The vision for the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm is encompassed in Cultivating Place, a strategic academic plan. Authored by the South Campus Academic Planning Committee in 2010, Cultivating Place integrates with UBC’s Sustainability Academic Strategy (pdf) and, honouring the farm’s place on traditional Musqueam territory, UBC’s Aboriginal Strategic Plan. It arose from the UBC Board of Governors’ December 2008 directive to develop an “academically rigorous and globally significant” plan for the 24-ha area on UBC’s South Campus addressing issues of sustainability. The document is available for downloading publicly online.
The UBC Farm and surrounding areas on South Campus will be a world-class academic resource and a central part of UBC’s sustainability aspirations, enabling UBC to explore and exemplify new globally significant paradigms for the design and function of sustainable communities and their ecological support systems.
To enable UBC to be a global leader in the creation of new patterns for sustainable and healthy communities integrated with their surrounding ecology, through exemplary, academically rigorous research, through transformative learning, through innovative cross-faculty and interdisciplinary collaboration, through socially responsible community engagement, and through international dialogue and knowledge-dissemination.
To implement this vision and mission, Cultivating Place is committed to creating an innovative living laboratory and a crucible for social change on South Campus. Within these cross-cutting themes, this initiative will:
The UBC Farm is open Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm.
Weekly on campus Wednesday markets begin June 18th and weekly Saturday markets at the UBC Farm begin June 21st.