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Support the UBC Farm

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) at the UBC Farm needs your help during its 20th Anniversary

Project Description

Everyone who visits the UBC Farm knows it’s a special place.

“So often we walk through our days, not aware of the world around us, beneath our feet and overhead…,” says Juli Carillo, Assistant Professor of Applied Biology at UBC. “When I walk through the farm gate, it is different. It is an outdoor space. People grow food together here. There are eagles overhead, and there are coyotes and chickens, beans and flowers. There are students counting bees and others tilling the soil. There is community.”

As a research and teaching space, the UBC Farm has been part of finding local and global solutions to our greatest food sustainability and security challenges since its inception. As a community space, it’s a place you feel at home. The place you buy produce. The place your kids went to summer camps. The place you pick up your CSA box every week. Whatever your connection to the UBC Farm — it matters to you. You are part of the community the UBC Farm created over the last 20 years.

Help Us Celebrate 20 Years

While the CSFS at UBC Farm usually plays the role of helping to foster community, as we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we need to turn to our community to ask for help. During the first 16-months of COVID-19, we’ve had to decrease the number of workshops, markets, and children’s day camps available to the public and have lost revenue as a result. Your gift will support our farm spaces in recovering from the impact of the pandemic. The UBC Farm does a lot with a little. With your support, we can have an even greater impact as we grow over the next 20 years.

About the UBC Farm

The UBC Farm is the Centre for Sustainable Food System’s main research, teaching and learning space, located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people, and housed under the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

Situated within a 90-year-old coastal hemlock forest, the 24-hectare UBC Farm was started by students in 2001. Since then, our integrated organic farm and forest ecosystem has become a key part of the UBC’s agroecology research and education as well as an important Vancouver food hub. The UBC Farm features cultivated annual crop fields, perennial hedgerows and orchards, pasture, Indigenous-led gardens, and forest stands.

The Farm is organically managed, and UBC Farm produce is certified organic through NOOA. It cultivates over 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and also features honey beehives and egg-laying, open-pasture hens.