Contending with a planet in which over half of humanity now lives in cities, the urban-rural interface at the UBC Farm provides a globally distinctive opportunity. Underpinning the confluence of a dense urban residential community, a world-class university, and a managed rural ecosystem is a chance to undertake a groundbreaking experiment: to describe and measure the network of interconnecting systems that underpin sustainable communities. Beyond the mere physical provision of food, fibre, and fuel for residents of the campus and surrounding areas, initiatives at the UBC Farm act as a conduit for learning and discovery.
Through a diversity of public engagement initiatives, the UBC Farm is working to advance dialogue on sustainable community development that builds common ground across age, ability, political views, socioeconomic status, culture, belief, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender. The farm values the diverse knowledge sets and experiences that community supporters bring to this shared site.