CRUW Program Open House

Saturday August 26th 12:30-3:30pm at the UBC Farm.


The Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness program will be hosting our first ever Fundraiser Event this year! Tickets will be $25 for adults, $20 for students with all proceeds going to the program. The youth have been hard at work to plan a fun day out at the farm for the greater community to experience what happens on a CRUW day.

Tickets will include a delicious lunch at the garden (featuring fresh farm produce); live music from Sherryl Sewepagham, Jody Okabe and our youth; guided forest walks; fun field games; a Medicine Making workshop and a silent auction.


Ways you can get involved:

1- Buy a ticket at the VACFSS office, UBC Farm office (contact or ask for Chiyi at the office), or the CRUW stall at the UBC Farm Saturday farmers market.

2- Volunteer (email for more info)

3- Help us to promote and/or sell tickets

4- Donate an item to the silent auction (you can drop off at VACFSS or make arrangements for us to pick up).


Please spread the word to your friends and community!

Tickets are now available!

Questions? Email  | Program CoordinatorCulturally Relevant Urban Wellness Program


About the CRUW Program at UBC Farm

The Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness Program was developed in 2011 by a community partnership led by VACFSS intersted in promoting the use of green space as a source of wellness and concrete skill development for vulnerable youth. The program is grounded in the concept of food as medicine and the indigenous perspective that we derive wellness and community from relationship and interaction with land and territory.

The program bring Aboriginal youth in foster care at VACFSS together with other diverse youth through the LIFT program at PCRS. Participants in the UBC Farm Program of CRUW attend 16 sessions on alternate Saturdays over eight months with Aboriginal Elders and knowledge keepers, staff, volunteers and guest instructors. Youth document their journey over the course of the program and set goal individually and as a group. Through gardening, food preservation (canning, smoking, drying), making medicinal teas and salves from plants at the UBC Farm and a variety of instruction workshops, youth develop a wide range of skills and competencies!

Watch this video about CRUW and learn more about the program!