Support the UBC Farm

Goal $10,000

Raised $6,630

Support the UBC Farm

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm needs your help during COVID-19

Project Description

Everyone who’s visited the UBC Farm knows that it’s a special place. As a research and teaching space, it has been part of finding local and global solutions to the world’s food sustainability and security challenges since its inception. In this capacity, we host local food security projects, look for sustainable climate solutions, and teach the next generation of leaders and organic farmers. But as the only full-scale working farm left in Vancouver, we also serve a crucial community role. Perhaps you’ve visited the farm to buy produce or for a tour. Or maybe your kids have taken part in our summer camps. You might be a member of our CSA. Or you might have come out to one of our food workshops. Whatever your connection to the UBC Farm — it matters to you. You are part of the community the UBC Farm has welcomed to its fields over the years and helped to flourish.

Challenges and Impact of Your Support

While we usually play the role of helping to foster community, right now we need to turn to that community we helped grow to ask for help. During the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve had to decrease the number of workshops, markets, and children’s day camps available to the public as per regulations by the Province of British Columbia and our own safety planning. This has led to a decrease in the income we rely on to maintain the farm’s research, educational, and community spaces so many depend on. Maybe you were planning on attending one of our programs before they were cancelled and want to donate that money instead – or maybe you just want to help us during this difficult time. Your gift will keep our farm spaces open and sanitized and help the farm recover from the impact of this crisis.

About the UBC Farm

The UBC Farm is the Centre for Sustainable Food System’s main teaching and learning space. A 24-hectare integrated production farm, the UBC Farm is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Situated within a 90-year-old coastal hemlock forest, the UBC Farm comprises cultivated annual crop fields, perennial hedgerows and orchards, pasture, teaching gardens, and forest stands. All 24 hectares of the UBC Farm is organically managed, and UBC Farm produce is certified organic through NOOA. We cultivate over 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and also feature honey beehives and egg-laying, open-pasture hens. We are part of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. Our goal is to have innovation from field to fork to achieve resilient, thriving, and socially just food systems for all.