Climate Smart Agriculture

Dr. Andrew Black

In this research project, Hughie Jones, a PhD student working with Drs. Andy Black (Professor) and Paul Jassal (Research Associate) of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC, conducted field plot experiments at the UBC Farm, in addition to at Mackin Creek Farm (Near Soda Creek, BC) and Cropthorne Farm (Westham Island, BC), to evaluate the effectiveness of a range of plastic films as mulches and in low tunnels in the modification of microclimate and plant growth. The main goal was to evaluate this technology in extending the growing season and to cushion crops from the adverse effects of future climate change. This research is beneficial to make decisions for choosing appropriate films depending upon seasons and eco-climate regions in BC. To read more details about the results, check out the links below.

This project was funded by: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Centre of Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm, NSERC, and UBC Faculty of Land & Food Systems.

Contact: Andrew Black

For more information:

Hughie Jones Bio

Climate Smart Agriculture Project Summary

Climate Smart Agriculture Project Web page

Publications: 

Effects of Various Plastic Mulches on Soil Temperature & the Surface Energy Balance (2018 factsheet)

Using Plastic Films in Low Tunnels for Modification of Microclimate & Enhancing Plant Growth (2018 factsheet)

Adapting BC Horticulture through Protected-Crop Research & Demonstration (final report)