“I am convinced that we need living laboratories and classrooms like UBC Farm to help generate and disseminate the knowledge we need as a society to create a more sustainable food system for the future. The UBC Farm is exactly the kind of model we need for sustainable agriculture at this critical moment.”
- David Suzuki, 2009
UBC Farm's Hand-Painted Signs
An amazing place to visit in Vancouver, rain or shine, is the UBC Farm.
Surrounded by a 90-year old coastal hemlock forest, the UBC Farm encompasses a 24-hectare landscape, forming a rich mosaic of cultivated field areas, hedgerows, orchards, and maturing successional forest stands. The diversity of the landscape provides valuable habitat for a range of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles not found elsewhere in the city. The gently sloping southern aspect of the site and moderate maritime climate allow for cultivation of a wide variety of crops year-round. The soils are well-drained and sandy, and are therefore workable most of the year.
UBC Farm's Kid's Farm
Innovative sustainability learning is currently at the heart of the UBC Farm’s academic programming. The Farm provides a unique “outdoor classroom,” where learners of all ages can immerse themselves in the stewardship of a working, productive landscape, linking society’s most pressing global challenges to relevant, practical solutions that are achievable through a better understanding of the role that managed ecosystems play in supporting societies.
This programming keeps a highly student-centred approach, and students take a leading role in their learning, and in the ongoing operations and strategic direction for the farm. Through curricular and co-curricular teaching and learning, more than 2,500 students currently participate in on-farm activities annually. Students in 50 courses representing eight faculties as well as four UBC schools and both colleges actively used the Farm in 2008. On-farm learning is integrative – bridging multiple disciplines and traditions – and inherently applied, providing community service, participation in research projects, and active stewardship of the landscape. Students have the opportunity to actively change the landscape of the farm, in turn, are changing the landscape of applied sustainability learning at UBC and beyond.
Map to UBC Farm
The UBC Farm is located on the University of British Columbia's Vancouver campus. As the only working farmland within the city of Vancouver, the UBC Farm is an urban agrarian gem.
They host a farm market on site every Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm from June through October. They are a small but growing market with enthusiastic customers and dedicated vendors.
UBC Farmer's Market
The 2011 Market Dates have just been announced! They're starting a little bit later than last year due to the long, cold, wet spring, but the farm crew is working hard to make sure you will be eating fresh UBC Farm produce as soon as possible. The first market dates are:
- Wednesday, June 22nd, 11:30am-1:30pm outside the UBC Bookstore
- Saturday, June 25th, 9:00am-1:00pm at the UBC Farm
The Market is a great place to bring a picnic lunch, take a walk and enjoy some talented local musicians.
Every fall and spring the UBC Farm offers field trips for school classes from elementary to secondary levels. The field trip focuses on where food comes from, how we grow food and the social and community responsibilities to food production and the food system. The field trips provide an opportunity for students to see a working organic farm, learn about organic farming techniques and to discuss some of the social and political aspects of food.
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