This article is part of The College Farmer, a series of interviews with student farmers from across Canada. Born and raised in Vancouver, Lucas Chan is a student in the Faculty of Land Systems at the University of British Columbia. He is currently the President of Roots on the Roof, a student-run club that manages the rooftop garden space and the community garden plots on the Student Union Building at the University of British Columbia. Founded in 2014, Roots on the Roof creates a communal space that celebrates sustainable and just food systems through healthy relationships with food, each other, and the natural world. … Continue reading The College Farmer: An Interview with Lucas Chan
The practicum is an eight-month experiential learning program designed for aspiring farmers, urban gardeners, environmental educators, and students with an interest in applying their learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems. Our program graduates share a vision of livelihoods and lifestyles grounded in sustainable and community-based food systems. The majority have maintained a practice of farming, gardening, and food growing — at many different scales and in diverse forms, such as business start-ups, partnerships with seasoned farmers, and in community gardening and outreach settings. WHERE: University of British Columbia Farm (UBC Farm) hosts the practicum, and provides the foundation for learning. It … Continue reading The 2015 UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture application is now open!
Introduction Since its re-invention in 1999, the UBC Farm has evolved from a small-scale market garden, run solely by dedicated students and volunteers, to a fully operational, organically managed, mixed vegetable production farm which supplies three weekly markets, an 80-person Community Supported Agriculture Program, and numerous direct sales to restaurants, including a total of $20,000 in sales to UBC Food Services on UBC Campus in 2013. UBC Farm Market Stand 2001 In recognition of UBC’s advanced Farm to Institution programming, UBC became the first ever University recipient of the Golden Carrot award, bestowed by Farm to Cafeteria Canada in 2012 in recognition of … Continue reading UBC Farm: From a Student-Run Initiative to Leading a Farm-to-Institution Movement
Job posting: Assistant Director, Operations, UBC Farm, Vancouver, BC The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm is seeking an Assistant Director, Operations. This individual will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of daily operations and business development initiatives at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm, with the overarching goal to maintain organizational effectiveness and achieve financial sustainability. The responsibilities include oversight over short-term and long-term plans via efficient and responsible management of the Centre’s financial, human and physical resources. The closing date for this posting isSaturday, June 14th. Please distribute widely. Full details at: http://ubcfarm.ubc.ca/about/current-openings/ … Continue reading Job posting: Assistant Director, Operations, UBC Farm, Vancouver, BC
April 2, 2014 – NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Vancouver, B.C. – Concerns about the future of the Agricultural Land Reserve in BC were highlighted at a March 29th workshop hosted by the Pacific Regional Society of Soil Science (PRSSS), a non-profit organization for professionals and students in the field of soil science and land resource management. Themed on the intergenerational transfer of knowledge, the workshop drew soil scientists from around the province to discuss complex issues related to land use management and soil science, with a particular focus on the ALR. The workshop also honoured the life and contributions of Gary Runka (1938-2013), first … Continue reading Loosing Ground: Soil Scientists Raise Concerns About Potential Loss of Agricultural Land at Recent Workshop