committed to delivering on the mission of the ILLP, and will be presenting a modified program so that we can conclude the 2017-18 school year. But our future beyond this year is unknown, and without the support of donors and grantors we do not know when we will be able to run a program again.
We are committed to growing opportunities for more intergenerational communities to learn from the land and each other here and around the world, but we can’t do this work without your help! Over the last 15 years, ILLP has impacted the lives of thousands of children, UBC students, elders, community volunteers, and educators. ILLP is entirely grant- and donor-funded, and when funding proposals are unsuccessful, we are unable to plan for the future. All donations to the project will further this work and help us build a sustainable future for ILLP.
Funding is only one way you can help! Your story can also have a big impact. Please share with us how Landed Learning has impacted you. Thank you!
Landed Learning is made possible by an incredible corps of staff, volunteers, teachers, Indigenous mentors and elders, children and donors!
Dr. Sandra Scott, Program Director
Stacy Friedman, Program Manager
Kailee Hirshe, Garden Education Coordinator
Tori Ostenso, Foods Education Coordinator & UBC LFS MA
Mario Parent, Indigenous Education Coordinator & UBC student
Liz Beattie, Researcher & UBC Education PhD
Mary Kostandy, Web Assistant & UBC Education PhD
Trista Yuan, Multimedia Intern & UBC LFS student
Gordon Bell, Teacher, Edith Cavell Elementary School
Zohreen Dilgir, Teacher, Lord Roberts Elementary School
Brenda Koch, Teacher, Xpey’ Elementary School
Elena Bodnaruk, Teacher, Waverley Elementary School
Dr. Lee Brown, elder
50 wonderful committed volunteers
Donors like you!