What does the UBC Farm grow?
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm is a very unique research centre as we actively leverage the integrated production farm in our teaching and learning. The farm itself is situated within a 90-year old coastal hemlock forest that comprises a mosaic of cultivated annual crop fields, perennial hedgerows, fruit orchards and educational demonstration gardens. Beyond the research fields, the UBC Farm dedicates large fields to production and public engagement. The UBC Farm grows over 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs. The farm also features honey beehives, seed production, flowers and egg-laying, open-pasture hens. The thing we are the most proud of growing is good soil, and thereby good humans.
Is everything organic?
Yes, all produce is grown according to British Columbia Certified Organic Management Standards, and as of May 1st, 2016, UBC Farm is now certified organic through NOOA. Read more about our organic practices through our ‘Understanding Organic‘ series.
Are there animals on the farm?
The farm maintains seasonal flocks of free-range laying hens that are integrated into the farm’s crop rotation and are part of a number of research projects. Honeybee hives are also maintained on site. The UBC Farm was also pleased to host two Belted Galloway cattle during part of the 2010 and 2011 growing seasons. As the farm develops, there is an intention to hope to incorporate more domestic livestock on a small scale as part of an integrated, model sustainable agricultural system. Beyond domestic livestock, however, the farm teems with wildlife. By actively managing a diversity of habitat types with a strong emphasis on biodiversity and agroforestry, the farm supports an amazing population of birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles, as well as small and large mammals.
How do we sell our produce?
Learn more about the UBC Farm Markets here: